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Impact of the Regularization Parameter in the Mean Free Path Reconstruction Method: Nanoscale Heat Transport and Beyond

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Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Instituto de Química, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Casilla 4059, Valparaíso, Chile
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ICREA-Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(3), 414; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9030414
Received: 18 February 2019 / Revised: 6 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermal Transport in Nanostructures and Nanomaterials)
The understanding of the mean free path (MFP) distribution of the energy carriers in materials (e.g., electrons, phonons, magnons, etc.) provides a key physical insight into their transport properties. In this context, MFP spectroscopy has become an important tool to describe the contribution of carriers with different MFP to the total transport phenomenon. In this work, we revise the MFP reconstruction technique and present a study on the impact of the regularization parameter on the MFP distribution of the energy carriers. By using the L-curve criterion, we calculate the optimal mathematical value of the regularization parameter. The effect of the change from the optimal value in the MFP distribution is analyzed in three case studies of heat transport by phonons. These results demonstrate that the choice of the regularization parameter has a large impact on the physical information obtained from the reconstructed accumulation function, and thus cannot be chosen arbitrarily. The approach can be applied to various transport phenomena at the nanoscale involving carriers of different physical nature and behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: mean free path reconstruction; mean free path distribution of phonons; thermal conductivity distribution mean free path reconstruction; mean free path distribution of phonons; thermal conductivity distribution
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Sanchez-Martinez, M.-Á.; Alzina, F.; Oyarzo, J.; Sotomayor Torres, C.M.; Chavez-Angel, E. Impact of the Regularization Parameter in the Mean Free Path Reconstruction Method: Nanoscale Heat Transport and Beyond. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 414.

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