Researchers from Southampton University have devised a way to encode massive amounts of data into a 5 dimensional nano-structured glass with the help of Femtosecond laser. Researchers feel that this new storage medium can act as a cornerstone to save documents of human civilization till the human race survives.
Already, the scientists working on this project have announced that they have succeeded in encoding King James Bible Magna Carta docs, The Universal declaration of Human Rights and Newton Optics literature on the 5D glass.
Professor Peter Kazansky who is leading the project from the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Center has revealed that the new media storing massive amounts of data can serve those who are looking to archive massive amounts of data ranging from Terabytes to Petabytes.
This technology to store data on 5D glass was first demonstrated in 2013, and after successful research has ended in gaining a capability of storing up to 360TB of data from just 300K text file.
Peter said that his team is currently working on the aspect of increasing the amount of data storage capability through this feature. He added that their future research will be to simplify the reading and writing capability of this innovation and make it available on a commercial note. If the scientists attain success on this aspect, then surely this new technology of writing massive amounts of data on a Nano-Structured Glass can become a big compete to Tape storage, which stands out as the only economical solution for archival needs in today’s world.
The 5D nano-structured glass has been named as a “Super memory Crystal”, as it resembles the memory crystals used in the Superman films. According to the researchers of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Center the crystal can survive temperatures of up to 1,000 C and has the capability to retain the text written inside for almost 13.8 billion years, which is estimated the age of our current Universe.
Getting a bit deep into the technology, the femto-second laser used to encode the data produces extremely short and intense pulses of light. The data is encoded in three layers of nano structured dots separated by five micrometers. Together with the size and orientation, there are five dimensions in total in which the text is written.
More details are awaited!