Thermal control in graphene nanoribbons: thermal valve, thermal switch and thermal amplifier.
ABSTRACT We study the thermal transport in graphene nanoribbons by using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. It is reported that the three-terminal graphene nanoribbons can perform some functions of thermal devices such as thermal valve, thermal switch and thermal amplifier. Electronic devices have transformed almost all aspects of our lives. It has not escaped our attention that the graphene nanoribbons we have presented here may have similar surprising applications in devices that allow the flow of heat to be controlled in a short future.