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A fast Monte-Carlo Solver for Phonon Transport in Nanostructured Semiconductors

Mei-Jiau Huang1, Tung-Chun Tsai1, Liang-Chun Liu1,2, Ming-shan Jeng2, Chang-Chung Yang2

Mechanical Engineering Department, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Energy & Environment Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2009, 42(2), 107-130.


We develop a Monte-Carlo simulator for phonon transport in nanostructured semiconductors, which solves the phonon Boltzmann transport equation under the gray medium approximation. Proper physical models for the phonon transmission/reflection at an interface between two different materials and proper numerical boundary conditions are designed and implemented carefully. Most of all, we take advantage of geometric symmetry that exists in a system to reduce the computational amount. The validity and accuracy of the proposed MC solver was successfully verified via a 1D transient conduction problem and the cross-plane (1D) and in-plane (2D) phonon transport problems associated with Si/Ge superlattice thin films.


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Huang, M., Tsai, T., Liu, L., Jeng, M., Yang, C. (2009). A fast Monte-Carlo Solver for Phonon Transport in Nanostructured Semiconductors. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 42(2), 107–130.

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