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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Jun. 17, 2013
  • pp: 15014–15019

Thermal hyperbolic metamaterials

Yu Guo and Zubin Jacob  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 15014-15019 (2013)

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We explore the near-field radiative thermal energy transfer properties of hyperbolic metamaterials. The presence of unique electromagnetic states in a broad bandwidth leads to super-planckian thermal energy transfer between metamaterials separated by a nano-gap. We consider practical phonon-polaritonic metamaterials for thermal engineering in the mid-infrared range and show that the effect exists in spite of the losses, absorption and finite unit cell size. For thermophotovoltaic energy conversion applications requiring energy transfer in the near-infrared range we introduce high temperature hyperbolic metamaterials based on plasmonic materials with a high melting point. Our work paves the way for practical high temperature radiative thermal energy transfer applications of hyperbolic metamaterials.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: March 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2013
Published: June 17, 2013

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Yu Guo and Zubin Jacob, "Thermal hyperbolic metamaterials," Opt. Express 21, 15014-15019 (2013)

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