Robert H. Blick

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In many neural culture studies, neurite migration on a flat, open surface does not reflect the three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment in vivo. With that in mind, we fabricated arrays of semiconductor tubes using strained silicon (Si) and germanium (Ge) nanomembranes and employed them as a cell culture substrate for primary cortical neurons. Our experiments(More)
We observe transport of electrons through a metallic island on the tip of a nanomechanical pendulum. The resulting tunneling current shows distinct features corresponding to the discrete mechanical eigenfrequencies of the pendulum. We report on measurements covering the temperature range from 300 down to 4.2 K. We explain the I-V curve, which unexpectedly(More)
We demonstrate how molecular quantum states of coupled semiconductor quantum dots are coherently probed and manipulated in transport experiments. The applied method probes quantum states by the virtual cotunneling of two electrons and hence resolves the sequences of molecular states simultaneously. This result is achieved by weakly probing the quantum(More)
Spin blockade occurs when an electron is unable to access an energetically favourable path through a quantum dot owing to spin conservation, resulting in a blockade of the current through the dot 1–6. Spin blockade is the basis of a number of recent advances in spintronics, including the measurement and the manipulation of individual electron spins 7,8. We(More)
  • Florian W Beil, Laura Pescini, Eva Höhberger, Andreas Kraus, Artur Erbe, Robert H Blick
  • 2001
We present measurements on nanomechanical resonators operating in the radio frequency range. We apply a setup which allows the comparison of two schemes of displacement detection for mechanical resonators, namely conventional power reflection measurements of a probing signal and direct detection by capacitive coupling via a gate electrode. For capacitive(More)
We demonstrate how to machine a vibrating wire resonator for ultrasonic excitations in gaseous and liquid helium. This novel resonator is designed as a nanoscopic mechanically flexible bridge machined out of a semiconductor/metal hybrid. Quenching of the mechanical resonance around 100 MHz in gaseous and liquid 4 He at 4.2 K is shown. Vibrating wire(More)
We describe a MALDI-TOF ion detector based on freestanding silicon nanomembrane technology. The detector is tested in a commercial MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer with equimolar mixtures of proteins. The operating principle of the nanomembrane detector is based on phonon-assisted field emission from these silicon nanomembranes, in which impinging ion packets(More)
We observe direct mechanical mixing in nanoelectromechanical transistors fabricated in semiconductor materials operating in the radio frequency band of 10 ∼ 1000 MHz. The device is made of a mechanically flexible pillar with a length of 240 nm and a diameter of 50 nm placed between two electrodes in an impedance matched coplanar wave guide. We find a(More)
We demonstrate mechanical modulation of phonon-assisted field emission in a free-standing silicon nanomembrane detector for time-of-flight mass spectrometry of proteins. The impacts of ion bombardment on the silicon nanomembrane have been explored in both mechanical and electrical points of view. Locally elevated lattice temperature in the silicon(More)