Power budget analysis of image-plane storage in spectral hole-burning materials

Mark A. Neifeld, W. Randall Babbitt, R. Krishna Mohan, Alan E. Craig

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We analyze the power requirements of a volumetric storage system based on hole-burning materials. We consider an image-plane architecture that uses ultra-fine wavelength addressing. We perform an optimization study in which hole-depth, material thickness, and spot size are selected to minimize the system power budget. We find that a data rate of 10 Gbps and a latency of 10 μs can be achieved in a read-once system based on Eu-YSO with a total power budget of only 23 mW. The same material system designed to tolerate 1000 read cycles would require only a factor of 15 increase in power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - May 2004
EventProceedings of the 8th International Meeting on Hole Burning, HBSM 2003 - Bozeman, MT., United States
Duration: Jul 26 2003Jul 31 2003


  • Frequency-domain optical storage
  • High performance optical memory
  • Page-oriented memory
  • Spectral hole burning
  • Spectral holography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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