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Polarization Considerations In Magnetooptical Recording
Author(s): Herbert Engstrom; Alan B. Marchant
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Paper Abstract

Reading of magnetooptically recorded data relies on the detection of light whose polarization state varies very slightly with the direction of magnetization of the sensitive layer of the disk. Because the change in polarization is so small, differential detection methods are used, and a number of features of the optical detection scheme can adversely affect the polarization and the signal levels. Among those features considered are the polarization of the laser itself, optical surfaces within the head, substrate birefringence, and optical feedback.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962880
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Herbert Engstrom, Verbatim Corp. (United States)
Alan B. Marchant, Verbatim Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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