Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This is nothing short of astounding

Ultra-Dense Optical Storage -- on One Photon!

Ultra-Dense Optical Storage -- on One Photon

First image stored and retrieved from a single photon
(Credit University of Rochester)

Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact.

Diagram of the encoding device. Credit: University of Rochester

Did you get that? An entire image, encoded onto ONE PHOTON? And then stored, and then recalled?

This is mindblowing to me. If you're at all interested in this, read the whole story here.


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