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Storing data in quantum spaces.

  1. Mar 27, 2014 #1
    Would it be possible to store Data in a space smaller or equal to the plank length? And also does Data (or the storage of it) take up physical space and if so how much approximately?
    Thanks, Michael.
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2014 #2
    There is believed to be an upper bound on the amount of information you can store in a given volume: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekenstein_bound

    Interestingly, according to this bound the maximum amount of data that you can store in a given spherical region is proportional to the *surface area* of the sphere instead of its volume.
     
  4. Mar 27, 2014 #3
    That is interesting! I had a look at the link and the equation involves the mass of the system, what do you think this would correspond to in my query?
     
  5. Mar 28, 2014 #4

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  6. Mar 28, 2014 #5
    I'm not entirely sure how landauers limit applies to my question (since this principle applies to only a logically irriversible manipulation of data , which i don't think this is?), could you please explain?

    Using this inequality I calculated the minumum mass-energy of a system required to store one bit of information in a sphere of diameter the planck length, to be 4.316*10^-9 joules. which corresponds to a stationary mass of 4.802*10^-9 Kg.

    I have only minimal understanding of computing systems, the processes of storing information and the sort of system required to do so, But is this order of mass for a system practically feasible? (or could it be in the near future? - and i know the future&technology is a vague concept itself but...)
     
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