As per the reports of journal Nature, researches from ASTAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), IMRE (Institute of Materials Research and Engineering) and NUS (National University of Singapore) have discovered and are on the way to create an Ultra-Smooth Surface which can store data of upto 10 Terabits per Square Inch.
If such surface is developed then it will be the start of new generation of cheaper, significantly smaller and more efficient data storage devices. Also, this will be a great boost for nanotechnology and will be a boon for robotics and artificial intelligence applications where large amount of data storage is needed.
As per the statement of ASTAR, one of the cheapest and easiest high-volume schemes for creating uniform and complex nanostructures is the self-assembly technique which can also be used for data storage.
Several efforts to utilize self-assembly on several kind of surfaces including magnetic materials used for data storage, have been put on trials. But they have come out to be inconsistent, unreliable and error-prone. Several scientists and researchers were globally eager to fix the issue.
Now the team of researchers as mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, have solved the puzzle and discovered that ultra-smooth surfaces can efficiently and reliably hold self-assembly to create dense nanostructures.
One of the researchers of the project, M.S.M. Saifullah shared some technical aspects of the research. He said :
The method can now be used on more surfaces. A height close to 10 Atoms or 10 Angstroms, is all it takes to make or break self-assembly.
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