META Conference, META'12

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N-body theory of heat transport in complex plasmonic systems
Philippe Ben-Abdallah, Svend Age Biehs, Jean-Jacques Greffet, Karl Joulain

Last modified: 2011-12-12

Abstract


We introduced a theoretical framework to describe the near-field heat transfer in complex plasmonic systems made with $N>2$ objects in mutual interaction. A Landauer type formula is derived to evaluate the radiative heat flux exchanged between two bodies through a N-body system. An upper limit for the heat flux is deduced from this formulation. Finally, different thermal effects and potential applications which are directly related to multiple interactions are presented.

Keywords


near-field ; nanoscale heat transfer; plasmonics