The upper limit of thermoelectric figure of merit : importance of electronic thermoelectric efficiency
Yeung, Tin Cheung Au
Kam, Chan Hin
Date of Issue2012
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
To improve thermoelectric (TE) efficiency, the physical phenomenon of TE effect is revisited. The important TE figure of merit (FOM) is expressed in terms of powers, and it is mapped by two fundamental quantities. One is the electronic TE efficiency, which is purely determined by a probability distribution function of electron transport. Furthermore, electronic TE efficiency plays an important role in the upper limit of TE FOM, which is an important index to judge the quality of a TE device. For any TE device with FOM more than one, its electronic TE efficiency must be greater than 0.5. For demonstration purpose, the TE properties of silicon nanowire are investigated.
DRNTU::Engineering::Electrical and electronic engineering
Journal of physics D : applied physics
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