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5D optical data storage – Superman memory crystals

On Feb. 6, 2018, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket flew for the first time launching red Tesla Roadster and its mannequin driver, Starman, into orbit around the sun. Thus far car and Starman moved beyond Mars moving at a speed of 55 thousand miles per hour. The orbital period is about 557 days.

The roadster will orbit the Sun for at least millions of years also carries the very first “Arch” library, containing the Isaac Asimov Foundation Trilogy while in permanent orbit around the Sun. If you are not familiar, Asimov’s Foundation Series is important for its symbolism. The series’ protagonist Hari Seldon endeavors to preserve and expand upon all human knowledge through a 30,000 year period of troubles. The Arch library was created using a new technology, picture below, developed by Dr. Peter Kazansky and his team, at the University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre. 5D optical data storage , sometimes refereed as Superman memory crystal is a nanostructured glass for permanently recording 5-D digital data using femtosecond laser writing process.

Top: Tesla Roadster with Starman behind the wheel | Bottom: 5D optical data storage, written in fused quartz using a femtosecond laser which emits optical pulses with a duration in the domain of femtoseconds (¹/₁ ₀₀₀ ₀₀₀ ₀₀₀ ₀₀₀ ₀₀₀ of a second) in three spatial and two optical dimensions. Each voxel contains a self-assembled nanograting that is oriented in a direction perpendicular to the light polarization.

Archs suppose to be one of the longest-lasting storage objects ever created by humans. They are immensely valuable artifacts; the product of decades of work to invent a new form of storage capable of serving the needs of the growth of big data. This new medium, invented over decades by Dr. Peter Kazansky, is expected within 10 years to achieve a storage capacity of 360 Terabytes per 3.75 inch disk of quartz and it appears stable for at least 14 billion years, under a wide range of extreme conditions?

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Christopher Reeve as Superman and Krypton memory crystals in Richard Donner’s 1978 film based on the DC Comics character

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