Our group deals with different forms of energy transfer on the smallest length scales. Our main focus is on the radiative transfer of heat at the smallest distances, the so-called near-field heat transfer. It exceeds the ordinary heat transfer of Plank's law of radiation by several orders of magnitude.
For our research, we use a self-developed heat sensor embedded in the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope. This enables us to measure the heat transfer from surfaces with extremly high (spacial) resolution.
We work closely with the group of Priv. Doz. Dr. Svend-Age Biehs, whose work includes the theoretical side of near-field heat transfer.