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Ground-breaking Femtoprint technology paper presented at CLEO post deadline session

Published: 24 June 2013

A group of researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton have presented a ground-breaking paper on Femtoprint technology at the photonics industry's renowned Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in San Jose. 

The paper, "5D Data Storage by Ultrafast Laser Nanostructuring in Glass," was presented by the Physical Optics group from the ORC during CLEO's prestigious post deadline session. It presents their latest work on the on the so-called 'Super-man memory crystals.' The paper authorship is lead by researcher Jingyu Zhang, and conducted under a joint project with Eindhoven University of Technology. 

“We are developing a very stable and safe form of portable memory using glass, which could be highly useful for organisations with big archives. At the moment companies have to back up their archives every five to ten years because hard-drive memory has a relatively short lifespan", says Jingyu.

"Museums who want to preserve information or places like the national archives where they have huge numbers of documents, would really benefit."

Professor Peter Kazansky, the ORC’s group supervisor added: “Our work presented at CLEO is important, because it emphasises the breakthrough made by our team here in Southampton. Our great results contribute to the success of the Femtoprint project overall.” 

CLEO's ever-popular post-deadline paper presentations draw large audiences attending the post deadline sessions in San Jose. Programme Chairs identified the group’s method of using ultrafast laser writing for high-density 5-D data storage as one of the conference paper presentations highlights -opening the door to ‘unlimited lifetime data storage.’ 

Find out more about the Physical Optics group.

Download the paper, '5D Data Storage by Ultrafast Laser Nanostructuring in Glass.' 

Authors: Jingyu Zhang, Mindaugas Gecevičius, Martynas Beresna, Peter G. Kazansky.

Learn more about Femtoprint.

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