Slime mold microfluidic logical gates

Adamatzky, A. and Schubert, T. (2014) Slime mold microfluidic logical gates. Materials Today, 17 (2). pp. 86-91. ISSN 1369-7021 Available from:

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We demonstrate how logical operations can be implemented in ensembles of protoplasmic tubes of acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The tactile response of the protoplasmic tubes is used to actuate analogs of two- and four-input logical gates and memory devices. The slime mold tube logical gates display results of logical operations by blocking flow in mechanically stimulated tube fragments and redirecting the flow to output tube fragments. We demonstrate how XOR and NOR gates are constructed. We also exemplify circuits of hybrid gates and a memory device. The slime mold based gates are non-electronic, simple and inexpensive, and several gates can be realized simultaneously at sites where protoplasmic tubes merge.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:gates, computing
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
ID Code:26442
Deposited By: Professor A. Adamatzky
Deposited On:25 Aug 2015 13:28
Last Modified:27 Feb 2017 03:30

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