Ultrahigh-contrast and large-bandwidth thermal rectification in near-field electromagnetic thermal transfer between nanoparticles

Linxiao Zhu, Clayton R. Otey, Shanhui Fan

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Abstract

We exploit the unique properties of optical waves in nanophotonic structures to enhance the capabilities for active control of electromagnetic thermal transfer at nanoscale. We show that the near-field thermal transfer between two nanospheres can exhibit a thermal rectification effect with very high contrast and large operating bandwidth. In this system, the scale invariance properties of the resonance modes result in a large difference in the coupling constants between relevant modes in the forward and reverse scenarios. Such a difference provides a mechanism for thermal rectification. The two-sphere system can also exhibit negative differential thermal conductance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number184301
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume88
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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