Encrypted Information Storage using Quasiparticles

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Available for Licensing
TRL: 4

IP Status

US Utility Patent Pending (Not Yet Published)

Inventors

Kristen S. Buchanan
Xuemei Cheng
Xiao Wang

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University in collaboration with Bryn Mawr College have developed a novel method to encrypt and recover non-volatile data exploiting quasiparticles.  Quasiparticles have gained much attention in recent research due to their theoretical minimization of data storage, logic devices, and processing electronics.

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Reference No.: 2021-042

Background

In physics, quasiparticles and collective excitations (which are closely related) are emergent phenomena that occur when a microscopically complicated system such as a solid behaves as if it contained different weakly interacting particles in vacuum. Generally speaking, solids are made of only three kinds of particles: electrons, protons, and neutrons. Quasiparticles are none of these; instead, each of them is an emergent phenomenon that occurs inside the solid. Therefore, while it is quite possible to have a single particle (electron or proton or neutron) floating in space, a quasiparticle can only exist inside interacting many-particle systems (primarily solids). One particular form of quasiparticle are skyrmions, having small size and low energy consumption – making them good candidates for data-storage solutions and other computing devices.

Benefits
  • Simpler than other encryption techniques
  • Much smaller scale than other technologies
  • Very robust
Applications
  • Data storage
  • Encryption
  • Logic devices
  • Computing technologies

Last updated: August 2021

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