In a multiterminal setup, when time-reversal symmetry is broken by a magnetic field, the heat flows can be managed by designing a device with programmable Boolean behavior. We show that such a device can be used to implement operations, such as on/off switching, reversal, selected splitting, and swap of the heat currents. For each feature, the switching from one working condition to the other is obtained by inverting the magnetic field. This offers interesting opportunities for conceiving a programmable setup, whose operation is controlled by an external parameter (the magnetic field) without need to alter voltage and thermal biases applied to the system. Our results, generic within the framework of linear response, are illustrated by means of a three-terminal electronic interferometer model.

Magnetic thermal switch for heat management at the nanoscale

BENENTI, GIULIANO;
2015

Abstract

In a multiterminal setup, when time-reversal symmetry is broken by a magnetic field, the heat flows can be managed by designing a device with programmable Boolean behavior. We show that such a device can be used to implement operations, such as on/off switching, reversal, selected splitting, and swap of the heat currents. For each feature, the switching from one working condition to the other is obtained by inverting the magnetic field. This offers interesting opportunities for conceiving a programmable setup, whose operation is controlled by an external parameter (the magnetic field) without need to alter voltage and thermal biases applied to the system. Our results, generic within the framework of linear response, are illustrated by means of a three-terminal electronic interferometer model.
http://harvest.aps.org/bagit/articles/10.1103/PhysRevB.91.205420/apsxml
Thermoelectricity, heat management
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