Ballistic heat transport in nanocontacts

T. Y. Chen, C. L. Chien, M. Manno, L. Wang, C. Leighton

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We have determined the ballistic heat transport relation of V2 =C (Tm -T) in nanocontacts involving the bias voltage V, the ambient temperature T, and the maximum temperature Tm inside the contact by exploiting the ordering temperature of a magnetic solid as a natural thermometer. The relation has been further established using a single contact at one temperature but different magnetic fields. A simple energy-transfer model incorporating ballistic transport can qualitatively account for this relation. We also demonstrate a ballistic transport method for determining the ordering temperatures of magnets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020301
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 7 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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