Phonon transport in an initially twisted polyvinyl acetate nanofiber

Liangruksa, Monrudee; Puri, Ishwar K.
May 2013
Applied Physics Letters;5/13/2013, Vol. 102 Issue 19, p191907
Academic Journal
A reduction in phonon thermal conductivity enhances thermoelectric performance. One method to accomplish this is by applying mechanical stress to a nanostructure. We consider an initially twisted 20 nm polyvinyl acetate nanofiber undergoing torsion. Our analytical method uses the continuum approach of Mooney's model. Torsion modifies the phonon dispersion. Angles of twist between 45° and 70° reduce the averaged phonon group velocity and the phonon thermal conductivity but when these angles are increased further, this conductivity increases. This suggests a phonon engineering approach to tune the thermal conductivity of nanomaterials.


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