Magnetic Field Multiplexing in Frequency Domain Storage
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Optical storage density can be substantially increased by use the frequency domain. The storage process is further multiplexed in frequency domain optical storage materials by the use of an inhomogeneous Zeeman effect. This enables multiple set of holes to be burned in the same frequency range but at different values of an external magnetic field. The field itself may be homogene- ous; the inhomogeneity is provided by the sample itself, and arises because ions in different crystalline or solid-state environments may exhibit different Zeeman effects. This is typically the case for absorption bands for which the ground or excited states, or both, are non-Kramers' doublets, i.e., the ion has an even number of electrons and the site symmetry is axial or higher.