'Single crystal cantilever beams for nanomechanics and nanoelectronics studies' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Peter Grutter

Supervisor's Email: grutter [at] physics.mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: (514) 398-2567

Supervisor's Website: www.physics.mcgill.ca/~peter

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS396 (Physics)

Term: Fall 2012-2013

Project start date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Project end date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Project title: Single crystal cantilever beams for nanomechanics and nanoelectronics studies

Project description: This project consists of designing and fabricating single crystal cantilever beams which act simultaneously as force transducers and high quality metal surfaces for nanomechanics and nanoelectronics studies. The project has two main facets: cantilever beam mechanics (force transduction part), and preparation of single crystal surfaces.

The student will optimize the cantilever beam geometry within certain constraints for a given material (knowing its elastic modulus). Methodology for fabricating a uniform beam will then be developed as the main part of this project. The mechanics of the beam will be characterized experimentally and compared to theory. The student will gain familiarity with various experimental characterization tools such as X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Further studies of the surface under ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy will be carried out if time permits.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (35%), an oral presentation given at the research supervisor's group meeting near the end of the semester (15%), and the final written research report (minimum 10 pages) graded by the supervisor and the course coordinator or the coordinator's delegate (50%).

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.