Title: Characterization of Lorenz number with Seebeck coefficient measurement

In analyzing zT improvements due to lattice thermal conductivity (κ{sub L}) reduction, electrical conductivity (σ) and total thermal conductivity (κ{sub Total}) are often used to estimate the electronic component of the thermal conductivity (κ{sub E}) and in turn κ{sub L} from κ{sub L} = ∼ κ{sub Total} − LσT. The Wiedemann-Franz law, κ{sub E} = LσT, where L is Lorenz number, is widely used to estimate κ{sub E} from σ measurements. It is a common practice to treat L as a universal factor with 2.44 × 10{sup −8} WΩK{sup −2} (degenerate limit). However, significant deviations from the degenerate limit (approximately 40% or more for Kane bands) are known to occur for non-degenerate semiconductors where L converges to 1.5 × 10{sup −8} WΩK{sup −2} for acoustic phonon scattering. The decrease in L is correlated with an increase in thermopower (absolute value of Seebeck coefficient (S)). Thus, a first order correction to the degenerate limit of L can be based on the measured thermopower, |S|, independent of temperature or doping. We propose the equation: L=1.5+exp[−(|S|)/(116) ] (where L is in 10{sup −8} WΩK{sup −2} and S in μV/K) as a satisfactory approximation for L. This equation is accurate within 5% for singlemore » parabolic band/acoustic phonon scattering assumption and within 20% for PbSe, PbS, PbTe, Si{sub 0.8}Ge{sub 0.2} where more complexity is introduced, such as non-parabolic Kane bands, multiple bands, and/or alternate scattering mechanisms. The use of this equation for L rather than a constant value (when detailed band structure and scattering mechanism is not known) will significantly improve the estimation of lattice thermal conductivity.« less

Department of Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

(Korea, Republic of)

Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

Publication Date:

OSTI Identifier:

22415270

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Resource Relation:

Journal Name: APL materials; Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country of Publication:

United States

Language:

English

Subject:

75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; APPROXIMATIONS; CORRECTIONS; CRYSTAL LATTICES; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; LEAD SELENIDES; LEAD SULFIDES; LEAD TELLURIDES; PHONONS; SCATTERING; SEEBECK EFFECT; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; WIEDEMANN-FRANZ LAW