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Logical and Physical Reversibility of Conservative Skyrmion Logic

Hu, Xuan; Walker, Benjamin W.; Garcia-Sanchez, Felipe; Edwards, Alexander J.; Zhou, Peng; Incorvia, Jean A.; Paler, Alexandru; Frank, Michael P.; Friedman, Joseph S.

Magnetic skyrmions are nanoscale whirls of magnetism that can be propagated with electrical currents. The repulsion between skyrmions inspires their use for reversible computing based on the elastic billiard ball collisions proposed for conservative logic in 1982. In this letter, we evaluate the logical and physical reversibility of this skyrmion logic paradigm, as well as the limitations that must be addressed before dissipation-free computation can be realized.