Room 1034 ETB
Peter M. Rentzepis
The first means for information storage and dissemination was 2D optical. Lately 2D magnetic disk storage became ubiquitous followed by 2D optical disks where Mbytes and GBytes are stored and retrieved.
In this talk we will discuss the spectroscopic processes and engineering techniques for writing and reading TBs of information in 3D disks and other devices. The basis for 3D writing, within the volume of a disk, or cube, rests on two photon, virtual, absorption. This method allows for recording information explicitly at a pre-determined small spot within the volume of the “disk” without affecting any other part of the device. The materials used and their properties for writing and reading 3D information will be discussed. The optical system and platform necessary for achieving high storage and retrieval rates will also be presented and the system used to store more than 10 TBs in a disk will presented and its limitations, such as BER, fatigue and other properties will be presented. Future possibilities to increase the storage to petabytes will be discussed if time permits.
BIO: Dr. Peter Rentzepis is a Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Texas A&M. He has served as a Member of the Technical Staff at GE Research Labs and AT&T Bell Labs, where he was also the Head of the Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Research Department. Before joining Texas A&M, he was the Presidential Chair Professor at UC Irvine. Dr. Rentzepis has over 25 major awards and prizes, 4 honorary doctorates, over 35 lectureships, over 10 professorships, over 475 publications and 87 patents. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.