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Nanomechanical resonance detector

United States Patent

8,567,249
October 29, 2013
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An embodiment of a nanomechanical frequency detector includes a support structure and a plurality of elongated nanostructures coupled to the support structure. Each of the elongated nanostructures has a particular resonant frequency. The plurality of elongated nanostructures has a range of resonant frequencies. An embodiment of a method of identifying an object includes introducing the object to the nanomechanical resonance detector. A resonant response by at least one of the elongated nanostructures of the nanomechanical resonance detector indicates a vibrational mode of the object. An embodiment of a method of identifying a molecular species of the present invention includes introducing the molecular species to the nanomechanical resonance detector. A resonant response by at least one of the elongated nanostructures of the nanomechanical resonance detector indicates a vibrational mode of the molecular species.
Grossman; Jeffrey C. (Berkeley, CA), Zettl; Alexander K. (Kensington, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
12/ 543,359
20100050772
August 18, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and under NSF Grant No. EEC-0425914. The government has certain rights in this invention.