Fabrication, Detection and Characterization of Graphene Nano-Mechanical Oscillators

04/09/2013 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Asia/Singapore Timezone
S13-M01-11 (Conference Room)

Speaker: Shonali Dhingra
Affiliation: Pittsburgh
Abstract Details: Graphene's exceptionally high crystal and electronic quality, combined with being only one-atom thick, make it quite a sought-after material for nano-mechanics, sensing and electronics. We fabricate, and characterize, Nano-Mechanical Oscillators (NMO) from large-domain single-layer graphene grown with Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) on thick copper discs. The graphene is transferred from copper using Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), onto indigenous substrates customized for enhanced graphene adhesion and assistance in its optical detection. It is patterned into devices of different geometrical shapes, such as doubly clamped beams, circular and rectangular drums, using deep-UV lithography of PMMA, either before or after transfer. The phase and frequency response of the resonant motion of the NMO is monitored, which is electrically actuated and optically detected using interferometric techniques. These oscillators would be used as building blocks for hybrid quantum systems which couple classical oscillators with a quantum spin system.