Spin-Wave Voices

Santa Pile (AT), Martin Gasser (AT), Christina Humer (AT), Silvan David Peter (AT), Andreas Ney (AT), Verena Ney (AT)

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“Spin waves” are one of the options to replace the transfer of electronic charges in logic devices to make information processing faster and more efficient. The Spin-Wave Voices installation allows us to explore, sense, and interact with this emerging technology. With a simple pedal activation, it is possible to start an excitation of spin waves in one of various microstructures of different shapes. As the pedal is pressed, micromagnetic simulations of the real structure, which were confirmed by synchrotron measurements, are visualized and sonified. Although they are extremely fast and small in real life, the waves are slowed down and magnified billions of times at the installation in order to make them accessible to human perception. Altogether, that allows us to see and to hear the Spin-Wave Voices as they appear, evolve, and differ depending on the shape. The posters explaining the scientific background and a microscope showing how small the real structures are will allow visitors to explore the concept in more depth.


Santa Pile is a postdoc, Andreas Ney is a professor, and Verena Ney is a university assistant at the Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics JKU Linz, Martin Gasser is a researcher, developer, media artist, and a musician at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Christina Humer is a PhD student at the Institute of Computer Graphics JKU Linz, and Silvan David Peter is a PhD student at the Institute of Computational Perception JKU Linz.


SWV would like to acknowledge funding by Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz Institute of Technology (LIT), the State of Upper Austria, and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (LIT-2019-7-SEE-117), the FWF Austrian Science Fund (DFH 23–N and ESP 4), and the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (101019375).