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Dolleman, R.J. (author), Belardinelli, P. (author), Houri, S. (author), van der Zant, H.S.J. (author), Alijani, F. (author), Steeneken, P.G. (author)
Stochastic switching between the two bistable states of a strongly driven mechanical resonator enables detection of weak signals based on probability distributions, in a manner that mimics biological systems. However, conventional silicon resonators at the microscale require a large amount of fluctuation power to achieve a switching rate in the...
journal article 2019
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Dolleman, R.J. (author)
Micro and nanomechanical sensors are indispensable in modern consumer electronics, automotive and medical industries. Gas pressure sensors are currently the most widespread membrane-based micromechanical sensors. By reducing their size, their unit costs and energy consumption drops, making them more attractive for integration in new applications...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Davidovikj, D. (author)
This thesis revolves around nanomechanical membranes made of suspended two - dimensional materials. Chapters 1-3 give an introduction to the field of 2D-based nanomechanical devices together with an overview of the underlying physics and the measurementtools used in subsequent chapters. The research topics that are discussed can bedivided into...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Davidovikj, D. (author), Bouwmeester, Damian (author), van der Zant, H.S.J. (author), Steeneken, P.G. (author)
We report on the development of a pneumatically coupled graphene membrane system, comprising of two circular cavities connected by a narrow trench. Both cavities and the trench are covered by a thin few-layer graphene membrane to form a sealed dumbbell-shaped chamber. Local electrodes at the bottom of each cavity allow for actuation of each...
journal article 2018
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Davidovikj, D. (author), Poot, M. (author), Cartamil Bueno, S.J. (author), van der Zant, H.S.J. (author), Steeneken, P.G. (author)
For the study and application of graphene membranes, it is essential to have means to control their resonance frequency and temperature. Here, we present an on-chip heater platform for local tuning of in-plane tension in graphene mechanical resonators. By Joule heating of a metallic suspension ring we show thermomechanical resonance frequency...
journal article 2018
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Shevchuk, O. (author)
The nonlinearity is essential for creation of non-classical states of the cavity or mechanical resonator such as squeezed or cat states. A microwave cavity can be made nonlinear by, for instance, adding Josephson junctions. The mechanical resonator is inherently nonlinear. The radiation pressure interaction between cavity and mechanical...
doctoral thesis 2017
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Enachescu, M. (author)
The availability of inexpensive and powerful processors provides the means for the computation ecosystem to change its fundamental paradigm towards the Internet of Things (IoT) where ubiquitous nanosystems add intelligence to every object that surrounds us. The new trend for most of those systems is to autonomously operate into a “zero-power”...
doctoral thesis 2016
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Van Leeuwen, R. (author)
In this thesis the physics of nanoscale mechanical resonators and oscillators is studied. We discuss two types of resonators. First, a top-down fabricated doubly clamped beam resonator with an integrated piezoelectric actuator is introduced. The second type of resonators are based on layered two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and...
doctoral thesis 2015
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Schneider, B.H. (author)
Carbon nanotubes are unique candidates to study quantum mechanical properties of a nanomechanical resonator. However to access this quantum regime, present detectors are not yet sensitive enough. In this thesis we couple a carbon nanotube CNT mechanical resonator to a superconducting circuit which is a root towards such sensitivity.
doctoral thesis 2014
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Gaitas, A. (author)
This dissertation aims to advance the current state of cantilevers with integrated metal thermal and deflection sensing elements. Metallic sensing elements enable the use of alternative substrate materials (such as polymers), that tend to exhibit higher compliance properties and are more robust (less brittle) compared to Si or Si3N4 cantilevers....
doctoral thesis 2013
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Meerwaldt, H.B. (author)
A carbon nanotube (CNT) is a remarkable material and can be thought of as a single-atom thick cylinder of carbon atoms capped of with a semisphere. This is called a single-walled CNT and, depending on how the cylinder is rolled up, CNTs are either semiconducting or metallic. A CNT is made into a mechanical resonator by suspending it between two...
doctoral thesis 2013
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Keijzers, C.J.H. (author)
doctoral thesis 2012
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Labadze, G. (author)
doctoral thesis 2012
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Yang, C.K. (author)
This thesis studies the effects of scaling on the characterisation and readout of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) to nano-electro mechanical systems (NEMS). In particular it focuses on cantilever, which is a basic device building block and an important transducer in many sensing applications. This thesis presents an overview of major...
doctoral thesis 2012
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Bretzel, S. (author)
Gyromagnetic experiments, the Barnett effect (magnetization by rotation) and the Einstein-de Haas effect (rotation by magnetization), were initially devised to test the molecular current hypothesis and determine the electron g-factor at the dawn of quantum mechanics. Advances in fabrication techniques and an ever increasing control of materials...
doctoral thesis 2011
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Babaei Gavan, K. (author)
This thesis describes a series of experiments on dynamical characterization of silicon nitride cantilevers. These devices play an important role in micro-and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS). They consist of a mechanical part, a sensor or actuator, and an electronic part for readout and control. The core of NEMS and MEMS, the so...
doctoral thesis 2009
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Poot, M. (author)
This thesis describes experiments that were done with a wide range of nano(electro)mechanical systems (NEMS). These devices are promising candidates to study mechanics in the quantum regime. The experiments range from AFM measurements on few-layer graphene nanodrums, electrical detection of flexural modes of suspended carbon nanotubes both at...
doctoral thesis 2009
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