Frank VanGessel Masters Thesis Defense. April 12, 2016.

Title: Fully Anisotropic Solution of the Three Dimensional Boltzmann Transport Equation

Date: April 12, 2016

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: DeWalt Seminar Room EGR2164

Committee Members:

Dr. Peter Chung

Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta

Dr. Bao Yang


The development of accurate modeling techniques for nanoscale thermal transport is an active area of research. Modern day nanoscale devices have length scales of tens of nanometers and are prone to overheating, which reduces device performance and lifetime. Therefore, accurate temperature profiles are needed to predict the reliability of nanoscale devices. The majority of models that appear in the literature obtain temperature profiles through the solution of the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE). These models often make simplifying assumptions about the nature of the quantized energy carriers (phonons). Additionally, most previous work has focused on simulation of planar two dimensional structures. This thesis presents a method which captures the full anisotropy of the Brillouin zone within a three dimensional solution to the BTE. The anisotropy of the Brillouin zone is captured by solving the BTE for all vibrational modes allowed by the periodic boundary conditions.