About the Workshop

Infrared (IR) radiation can be captured with a thermoelectric (TE) power generator and transformed into usable energy. This process is named IR power generation. Its mechanism however is not understood, and its potential applications are not yet explored. To respond to the fundamental issue, this Workshop addresses the link between IR power generation and the non-linear phenomena found in thermoelectric processes and heat conduction. To boost the technological development of IR power generation, the Workshop examines the challenges that accompany the development of power conversion from ambient energy sources to commercial devices. Finally, the Workshop discusses the possible implementation of IR power generation in civil applications, and in U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps activities

This Workshop was open to academic and industrial researchers, to students, and to industry representatives. All were invited to present their work related to the Workshop topic. The posters were displayed throughout the day. The Workshop was structured in sessions of 45 minutes, each including a keynote speaker’s presentation followed by a questions and answer period. A 15 minute break took place at the end of each session, and could be used to continue discussions and conversations started during the sessions.

JMU Department of Physics & Astronomy

The James Madison University Department of Physics & Astronomy within the College of Science and Mathematics is an undergraduate-only department with twenty faculty members and over one hundred and twenty majors. Our vision is to strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active, student-centered community. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both major and minor programs in Physics and a minor in Astronomy for students interested in a challenging program of pure and applied sciences. Several tracks exist within the major including materials science, computational physics, electronics, and applied nuclear physics, which allow students preparing for a wide range of post-graduate options to pursue the curriculum best suited to their needs.