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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.
ECE 595E Lecture 18: FEM for Thermal Transport
01 Mar 2013 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Peter Bermel
Recap from Monday
Thermal transfer overview
John Baker Ferguson
Thermal Transport Across Interfaces
23 Aug 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
These lectures provide a theoretical development of the transport of
thermal energy by conduction in nanomaterials, in which material
interfaces typically dominate transport. The physical nature...
Lecture 9: Introduction to Phonon Transport
17 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
This lecture is an introduction to phonon transport. Key similarities and differences between electron and phonon transport are discussed.
Lecture 5: Thermoelectric Effects - Mathematics
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Beginning with the general model for transport, we mathematically derive
expressions for the four thermoelectric transport coefficients:
(i) Electrical conductivity,
(ii) Seebeck coefficient...
Tutorial 2: Thermal Transport Across Interfaces - Electrons
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Thermal boundary resistance
Real interfaces and measurements
Carbon nanotube interfaces
“Electronics from the Bottom Up” is an educational initiative designed...
Tutorial 1: Thermal Transport Across Interfaces - Phonons
15 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Lattice vibrations and phonons
The vibrating string
Interfaces between dissimilar strings: acoustic
Discrete masses and the vibrational eigenspectrum
Lecture 4: Thermoelectric Effects-Physical Approach
28 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
The effect of temperature gradients on current flow and how electrical currents produce heat currents are discussed.
2011 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up
20 Jul 2011 | Workshops
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Additional Tutorials on Selected Topics in Nanotechnology
29 Mar 2011 | Workshops | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck, Umesh V. Waghmare, Timothy S Fisher, N. S. Vidhyadhiraja
Select tutorials in nanotechnology, a part of the
2010 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up.
Tutorial 2: A Bottom-Up View of Heat Transfer in Nanomaterials
23 Mar 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
This lecture provides a theoretical development of the transport of thermal energy by conduction in nanomaterials. The physical nature of energy transport by two carriers—electrons and...
2010 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up
18 Jan 2011 | Workshops
Electronics from the Bottom Up seeks to bring a new perspective to electronic devices – one that is designed to help realize the opportunities that nanotechnology presents.
Jul 12 2010
Thermal Transport in Nanostructured Materials: Working to Improve Efficiency in the Field of Thermoelectrics
08 Jul 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Suzanne Singer
This talk discusses the performance of nanostructured thin films as a potential
material for thermoelectric energy conversion applications, as well as the
material composition variations that...
Research Within Vasileska Group
29 Jun 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This presentation outlines recent progress in reseach within Vasileska group in the area of random telegraph noise and thermal modeling, and modeling of GaN HEMTs.
Molecular Sensors for MEMS
10 Dec 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): John P. Sullivan
This seminar will cover the issues involved in using molecular sensors in MEMS and their application to microchannels, supersonic micronozzles, microjet impingement, microturbines and unsteady...
MIT Tools for Energy Conversion and Storage
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12 Oct 2009 | Tools | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Joo-Hyoung Lee, Varadharajan Srinivasan, Alexander S McLeod, Lucas Wagner
Atomic-Scale Simulation Tools to Explore Energy Conversion and Storage Materials