This text provides an introduction, at the level of an advanced student in engineering or physics, to the field of nanomechanics and nanomechanical devices. It provides a unified discussion of solid mechanics, transducer applications, and sources of noise and nonlinearity in such devices. Demonstrated applications of these devices, as well as an introduction to fabrication techniques, are also discussed. The text concludes with an overview of future technologies, including the potential use of carbon nanotubes and other molecular assemblies.
Table of Contents1. Introduction: Linear Atomic Chains.- 2. Two- and Three-Dimensional Lattices.- 3. Properties of the Phonon Gas.- 4. Stress and Strain.- 5. Elasticity Relations.- 6. Static Deformations of Solids.- 7. Dynamical Behavior of Solids.- 8. Dissipation and Noise in Mechanical Systems.- 9. Experimental Nanostructures.- 10. Nanostructure Fabrication I.- 11. Nanostructure Fabrication II.- A. Mathematical Tools.- A.1 Scalars, Vectors, Tensors.- A.1.1 Vectors.- A.1.2 Tensors.- A.2 Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues.- A.3 The Dirac Delta Function.- B. Compatibility Relations for Stress and Strain.- C. Notation.