Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1301.2807 (Sophia Sklan et al.)

Beyond electronics, beyond optics: single circuit parallel computing
with phonons

Sophia Sklan, Jeffrey C. Grossman
Phononic computing -- the use of (typically thermal) vibrations for information processing -- is a nascent technology; its capabilities are still being discovered. We analyze an alternative form of phononic computing inspired by optical, rather than electronic, computing. Using the acoustic Faraday effect, we design a phonon gyrator and thereby a means of performing computation through the manipulation of polarization in transverse phonon currents. Moreover, we establish that our gyrators act as generalized transistors and can construct digital logic gates. Exploiting the wave nature of phonons and the similarity of our logic gates, we demonstrate parallel computation within a single circuit, an effect presently unique to phonons. Finally, a generic method of designing these parallel circuits is introduced and used to analyze the feasibility of magneto-acoustic materials in realizing these circuits.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.2807

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