Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
micro-scale heat transfer, heat flux measurement, energy transport processes, ultrasonic pyrometry, thermographic phospors, energy conversion devices, high-performance computing
Thermal Physics Laboratory
Professor D. G. Walker
The Thermal Physics Lab is dedicated to scientific discovery at the frontiers of heat transfer. Current research includes investigation of new transient thermometry using thermographic phosphors, modeling and simulation of noncontinuum energy transport in microelectronic devices, quantum energy conversion devices, radiation effects in nanostructures, and novel electronics cooling technologies. All efforts are grounded in fundamental thermo-physical processes but expand the boundaries of traditional heat transfer applications.
R.A. Hansel, C.N. Brock, B.C. Paikoff, A.R. Tackett, D.G. Walker, ``Automated generation of highly accurate, efficient and transferable pseudopotentials,'' Computer Physics Communications, 2015. (in press)
S.L. Gollub, C.A. Mitchel, B.R. Rogers, and D.G. Walker, ``Evaluating displacement damage in cerium-doped yttrium borate using photoluminescence lifetime,'' Optical Materials, Vol. 45, pp. 1--8, April 2015.
P.L. Schmidt, D.G. Walker, D.J. Yuhas, and M.M. Mutton, ``Thermal measurements using ultrasonic acoustical pyrometry,'' Utrasonics, Vol. 54, pp 1029--1036, April 2014.
T.D. Musho, W.F. Paxton, J.L. Davidson, D.G. Walker, ``Quantum Simulations of Thermionic Emission from Diamond Films,'' Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 31, No. 2, March 2013.
N.A. Roberts and D.G. Walker, ``A Review of Thermal Rectification Observations and Mechanisms in Solid Materials,'' International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 648--662. May, 2011