Heat-flux control and solid-state cooling by regulating chemical potential of photons in near-field electromagnetic heat transfer

Kaifeng Chen, Parthiban Santhanam, Sunil Sandhu, Linxiao Zhu, Shanhui Fan

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Abstract

We consider near-field heat transfer with nonzero chemical potential for photons, as can occur between two semiconductor bodies, held at different temperatures with at least one of the bodies under external bias. We show that the dependence of radiative heat flux on chemical potential enables electronic control of both the direction and magnitude of near-field heat transfer between the two bodies. Moreover such a configuration can operate as a solid-state cooling device whose efficiency can approach the Carnot limit in the ideal case. Significant cooling can also be achieved in the presence of inherent nonidealities including Auger recombination and parasitic phonon-polariton heat transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134301
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume91
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 13 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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