Abstract

The data density that can be resolved in optical memories is limited by the inherent band-limited nature of optical systems. We show how a precoding technique used in serial communications, called partial response precoding, can be applied to parallel readout optical memories to precompensate for the spatial data broadening that occurs as result of this band limiting. We experimentally demonstrate a factor-of-15 improvement in average worst-case contrast ratio and an order-of-magnitude improvement in average contrast ratio. Over 50% more area was needed to achieve the same contrast ratio in a system without precoding.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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