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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.
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.
Fundamentals of Phonon Transport Modeling L1: Introduction
04 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
04 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