A controllable nanomechanical memory element

Badzey, Robert L.; Zolfagharkhani, Guiti; Gaidarzhy, Alexei; Mohanty, Pritiraj
October 2004
Applied Physics Letters;10/18/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 16, p3587
Academic Journal
We report the realization of a completely controllable high-speed nanomechanical memory element fabricated from single-crystal silicon wafers. This element consists of a doubly clamped suspended nanomechanical beam structure, which can be made to switch controllably between two stable and distinct states at a single frequency in the megahertz range. Because of their submicron size and high normal-mode frequencies, these nanomechanical memory elements offer the potential to rival the current state-of-the-art electronic data storage and processing.


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