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Active Thermal Extraction and Temperature Sensing of Near-field Thermal Radiation

Ding, D. and Kim, T. and Minnich, A. J. (2016) Active Thermal Extraction and Temperature Sensing of Near-field Thermal Radiation. Scientific Reports, 6 . Art. No. 32744. ISSN 2045-2322. PMCID PMC5011705. doi:10.1038/srep32744.

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Recently, we proposed an active thermal extraction (ATX) scheme that enables thermally populated surface phonon polaritons to escape into the far-field. The concept is based on a fluorescence upconversion process that also occurs in laser cooling of solids (LCS). Here, we present a generalized analysis of our scheme using the theoretical framework for LCS. We show that both LCS and ATX can be described with the same mathematical formalism by replacing the electron-phonon coupling parameter in LCS with the electron-photon coupling parameter in ATX. Using this framework, we compare the ideal efficiency and power extracted for the two schemes and examine the parasitic loss mechanisms. This work advances the application of ATX to manipulate near-field thermal radiation for applications such as temperature sensing and active radiative cooling.

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Additional Information:© 2016 The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit Received: 26 May 2016; Accepted: 10 August 2016; Published online: 06 September 2016. This work is part of the ‘Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion’ Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001293. D.D. gratefully acknowledges the support by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore). T.K. acknowledges the support by the Jeongsong Cultural Foundation (South Korea). A.J.M. acknowledges the support of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Author Contributions: D.D. conceived the project, D.D. and T.K. conducted the calculations, D.D., T.K. and A.J.M. analyzed the results. D.D. and A.J.M. wrote the paper. All authors reviewed the manuscript. D. Ding & T. Kim: These authors contributed equally to this work. The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Official Citation:Ding, D. et al. Active Thermal Extraction and Temperature Sensing of Near-field Thermal Radiation. Sci. Rep. 6, 32744; doi: 10.1038/srep32744 (2016)
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