Abstract

High-density optical data storage requires high-numerical-aperture (NA) lenses and short wavelengths. But, with increasing NA and decreasing wavelength, the depth of focus (DOF) decreases rapidly. We propose to use pure-phase superresolution apodizers to optimize the axial intensity distribution and extend the DOF of an optical pickup. With this kind of apodizer, the expected DOF can be 2–4.88 times greater than that of the original system, and the spot size will be smaller than that of the original system.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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