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Brownian fluctuations of carbon nanotube resonators

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Abstract

Carbon nanotube mechanical resonators hold an exceptional sensing potential, relying on their extremely low mass. As a consequence, the fundamental thermal forces are transduced into very large motion fluctuations. However, the most basic properties of these fluctuations remain poorly understood. Here we couple the motion of nanotube-based resonators to a free propagating electron beam to demonstrate that singly-clamped nanotube resonators undergo thermally-driven Brownian motion.

© 2016 Optical Society of America

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