Heat Engine Driven by Photon Tunneling in Many-Body Systems

Abstract : Near-field heat engines are devices that convert the evanescent thermal field supported by a primary source into usable mechanical energy. By analyzing the thermodynamic performance of three-body near-field heat engines, we demonstrate that the power they supply can be substantially larger than that of two-body systems, showing their strong potential for energy harvesting. Theoretical limits for energy and entropy fluxes in three-body systems are discussed and compared with their corresponding two-body counterparts. Such considerations confirm that the thermodynamic availability in energy-conversion processes driven by three-body photon tunneling can exceed the thermodynamic availability in two-body systems.
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Physical Review Applied, American Physical Society, 2015, 4 (1), pp.011001. 〈10.1103/PhysRevApplied.4.011001〉
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Ivan Latella, Agustín Pérez-Madrid, J Miguel Rubi, Svend-Age Biehs, Philippe Ben-Abdallah. Heat Engine Driven by Photon Tunneling in Many-Body Systems. Physical Review Applied, American Physical Society, 2015, 4 (1), pp.011001. 〈10.1103/PhysRevApplied.4.011001〉. 〈hal-01335155〉

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