Mechanical oscillation of kinked silicon nanowires: A natural nanoscale spring

Jin Wu Jiang, Timon Rabczuk

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We perform classical molecular dynamics simulations to demonstrate the application of kinked silicon nanowires (KSiNWs) as nanoscale springs. The spring-like oscillation in gigahertz frequency range is successfully actuated using a similar procedure as the actuation of a classical mass spring oscillator. We detect the spring-like mechanical oscillation and some other low-frequency oscillations by the energy spectrum analysis, where a dimensional crossover phenomenon is observed for the transverse mode in KSiNWs with decreasing aspect ratio. Our findings shed light on the elastic properties of the KSiNW and open a way for its application in nanomechanical devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123104
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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