With the amount of data downloaded every single day, increasing computer memory is a must in the technological industry. Researchers from the City College of New York have discovered the key to changing the data storage game: diamonds.
Siddharth Dhomkar, a postdoctoral associate in physics, and Jacob Henshaw, a teaching assistant in physics, both from City College of New York, have proposed to break away from the traditional methods of storing data on two-dimensional objects such as compact discs (CD), digital video discs, (DVD) and Blu-ray discs, claiming that these media storage devices degrade over time.
In their research article, Dohmkar and Henshaw proposed that long-term data storage could be done with diamonds. With this new technology, data storage could be extended to multiple dimensions. Instead of writing data to a surface, it could be written to a volume and rendered multi-dimensional.
Diamonds are a pure well-ordered array of carbon atoms. When viewed under an electron microscope, a neatly arranged three-dimensional lattice becomes visible. Occasionally, there is a defect or a break in the pattern when a carbon atom is missing. This empty space, when filled with a nitrogen atom, is called anitrogen vacancy or NV.
This defect, according to Dohmkar and Henshaw, has a potential benefit and demonstrates properties that make diamonds ideal as a memory platform. Using artificially lab-grown diamonds, the researchers efficiently control the concentration of nitrogen vacancy centers in the diamond.
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