Volume 96, Number 6, December 2011
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||15 December 2011|
Graphene-based torsional resonator from molecular-dynamics simulation
Department of Physics and Centre for Computational Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore Singapore 117542, Republic of Singapore
Accepted: 6 November 2011
Molecular-dynamics simulations are performed to study graphene-based torsional mechanical resonators. The quality factor is calculated by QF=ωτ/2π, where the frequency ω and lifetime τ are obtained from the correlation function of the normal mode coordinate. Our simulations reveal the radius dependence of the quality factor as QF=2628/(22R− 1+0.004R2), which yields a maximum value at some proper radius R. This maximum point is due to the strong boundary effect in the torsional resonator, as disclosed by the temperature distribution in the resonator. Resulting from the same boundary effect, the quality factor shows a power law temperature dependence with power factors below 1.0. The theoretical results supply some valuable information for the manipulation of the quality factor in future experimental devices based on the torsional mechanical resonator.
PACS: 62.40.+i – Anelasticity, internal friction, stress relaxation, and mechanical resonances / 63.22.Rc – Phonons in graphene / 68.65.-k – Low-dimensional, mesoscopic, nanoscale and other related systems: structure and nonelectronic properties
© EPLA, 2011
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