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Title: Active thermal extraction of near-field thermal radiation

Abstract

Radiative heat transport between materials supporting surface-phonon polaritons is greatly enhanced when the materials are placed at subwavelength separation as a result of the contribution of near-field surface modes. However, the enhancement is limited to small separations due to the evanescent decay of the surface waves. In this work, we propose and numerically demonstrate an active scheme to extract these modes to the far field. Our approach exploits the monochromatic nature of near-field thermal radiation to drive a transition in a laser gain medium, which, when coupled with external optical pumping, allows the resonant surface mode to be emitted into the far field. Finally, our study demonstrates an approach to manipulate thermal radiation that could find applications in thermal management.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1387856
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1236726
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001293
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 8; Related Information: LMI partners with California Institute of Technology (lead); Harvard University; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar (photovoltaic); solid state lighting; phonons; thermal conductivity; electrodes - solar; materials and chemistry by design; optics; synthesis (novel materials); synthesis (self-assembly)

Citation Formats

Ding, D., Kim, T., and Minnich, A. J. Active thermal extraction of near-field thermal radiation. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.93.081402.
Ding, D., Kim, T., & Minnich, A. J. Active thermal extraction of near-field thermal radiation. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.93.081402.
Ding, D., Kim, T., and Minnich, A. J. Tue . "Active thermal extraction of near-field thermal radiation". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.93.081402. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1387856.
@article{osti_1387856,
title = {Active thermal extraction of near-field thermal radiation},
author = {Ding, D. and Kim, T. and Minnich, A. J.},
abstractNote = {Radiative heat transport between materials supporting surface-phonon polaritons is greatly enhanced when the materials are placed at subwavelength separation as a result of the contribution of near-field surface modes. However, the enhancement is limited to small separations due to the evanescent decay of the surface waves. In this work, we propose and numerically demonstrate an active scheme to extract these modes to the far field. Our approach exploits the monochromatic nature of near-field thermal radiation to drive a transition in a laser gain medium, which, when coupled with external optical pumping, allows the resonant surface mode to be emitted into the far field. Finally, our study demonstrates an approach to manipulate thermal radiation that could find applications in thermal management.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.93.081402},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 8,
volume = 93,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {2}
}

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