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Tunneling across a tiny gap

April 9, 2015

"Phonon tunneling" explains heat flow across nanometer-wide gaps, study finds.

This illustration depicts phonons "tunneling" from one lattice of sodium chloride to another. New research shows that phonons can reach across a gap as small as a nanometer, "tunneling" from one material to another to enhance heat transport. Illustration, Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

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