Focalization of heat waves in an inhomogeneous system

Antonio Sellitto, Ada Amendola, David Jou

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© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston 2019. Curved interfaces between material media with different characteristic speed for heat waves may be the basis for thermal lenses, concentrating the energy carried by parallel thermal rays on a focal point. This may be of practical use for the amplification of thermal signals and for the development of sensitive thermal sensors. When dissipative attenuation effects are taken into account, it turns out that these lenses could be of special interest in miniaturized probes, or in micro/nanosystems, and the optimization of the thermal lens for signal amplification may be calculated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
JournalJournal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • heat lenses
  • heat waves
  • temperature sensors


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