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Handbook of Magneto-Optical Data Recording: Materials, Subsystems, Techniquesby Randall Haber
Synopses & Reviews
Optical data storage devices utilizing magnetic media and magneto-optic (MO) readout became commercially available in the last half of the 1980's. This technology has now progressed through three generations of international standard format products, and is today firmly positioned as a robust, highly reliable and extendible method for re-writable (erasable), high density optical storage of not only computer data, but also entertainment (audio, video) formats and other information. As with other forms of optical storage, this has been enabled by the development of low cost, compact solid state laser devices.
An additional key to the emergence of MO recording was the discovery and development from the early 1970's of amorphous magnetic alloy film materials with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and thermo magnetic properties compatible with thermally assisted magnetic recording. These materials provided adequate signal-to-noise characteristics that made thermo magnetic recording feasible. MO recording technology offers options for the highest performance and quality combined with media resolvability, a prime attribute of optical storage
This handbook brings together in single volume expert contributions on the many aspects of MO data recording, including the materials in use, techniques for achieving recording function, and storage device subsystems. As a multiple author treatment, it brings perspective from many viewpoints and institutions. The insights delivered should be valuable to a wide audience from students to practitioners in all areas of information storage.
This should be a primary and seminal reference on the subject of magneto-optical storage of digital data. A fundamental strength is the wide range of topics addressed and the diversity of expertise represented. These characteristics distinguish this comprehensive treatment from single-author texts. Twenty-one authors and two editors have combined their individual knowledge into a work addressing a common set of objectives in exposition. The result is a collection in one work of perhaps 200 years of working experience in the field, an order of magnitude beyond the capability of any single author, regardless how able
This handbook brings together in a single volume expert contributions on the many aspects of MO data recording, including the materials in use, techniques for achieving recording function, and storage device subsystems. As a multiple author treatment, it brings perspective from many viewpoints and institutions. The insights delivered should be valuable to a wide audience from students to practitioners in all areas of information storage.
About the Author
Terry W. McDaniel is presently with Quinta Corporation in San Jose, California. During the preparation of this book, he was Senior Physicist with the IBM Storage Division. He has extensive experience in optical data storage technology and has attended numerous international conferences on these topics.
Dr. McDaniel earned his doctorate at Michigan State University and has published over thirty technical papers. He is also the holder of four patents.
Randall H. Victora is a research associate at the Kodak Research Laboratories, Rochester, New York. He was program co-chairman of the INTERMAG Conference in 1995 and was also publications co-chairman of the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He is also a member of the advisory committees for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Dr. Victora earned his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, has published thirty-five papers, and is the holder of three patents. His research is focused on theoretical investigations of magnetism and magnetic materials, primarily for data applications.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Overview
Bernard W. Bell, Jr.; David K. Campbell
2. Heads and Lasers
David B. Kay, Edward C. Gage
3. Servos and Actuators
Kurt W Getreuer, Leo J. Grassens
4. Media Substrates and Format
5. Magneto-Optical Thin Film Recording Materials in Practice
6. Materials Characterization
William A. McGahan
7. Writing and Erasing in Magneto-Optical Recording
Jerry E. Hurst, Jr.; Terry W. McDaniel
8. The Magneto-Optical Readout Process
C. David Wright
9. Sources of Noise in Magneto-Optical Readout
Blair I. Finkelstein
10. Modeling the Magneto-Optical Recording Processes
Terry W. McDaniel, Brian J. Bartholomeusz
Tom D. Milster, Scott B. Hamilton
12. Drive Packaging
Marvin B. Davis
13. Data Reliability and Errors
Dennis G. Howe
14. Outlook for Magneto-Optical Recording
Mark H. Kryder
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