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Phys Rev Lett. 2005 Jan 28;94(3):030402. Epub 2005 Jan 25.

Evidence for quantized displacement in macroscopic nanomechanical oscillators.

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Department of Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


We report the observation of discrete displacement of nanomechanical oscillators with gigahertz-range resonance frequencies at millikelvin temperatures. The oscillators are nanomachined single-crystal structures of silicon, designed to provide two distinct sets of coupled elements with very low and very high frequencies. With this novel design, femtometer-level displacement of the frequency-determining element is amplified into collective motion of the entire micron-sized structure. The observed discrete response possibly results from energy quantization at the onset of the quantum regime in these macroscopic nanomechanical oscillators.

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