Thermal radiation, heat transfer, and non-equilibrium Casimir forces between silicon dioxide spheres
In this example, we use scuff-neq to compute (1) the power radiated by a single SiO2 sphere, and (2) the heat transfer and non-equilibrium Casimir force between two SiO2 spheres. We compare the results of scuff-neq to the predictions of the T-matrix formalism of Krueger et al.
The files for this example may be found in the
of your scuff-em installation.
gmsh geometry file and surface mesh for a single sphere
% gmsh -2 -clscale 1 Sphere.geo % RenameMesh Sphere.msh % gmsh -2 -clscale 0.5 Sphere.geo % RenameMesh Sphere.msh
RenameMesh is a simple
that uses scuff-analyze to count the number of interior
edges in a surface mesh and rename the mesh file accordingly.)
This produces the files
which you can visualize by opening in gmsh::
% gmsh Sphere_501.msh
% gmsh Sphere_1479.msh
scuff-em geometry files
The scuff-em geometry files
each describe the same configuration: two SiO2 spheres
separated by a center--center distance of 10 microns.
You can visualize this configuration by typing e.g.
% scuff-analyze --geometry SiO2Spheres_1479.scuffgeo --WriteGMSHFiles % gmsh SiO2Spheres_1479.pp
Spectral density of radiated power
As described in the scuff-neq documentation, scuff-neq computes temperature-independent quantities known as generalized fluxes, commonly denoted , which describe the ability of systems to exchange energy and momentum via radiation at specific frequencies The total power radiated by a finite-temperature object is obtained as an integral over angular frequencies in which the integrand involves a temperature-dependent Bose-Einstein factor and a temperature-independent dimensionless flux The distribution of labor in the scuff-em suite is that scuff-neq computes frequency-dependent generalized flux data and writes these in the form of data files, while a separate tool named scuff-integrate post-processes the flux data to yield temperature-dependent heat-transfer rates, powers, and torques.
To use scuff-neq to calculate radiated-power flux at a given set of frequencies, we say simply
% scuff-neq --geometry SiO2Sphere_501.scuffgeo --OmegaFile MyOmegaFile
MyOmegaFile is a list of
This produces the file
SiO2Sphere_501.SiFlux, which looks something
# scuff-neq run on superhr2 (07/11/15::00:31:36) # data file columns: # 1 transform tag # 2 omega # 3 (sourceObject,destObject) # 4 PRad flux spectral density DEFAULT 1.000000e-01 11 4.18911788e-06 DEFAULT 1.300000e-01 11 1.38869207e-05 DEFAULT 1.600000e-01 11 3.93335327e-05 DEFAULT 1.900000e-01 11 1.05263974e-04
As the file header says, the second column here
is the angular frequency
in units of rad/sec
and the fourth column is the dimensionless power
flux. (The first column lists the
geometrical transformation; since
we didn't specify the
--transfile option to
scuff-neq, we have just a single geometric
DEFAULT. The third
column identifies the source and destination objects;
since this geometry only has a single object,
the source and destination object are both
always object 1 and this column always reads
Here's a plot of the data:
Spectral density of power transfer and non-equilibrium force
Here's a bash script that runs scuff-neq
for both the coarsely-meshed and finely-meshed two-sphere
geometry to compute the fluxes of power transfer
and nonequilibrium force between the spheres.
Running the script produces files
SiO2Spheres_1479.SIFlux. Here are plots (produced
by the same gnuplot script referenced above)
of the heat-transfer flux from sphere 1 to sphere 2,
and the force fluxes from sphere 1 to sphere 2 and
from sphere 2 to sphere 2, compared to the Krueger
T-matrix results (again computed using the julia
code referenced above).