Atomistic calculations of thermal conductivity in films made from graphene sheets for electron emitter applications

SN Sami and R Islam and RP Joshi, AIP ADVANCES, 11, 105310 (2021).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0062044

Simulations for the thermal conductivity of carbon fibers (CFs) are carried out based on a molecular dynamics (MD) approach. Our calculations are geared toward providing a general trend for thermal conductivity and its dependence on sample length and to probe the suitability of this material for high power applications from the thermal management standpoint. Since abundant data are not available for carbon fibers, calculations are first carried out in silicon to validate the predictions. The MD results yield a bulk thermal conductivity of 148 W m(-1) K-1 for silicon in good agreement with published reports. However, for CF, a much lower bulk value of & SIM;14 W m(-1) K-1 is predicted. This suggests that thermal management would likely be an issue for this material and that CF emitters of lengths below 2 mu m should be avoided. The predicted increases in thermal conductivity with temperature may help alleviate the issue to a minor degree. Carbon nanotubes would likely be a better alternative in this context of field emitter arrays.

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