Condensed Matter Theory

Svend-Age Biehs Super-Planckian near-field heat transfer

Author(s): Svend-Age Biehs, Maria Tschikin, Riccardo Messina, Philippe Ben-Abdallah

Super-Planckian near-field heat transfer

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Article: 7th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics (METAMATERIALS) , 560-562 (2013), IEEE Xplore

Keywords: near-field heat transfer, meta-materials, hyperbolic materials

It is well known that the radiative heat flux exchanged between two hot bodies separated by a distance larger than their thermal wavelengths cannot be larger than the flux exchanged between two blackbodies at the same temperature. However at subwavelength distances, the heat flux can surpass the blackbody limit by several orders of magnitude due to the contribution of the evanescent electromagnetic field. In this case one can speak of super-Planckian thermal radiation. In this work we discuss in detail the origin of super-Planckian exchanges between multilayer materials and we propose different strategies to enhance them by tailoring the evanescent modes supported by these media.

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