Self-organized short-term memories

S. N. Coppersmith, T. C. Jones, L. P. Kadanoff, A. Levine, J. P. McCarten, S. R. Nagel, S. C. Venkataramani, Xinlei Wu

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We report short-term memory formation in a nonlinear dynamical system with many degrees of freedom. The system “remembers” a sequence of impulses for a transient period, but it coarsens and eventually “forgets” nearly all of them. The memory duration increases as the number of degrees of freedom in the system increases. We demonstrate the existence of these transient memories in a laboratory experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3983-3986
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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