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Title: Sensitive magnetic force detection with a carbon nanotube resonator

We propose a technique for sensitive magnetic point force detection using a suspended carbon nanotube (CNT) mechanical resonator combined with a magnetic field gradient generated by a ferromagnetic gate electrode. Numerical calculations of the mechanical resonance frequency show that single Bohr magneton changes in the magnetic state of an individual magnetic molecule grafted to the CNT can translate to detectable frequency shifts, on the order of a few kHz. The dependences of the resonator response to device parameters such as length, tension, CNT diameter, and gate voltage are explored and optimal operating conditions are identified. A signal-to-noise analysis shows that, in principle, magnetic switching at the level of a single Bohr magneton can be read out in a single shot on timescales as short as 10 μs. This force sensor should enable new studies of spin dynamics in isolated single molecule magnets, free from the crystalline or ensemble settings typically studied.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2]
  1. Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)
  2. (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22271218
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; CARBON NANOTUBES; DETECTION; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; FERROMAGNETISM; GRAFTS; KHZ RANGE; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETS; MOLECULES; RESONATORS; SENSORS; SPIN