A thermal memory cell
IFF-News August 1, 2009
by J. Dolinsek, M. Feuerbacher, M. Jagodic, Z. Jaglicic, M. Heggen, and K. Urban
A concept of a thermal memory cell, where a byte of digital information can be stored into the storage medium by pure thermal manipulation is presented. Thermal inscription of information employs a specific temperature–time profile that involves continuous cooling and isothermal waiting time periods in the absence of any external magnetic or electric field. Our storage media are magnetically frustrated solids. We succeeded to thermally write arbitrary ASCII characters into the Taylor-phase T-Al3(Mn,Fe) complex intermetallic compound and the Cu-Mn canonical spin glass. Besides for data storage, the concept may be employed for secure data transfer and for retrieving cosmological information from extraterrestrial dust particles.
J. Dolinsek, M. Feuerbacher, M. Jagodic, Z. Jaglicic, M. Heggen, and K. Urban: A thermal memory cell,J. appl. Phys. 106 (2009) 043917.