Fluctuation-electrodynamic theory and dynamics of heat transfer in systems of multiple dipoles

Abstract : A general fluctuation-electrodynamic theory is developed to investigate radiative heat exchanges between objects that are assumed to be small compared with their thermal wavelength (dipolar approximation) in N-body systems immersed in a thermal bath. This theoretical framework is applied to study the dynamic of heating or cooling of three-body systems. We show that many-body interactions allow us to tailor the temperature field distribution and to drastically change the time scale of thermal relaxation processes.
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Riccardo Messina, Maria Tschikin, Svend-Age Biehs, Philippe Ben-Abdallah. Fluctuation-electrodynamic theory and dynamics of heat transfer in systems of multiple dipoles. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2013, 88 (10), pp.104307. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.88.104307⟩. ⟨hal-01334918⟩

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