Abstract

Three-dimensional optical data storage is demonstrated in an initially homogenous volume by first recording a reflection grating in a holographic photopolymer. This causes the entire volume to be weakly reflecting to a confocal read/write head. Superposition of two or three such gratings with slightly different k-vectors creates a track and layer structure that specialized servo detection optics can use to lock the focus to these deeply-buried tracks. Writing is accomplished by locally modifying the reflectivity of the preexisting hologram. This modification can take the form of ablation, inelastic deformation via heating at the focus, or erasure via linear or two-photon continued polymerization in the previously unexposed fringes of the hologram. Storage by each method is demonstrated with up to eight data layers separated by as little as 12  microns.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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