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Slime mould electronic oscillators

Adamatzky, Andrew



We construct electronic oscillator from acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. The slime mould oscillator is made of two electrodes connected by a protoplasmic tube of the living slime mould. A protoplasmic tube has an average resistance of 3 MOhm. The tube's resistance is changing over time due to peristaltic contractile activity of the tube. The resistance of the protoplasmic tube oscillates with average period of 73 s and average amplitude of 0.6 MOhm. We present experimental laboratory results on dynamics of Physarum oscillator under direct current voltage up to 15 V and speculate that slime mould P. polycephalum can be employed as a living electrical oscillator in biological and hybrid circuits. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Adamatzky, A. (2014). Slime mould electronic oscillators. Microelectronic Engineering, 124, 58-65.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 25, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2015
Journal Microelectronic Engineering
Print ISSN 0167-9317
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 124
Pages 58-65
Keywords oscillator, slime mould, bioelectronics
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