Negative differential thermal conductance through vacuum

Linxiao Zhu, Clayton R. Otey, Shanhui Fan

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We propose a scheme for achieving negative differential thermal conductance in near-field electromagnetic thermal transfer. As an example, we show that the scheme can be implemented with two slabs of silicon carbide brought in close proximity to each other. We also describe how a bistable thermal switch can be constructed in this manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044104
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 23 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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