Nonlinear characteristics in radio frequency nanoelectromechanical resonators

Seong Chan Jun, Sungwon Moon, Whankyun Kim, Joon Hyong Cho, Ji Yoong Kang, Youngmo Jung, Hyongseo Yoon, Jeashik Shin, Insang Song, Jae Young Choi, Jung Han Choi, Min J. Bae, In T. Han, Sangyoon Lee, Jong Min Kim

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The nonlinear oscillations of nanoelectromechanical resonators have previously been studied both experimentally and analytically. Nanoresonators have achieved superior sensitivity and high quality factors in many applications. However, the linear operating range of nanoresonators is significantly limited because of the small dimensions and thus the linear regime of nanoresonators may be required to expand performance in various conditions. In order to increase the linear operating range, we proposed that proper adjustments of simultaneous application of drive and electrothermal power can be used to optimize the resonance performance, providing a wider linear range as well as to tune the resonance frequency. For a nanoresonator operated by simultaneous drive and electrothermal power, experimental data are theoretically supported using nonlinear damping and spring terms. In the transition between linearity and nonlinearity by proper combinations of ac drive and dc electrothermal power, the experimental data can be better fitted, by theoretical study, with newly derived nonlinear damping terms. We believe that better understanding of these effects with different ac/dc combinations on radio frequency oscillation is crucial for utilizing nanoresonators for various applications such as sensors, oscillators and filters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043023
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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