Radiative heat pumping from the earth using surface phonon resonant nanoparticles

Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Nano Letters, 2010, 10 (2), pp. 373 - 379
Issue Date:
2010-01
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Nanoparticles that have narrow absorption bands that lie entirely within the atmospheres transparent window from 7.9 to 13 ?m can be used to radiatively cool to temperatures that are well below ambient. Heating from incoming atmospheric radiation in the remainder of the Planck radiation spectrum, where the atmosphere is nearly black, is reduced if the particles are dopants in infrared transmitting polymers, or in transmitting coatings on low emittance substrates. Crystalline SiC nanoparticles stand out with a surface phonon resonance from 10.5 to 13 ?m clear of the atmospheric ozone band. Resonant SiO2 nanoparticles are complementary, absorbing from 8 to 10 ?m, which includes atmospheric ozone emissions. Their spectral location has made SiC nanoparticles in space dust a feature in ground-based IR astronomy. Optical properties are presented and subambient cooling performance analyzed for doped polyethylene on aluminum. A mixture of SiC and SiO2 nanoparticles yields high performance cooling at low cost within a practical cooling rig.
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