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Equivalent circuit model of radiative heat transfer

Maslovski , S. ; Simovsky, C.R. ; Tretyakov, A.

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Vol. 87, Nº 155124, pp. 1 - 15, April, 2013.

ISSN (print): 1098-0121
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 2,81 (in 2013)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.155124

Here, we develop a theory of radiative heat transfer based on an equivalent electrical network representation for the hot material slabs in an arbitrary multilayered environment with arbitrary distribution of temperatures and electromagnetic properties among the layers. Our approach is fully equivalent to the known theories operating with the fluctuating current density, while being significantly simpler in analysis and applications. A practical example of the near-infrared heat transfer through the micron gap filled with an indefinite metamaterial is considered using the suggested method. The giant enhancement of the transferred heat compared to the case of the empty gap is shown.