Volume 100, Number 3, November 2012
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||13 November 2012|
Wide-spectrum energy harvesting out of colored Lévy-like fluctuations, by monostable piezoelectric transducers
1 DONLL-UPC - Rambla Sant Nebridi s/n, Edifici Gaia-TR14, E-08222 Terrassa, Spain, EU
2 IFIMAR (UNMdP and CONICET) - Deán Funes 3350, B7602AYL Mar del Plata, Argentina
3 IFCA (University of Cantabria and CSIC) - Av. de los Castros s/n, E-39005 Santander, Spain, EU
Received: 10 September 2012
Accepted: 16 October 2012
This work aims to optimize the overall performance of a model oscillator, as an energy harvester of Lévy-like mesoscopic fluctuations through piezoelectric conversion. As a further step in the description of a realistic harvesting device we consider a monostable Woods-Saxon oscillator, which can interpolate between square well and harmonic-like behaviors. We study the interplay between the potential shape and the noise's spectrum and statistics. The dependence of the power output on the parameters determining those features indicates the directions in which the former can be increased.
PACS: 88.90.+t – Other topics in renewable energy and applications (restricted to new topics in section 88) / 05.40.Ca – Noise / 07.07.Mp – Transducers
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