New paper from NiPS: Energy harvesting from structural vibrations of magnetic shape memory alloys



NiPS Laboratory is proud to present a new paper, just appered on Applied Physics Letters.

This work has been developed during the extended visit paied in 2016 to NiPS by Dr. Amin Askari Farsangi from the School of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran.

Pdf of the paper is freely available here:



New paper from NiPS: Landauer bound for analog computing systems




Landauer bound for analog computing systems M. Cristina Diamantini, Luca Gammaitoni, and Carlo A. Trugenberger Phys. Rev. E 94, 012139 – Published 25 July 2016

New paper from NiPS prove false a long believed true theory

London, 28th June 2016


Published today on Nature Communications the results of an experiment at NiPS Lab, in Perugia, Italy. They show that irreversible logic gates can be operated below the Landauer’s limit.


New paper from the Landauer project on the cover of Nanotechnology



Perugia, 15 June, 2016

A novel paper by P Pfeffer, F Hartmann, I Neri, A Schade, M Emmerling, M Kamp, L Gammaitoni, S Höfling and L Worschech entitled "Half adder capabilities of a coupled quantum dot device” is on the cover of Nanotechnology, Volume 27, Number 21.

The paper is the product of a collaboration between the Wuerzburg Group and NiPS, in the framework of the Landauer project (

The abstract of the paper: 

In this paper we demonstrate two realizations of a half adder based on a voltage-rectifying mechanism involving two Coulomb-coupled quantum dots. First, we examine the ranges of operation of the half adder's individual elements, the AND and XOR gates, for a single rectifying device. It allows a switching between the two gates by a control voltage and thus enables a clocked half adder operation. The logic gates are shown to be reliably operative in a broad noise amplitude range with negligible error probabilities. Subsequently, we study the implementation of the half adder in a combined double-device consisting of two individually tunable rectifiers. We show that this double device allows a simultaneous operation of both relevant gates at once. The presented devices draw their power solely from electronic fluctuations and are therefore an advancement in the field of energy efficient and autonomous electronics.





Towards zero-power ICT. New review article from NiPS



Is it possible to operate a computing device with zero energy expenditure? This question, once considered just an academic dilemma, has recently become strategic for the future of information and communication technology.


Published the book on Micro Energy Harvesting with contributions from NiPS



Micro Energy Harvesting
Danick Briand (Editor), Eric Yeatman (Editor), Shad Roundy (Editor), Oliver Brand(Series Editor), Gary K. Fedder (Series Editor), Christofer Hierold (Series Editor), Jan G. Korvink (Series Editor), Osamu Tabata (Series Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-31902-2 - 490 pages, April 2015
Chapter 2 devoted to Fundamentals of Mechanics and Dynamics, Helios Vocca and Luca Gammaitoni


Sorting with uncertainty: Trading accuracy with energy saving, new paper form NiPS



Sorting with uncertainty: Trading accuracy with energy saving

I. Neri, W. Didimo, E. Di Giacomo, L. Gammaitoni and G. Liotta

Nanoenergy Lett., 6, 37, 2013

Nonlinear bi-stable vibration energy harvester at work. New paper from NiPS

A new paper form NiPS on the  Journal of Wireless Sensor Network


Nonlinear bi-stable vibration energy harvester at work
Francesco Orfei, Igor Neri, Helios Vocca, Luca Gammaitorni

An extreme low power energy rectification, storage and management circuitry has been developed and used to power a small digital wireless sensor with a piezoelectric non-linear bi-stable vibration energy harvester for automotive application. All the system has been designed with off-the-shelf components and sends data in the 2.4 GHz band.


Please downoload the paper here:

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