Friday, July 12, 2013

1307.3154 (Philippe Ben-Abdallah et al.)

Phase-change radiative thermal diode    [PDF]

Philippe Ben-Abdallah, Svend-Age Biehs
A thermal diode transports heat mainly in one preferential direction rather than in the opposite direction. This behavior is generally due to the non-linear dependence of certain physical properties with respect to the temperature. Here we introduce a radiative thermal diode which rectifies heat transport thanks to the phase transitions of materials. Rectification coefficients greater than 70% and up to 90% are shown, even for small temperature differences. This result could have important applications in the development of futur contactless thermal circuits or in the conception of radiative coatings for thermal management.
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