We present a study on the feasibility of extending our current experimental cover-incident near-field recording system to a 4-layer system promising 500 GB storage capacity on a single sided 12 cm disc. We calculated the electromagnetic field inside a 4-layer disc of which the design was optimized to have a minimum in the irradiance near recording layers other than the one that the light is focused on. Furthermore an objective lens and compensation device were designed to accommodate writing and reading from all four layers.
We present our progress on the development of a single-wavelength near-field recording system with a blue-violet laser and a NA=1.45 Solid Immersion Lens in a conventional 3D actuator. We will introduce our near-field optical recorder and present good recording results achieved on discs with a 3 μm thick spin-coated protective polymer cover-layer using a channel bit length of 43.7 nm. Furthermore, we will show recent results on high-speed near-field readout, up to 3xBD speeds, through a cover-layer using feed-forward control in the air gap servo system.
Progress is reported on cover-layer incident Near-Field Recording. Very good recording results are obtained on a CuSi disc demonstrating excellent signal quality with modulation corresponding to the full effective numerical aperture of 1.45. Comparing the Near-Field system with Blu-ray Disc further shows that an extension to at least 4 data layers should be possible. In addition, a method for dynamic tilt control is presented. Controlling the tilt between the solid immersion lens and the disc surface improves the system robustness and relaxes media manufacturing tolerances for a roadmap towards 500 GB capacity on a single-sided, 4-layer disc which is protected by a polymer cover-layer.