A method and apparatus for focusing light within a waveguide is provided.
The waveguide includes a curved grating adapted to focus light incident
thereon to a focused spot proximate a first end of the waveguide. In
another embodiment, the first end of the waveguide has a thickness
greater than a portion of the waveguide containing the grating. The
waveguide is suitable for focusing light onto a magnetic storage medium
and the like, making the waveguide suitable for heat-assisted magnetic
recording (HAMR) applications.