Modal dependence of dissipation in silicon nitride drum resonators

V. P. Adiga, B. Ilic, R. A. Barton, I. Wilson-Rae, H. G. Craighead, J. M. Parpia

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We have fabricated large (≤400 μm diameter) high tensile stress SiN membrane mechanical resonators and measured the resonant frequency and quality factors (Q) of different modes of oscillation using optical interferometric detection. We observe that the dissipation (Q -1) is limited by clamping loss for pure radial modes, but higher order azimuthal modes are limited by a mechanism which appears to be intrinsic to the material. The observed dissipation is strongly dependent on size of the membrane and mode type. Appropriate choice of size and operating mode allows the selection of optimum resonator designs for applications in mass sensing and optomechanical experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number253103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 19 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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