ON THE DESIGN OF FLUXONICS: REVERSIBLE SUPERCONDUCTING CIRCUITS
In this dissertation, we present work on developing superconducting circuits intended to advance the implementation of Asynchronous Ballistic Reversible Computation using Fluxon Logic. In the first Chapter we introduce the need for developing reversible computing, and discuss implementing asynchronous reversible computing using fluxons in superconducting circuits. In Chapter 2, we introduce basic superconductivity physics, including the Josephson effects, which is necessary to know for understanding the behavior of Josephson junction transmission lines. In Chapter 3, we introduce tools to physically understand the behavior of topologically protected solitons, 'fluxons', in Josephson junction transmission lines. Finally, in Chapter 4, we briefly discuss the history of fluxon-based computation devices and present current state of the art design of such reversible computation devices, including the fluxon Rotary gate that we have developed. Taken together, these represent advances in the direction of implementing asynchronous reversible computing in practice.
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Physics and Astronomy
- West Lafayette