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First Thermal and Fluids Engineering Summer Conference

ISSN: 2379-1748
ISBN: 978-1-56700-430-4

AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ROLE OF NANOPARTICLES IN THE THERMAL EMISSION FROM MULTILAYERED STRUCTURES

DOI: 10.1615/TFESC1.tdp.012855
pages 2169-2177

Alok Ghanekar
Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Laura Lin
Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

Junwei Su
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA

Hongwei Sun
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA

Yi Zheng
Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA


KEY WORDS: Near-field thermal radiation, multilayer, grating, nanoparticles, wavelength selective absorbers and emitters

Abstract

Microscopic thin films have shown wavelength selectivity in the context of radiative heat transfer. We propose a methodology to shift the wavelength selectivity in the desired location. This work deals with the far-field and near-field radiation for thin films embedded with nanoparticles. The calculations of emission spectrum are performed using the Fresnel equations in the far-field limit, and using the dyadic Green's function formalism for transmissivity between the closely spaced objects in the near-field limit. For the media doped with nanoparticles, an effective dielectric function using the Maxwell-Garnett-Mie theory is used to calculate emissivity and radiative heat transfer. It has been shown that the wavelength selectivity in the emission spectra can be influenced by varying the size and/or the volume fraction of nanoparticles.

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