ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: Mechanical Signatures of the Current Blockade Instability in Suspended Carbon Nanotubes
Starts 11 May 2017 11:30
Ends 11 May 2017 12:30
Central European Time
Leonardo Building - Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Transport measurements allow sensitive detection of nanomechanical motion of suspended carbon nanotubes. It has been predicted that when the electromechanical coupling is sufficiently large a bistability with a current blockade appears. Unambiguous observation of this transition by current measurements may be difficult. Instead, we investigate the mechanical response of the system, namely, the displacement spectral function, the linear response to a driving, and the ring-down behavior. We find that by increasing the electromechanical coupling the peak in the spectral function broadens and shifts at low frequencies while the oscillator dephasing time shortens. These effects are maximum at the transition where nonlinearities dominate the dynamics. These strong signatures open the way to detect the blockade transition in devices currently studied by several groups.
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