Diffractive Read-Out of Optical Discs

  • Joseph Braat
  • Peter Dirksen
  • Augustus J. E. M. Janssen
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 87)


An extensive literature is available on optical data storage. Because of the multidisciplinary character of optical storage, the subjects range from optics, mechanics, control theory, electronics, signal coding and cryptography to chemistry and solid-state physics. Several books [2]–[9] have appeared that are devoted to one or several of the subjects mentioned above. This chapter will be limited to purely optical aspects of the optical storage systems. In Section 3.2 of this chapter we first present a short historic overview of the research on optical disc systems that has led to the former video disc system. In Section 3.3 we briefly review the general principles of optical storage systems that have remained more or less unchanged since the start some thirty years ago. An interesting feature of the DVD-system is its standardised radial tracking method that we will treat in some detail in Section 3.4. The appearance of new generations with higher spatial density and storage capacity has triggered solutions for the backward compatibility of the new systems with the existing ones. In Section 3.5 we pay attention to these backward compatibility problems that are mainly caused by the smaller cover layer thickness, the shorter wavelength of the laser source and the higher numerical aperture of the objective in the new generations. Finally, in Section 3.6 we indicate how an efficient modelling of the optical read-out system can be done. Important features like the radial cross-talk and intersymbol interference can be studied with an advanced model of the optical read-out and the resulting signal jitter, an important quality factor for a digital signal, is efficiently obtained. A new approach is presented that can speed up the calculations so that the modelling can really serve as an interactive tool when optimizing the optical read-out.


Optical Disc Numerical Aperture Spherical Aberration Optical Data Storage Optical Transfer Function 
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  • Joseph Braat
  • Peter Dirksen
  • Augustus J. E. M. Janssen

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