Micro- and Nano-scale Energy Transfer Processes
Learning Objective:Students in this course will: (1) Gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of solid-state physics and quantum mechanics. (2) Develop skills to derive continuum physical properties from sub-continuum principles. (3) Apply statistical and physical principles to describe energy transport in modern small-scale materials and devices.
This course provides a detailed treatment of the transport of energy in micro- and nano-scale structures. The physical nature of energy transport by three carriers (electrons, phonons, and photons) is explored from first principles, as well as interactions among these carriers. Bulk material properties, such as thermal and electrical conductivity, are derived from statistical particle transport theories, and the effects of spatial confinement on these properties are quantified. Following the treatment of fundamental physical principles, the course focuses on contemporary engineering applications, such as interfacial heat transfer, heat transport in semiconductor materials, quantum wells and wires, and direct energy conversion devices such as thermionics. The applications are interdisciplinary in nature and do not presume prior expertise.