Theory of many-body radiative heat transfer without the constraint of reciprocity

Linxiao Zhu, Yu Guo, Shanhui Fan

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Using a self-consistent scattered field approach based on fluctuational electrodynamics, we develop compact formulas for radiative heat transfer in many-body systems without the constraint of reciprocity. The formulas allow for efficient numerical calculation for a system consisting of a large number of bodies, and are in principle exact. As a demonstration, for a nonreciprocal many-body system, we investigate persistent heat current at thermal equilibrium and directional heat transfer when the system is away from thermal equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094302
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 7 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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