Fluctuating-surface-current formulation of radiative heat transfer for arbitrary geometries

Alejandro W. Rodriguez, M. T.Homer Reid, Steven G. Johnson

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We describe a fluctuating-surface-current formulation of radiative heat transfer, applicable to arbitrary geometries in both the near and far field, that directly exploits efficient and sophisticated techniques from the boundary-element method. We validate as well as extend previous results for spheres and cylinders, and also compute the heat transfer in a more complicated geometry consisting of two interlocked rings. Finally, we demonstrate how this method can be adapted to compute the spatial distribution of heat flux on the surfaces of the bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number220302
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - Dec 26 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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