Thermal image refinement approach for scratches on a magnetic disk evaluated at various angles

Y. Todtong, A. Kaewrawang, R. Sivaratana, A. Kruesubthaworn, S.M. Thompson, A. Siritaratiwat

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Scratch damage on magnetic disks is a major problem in the hard drive industry as it affects the reliability. To address this problem, it is therefore necessary to apply advanced detection techniques. To enhance micro-scratch detection, an infrared camera capturing technique based on heat radiation is proposed in this article. Nevertheless, the captured thermal images may be invisible due to the Narcissus effect as a dark region covering the interested areas. An approach of thermal image refinement is also presented by heating the magnetic disk at various angles of magnetic disk and CaF2 external zoom lens. The thermal image and the emissivity ratio are used to indicate suitable angles and heating times at which the scratch can be clearly detected. It is found that the rotation of the CaF2 external zoom lens can assist the detection of a micro-sized scratch and a heating time of 10 s is sufficient to clearly show scratches if the magnetic disk is set to be aligned in parallel with the CaF2 external zoom lens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-381
Number of pages17
JournalInstrumentation science & technology
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2013

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