Technology Focus


With the high-definition DVD format war now over, where do we go next? Industry analysts predict a steady growth in Blu-ray disk sales but only after an initial period of time to readjust after the prolonged battle against HD-DVD.

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Editorial

A matter of format p401

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.118


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Research Highlights

Dots boost data storage, phase-change revelations, and more p402

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.119


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Industry Perspectives

Holographic data storage: Coming of age pp403 - 405

Lisa Dhar, Kevin Curtis & Thomas Fäcke

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.120

Holographic data storage is poised to change the way we write and retrieve data forever. After many years of developing appropriate recording media and optical read–write architectures, this promising technology is now moving to the market.


Two-photon technology: A new dimension pp406 - 408

Edwin Walker & Peter M. Rentzepis

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.121

Conventional optical technologies store data on the surface of a recording medium. Two-photon technology, which relies on overlapping light beams, can be used for three-dimensional multilayer storage and promises capacities of up to 10 Tbyte on a DVD-size disk.


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Business News


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Product Highlights

Laser-diode developments, dual-layer disk manufacture, and more p411

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.123


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Interview

After the format war p412

Interview with David Bunzel

doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.124

Nadya Anscombe talks to David Bunzel, president of the Optical Storage Technology Association, about the aftermath of the Blu-ray/high-definition-DVD format war and future technologies in the optical data-storage market


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