Fluctuational electrodynamics calculations of near-field heat transfer in non-planar geometries: A brief overview

Clayton R. Otey, Linxiao Zhu, Sunil Sandhu, Shanhui Fan

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

55 Scopus citations

Abstract

Near-field electromagnetic heat transfer is of interest for a variety of applications, including energy conversion, and precision heating, cooling and imaging of nano-structures. This past decade has seen considerable progress in the study of near-field electromagnetic heat transfer, but it is only very recently that numerically exact methods have been developed for treating near-field heat transfer in the fluctuational electrodynamics formalism for non-trivial geometries. In this paper we provide a tutorial review of these exact methods, with an emphasis on the computational aspects of three important methods, which we compare in the context of a canonical example, the coupled dielectric sphere problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Volume132
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Fluctuational electrodynamics calculations of near-field heat transfer in non-planar geometries: A brief overview'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this