Simulation Software for Laser Heating of Multilayer Stacks



TEMPROFILE is a Fortran-based program for calculating temperature profiles in multilayer stacks of dielectrics and metals, subject to illumination by a moving (or stationary) laser beam. Details of the analytical and numerical techniques used in computing light absorption and heat diffusion in multilayers as well as several application examples may be found in the references cited below. References 2 and 3, in particular, give a detailed description of the theory behind the computations. For ease of reference, reprints of these articles are included in the program’s manual.

1. M. Mansuripur, The Physical Principles of Magneto-optical Recording, Cambridge University Press, London, 1995.

2. M. Mansuripur, G.A.N. Connell and J.W. Goodman, "Laser-Induced Local Heating of Multilayers," Applied Optics, Vol.21, No.6, pp 1106-1114 (March 1982).

3. M. Mansuripur and G.A.N. Connell, "Laser-Induced Local Heating of Moving Multilayer Media," Applied Optics, Vol.22, No.5, pp 666-670 (March 1983).

4. M. Mansuripur and G.A.N. Connell, "Thermal Aspects of Magneto-optical Recording," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol.54, No.9, pp 4794-4798 (September 1983).

5. M. Mansuripur, "Computer Modeling of Optical Storage media and Systems," Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 1316, 70-80 (1990)

6. Y. C. Hsieh, M. Mansuripur, J. Volkmer and A. Brewen, "Measurement of the thermal coefficients of nonreversible phase-change optical recording films," Applied Optics, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp 866-872 (February 1997).

7. M. Mansuripur, "Laser Heating of Multilayer Stacks," Optics & Photonics News, May 1999.


  1. Quadrilayer Magneto-optical Disk

  2. Quadrilayer Stack Illuminated through Substrate

  3. User-defined Laser Beam Profile


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