Condensed Matter Theory

Svend-Age Biehs Near-field radiative heat transfer for structured surfaces

Author(s): Svend-Age Biehs, Oliver Huth, Felix Rueting

Near-field radiative heat transfer for structured surfaces

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Article: Phys. Rev. B 78, 085414 (2008), The American Physical Society

Keywords: near field, radiative heat transfer, surface structures, NSThM

PACS: 44.40.+a, 78.66.-w, 05.40.-a, 41.20.Jb

We apply an analytical approach for determining the near-field radiative heat transfer between a metallic nanosphere and a planar semi-infinite medium with some given surface structure. This approach is based on a perturbative expansion, and evaluated to first order in the surface profile. With the help of numerical results obtained for some simple model geometries we discuss typical signatures that should be obtainable with a near-field scanning thermal microscope operated in either constant-height or constant-distance mode.

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