We show that an array of optically actuated biased cantilevers can work as an optical data storage, able to encode data stored as arrays of optical pixels (images). Each of these optical pixels can, in addition, have a predetermined pixel depth, expressed as a certain number of gray levels. This new optical memory is able to work at a data rate of approximately 7 GB/s for an image with 128 × 128 pixels.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(210.4680) Optical data storage : Optical memories
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
Daniela Dragoman and Mircea Dragoman, "Biased Micromechanical Cantilever Arrays as Optical Image Memory," Appl. Opt. 42, 1515-1519 (2003)