Large-scale arrays of single-layer graphene resonators

Arend M. Van Der Zande, Robert A. Barton, Jonathan S. Alden, Carlos S. Ruiz-Vargas, William S. Whitney, Phi H.Q. Pham, Jiwoong Park, Jeevak M. Parpia, Harold G. Craighead, Paul L. McEuen

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We fabricated large arrays of suspended, single-layer graphene membrane resonators using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth followed by patterning and transfer. We measure the resonators using both optical and electrical actuation and detection techniques. We find that the resonators can be modeled as flat membranes under tension, and that clamping the membranes on all sides improves agreement with our model and reduces the variation in frequency between identical resonators. The resonance frequency is tunable with both electrostatic gate voltage and temperature, and quality factors improve dramatically with cooling, reaching values up to 9000 at 10 K. These measurements show that it is possible to produce large arrays of CVD-grown graphene resonators with reproducible properties and the same excellent electrical and mechanical properties previously reported for exfoliated graphene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4869-4873
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 8 2010


  • carbon
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • Graphene
  • nanoelectro-mechanical systems
  • nanomechanics
  • NEMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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