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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(9): 094213    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/9/094213

Design and optimization of a SiC thermal emitter/absorber composed of periodic microstructures based on a non-linear method

Wang Wei-Jie (王卫杰)a b c d, Zhao Zhen-Guo (赵振国)a b c, Zhao Yi (赵艺)d, Zhou Hai-Jing (周海京)a b c, Fu Ce-Ji (符策基)d
a Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing 100088, China;
b Software Center for High Performance Numerical Simulation of CAEP, Beijing 100088, China;
c Complicated Electromagnetic Environment Laboratory of CAEP, Mianyang 621900, China;
d LTCS and Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

Spectral and directional control of thermal emission based on excitation of confined electromagnetic resonant modes paves a viable way for the design and construction of microscale thermal emitters/absorbers. In this paper, we present numerical simulation results of the thermal radiative properties of a silicon carbide (SiC) thermal emitter/absorber composed of periodic microstructures. We illustrate different electromagnetic resonant modes which can be excited with the structure, such as surface phonon polaritons, magnetic polaritons and photonic crystal modes, and the process of radiation spectrum optimization based on a non-linear optimization algorithm. We show that the spectral and directional control of thermal emission/absorption can be efficiently achieved by adjusting the geometrical parameters of the structure. Moreover, the optimized spectrum is insensitive to 3% dimension modification.

Keywords:  silicon carbide      radiative heat transfer      photonic crystal      optimization method  
Received:  09 February 2015      Revised:  20 March 2015      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.70.-a (Optical materials)  
  44.40.+a (Thermal radiation)  
  02.60.-x (Numerical approximation and analysis)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51076002), the National Basis Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CA328900), and the Key Project of Complicated Electromagnetic Environment Laboratory of CAEP, China (Grant No. 2015E0-01-1).

Corresponding Authors:  Fu Ce-Ji     E-mail:

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Wang Wei-Jie (王卫杰), Zhao Zhen-Guo (赵振国), Zhao Yi (赵艺), Zhou Hai-Jing (周海京), Fu Ce-Ji (符策基) Design and optimization of a SiC thermal emitter/absorber composed of periodic microstructures based on a non-linear method 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 094213

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