Quantitative Mapping of Nanothermal Transport via Scanning Thermal Microscopy

  • Jean Spièce

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jean Spièce
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jean Spièce
    Pages 11-31
  4. Jean Spièce
    Pages 135-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-153

About this book


The thesis tackles one of the most difficult problems of modern nanoscale science and technology - exploring what governs thermal phenomena at the nanoscale, how to measure the temperatures in devices just a few atoms across, and how to manage heat transport on these length scales. Nanoscale heat generated in microprocessor components of only a few tens of nanometres across cannot be effectively fed away, thus stalling the famous Moore's law of increasing computer speed, valid now for more than a decade. In this thesis, Jean Spièce develops a novel comprehensive experimental and analytical framework for high precision measurement of heat flows at the nanoscale using advanced scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) operating in ambient and vacuum environment, and reports the world’s first operation of cryogenic SThM. He applies the methodology described in the thesis to novel carbon-nanotube-based effective heat conductors, uncovers new phenomena of thermal transport in two- dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene and boron nitride, thereby discovering an entirely new paradigm of thermoelectric cooling and energy production using geometrical modification of 2D materials.


Scanning Thermal Microscopy Nanoscale heat generation Thermal Transport at nanoscale 2D Materials Scanning Probe Microscopy Carbon-nanotube-based heat conductors Cryogenic SThM

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean Spièce
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30812-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30813-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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