Weyl points—topological monopoles of quantized Berry flux—are predicted to spread to Weyl exceptional rings in the presence of non-Hermiticity. Here, we use a one-dimensional Aubry-Andre-Harper model to construct a Weyl semimetal in a three-dimensional parameter space comprising one reciprocal dimension and two synthetic dimensions. The inclusion of non-Hermiticity in the form of gain and loss produces a synthetic Weyl exceptional ring (SWER). The topology of the SWER is characterized by both its topological charge and non-Hermitian winding numbers. We experimentally observe the SWER and synthetic Fermi arc in a one-dimensional phononic crystal with the non-Hermiticity introduced by active acoustic components. Our findings pave the way for studying the high-dimensional non-Hermitian topological physics in acoustics.
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