Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Memory Crystals Superman Becomes Real

Next, the computer can instantly store their data into the hard drive is made of glass, according to research British scientists are developing ways to store information similar to the "memory crystals" in the movie Superman.

Researchers at the University of Southampton using a laser to rearrange the atoms in the pieces of glass, and turn it into a new type of computer memory.

They claim the memory glass is much more stable and durable than hard-drive memory type of memory currently only have a limited life or just a few decades alone and vulnerable to damage from high temperatures and humidity.

Memory glass that can withstand temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, water resistant and can survive for thousands of years without causing information lost.

Scientists claim that information can be written, erased and rewritten into the molecular structure of glass by using a laser.

The process of change in light travels through glass, creating a vortex of light polarized so that it can be read in many ways such data in an optical fiber.

Memory glass compared to the "memory crystals" in a Superman movie, which contains video footage and data stored on their parents. Recording and data in the memory crystal that can be played back.

Martynas Beresna, Researcher of the Project of the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre said that currently they can store up to 50GB of data in a piece of glass no larger than a cell phone laya or equivalent with a Blu-ray Disc.

He said, "We have developed a memory, means this data can be stored in glass and durable. Memory is very stable and secure glass of portable memory.

"The memory of this glass is very useful for organizations that require large data archives. Today, a company must be able to use their files every five to ten years while the old hard-drive memory is relatively short.

"The museum wanted to keep the information or places like the National Archives where they have a large number of documents, will really benefit."

Storage process, which is done by melaser dots small trail called "voxels" into pure silica glass. That process makes the glass opaque and with a bit of light polarization. Can then be read using an optical detector.

The scientists, whose research is published in the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters, now working at a company Altechna Lithuania to bring that technology to market, Los Angeles Times reported.

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