Condensed Matter Theory

Svend-Age Biehs Spheroidal nanoparticles as thermal near-field sensors

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

Spheroidal nanoparticles as thermal near-field sensors

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Article: J. Appl. Phys 108, 014312 (2010)


We suggest to exploit the shape-dependence of the near-field heat transfer for nanoscale thermal imaging. By utilizing strongly prolate or oblate nanoparticles as sensors one can assess individual components of the correlation tensors characterizing the thermal near field close to a nanostructured surface, and thus obtain directional information beyond the local density of states. Our theoretical considerations are backed by idealized numerical model calculations.

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