Researchers from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom finally discovered a way on how to maximize the use of memory crystals to store data. The researchers were able to store data on a five-dimensional (5D) nanostructure glass that can amazingly keep the data for billions of years.
There is also a study from the University of Optoelectronics Research Centre that focuses on the development of reading and writing processes on a five dimensional digital data storage using a femtosecond laser to write the data. The process uses ultrashort pulses of light (ultrafast lasers) to encrypt a quantum bit, using the separation process of a single photon. To encode the information in five dimensions, researches used not only the three dimensional arrangement of the nanostructures, but also size and orientation.
The nanostructure glass is fused with quartz which makes a significant change on how light behaves and travels through it. The process is a bit the same as on a polarized sunglasses, on which the modification of polarized light can be read by combining the element of a polarizer and the optical microscope.
The nanostructured glass was named “Superman Memory Crystal” by the researchers who discovered it, because the glass memory has been linked to the “memory crystals” that were used in the “Superman” movie.
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Amazingly, the memory crystal with an inch diameter can store up to 360TB of data and can endure temperature of up to 1000 degrees Celsius. It can last for 13.8 billion years in a room that has a 190-degree Celsius temperature.
The data structure of this memory crystal is composed of three layers of nanostructured dots that are detached by five micrometers – a micron is one millionth of a meter.
Experiments to demonstrate this technology were first made in 2013, when a 300 kb text file was successfully recorded in a 5D storage.
“The laser beam was focused 200 [microns] below the surface of a 2 mm thick fused silica sample, which was mounted onto an XYZ linear air-bearing translation stage system” – researchers stated.
The researchers also added that the new storage is a stable, safe and portable type of memory storage. This technology will be useful and optimized to organizations that have a huge archive. The national archives, libraries and museums will benefit from this technology to help them store critical records or information for preservation.
After the success of this experiment, they already allowed a digital copy of important documents such as the Magna Carta, King James Bible, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Newton’s Opticks. These are critical documents that could continue the civilized world of the human race. Recently, a copy of the UDHR that was encoded to a 5D data storage was showcased to the United Nations Educational, Scientism and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by the Optoelectronics Research Centre at an event held in Mexico last December.
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