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Title: A study of phonon anisotropic scattering effect on silicon thermal conductivity at nanoscale

Previous studies have shown that anisotropy in phonon transport exist because of the difference in phonon dispersion relation due to different lattice direction, as observed by a difference in in-plane and cross-plane thermal conductivity. The directional preference (such as forward or backward scattering) in phonon propagation however, remains a relatively unexplored frontier. Our current work adopts a simple scattering probability in radiative transfer, which is called Henyey and Greenstein probability density function, and incorporates it into the phonon Monte Carlo simulation to investigate the effect of directional scattering in phonon transport. In this work, the effect of applying the anisotropy scattering is discussed, as well as its impact on the simulated thermal conductivity of silicon thin films. While the forward and backward scattering will increase and decrease thermal conductivity respectively, the extent of the effect is non-linear such that forward scattering has a more obvious effect than backward scattering.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Swinburne Sarawak Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Science, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22488764
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1674; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICASIT2015: International conference on applied sciences and industrial technology, Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia), 24-26 Feb 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ANISOTROPY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DISPERSION RELATIONS; MONTE CARLO METHOD; NANOSTRUCTURES; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PHONONS; PROBABILITY; PROBABILITY DENSITY FUNCTIONS; RADIANT HEAT TRANSFER; SILICON; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THIN FILMS