Coherent regime and far-to-near-field transition for radiative heat transfer

Yoichiro Tsurimaki, Pierre Olivier Chapuis, Junnosuke Okajima, Atsuki Komiya, Shigenao Maruyama, Rodolphe Vaillon

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Radiative heat transfer between two semi-infinite parallel media is analyzed in the transition zone between the near-field and the classical macroscopic, i.e. incoherent far-field, regimes of thermal radiation, first for model gray materials and then for real metallic (Al) and dielectric (SiC) materials. The presence of a minimum in the flux-distance curve is observed for the propagative component of the radiative heat transfer coefficient, and in some cases for the total coefficient, i.e. the sum of the propagative and evanescent components. At best this reduction can reach 15% below the far-field limit in the case of aluminum. The far-to-near-field regime taking place for the distance range between the near-field and the classical macroscopic regime involves a coherent far-field regime. One of its limits can be practically defined by the distance at which the incoherent far-field regime breaks down. This separation distance below which the standard theory of incoherent thermal radiation cannot be applied anymore is found to be larger than the usual estimate based on Wien׳s law and varies as a function of temperature. The aforementioned effects are due to coherence, which is present despite the broadband spectral nature of thermal radiation, and has a stronger impact for reflective materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-321
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Coherent regime
  • Far field
  • Interferences
  • Near field


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