Classical to quantum transition of heat transfer between two silica clusters

Physical Review Letters 112, 114301 (2014)

Classical to quantum transition of heat transfer between two silica clusters

Shiyun Xiong, Kaike Yang, Yuriy A. Kosevich, Yann Chalopin, Roberto D'Agosta, Pietro Cortona, Sebastian Volz

Heat transfer between two silica clusters is investigated by using the non- equilibrium Green's function method. In the gap range between 4 A \bolle and three times the cluster size, the thermal conductance decreases as predicted by the surface charge- charge interaction. Above five times the cluster size, the volume dipole-dipole interaction predominates. Finally, when the distance becomes smaller than 4 A \bolle, a quantum interaction where the electrons of both clusters are shared takes place. This quantum interaction leads to the dramatic increase of the thermal coupling between neighbor clusters due to strong interactions. This study finally provides a description of the transition between radiation and heat conduction in gaps smaller than a few nanometers.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.114301
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http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1308.1750

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