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Thermal transport at sub-micron scales differs substantially from that at normal length scales. Physical laws for heat transfer, such as Fourier's law for heat conduction, fail when the mean free path of energy carriers becomes comparable to the length scales of interest. This occurs in modern microelectronic devices, where for example, channel dimensions, now below 100 nm in length, are comparable to the mean free path of phonons in silicon at room temperature. Research in the nanoscale thermal transport area addresses novel physics at small length and time scales and novel technologies that exploit this class of physics.
Learn more about nanoscale thermo transport from the resources available on this site, listed below.
Electronic Structure and Transport Properties of Graphene on Hexagonal Boron Nitride
06 Dec 2018 | Contributor(s):: Shukai Yao, Luis Regalado Bermejo, Alejandro Strachan
Graphene is a zero-bandgap conductor with high carrier mobility. It is desired to search for an opening of band structure of graphene such that this kind of material can be applied in electronic devices. Depositing hexagonal Boron Nitride (h-BN) opens a bandgap in the band structure of...
Developing a machine learning tool to optimize thermal transport
14 Aug 2018 | | Contributor(s):: Adam Sandor Garrett, proycho, Xiulin Ruan, creynolds
The purpose of this tool is to optimize SiGe super-lattices to have the lowest possible thermal conductivity. This poster describes the processes used in the tool and how it impacts thermoelectrics.
Sebastian Jan Juchnowski
Spectral analysis of non-equilibrium molecular dynamics
28 Jun 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Tianli Feng, Yang Zhong, Divya Chalise, Xiulin Ruan
Extract the phonon modal temperature and heat flux from non-equilibrium molecular dynamics
Truncated Levy model for TDTR
22 Nov 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Amr Mohammed, Ali Shakouri
Simulate the transient thermal response of materials probed using optical pump probe experiment (TDTR)
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L1: Introduction
03 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Alan McGaughey, Xiulin Ruan
Part of the 2016 IMECE Tutorial: Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling: Formulation, Implementation, and Applications.
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L2: MD Simulation, Green Kubo, Direct Method
03 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Xiulin Ruan, Alan McGaughey
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L3: Harmonic Lattice Dynamics, Spectral Methods
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L4: Anharmonic Lattice dynamics, First Principles
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L6: Phonon-Electron Coupling and Non-equilibrium
Radiative Heat Transfer at the Nanoscale
12 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Pramod Reddy
In this talk, I will describe ongoing efforts in our group to experimentally elucidate nanoscale heat radiation. Specifically, I will present our recent experimental work where we have addressed the following questions: 1) Can existing theories accurately describe radiative heat transfer in...
Heat Under the Microscope:
Uncovering the Microscopic Processes that Govern
11 Jul 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Austin Minnich
n this talk, I will describe our efforts to uncover the microscopic processes that govern thermal transport by phonons. In particular, I will describe how our advances in computation and experiment have enabled the first direct measurements of thermal phonon transmission coefficients at solid...
Practice Your Scales!
Thermal and Energy Nanomaterials for Fast Processes
06 Aug 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
E304 L7.2.2: Nanoscale Heat Transfer - Application: Thermoelectric Generators
15 Apr 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Mehmet Cevdet Ozturk, ASSIST ERC
Thermal Conductivity of III-V Semiconductor Superlattices
04 Dec 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Song Mei, Zlatan Aksamija, Irena Knezevic
IWCE 2015 presentation. An InGaAs/InAlAs superlattice (SL) on an InP substrate is the mainstream material system for mid- IR quantum cascade lasers (QCL). The thermal conductivity tensor of SLs is critical for energy-efficient performance of QCLs; understanding the relative importance of...