School Seminars and Colloquia

Heat Conduction in Nonlinear Systems


by Professor Bambi Hu

Institution: Department of Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University
Date: Fri 20th April 2007
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Theatre 1, Ground Floor, ICT Building, 111 Barry St, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Heat conduction is an old yet important problem. Since Fourier introduced the law bearing his name two hundred years ago, a first-principle derivation of this law from statistical mechanics is still lacking. Worse still, the validity of this law in low dimensions, and the necessary and sufficient conditions for its validity are still far from clear. In this talk I'll review recent works done on this subject. I'll also report our latest work on asymmetric heat conduction. The study of heat conduction is not only of theoretical interest but also of practical interest. It'll shed light on the thermal properties of carbon nanotubes.
The study of electric current has led to the invention of electric diodes and transistors. The study of heat conduction may also lead to the invention of thermal diodes and transistors in the future.

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