High quality factor gigahertz frequencies in nanomechanical diamond resonators
Sheldon, Brian W.
Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics | Condensed Matter - Materials Science
We report actuation and detection of gigahertz-range resonance frequencies in nano-crystalline diamond mechanical resonators. High order transverse vibration modes are measured in coupled-beam resonators exhibiting frequencies up to 1.441 GHz. The cantilever-array design of the resonators translates the gigahertz-range resonant motion of micron-long cantilever elements to the displacement of the central supporting structure. Use of nano-crystalline diamond further increases the frequency compared to single crystal silicon by a factor of three. High clamping losses usually associated with micron-sized straight beams are suppressed in the periodic geometry of our resonators, allowing for high quality factors exceeding 20,000 above 500 MHz.