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Continuum Modeling of Nonlinear Vibration of Graphene Resonators and Graphene-Based Mass Detection

We have employed continuum elastic model such as plate model for understanding the nonlinear vibration behavior of monolayer graphene and graphene resonator-based mass sensing. This work was published in Nanoscale Research Letters (Vol. 7, Art No. 499, 2012).

 

Abstract

Graphene has received significant attention due to its excellent mechanical properties, which has resulted in the emergence of graphene-based nano-electro-mechanical system such as nanoresonators. The nonlinear vibration of a graphene resonator and its application to mass sensing (based on nonlinear oscillation) have been poorly studied, although a graphene resonator is able to easily reach the nonlinear vibration. In this work, we have studied the nonlinear vibration of a graphene resonator driven by a geometric nonlinear effect due to an edge-clamped boundary condition using a continuum elastic model such as a plate model. We have shown that an in-plane tension can play a role in modulating the nonlinearity of a resonance for a graphene. It has been found that the detection sensitivity of a graphene resonator can be improved by using nonlinear vibration induced by an actuation force-driven geometric nonlinear effect. It is also shown that an in-plane tension can control the detection sensitivity of a graphene resonator that operates both harmonic and nonlinear oscillation regimes. Our study suggests the design principles of a graphene resonator as a mass sensor for developing a novel detection scheme using graphene-based nonlinear oscillators.

 

Keywords: Graphene resonator; Mass sensing; Nonlinear oscillation; NEMS 

 

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