Spin-boson thermal rectifier

Dvira Segal*, Abraham Nitzan

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Rectification of heat transfer in nanodevices can be realized by combining the system inherent anharmonicity with structural asymmetry. We analyze this phenomenon within the simplest anharmonic system - a spin-boson nanojunction model. We consider two variants of the model that yield, for the first time, analytical solutions: a linear separable model in which the heat reservoirs contribute additively, and a nonseparable model suitable for a stronger system-bath interaction. Both models show asymmetric (rectifying) heat conduction when the couplings to the heat reservoirs are different.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 28 Jan 2005


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