A semiconducting thermooptic material for potential application to super-resolution optical data storage

H. S. Lee, B. Cheong, T. S. Lee, K. S. Lee, W. M. Kim, J. Y. Huh

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To find its practical use in ultrahigh density optical data storage, superresolution (SR) technique needs a material that can render a high SR capability at no cost of durability against repeated read/write. Thermoelectric materials are proposed as candidates capable of yielding solid state SR effects in the absence of phase changes that are detrimental to durability. As a prototype material, PbTe is selected due to a large thermoelectric Seebeck coefficient and a high stability of a crystalline single phase state up to its melting temperature of 924 °C. A preliminary study of Pb51Te49 thin films was carried out with the following findings: Firstly, under exposure to pulsed light, completely reversible changes in transmittance take place regardless of power. Secondly, light transmittance grows with increasing laser power and this is not due to melting except at relatively high powers. By way of optical calculations using the measured reflectance and transmittance values combined with thermal calculations, a temperature variation of effective optical constants (n, k) was also estimated to find that both of them decrease with increasing temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Issue number1-3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr 1


  • Optical data storage
  • PbTe
  • Superresolution
  • Thermoelectric
  • Thermooptic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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