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Simultaneous rectification of heat and light using liquid crystal

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Autor(es):
Santos, Jr., Silvio J. [1] ; Andrade, Jair [2] ; Pereira, Erms [1, 2]
Número total de Autores: 3
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Pernambuco, Polytech Sch Pernambuco, Rua Benfica 455, BR-50720001 Recife, PE - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rural Pernambuco, Dept Phys, BR-52171900 Recife, PE - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Journal of Applied Physics; v. 124, n. 9 SEP 7 2018.
Citações Web of Science: 0
Resumo

The detection and treatment of signals are proper applications of, for example, thermal and optical diodes. However, such devices are mono-physical ones, rectifying only one kind of energy. Here, we show a thermal-optical diode that rectifies heat and light simultaneously. It consists of a capillary tube keeping a nematic liquid crystal that holds an escaped radial disclination: an axial asymmetric defect spontaneously arises in cylindrical cavities. Using the properties of the 5CB liquid crystal, we numerically measured thermal and optical rectifications of 3.5% and 120%, respectively, comparable to those of carbon nanotube thermal diodes and photonic-crystal-based optical diodes. From thermal, shape, and molecular studies developed in this work, we concluded that low working heat flux eases both optical and thermal rectifications, miniaturizing that the thermal-optical diodes favor thermal and disfavor optical rectifications, and both rectifications have different optimal molecular configurations. We believe that the presented thermal-optical diode can contribute to save materials, increase information processed, miniaturize complex systems, and develop new structured devices. Published by AIP Publishing. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 14/50983-3 - INCT 2014: fluidos complexos
Beneficiário:Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático