Nanomechanical detection of nuclear magnetic resonance using a silicon nanowire oscillator

John M. Nichol*, Eric R. Hemesath, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Raffi Budakian

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The authors report the use of a radio frequency (rf) silicon nanowire mechanical oscillator as a low-temperature nuclear magnetic resonance force sensor to detect the statistical polarization of 1H spins in polystyrene. To couple the 1H spins to the nanowire oscillator, a magnetic resonance force detection protocol was developed that utilizes a nanoscale current-carrying wire to produce large time-dependent magnetic field gradients as well as the rf magnetic field. Under operating conditions, the nanowire experienced negligible surface-induced dissipation and exhibited an ultralow force noise near the thermal limit of the oscillator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054414
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 13 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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