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PMID-31495645 Can One Concurrently Record Electrical Spikes from Every Neuron in a Mammalian Brain?

  • Argues for a concrete arrangement of 6um diamond (1.2TPa modulus) shanks, 2mm long, on 40um hexagonal grid. Each would be patterned with 5 layers of metal, 30nm x 30nm Au traces (what about surface roughness?), high dielectric insulation, 9um x 14um TiN contacts.
  • This will be mated to state of the art adaptive amplifiers, which would be biased to only burn necessary power needed to sort spikes.
  • The sharpened spikes should penetrate the brain; 4um diameter diamond shanks should also work...
  • Overall volume displacement ~ 2% (which still seems high).
  • Suggest that the shanks can push capillaries out of the way, or puncture them while making a seal. Clearly, that's possible ...
  • ... but realistically, unless these are inserted glacially slowly, it will cause possibly catastrophic / cascading inflammation. (Which can spread on the order of 100-150um).
  • Does not cite Marblestone 2013.