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Mass Storage Systems and Technologies, IEEE / NASA Goddard Conference on (2007)
San Diego, California, USA
Sept. 24, 2007 to Sept. 27, 2007
ISBN: 0-7695-3025-7
pp: 245-250
William S. Oakley , NanoScale Storage Systems, Inc.
A novel high speed, high capacity electron-beam recording technique using nano technology in a Hard Disk Drive form factor is described. The e- beam source is a carbon nanotube (CNT) emitter and can be gated at rates up to several gigahertz. The planned recording media is Phase Change with sub-nanosecond response times, and data read-out by Secondary Electron Emission is anticipated. The key parameters for generating the recording beam are described and a preliminary design is discussed in which the CNT based Read/Write head replaces the magnetic head in a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The technique sidesteps limits associated with HDD technology and potentially provides far higher recording densities and higher data rates than possible with conventional magnetic-recording. The NS3 NanoTech Disk (NTD) approach may provide a path forward for HDD?s to the low nanometer mark scale.

W. S. Oakley, "E-Beam Hard Disk Drive Using Gated Carbon Nano Tube Source and Phase Change Media," 2007 24th IEEE Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies - MSST '07(MSST), San Diego, CA, 2007, pp. 245-250.
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