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[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 21, No. 5 (2014) 585-590]
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Selective Phase Masking to Reduce Material Saturation in Holographic Data Storage Systems

Seth PHILLIPS* and Ivan FAIR

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton T6G 2R3, Canada

(Received November 30, 2013; Revised April 14, 2014; Accepted May 15, 2014)

Emerging networks and applications require enormous data storage. Holographic techniques promise high-capacity storage, given resolution of a few remaining technical issues. In this paper, we propose a technique to overcome one such issue: mitigation of large magnitude peaks in the stored image that cause material saturation resulting in readout errors. We consider the use of ternary data symbols, with modulation in amplitude and phase, and use a phase mask during the encoding stage to reduce the probability of large peaks arising in the stored Fourier domain image. An appropriate mask is selected from a predefined set of pseudo-random masks by computing the Fourier transform of the raw data array as well as the data array multiplied by each mask. The data array or masked array with the lowest Fourier domain peak values is recorded. On readout, the recorded array is multiplied by the mask used during recording to recover the original data array. Simulations are presented that demonstrate the benefit of this approach, and provide insight into the appropriate number of phase masks to use in high capacity holographic data storage systems.

Key words: holographic data storage, phase masking, material saturation, ternary modulation, coding

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