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Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer across Nanometer Vacuum Gaps - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323429948, 9780323429764

Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer across Nanometer Vacuum Gaps

1st Edition

Fundamentals and Applications

Author: Soumyadipta Basu
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323429948
eBook ISBN: 9780323429764
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 30th May 2016
Page Count: 476
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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction and Fundamental Concepts
    • 1.1. Heat Transfer Fundamentals
    • 1.2. Entropy Flow and Generation in Radiative Transfer Between Surfaces
    • 1.3. Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer
    • 1.4. Entropy Generation in Near-Field Thermal Radiation
    • 1.5. Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. Numerical Solution of Near-Field Thermal Radiation
    • 2.1. Scattering Matrix Method
    • 2.2. Finite Difference Time Domain
    • 2.3. Wiener Chaos Expansion Method
    • 2.4. Fluctuating-Surface Current Formulation
    • 2.5. Thermal Discrete Dipole Approximation (T-DDA)
    • 2.6. Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Dielectric Function and Surface Waves in Near-Field Radiation
    • 3.1. Dielectric Function
    • 3.2. Evanescent Waves and Surface Polaritons
    • 3.3. Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Parallel Media
    • 4.1. Semi-infinite Parallel Media
    • 4.2. Maximum Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Parallel Plates at Nanometer Distances
    • 4.3. Penetration Depth and Energy Streamlines in Near-Field Radiative Energy Transfer
    • 4.4. Effect of Spatial Dispersion on Near-Field Heat Transfer
    • 4.5. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Metamaterials
    • 4.6. Nanoscale Radiation in Thin Films
    • 4.7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Nonparallel Media and Nanostructures
    • 5.1. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Two Spheres
    • 5.2. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Nanoparticles
    • 5.3. Near-Field Radiative Transfer Between a Particle and Plane Surface
    • 5.4. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Two Cylindrical Objects
    • 5.5. Near-Field Heat Transfer Between Nanostructures
    • 5.6. Concluding Remarks
  • Chapter 6. Measurement of Thermal Radiation
    • 6.1. Plate–Plate Configuration
    • 6.2. Tip–Plate Configuration
    • 6.3. Sphere–Plate Configuration
    • 6.4. Near-Field Measurements in Nanostructures
    • 6.5. Concluding Remarks
  • Chapter 7. Applications of Near-Field Thermal Radiation
    • 7.1. Near-Field Thermophotovoltaics
    • 7.2. Near-Field Thermal Rectification
    • 7.3. Thermal Switch
    • 7.4. Near-Field Thermal Transistor
    • 7.5. Near-Field Thermal Memory
    • 7.6. Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording and Radiative Cooling
    • 7.7. Near-Field Imaging and Fabrication
    • 7.8. Conclusion
  • Index


Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer across Nanometer Vacuum Gaps provides an in-depth description of fundamentals and application of near-field radiative heat transfer. When the vacuum gap between two media is on the order of nanometers, heat transfer can exceed that between blackbodies. This book investigates near-field heat transfer between different materials and geometries highlighting interplay between optics, material thermophysical properties and electromagnetism. The book also highlights the application of near-field thermal radiation in the field of power generation, imaging, and thermal systems as an analog of electronic devices.

Key Features

  • Brings together research in near-field radiative heat transfer in a focused and comprehensive manner, allowing those new to the topic to gain a thorough understanding of the science and how it can be used
  • Offers focused coverage of heat transfer in near-field radiation, which other books do not
  • Outlines the interplay between optics, electromagnetics, basic thermodynamics, and thermophysical properties of materials during near-field heat transfer


Academics and industry researchers in the field of near-field radiative heat transfer. Graduate students in physics, optics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering


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About the Author

Soumyadipta Basu

Dr. Soumyadipta Basu is currently employed with Intel Corporation where he is working on solving thermal challenges for Intel’s next generation of microprocessors. He has a joint appointment as an adjunct researcher in the School of Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in Arizona State University where he is actively involved in theoretical and experimental research in near-field thermal radiation. Dr. Basu received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in December, 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Zhuomin Zhang a distinguished researcher in the field of heat and mass transfer. His dissertation was awarded the “Best PhD Thesis Award” from the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi in 2009. During his PhD study he has received the “HP Best Student Paper Award” at IMECE, 2007, “Innovation Award” in the 2009 ASME Society-Wide Micro/Nano Technology Forum at IMECE 2009, and the 2010 Hartnett-Irvine Best Paper Award from the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer all for his research on near-field thermal radiation. Dr. Basu has published around 30 peer reviewed journal publications in high impact factor journals on different research topics in the field of near-field thermal radiation and has also authored/coauthored several conference publications. His research is very well cited among the radiation community with an i10-index of 24 and h-index of 17 according to “Google Scholars”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Test R&D Engineer, Intel Corporation, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy, Arizona State University, USA