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Tuning in to a graphene oscillator


Self-sustaining electromechanical oscillators can be built from graphene membranes that vibrate at radiofrequencies and can be tuned by a gate voltage.

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Figure 1: A graphene NEMS self-sustaining oscillator as an FM radio station.


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Feng, PL. Tuning in to a graphene oscillator. Nature Nanotech 8, 897–898 (2013).

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