Operation of nanomechanical resonant structures in air

L. Sekaric, M. Zalalutdinov, R. B. Bhiladvala, A. T. Zehnder, J. M. Parpia, H. G. Craighead

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We report on the resonant operation of high-quality-factor silicon nanomechanical structures in air and at room temperature. We describe techniques used to actuate and detect nanomechanical structures in atmosphere, resulting in the enhancement of the effective quality factor to above 1000 and demonstrate the potential for successful sensor operation of resonant nanomechanical structures under ambient conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2641-2643
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Sep 30 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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