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Ferroelectric

A Scanning Nonlinear Dielectric Microscope Inset left: shows topography and electric dipol...

For most of us, storing and accessing the vast majority of our computer data involves using either hard disk or solid state drives or perhaps a combination of both. Each method boasts its own advantages and while the battle for storage supremacy between the two rages in public, research at Japan's Tohoku University has revealed another option. Using a pulse generator to alter the electrical state of tiny dots on a ferroelectric medium, Kenkou Tanaka and Yasuo Cho have successfully recorded data at around eight times the density of current hard disk drives.  Read More

A film of strontium titanate and the single crystal of silicon on which it was made
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Nobody likes staring at a screen while they wait for their computer to boot up. Sure, you can spend those few minutes making a cup of coffee or ferreting the dirt out from under your fingernails, but if you’re raring to go those few minutes can be a frustrating waste of time. This could soon be a thing of the past however, thanks to a clever materials science technique that may allow a new class of electronic devices that remember their last state, even after power is turned off.  Read More

Nanotechnology promises massive data storage on a single disk

A breakthrough invention and patent in nanotechnology will keep data storage technology in touch with its ever-increasing requirements of mass data storage well into this millennium. Michael E. Thomas, President of Colossal Storage Corporation, is the inventor of rewritable ferroelectric molecular optical storage nanotechnology which could become a pioneering development in the technology of mass data storage.  Read More

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