Colloquium :Force detection and frequency fluctuations in carbon nanotube mechanical resonators(Dr. Joel Moser, Mar 16)

Release date:2015-03-16 Page views:629

Title:  Force detection and frequency fluctuations in carbon nanotube mechanical resonators

Speaker: Joel Moser, Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona

Location: Room 111, Physics Building

Time: 13:30-14:30, Mon, Mar 16, 2015 


Carbon nanotubes allow studying a broad range of phenomena, from many-electron transport in one-dimensional systems to nonlinear dynamics and fluctuations of bending modes. They also provide unique tools for mass and charge measurements with unprecedented sensitivity [1,2]. Another important new application is force measurement [3]. I will present our recent force sensing experiments in which our nanotube mechanical resonators display quality factors as high as 5 million, and experience a force noise as low as 10-21 N Hz-1/2 [4]. This force noise has a thermal origin and is associated with the Brownian motion of the nanotube at a temperature of 0.04 K. To detect the low amplitude vibrations of the nanotube in the Brownian motion regime at such a low temperature, we employ an ultrasensitive method based on correlated electrical noise measurements, in combination with parametric down-conversion.

The nanotube dynamics is also affected by non-thermal fluctuations. They lead to a broadening of the resonant response beyond the decay-rate value. We developed a simple technique to extract the decay rate that does not involve complicated ring-down measurements [5]. It relies on the interplay of periodic driving and frequency fluctuations in the displacement spectrum of the nanotube resonator. We find that the intrinsic quality factors of nanotube resonators may even surpass the values we measure.

Force sensing with nanotube resonators may offer new opportunities for detecting and manipulating individual nuclear spins.

[1] K. Jensen, K. Kim, and A. Zettl, Nature Nanotech. 3, 533 (2008). J. Chaste, et al., Nature Nanotech. 7, 301 (2012).
[2] G. A. Steele, et al., Science 325, 1103 (2009). B. Lassagne, et al., Science 325, 1107 (2009).
[3] J. Moser, J. Güttinger, A. Eichler, M. J. Esplandiu, D. E. Liu, M. I. Dykman, and A. Bachtold, Nature Nanotech. 8, 493 (2013).
[4] J. Moser, A. Eichler, J. Güttinger, M. I. Dykman, and A. Bachtold, Nature Nanotech. 9, 1007 (2014).
[5] Y. Zhang, J. Moser, J. Güttinger, A. Bachtold, and M. I. Dykman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 255502 (2014).

Joel Moser graduated from Paris University with a PhD in Physics in 1999. His PhD work was about non Fermi liquids in one dimensional organic conductors at high pressure. He was trained in nanofabrication at Cornell University. He studied multi-valley quantum wires in Germany, then moved to Spain to start a research activity on graphene with Prof. Bachtold. He is now a research fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, where he works on graphene and carbon nanotube mechanical resonators at low temperature.


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