Abstract

A new solid immersion mirror called the planoellipsoidal (PE) solid immersion mirror (SIM) for the near-field optical storage is proposed and developed. The PE SIM has a small aperture on the apex of the ellipsoidal surface. The intensity distribution of the transmitted field is calculated by using the vector diffraction theory. Compared with a conventional solid immersion lens (SIL), the proposed PE SIM has the following features. A PE SIM replaces three optical elements of the collimator, objective, and SIL in a conventional SIL optical storage system, so that the optical system equipped with the PE SIM is not only simple in its assembly but is also effective in making an optical head unit. The PE SIM obtains light from a point light source and focuses it directly on the recording layer, which may be useful for a compact optical data storage system. The convex ellipsoidal surface of the PE SIM can reduce the risk of the SIM touching the surface of the recording medium. In addition, the spreading of the spot size with the increase of distance is very small in the PE SIM.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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