Patents by Inventor Fred William Spong

Fred William Spong has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4097895
    Abstract: A flat major surface of a disc-shaped substrate (e.g., of glass) is coated with a light-reflective layer (e.g., of aluminum). Overlying the reflective layer is a layer of material (e.g., fluorescein) which is highly absorptive for light of a frequency supplied by a recording laser. The coating parameters are chosen to establish an anti-reflection condition for the coated record blank at the recording light frequency. The light output of the laser, which is intensity modulated in accordance with a signal to be recorded, is focused upon the coated surface of the disc as the disc is rotated. With the peak intensity of the focused light sufficient to cause ablation of the absorptive layer, an information track is formed as a succession of spaced pits in which the reflecting layer is effectively exposed. For playback, light of a constant intensity is focused on the information track as the disc is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1978
    Assignee: RCA Corporation
    Inventor: Fred William Spong