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Device for thermal transfer and power generation

United States Patent

7,928,561
April 19, 2011
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A system is provided. The system includes a device that includes top and bottom thermally conductive substrates positioned opposite to one another, wherein a top surface of the bottom thermally conductive substrate is substantially atomically flat and a thermal blocking layer disposed between the top and bottom thermally conductive substrates. The device also includes top and bottom electrodes separated from one another between the top and bottom thermally conductive substrates to define a tunneling path, wherein the top electrode is disposed on the thermal blocking layer and the bottom electrode is disposed on the bottom thermally conductive substrate.
Weaver; Stanton Earl (Northville, NY), Arik; Mehmet (Niskayuna, NY)
General Electric Company (Nishayuna, NY)
11/ 449,002
20070069357
June 7, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 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.