Abstract

We fabricated a planar aperture–mounted (PAM) slider by use of a focused ion beam to demonstrate fast data acquisition for near-field optical data storage. The aperture 200 nm×500 nm was formed upon the Ti-coated air-bearing surface of the slider and was directly illuminated with a laser λ=532 nm beam spot by use of an objective lens N.A.,0.55. The light transmitted through the aperture was modulated by a Ti-coated SiO2 disk with 200- and 400-nm-wide line-and-space (L&S) patterns engraved by electron-beam lithography. The optical throughput of the taperless aperture was greater than 0.02. By use of the PAM slider, 400- and 200-nm L&S signals were detected at linear velocities of 6 and 3 m/s, respectively, corresponding to a data-transfer rate of 7.5 MHz.

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