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Thin Solid Films
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Progress and issues of phase-change erasable optical recording media

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Recent progress in realizing practical media for phase-change reversible optical recording is described. Key attributes required of the media and the material science which underlie them are discussed. These include: (1) the kinetics of crystallization and amorphization, (2) chemical and data stability, (3) reversibility, and (4) readout signal-to-noise ratio. The crystallization kinetics of recording media is discussed using two examples: (GeTe)0.85Sn0.15 and the pseudo-binary InSbGaSb stoichiometric compound system. A discussion of the recorded signal strength, sources of media noise and resulting signal-to-noise ratio is presented. Non-uniform optical index of refraction was shown to increase media noise. Methods to reduce the effect of media noise are presented. © 1989.

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10 Dec 1989

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Thin Solid Films

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