A quartz crystal that scientists have been able to use to store date. The crystal has featrues including a 360 terabyte per disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited lifetime. The crystal storage is a way that science fiction is merging into the real world.
According to researchers “…the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, which is able to store vast quantities of data for over a million years.” What it basically means is that, using ultrafast lasers, we can now encode a piece of quartz with 5D information in the form of nanostructured dots separated by only one millionth of a meter.
The crystal storage works by considering 5 variables; the three dimensions plus polarization and intensity. Researchings are calling this 5D data storage.
The benefit of these memory crystals is that they can stand the test of time whereas now storage devices can only last a couple of decades at best.