Frequency entrainment for micromechanical oscillator

M. Zalalutdinov, K. L. Aubin, M. Pandey, A. T. Zehnder, R. H. Rand, H. G. Craighead, J. M. Parpia, B. H. Houston

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A study was conducted on the frequency entrainment for micromechanical oscillator. A small pilot signal was applied either as an inertial drive at the natural frequency of the micromechanical resonators or by modulating the stiffness of the oscillator at double the natural frequency. It was found that the entrainment zone was hysteretic and the width was 4% of the natural frequency of the resonator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3281-3283
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 20 2003

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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