CHAPTER 5

R&D ACTIVITIES IN OPTICAL DATA STORAGE MEDIA

Masud Mansuripur

INTRODUCTION

During the first week of April 1998, the WTEC panel on future data storage technologies visited the Research and Development Department of Nikon Corporation at Shinagawa-ku in Tokyo, the Corporate Research and Development Laboratory of Pioneer Corporation in Tokyo, and the Hypermedia Research Center, Optical Recording Technology Laboratory, of Sanyo Corporation in Gifu prefecture. What follows is a summary of the observations made during these visits and a fairly detailed description of the conversations with scientists, engineers, and technical managers with whom the panel met. To put these visits in perspective, the first part of the report gives an overview of the field of optical data storage. All the technical terms are defined, and the various methods and technologies of relevance to optical data storage are reviewed.


Published: June 1999; WTEC Hyper-Librarian