Non-degenerate nanomechanical parametric amplifier

A. Olkhovets, D. W. Carr, J. M. Parpia, Harold G. Craighead

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We present a nanomechanical parametric amplifier system, which consists of two electrostatically coupled resonators, and operates using 3 frequencies (non-degenerate amplifier). The use of 3 frequencies eliminates phase sensitivity between the signal and pump voltage. We observed the amplification of small signals by up to 43 dB. The width of the response of the resonator is tuned by varying the pump voltage. The resonant frequencies of the individual oscillators can be slightly tuned by adjusting the bias voltages. To our knowledge, this is the first reported mechanical parametric amplification scheme using two separate resonators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2001) - Interlaken, Switzerland
Duration: Jan 21 2001Jan 25 2001


Other14th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2001)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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