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Nano Lett. 2012 Sep 12;12(9):4546-50. doi: 10.1021/nl301708e. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

Near-field radiative cooling of nanostructures.

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, United States.


We measure near-field radiative cooling of a thermally isolated nanostructure up to a few degrees and show that in principle this process can efficiently cool down localized hotspots by tens of degrees at submicrometer gaps. This process of cooling is achieved without any physical contact, in contrast to heat transfer through conduction, thus enabling novel cooling capabilities. We show that the measured trend of radiative cooling agrees well theoretical predictions and is limited mainly by the geometry of the probe used here as well as the minimum separation that could be achieved in our setup. These results also pave the way for realizing other new effects based on resonant heat transfer, like thermal rectification and negative thermal conductance.

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