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Near-field radiation transport between two planes

By Majid alDosari1, Greg Walker2

1. Vanderbilt 2. Vanderbilt University

Calculates the radiation exchange between two parallel half-spaces

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Published on 08 Nov 2012
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The radiation exchange between two objects is enhanced over the black body limit when the separation between them is less than the wavelength of the dominant frequency. This application calculates the near-field radiation exchange as well as the far-field exchange in p- and s- polarization.

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Python: numpy, scipy, sympy, numexpr, matplotlib; rappture

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Vanderbilt University Department of Mechanical Engineering

References Results from the application have been checked against data shown in: [1] Basu, S., Zhang, Z. M. and Fu, C. J. (2009), Review of near-field thermal radiation and its application to energy conversion. Int. J. Energy Res., 33: 1203–1232. doi: 10.1002/er.1607 [2] Francoeur, M. (2010). Near-field radiative transfer: thermal radiation, thermophotovoltaic power generation and optical characterization. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Kentucky: U.S.A. [3] Mulet, J. P., Joulain, K., Carminati, R., & Greffet, J. J. (2002). Enhanced radiative heat transfer at nanometric distances. Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 6(3), 209-222.

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  • Majid alDosari; Greg Walker (2015), "Near-field radiation transport between two planes," (DOI: 10.4231/D37M04024).

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