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Title:
THERMAL OSCILLATOR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2014/191859
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A thermal oscillator (10) for creating an oscillating heat flux from a stationary spatial thermal gradient between a warm reservoir (20) and a cold reservoir (30) is provided. The thermal oscillator (10) includes a thermal conductor (11) which is connectable to the warm reservoir (20) or to the cold reservoir (30) and configured to conduct a heat flux from the warm reservoir (20) towards the cold reservoir (30), and a thermal switch (12) coupled to the thermal conductor (11) for receiving the heat flux and having a certain difference between two states (S1, S2) of thermal conductance for providing thermal relaxation oscillations such that the oscillating heat flux is created from the received heat flux.

Inventors:
GOTSMANN, Bernd W. (IBM Research GmbH, IBM Research - ZurichSaeumerstrasse 4, Rueschlikon, CH-8803, CH)
MENGES, Fabian (IBM Research GmbH, IBM Research - ZurichSaeumerstrasse 4, Rueschlikon, CH-8803, CH)
Application Number:
IB2014/061403
Publication Date:
March 05, 2015
Filing Date:
May 13, 2014
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Assignee:
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (New Orchard Road, Armonk, New York, 10504, US)
IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LTD. (25/F, Pangu Plaza No. 27, Central North 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 1, 10010, CN)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH (IBM Research - Zurich, Saeumerstrasse 4, Rueschlikon, CH-8803, CH)
International Classes:
H03L1/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2006132531A12006-12-14
Foreign References:
US20120056504A12012-03-08
CN1092919A1994-09-28
CN101587881A2009-11-25
US4044558A1977-08-30
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MEYER, Michael et al. (IBM Research GmbH, IBM Research - ZurichIntellectual Property La, Saeumerstrasse 4 Rueschlikon, CH-8803, CH)
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