Capturing Recorded Sound through Imaging: The IRENE Project and Future Prospects
Dr. Carl Haber
Senior Scientist, Physics Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California
June 18, 2007
About the Lecture:
Over the past four years the Library has been collaborating with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the development of new imaging methods to preserve and create digital access to recorded sound, on mechanical carriers. Imaging methods are non-invasive and scale naturally to an automated approach. For these reasons they hold promise both as preservation tools and as a basis for mass digitization. In 2006 a first prototype optical scanner for disc records was built and installed at the Library where it is under evaluation. This device, known as IRENE, and its performance, will be described in this talk. Among the future directions for this research are applications of high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) surface profiling methods. These and other prospects will be discussed.
About the Speaker:
Carl Haber is an experimental physicist. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California. Most of his research interest involves the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high energy colliders such as the facility at Fermilab near Chicago. These interests have also led him, and his colleagues, to apply techniques in use in this research to the topic of sound restoration. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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