Three-dimensional holographic stamping of multilayer bit-oriented nonlinear optical media

Mark M. Wang, Sadik C. Esener

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The requirements and limitations on the use of a volume holographic element for the simultaneous optical stamping of multilayer data into a three-dimensional (3D) bit-oriented material that exhibits a suitable sensitivity threshold are investigated. The expected performance of such a holographic stamping element is examined through a model of the coherent noise effects that result from the interference of the many data layers with one another. We show that higher signal-to-noise values may be achieved through the use of semicoherent light during the readout of the hologram. The main limitations to this technique arise from the bandwidth requirements on the holographic element, the degree of nonlinearity required of the bit-oriented media, and the tolerance requirements for the optical exposure levels. As a demonstration of the concept, a two-layer stamping element is fabricated and used to simultaneously stamp two layers of data into a 3D dye-doped photopolymer storage medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1835-1841
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Apr 10 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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