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Selective Emission Properties and vdW Energy of Micro/Nano-Sized Spherical Shapes

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Alok Ghanekar, Yi Zheng

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Weixing Zhang, Zongqin Zhang

CANATAL Environ Tech. Co., Nanjing, China

Paper No. HT2016-7494, pp. V001T03A013; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 1: Heat Transfer in Energy Systems; Thermophysical Properties; Theory and Fundamentals in Heat Transfer; Nanoscale Thermal Transport; Heat Transfer in Equipment; Heat Transfer in Fire and Combustion; Transport Processes in Fuel Cells and Heat Pipes; Boiling and Condensation in Macro, Micro and Nanosystems
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5032-9
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Near-field thermal radiation and van der Waal force between flat plates and curved surfaces have been probed in the past; however the peculiarities of radiative heat transfer and van der Waals stress due to fluctuations of electromagnetic fields for micro/nano-sized spherical objects have not been studied in great details. We demonstrate how fluctuational electrodynamics can be used to determine emissivity and van der Waals contribution to surface energy for various spherical shapes in a homogeneous and isotropic medium. The dyadic Green’s function formalism of radiative energy and fluctuation-induced van der Waals stress for different spherical configurations has been developed. We present the calculations for a single sphere, a bubble, a spherical shell and a coated sphere. We observe that emission spectrum ofmicro/nanoscale spheres displays several sharp peaks as the size of object reduces. Our calculations indicate that surface energy becomes size dependent (r-3) due to van der Waals phenomena for small radii.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Shapes , Emissions



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