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Title: Heat flow in classical and quantum systems and thermal rectification
Authors: Casati, G. 
Mejía-Monasterio, C.
Keywords: Heat transport
Nonequilibrium thermodynamics
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Quantum chaos
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Casati, G.,Mejía-Monasterio, C. (2007). Heat flow in classical and quantum systems and thermal rectification. AIP Conference Proceedings 965 : 221-231. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The understanding of the underlying dynamical mechanisms which determine the macroscopic laws of heat conduction is a long standing task of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. A better understanding of the mechanism of heat conduction may lead to potentially interesting applications based on the possibility to control the heat flow. Indeed, different models of thermal rectifiers has been recently proposed in which heat can flow preferentially in one direction. Although these models are far away from a prototype realization, the underlying mechanisms are of very general nature and, as such, are suitable of improvement and may eventually lead to real applications. We briefly discuss the problem of heat transport in classical and quantum systems and its relation to the chaoticity of the dynamics. We then study the phenomenon of thermal rectification and briefly discuss the different types of microscopic mechanisms that lead to the rectification of heat flow. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.
Source Title: AIP Conference Proceedings
ISBN: 9780735404816
ISSN: 0094243X
DOI: 10.1063/1.2828737
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