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5 January 2019 Performance enhancement of near-field thermoradiative devices using hyperbolic metamaterials
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We analyze a near-field thermoradiative device that consists of an indium arsenide-based photodiode under negative illumination. We analyze a possible enhancement of conversion efficiency by use of hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) in place of bulk metallic heat sink. A stack of alternating thin-films of metal [zirconium carbide (ZrC)] and dielectric [silicon dioxide (SiO2)] is chosen to be the HMM under investigation. The presence of hyperbolic modes creates additional channels of near-field radiative transfer. An increased power density is predicted without a compromise in system efficiency.
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Alok Ghanekar, Yanpei Tian, Xiaojie Liu, and Yi Zheng "Performance enhancement of near-field thermoradiative devices using hyperbolic metamaterials," Journal of Photonics for Energy 9(3), 032706 (5 January 2019). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.9.032706
Received: 27 September 2018; Accepted: 10 December 2018; Published: 5 January 2019
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