Colloquium: Masud Mansuripur

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Macromolecular Data Storage


    Many of the traditional problems in disk and tape data storage can be overcome if data-blocks were to be released from the confines of a disk (or tape) and allowed to float freely between read/write stations (i.e., heads) and permanent "parking spots." The heads and parking spots thus become fixed structures within an integrated chip, while the macromolecular data blocks themselves become the (mobile) storage media. In this scheme, a large number of read/write heads could operate in parallel, the heads and parking spots would be constructed (layer upon layer) in a truly 3-dimensional fashion, and individual nanometer sized molecules - strung together in a flexible macromolecular chain - would be used to represent the 0’s and 1's of binary information. We discuss the potential advantages of this alternative scheme for secondary data storage and, to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept, present results of experiments based on DNA molecules that travel within micro-fluidic chambers. Since our first proposals to develop macromolecular data storage systems, other groups have contributed to developments in DNA-based techniques for information storage and processing. In this presentation we will discuss the latest developments reported by other groups as well.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Masud Mansuripur (PhD, 1981, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University) is Professor and Chair of Optical Data Storage at the College of Optical Sciences of the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the author of "Introduction to Information Theory" (Prentice-Hall, 1987), "The Physical Principles of Magneto-Optical Recording" (Cambridge University Press, 1995), "Classical Optics and its Applications" (Cambridge University Press, 2002, 2nd edition 2009, Japanese translation 2006 and 2012), and "Field, Force, Energy and Momentum in Classical Electrodynamics" (Bentham e-books, 2011, revised and expanded edition, 2017). A Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics & Photonics (SPIE), Prof. Mansuripur is the author or co-author of more than 250 technical papers in the areas of optical data recording, magneto-optics, optical materials fabrication and characterization, thin film optics, diffraction theory, macromolecular data storage, and problems associated with radiation pressure and photon momentum.