MORE | Fall 2018

AFM Based Near Field Radiation Heat Transfer Measurement

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The Planck’s theory of blackbody radiation imposes a limit on the maximum radiative transfer between two objects at a given temperature. The objective of the project is to measure the near-field radiation between a silica microsphere and a silica substrate, and to compare it with the theoretical calculations. A custom-designed atomic force microscope (AFM) is being used to facilitate the measurements. The outcomes of this research aim to enhance the fundamental understanding of radiative heat transfer in the near-field, which could lead to advances in microelectronics, optical data storage and thermal systems, including energy conversion devices.

Student researcher

Portrait of Ramteja Kondakindi

Ramteja Reddy Kondakindi

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Miryalguda, Telangana, India

Graduation date: Spring 2019

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