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Theoretical new electrical elements

An EU-supported team aimed to develop the electronic engineering equivalent of the periodic table of chemical elements. Work yielded a new principle of circuit theory, and predicted properties of as-yet unknown components, including the negative memristor.
Theoretical new electrical elements
Engineers have long worked with a trio of 'ideal elements' for classic electronic circuit design – resistor, inductor and capacitor – each having fixed properties. Yet, modern nanoelectronics also includes components with variable properties, which need documenting.

The EU-funded DISCOVERTABLE (Re-discovering a periodic table of elementary circuit elements) project intended to devise tables of non-ideal components. Project members claim such tables would be equivalent to the periodic table of chemical elements. Such a reference tool would enable categorisation of existing circuit elements and prediction of the properties of new components.

The team proposed a principle of supersymmetry in circuit theory whereby each circuit element supposedly partners symmetrically with another. Members found their theory to be mathematically 'beautiful' and potentially useful.

Work yielded prediction of a new electronic element: the negative memristor. The group investigated the hypothetical component's probable features and potential applications.

The work of DISCOVERTABLE may lead to new applications in electronics and computing.

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Elements, electronic engineering, periodic table, circuit theory, negative memristor, DISCOVERTABLE
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