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A hard disk of quartz?

Published : 03/31/2016 19:30:00
Categories : Gadget

A hard disk of quartz?

In the endless quest to solve one of the biggest and worrying problems of this era of the digital revolution, "the lack of security on the durability of containers", the team of scientists from the University of Southampton (UK) has achieved a giant step forward in terms of the development of data storage systems.

Creating a hard disk of quartz able to survive millions of years and keep the data intact. They have called the "Superman of the memories".

This feat has been achieved by employing a nanostructured crystal (ie which is formed by crystals of a size less than 100 nanometers) able to develop a revolutionary new optical storage system based on a technique of complex information retrieval in five dimensions (5D), a technique that has been in development from six years ago.

This new system, which literally allows "unprecedented properties" as detailed project managers, this provides an amazing storage capacity of 360 TB, which is equivalent to ten million song files in just 1 crystal quartz.

To achieve storage, documents recorded by an ultra-fast and the latest generation laser produces extremely short, intense pulses. The file is written in three layers of nanostructured points and separated by five micrometres, this means that it is a millionth part of a meter. The data is stored through self-assembled nanostructures that are created in glass fused quartz. The coding of information to be stored is performed in five dimensions.

One of the milestones achieved by the project is undoubtedly its durability. According to its creators, has a "virtually unlimited" life estimated on no more and no less than 13,800 million years in an ambient temperature of about 190 degrees, but is also capable of withstanding temperatures of a thousand Celsius degrees life. This new system will "open a new era of data storage."

Possible applications today, officials say, could be targeted to largely storage systems such as museums and libraries, allowing them to "preserve their records and information" as we talk about institutions that require very large spaces to record their scanned files.

"It is extremely exciting to think that we created the technology to preserve and store documents and information for future generations. This technology can ensure the latest evidence of our civilization: what we have all learned will not be forgotten, "says professor Peter Kazansky, a member of the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the English University.

What other uses would you address to this new storage technology?

With Tecnomagazine.net information.

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