Signal Processing and Control in Nonlinear Nanomechanical Systems
Bestriding the realms of classical and quantum mechanics, nanomechanical structures offer great promise for a huge variety of applications, from computer memory elements  and ultra-fast sensors to quantum computing. Intriguing as these possibilities are, there still remain many important hurdles to overcome before nanomechanical structures approach anything close to their full potential. With their high surface-to-volume ratios and sub-micron dimensions, nanomechanical structures are strongly affected by processing irregularities and susceptible to nonlinear effects. There are several ways of dealing with nonlinearity: exceptional fabrication process control in order to minimize the onset of nonlinear effects or taking advantage of the interesting and oftentimes counterintuitive consequences of nonlinearity.
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