Crescent geometry for an optical ribbon recorder

Tom D. Milster, D. P. Gregg, K. C. Wilson

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Several geometries have been presented in the literature for optical tape recorders. A new scanning architecture called crescent scanning is addressed. The primary features of this architecture include a new scanning mechanism and the resulting crescent-like pattern of tracks across the width of the ribbon. In addition, the ribbon is contained in a sealed or semi-sealed cartridge where the optical surface of the ribbon does not come into contact with any surface other than rolling upon the tape itself. The concepts related to scanning the ribbon are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Joint International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Optical Data Storage (ISOM/ODS'99) - Koloa, HI, USA
Duration: Jul 12 1999Jul 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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