Tunable, synchronized frequency down-conversion in magnetic lattices with defects

Marc Serra-Garcia, Miguel Molerón, Chiara Daraio
2018 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
We study frequency conversion in nonlinear mechanical lattices, focusing on a chain of magnets as a model system. We show that by inserting mass defects at suitable locations, we can introduce localized vibrational modes that nonlinearly couple to extended lattice modes. The nonlinear interaction introduces an energy transfer from the high-frequency localized modes to a low-frequency extended mode. This system is capable of autonomously converting energy between highly tunable input and output
more » ... e input and output frequencies, which need not be related by integer harmonic or subharmonic ratios. It is also capable of obtaining energy from multiple sources at different frequencies with a tunable output phase, due to the defect synchronization provided by the extended mode. Our lattice is a purely mechanical analog of an opto-mechanical system, where the localized modes play the role of the electromagnetic field, and the extended mode plays the role of the mechanical degree of freedom.
doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0137 pmid:30037935 fatcat:duq4fvbi7rcthe5ut35sbdyrem