J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 499 - 504

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 499-504

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125116

Nanoscale heat transfer and thermal-electric energy conversion

G. Chen, R. Yang and X. Chen

Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Experimental and theoretical studies in recent years have shown that heat transfer in nanostructures differs significantly from in macrostructures. This paper summarizes some of the past experimental and modeling work and our current understanding of the heat conduction mechanisms in nanostructures. Applications of the nanoscale heat conduction phenomena in energy conversion and photothermal spectroscopy are discussed

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