Title: An optical lever approach to photodetector measurements of the pickup-head flying height in an optical disk drive
Authors: Hsiao, C. C.
Peng, C. Y.
Liu, T. S.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: optical lever;photodetector;pickup-head;disk drive
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2006
Abstract: In order to increase the storage capacity and the density of near-field optical disk drives, a flying pickup-head has to allow a slider to fly at a stable height above the disk surface with the use of near-field optics. Since both the precision of the track pitch and the flying height are of a nanometre scale, it is necessary to increase the motion accuracy of the pickup- head. In this study, a piezoelectric bender is used as an actuator of the pickup- head, and two quadrant photodetectors are used to sense the pickup- head displacement and the rotating disk deformation. Based on an optical lever method that magnifies a small displacement, the flying height variation of the pickup- head above the disk is measured. Further results show that using the proposed measurement method in the real-time control of flying height is feasible.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-0233/17/8/040
ISSN: 0957-0233
DOI: 10.1088/0957-0233/17/8/040
Volume: 17
Issue: 8
Begin Page: 2335
End Page: 2342
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