Analytical model for the boundary scattering phonon mean free path and thermal conductivity of nanowire heterostructures

Xiang Lü
June 2010
Applied Physics Letters;6/14/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 24, p243109
Academic Journal
Boundary scattering phonon mean free path (MFP) is an important parameter for thermal conductivity calculation of nanocomposites. In this work, a simple approximate model is proposed to predict boundary/interface scattering MFP and thermal conductivity of nanowire heterostructures (NWHSs) based on Casimir formalism. Calculated thermal conductivities of Si tubular nanowires and Si/Ge NWHSs agree well with the numerical and analytical solutions of Boltzmann transport equation. It is demonstrated that core/shell layer thickness plays a significant role on tuning NWHS thermal conductivity. The results indicate the approximate model of thermal conductivity can be used for quickly evaluating the thermal behavior of nanocomposites.


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