Thermal conductivity of nano-layered systems due to surface phonon-polaritons

Abstract : The effective thermal conductivity of a layered system due to the propagation of surface phonon-polaritons is studied. We analytically demonstrate that the thermal conductivity of a set of nanolayers can be described as one of a single layer with an effective permittivity, which does not ordinarily appear in nature and depends on the permittivities and thicknesses of the individual components. For a two-layer system of SiO 2 and BaF 2 surrounded by air, it is shown that: (i) the propagation length of surfaces phonon-polaritons can be as high as 3.3 cm for a 200 nm-thick system. (ii) The thermal conductivity of the system with total thickness of 50 nm is 3.4 W/mÁK, which is twice that of a single layer of SiO 2 , at 500 K. Higher values are found for higher temperatures and thinner layers. The results show that an ensemble of layers provides more channels than a single layer for the propagation of surface phonon-polaritons and therefore for the enhancement of the thermal conductivity of common polar materials. V C 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4864430]
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Jose Ordonez-Miranda, Laurent Tranchant, Yann Chalopin, Thomas Antoni, Sebastian Volz. Thermal conductivity of nano-layered systems due to surface phonon-polaritons. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2014, pp.6. ⟨10.1063/1.4864430]⟩. ⟨hal-01134042⟩

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