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Optical simulation of light delivery system is important to design an optically efficient HAMR device.  Using a combination of FDTD and MODE, we can perform the optical system simulation and can evaluate the optical efficiency of the HAMR system. In this page, we'll explain the steps how to perform the system simulation.






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See also

Custom source profile

Related publication

K. Takano, E. Jin, T. Maletzky, E. Schreck, and M. Dovek, "Optical Design Challenges of Thermally Assisted Magnetic Recording Heads," IEEE Trans. Magn., vol. 46, pp. 744–7507 (2010).


Simulation setup

The figure below shows the schematic of HAMR light delivery system here we consider. A laser light with a wavelength 650nm illuminates the waveguide inlet and the transmitted light travels within a waveguide with tapered section at the end. The length of the waveguide in HAMR system is usually more than a hundreds of micrometer and we need a large scale light propagating simulation. Here, we use 2.5D propagator in MODE and perform the light propagation over a 100 μm. At the end of the waveguide, i.e. at the tapered section, the light is squeezed into a small region and hits a transducer part with a plasmonic particle. By the excitation of localized surface plasmon, nanoscale strong light localization can be achieved and the localized light heats a region in the data layer, resulting in a nanoscale data recording.


Simulation flow

The light delivery system simulation using Lumerical's optical stimulation tool can be performed as follows.

Step 1. Calculate or Import custom laser profile into FDTD and perform far field projection to obtain an input beam profile at the waveguide inlet.

Step 2. Using FDTD and/or MODE, overlap and/or coupling calculation between the calculated input beam profile in the previous step and the mode profile of the waveguide is performed

Step 3. Using 2.5D Propagator in MODE, a large scale light propagation within the waveguide is performed and a field profile at the end facet of the tapered section is calculated.

Step 4. Importing the field profile calculated in Step 3 into FDTD, nano scale focusing at the plasmon transducer part is preformed. In this step, a field data recorded on a profile monitor data in step 3 is imported in to FDTD. Regarding with how to export data to another simulation, please see the Custom field profile from monitor data page.

Simulation files

The associated files you can download in the above box are examples of light delivery system simulation. Each simulation file can be used as follows.


Step 1

Custom laser profile calculation and a far field projection

In the script file HAMR_light_delivery_custom_source.lsf, an analytic Gaussian beam is used as a custom laser profile. Run this script file with usr_create_fld.lsf, then you obtain fld data file named source.fld which is used as a source profile for a far field projection. Next, Import the calculated laser field profile and perform far field projection.  In a custom source object in HAMR_far_field_projection.fsp, the calculated laser field is already imported. If you run script file HAMR_far_field_projection.lsf after completing the HAMR_far_field_projection.fsp simulation, you obtain HAMR_far_field_source.fld data file where the far field profile at 1.5 mm away from the lase source is recorded. This profile can be used to calculate coupling with waveguide modes in the next step.


Step 2

Overlap or Coupling calculation between input beam profile and waveguide mode

In a custom source in HAMR_mode_expansion.fsp, the field profile obtained in the previous section is imported and you can calculate power coupling. Regarding with the details of coupling calculation, see using mode expansion monitors page. Also, if you calculate mode profile on HAMR_overlap.lms and import ff_source.fld in the deck field in the eigensolver analysis window, you can perform overlap calculation. between the inpot fie and a modeprofie of the wavegiude. See the overlap page for more information on mode overlap calculations.


Step 3

Light propagation in waveguide

HAMR_waveguide_propagation.lms simulates light propagation in the waveguide. After completing the simulation, run script file HAMR_profile_data_extract.lsf, then you obtain data file usr_create.fld with is used as input source profile in nanofocusing simulation in the next step.


Step 4

Nano scale focusing simulation

In a custom source object in HAMR_transducer.fsp, the field profile obtained in the previous setp is imported. Run this HAMR_transducer.fsp, then you can estimate nanofocusing effect of light.

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