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Information coding with frequency of oscillations in Belousov-Zhabotinsky encapsulated disks

Gorecki, J.; Gorecka, J. N.; Adamatzky, Andrew


J. Gorecki

J. N. Gorecka


Information processing with an excitable chemical medium, like the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, is typically based on information coding in the presence or absence of excitation pulses. Here we present a new concept of Boolean coding that can be applied to an oscillatory medium. A medium represents the logical TRUE state if a selected region oscillates with a high frequency. If the frequency fails below a specified value, it represents the logical FALSE state. We consider a medium composed of disks encapsulating an oscillatory mixture of reagents, as related to our recent experiments with lipid-coated BZ droplets. We demonstrate that by using specific geometrical arrangements of disks containing the oscillatory medium one can perform logical operations on variables coded in oscillation frequency. Realizations of a chemical signal diode and of a single-bit memory with oscillatory disks are also discussed.


Gorecki, J., Gorecka, J. N., & Adamatzky, A. (2014). Information coding with frequency of oscillations in Belousov-Zhabotinsky encapsulated disks. Physical Review E, 89,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Physical Review E
Print ISSN 2470-0045
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
Keywords information processing, excitable chemical medium, Belousov-Zhabotinsky
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