Near-field effects in radiative transfer refer to the collective influence of interference, diffraction, and tunneling of electro-magnetic waves on energy transfer between two or more objects. Most studies of near-field radiative transfer have so far focused on the enhancement due to tunneling of surface polaritons. In this work, we show the existence of sharp peaks in the radiative transfer spectrum between two spheres of polar materials that are not due to surface polaritons. The peaks, which are present on either side of the restrahlen band, are because of Mie resonances.

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