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We report a technique for the assembly of bottom-up nanomechanical devices. This technique employs the dielectrophoretic manipulation of nanostructures within a multiple layer lithography process. Mechanical resonators were specifically produced by assembling and clamping tubular carbon fibers onto prefabricated pads. Our preliminary results showed that an assembled cantilevered fiber with length L = 5 µm and width of W = 180 nm possessed a resonant frequency of f = 1.17 MHz. A shorter L = 3-µm-long singly clamped resonator of similar width showed a resonance of f = 3.12 MHz. This frequency range is in agreement with the low gigapascal bending moduli previously reported for carbon structures showing extensive volume defects. This technology would allow the integration of bottom-up nanostructures with other more established fabrication processes, thus allowing the deployment of engineered nanodevices in integrated systems.
Detectors, materials processing, microelectromechanical systems, microresonators, nanotechnology
Date Posted: 27 February 2006
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