Linxiao Zhu

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Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research Summary

Zhu's research involves understanding the fundamentals of how light and heat can be controlled using nanostructured materials, as well as using the knowledge to advance energy efficiency and develop clean energy. His work includes controlling thermal radiation by taking advantage of the strong light-material interaction at the nanoscale. By using nanostructures with feature sizes comparable to the wavelength of this light, various properties of heat and light, such as spectrum, direction, intensity and many others, can be designed and tailored, leading to great opportunities for energy and thermal applications.

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Recent Publications

Determining plasmonic hot-carrier energy distributions via single-molecule transport measurements

Reddy, H., Wang, K., Kudyshev, Z., Zhu, L., Yan, S., Vezzoli, A., Higgins, S. J., Gavini, V., Boltasseva, A., Reddy, P., Shalaev, V. M. & Meyhofer, E., Jul 24 2020, In: Science. 369, 6502, p. 423-426 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Nanoscale radiative thermal switching via multi-body effects

Thompson, D., Zhu, L., Meyhofer, E. & Reddy, P., Feb 1 2020, In: Nature nanotechnology. 15, 2, p. 99-104 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Simultaneously and Synergistically Harvest Energy from the Sun and Outer Space

Chen, Z., Zhu, L., Li, W. & Fan, S., Jan 16 2019, In: Joule. 3, 1, p. 101-110 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Author Correction: Hundred-fold enhancement in far-field radiative heat transfer over the blackbody limit (Nature, (2018), 561, 7722, (216-221), 10.1038/s41586-018-0480-9)

Thompson, D., Zhu, L., Mittapally, R., Sadat, S., Xing, Z., McArdle, P., Qazilbash, M. M., Reddy, P. & Meyhofer, E., Mar 21 2019, In: Nature. 567, 7748, p. E12

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Near-field photonic cooling through control of the chemical potential of photons

Zhu, L., Fiorino, A., Thompson, D., Mittapally, R., Meyhofer, E. & Reddy, P., Feb 14 2019, In: Nature. 566, 7743, p. 239-244 6 p.

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A Thermal Diode Based on Nanoscale Thermal Radiation

Fiorino, A., Thompson, D., Zhu, L., Mittapally, R., Biehs, S. A., Bezencenet, O., El-Bondry, N., Bansropun, S., Ben-Abdallah, P., Meyhofer, E. & Reddy, P., Jun 26 2018, In: ACS nano. 12, 6, p. 5174-5179 6 p.

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Giant Enhancement in Radiative Heat Transfer in Sub-30 nm Gaps of Plane Parallel Surfaces

Fiorino, A., Thompson, D., Zhu, L., Song, B., Reddy, P. & Meyhofer, E., Jun 13 2018, In: Nano letters. 18, 6, p. 3711-3715 5 p.

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Nanogap near-field thermophotovoltaics

Fiorino, A., Zhu, L., Thompson, D., Mittapally, R., Reddy, P. & Meyhofer, E., Sep 1 2018, In: Nature nanotechnology. 13, 9, p. 806-811 6 p.

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Hundred-fold enhancement in far-field radiative heat transfer over the blackbody limit

Thompson, D., Zhu, L., Mittapally, R., Sadat, S., Xing, Z., McArdle, P., Qazilbash, M. M., Reddy, P. & Meyhofer, E., Sep 13 2018, In: Nature. 561, 7722, p. 216-221 6 p.

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Theory of many-body radiative heat transfer without the constraint of reciprocity

Zhu, L., Guo, Y. & Fan, S., Mar 7 2018, In: Physical Review B. 97, 9, 094302.

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