Scientists Store Images In Vapor

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Israeli scientists recently demonstrated a method for storing images in a warm atomic vapor. The method will help open the doors to quantum communication and image processing.

Every time you look at text on a page, you witness just how tightly constrained atoms are in solids. In gases, however, they are much more fluid and physicists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are working to constrain these atoms in order to store images.

They have demonstrated how rubidium vapor can store complex images for up to 30 microseconds. Once the technology is mastered, scientists believe it may be possible to store elaborate images or even entire movies.

The technology will also be very useful for the future of quantum computing. “The most ‘straight-forward’ application is a ‘memory device’ for the basic information unit of quantum information – the qubit,” said Moshe Shuker from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.



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