Heat Exchange Between Electrons and Phonons in Nanosystems at Sub-Kelvin Temperatures
Institutul National de C&D pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara – Horia Hulubei, 077125 Magurele, Romania
Published online: 14 February 2018
Ultra-sensitive nanoscopic detectors for electromagnetic radiation consist of thin metallic films deposited on dielectric membranes. The metallic films, of thickness d of the order of 10 nm, form the thermal sensing element (TSE), which absorbs the incident radiation and measures its power flux or the energies of individual photons. To achieve the sensitivity required for astronomical observations, the TSE works at temperatures of the order of 0.1 K. The dielectric membranes are used as support and for thermal insulation of the TSE and are of thickness L − d of the order of 100 nm (L being the total thickness of the system). In such conditions, the phonon gas in the detector assumes a quasi-two-dimensional distribution, whereas quantization of the electrons wavenumbers in the direction perpendicular to the film surfaces leads to the formation of quasi two-dimensional electronic sub-bands. The heat exchange between electrons and phonons has an important contribution to the performance of the device and is dominated by the interaction between the electrons and the antisymmetric acoustic phonons.
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