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Publication Citation: Vibrational modes of nanolines

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Author(s): Paul R. Heyliger; Colm Flannery; Ward L. Johnson;
Title: Vibrational modes of nanolines
Published: March 05, 2008
Abstract: Brillouin-light-scattering spectra previously have been shown to provide information on acoustic modes of polymeric lines fabricated by nanoimprint lithography. Finite-element methods for modeling such modes are presented here. These methods provide a theoretical framework for determining elastic constants and dimensions of nanolines from measured spectra in the low gigahertz range. To make the calculations feasible for future incorporation in inversion algorithms, two approximations of the boundary conditions are employed in the calculations, including rigidity of the nanoline/substrate interface and sinusoidal variation of displacements along the nanoline length. The accuracy of these approximations is evaluated as a function of wave number and frequency. The great advantage of finite-element methods over other methods previously employed for nanolines is the ability to model any cross-sectional geometry. Dispersion curves and displacement patterns are calculated for modes of polymethyl methacrylate nanolines with cross-sectional dimensions of 65 nm x 140 nm and rectangular or circular tops. The vibrational displacements and dispersion curves are qualitatively similar for the two geometries and include a series of flexural, Rayleigh-like, and Sezawa-like modes
Citation: Nanotechnology
Volume: 19
Pages: pp. 1 - 9
Keywords: acoustics, Brillouin light scattering, finite-element models, nanoimprint lithography, nanolines, polymers, surface waves, vibrational modes, wave guides
Research Areas: Nanotechnology
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