Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient

(Eindhoven University of Technology) Researchers of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a ‘hybrid technology’ which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives. Ultra-short (femtosecond) light pulses allows data to be directly written in a magnetic memory in a fast and highly energy-efficient way. This research, published in Nature Communications, promises to revolutionize the process of data storage in future photonic integrated circuits.