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THERMOTUNNELING REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

United States Patent Application

20090031733
A1
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A refrigeration system is provided. The refrigeration system includes at least one thermal blocking thermotunneling device. The thermal blocking thermotunneling device comprises a first and a second surface separated by a nanoscale gap of less than about 20 nm, such that tunneling of electrons causes a unidirectional transfer of heat from the first surface to the second surface. Further, the at least one thermal blocking thermotunneling device has a thermal back path of less than about 70 percent.
Weaver, JR., Stanton Earl (Northville, NY), Arik, Mehmet (Niskayuna, NY), Bray, James William (Niskayuna, NY), Elasser, Ahmed (Latham, NY), Wojnarowski, Robert John (Ballston Lake, NY), Wilson, Mark Wayne (Simpsonville, KY), Klindtworth, Jason Knud (Schenectady, NY), Atha, Surajit (Bangalore, IN)
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady NY)
11/ 830,890
July 31, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-04NT42324 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.