Thermal Transfer between Ultra-thin Sheets

Agustín M. Mancado Viotti, Edgar A. Bea, Ma. Florencia Carusela, Alejandro G. Monastra


Thermal conductivity in semiconductors is fundamentally determined by phononic transport. In isolated thin membranes, with a high surface-to-volume ratio, surface effects and their electronic configuration play a relevant role in phononic behavior and, consequently, in thermal properties. For a system of two facing thin sheets, separated by a distance of few nanometers, electronic interaction between both surfaces can produce a coupling of vibrational modes, activating a thermal transport process by conduction between both membranes. In this work, the behavior of phononic bands is analyzed as a function of the separation distance, in order to determine the vibrational modes involved in this thermal transport across the gap. Atomistic simulations based on the Density Functional Based Tight Binding (DFTB) approximation are employed.

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