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Title: Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications [Invited]


The ability to control thermal radiation is of fundamental importance for a wide range of applications. Nanophotonic structures, where at least one of the structural features are at a wavelength or sub-wavelength scale, can have thermal radiation properties that are drastically different from conventional thermal emitters, and offer exciting opportunities for energy applications. Here we review recent developments of nanophotonic control of thermal radiation, and highlight some exciting energy application opportunities, such as daytime radiative cooling, thermal textile, and thermophotovoltaic systems that are enabled by nanophotonic structures.

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Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI); Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), La Canada Flintridge, CA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES); DOE Advanced Project Research Agency (ARPA-E)
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Optics Express
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Journal Name: Optics Express Journal Volume: 26 Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Optical Society of America
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United States

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Li, Wei, and Fan, Shanhui. Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications [Invited]. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1364/OE.26.015995.
Li, Wei, & Fan, Shanhui. Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications [Invited]. United States.
Li, Wei, and Fan, Shanhui. Fri . "Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications [Invited]". United States.
title = {Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications [Invited]},
author = {Li, Wei and Fan, Shanhui},
abstractNote = {The ability to control thermal radiation is of fundamental importance for a wide range of applications. Nanophotonic structures, where at least one of the structural features are at a wavelength or sub-wavelength scale, can have thermal radiation properties that are drastically different from conventional thermal emitters, and offer exciting opportunities for energy applications. Here we review recent developments of nanophotonic control of thermal radiation, and highlight some exciting energy application opportunities, such as daytime radiative cooling, thermal textile, and thermophotovoltaic systems that are enabled by nanophotonic structures.},
doi = {10.1364/OE.26.015995},
journal = {Optics Express},
number = 12,
volume = 26,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}

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