Control of heat conduction by periodicity tuning

Bambi Hu*, Lei Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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We show a highly efficient method to control heat conduction by tuning the periodicity of the external potential. This method provides a possible design of a controlled thermal conductor which can change from a thermal conductor to a thermal insulator. The efficiency of the controlled thermal conductor can be greater than 105. Moreover, tuning the periodicity of the external potential may be more manageable than tuning its strength in practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-278
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Frenkel-Kontorova (FK) model
  • Heat conduction
  • Thermal controlled conductor


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