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Chin. Phys. B, 2018, Vol. 27(9): 094401    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/27/9/094401

Contribution of terahertz waves to near-field radiative heat transfer between graphene-based hyperbolic metamaterials

Qi-Mei Zhao(赵启梅)1, Tong-Biao Wang(王同标)1, De-Jian Zhang(张德建)1, Wen-Xing Liu(刘文兴)1, Tian-Bao Yu(于天宝)1, Qing-Hua Liao(廖清华)1, Nian-Hua Liu(刘念华)2
1 Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China;
2 Institute for Advanced Study, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China

Hyperbolic metamaterials alternately stacked by graphene and silicon (Si) are proposed and theoretically studied to investigate the contribution of terahertz (THz) waves to near-field radiative transfer. The results show that the heat transfer coefficient can be enhanced several times in a certain THz frequency range compared with that between graphene-covered Si bulks because of the presence of a continuum of hyperbolic modes. Moreover, the radiative heat transfer can also be enhanced remarkably for the proposed structure even in the whole THz range. The hyperbolic dispersion of the graphene-based hyperbolic metamaterial can be tuned by varying the chemical potential or the thickness of Si, with the tunability of optical conductivity and the chemical potential of graphene fixed. We also demonstrate that the radiative heat transfer can be actively controlled in the THz frequency range.

Keywords:  radiative heat transfer      graphene      hyperbolic metamaterials  
Received:  16 February 2018      Revised:  15 May 2018      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  44.40.+a (Thermal radiation)  
  78.67.Wj (Optical properties of graphene)  
  81.05.Xj (Metamaterials for chiral, bianisotropic and other complex media)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11704175, 11664024, and 61367006).

Corresponding Authors:  Tong-Biao Wang     E-mail:

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Qi-Mei Zhao(赵启梅), Tong-Biao Wang(王同标), De-Jian Zhang(张德建), Wen-Xing Liu(刘文兴), Tian-Bao Yu(于天宝), Qing-Hua Liao(廖清华), Nian-Hua Liu(刘念华) Contribution of terahertz waves to near-field radiative heat transfer between graphene-based hyperbolic metamaterials 2018 Chin. Phys. B 27 094401

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