In this article, two models for phonon transmission across semiconductor interfaces are investigated and demonstrated in the context of large-scale spatially three-dimensional calculations of the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE). These include two modified forms of the classical diffuse mismatch model (DMM): one, in which dispersion is accounted for and another, in which energy transfer between longitudinal acoustic (LA) and transverse acoustic (TA) phonons is disallowed. As opposed to the vast majority of the previous studies in which the interface is treated in isolation, and the thermal boundary conductance is calculated using closed-form analytical formulations, the present study also considers the interplay between the interface and intrinsic (volumetric) scattering of phonons. This is accomplished by incorporating the interface models into a parallel solver for the full seven-dimensional BTE for phonons. A verification study is conducted in which the thermal boundary resistance of a silicon/germanium interface is compared against the previously reported results of molecular dynamics (MD) calculations. The BTE solutions overpredicted the interfacial resistance, and the reasons for this discrepancy are discussed. It is found that due to the interplay between intrinsic and interface scattering, the interfacial thermal resistance across a Si(hot)/Ge(cold) bilayer is different from that of a Si(cold)/Ge(hot) bilayer. Finally, the phonon BTE is solved for a nanoscale three-dimensional heterostructure, comprised of multiple blocks of silicon and germanium, and the time evolution of the temperature distribution is predicted and compared against predictions using the Fourier law of heat conduction.
Phonon Heat Conduction in Multidimensional Heterostructures: Predictions Using the Boltzmann Transport Equation
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received January 6, 2015; final manuscript received April 24, 2015; published online June 2, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Laurent Pilon.
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Ali, S. A., and Mazumder, S. (October 1, 2015). "Phonon Heat Conduction in Multidimensional Heterostructures: Predictions Using the Boltzmann Transport Equation." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. October 2015; 137(10): 102401. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4030565
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