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UCR Researchers Discover New Method to Dissipate Heat in Electronic Devices

Controlling the flow of heat through semiconductor materials is an important challenge in developing smaller and faster computer chips, high-performance solar panels, and better lasers and biomedical devices. For the first time, an international team of scientists led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has modified the energy spectrum of acoustic phonons elemental excitations, also referred to as quasi-particles, that spread heat through crystalline materials like a wave by confining them to nanometer-scale semiconductor structures. The results have important implications in the thermal management of electronic devices.”

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