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Title: Thermoelectric figure of merit of a material consisting of semiconductor or metal particles

It is found that the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit of a material consisting of a large number of ball-shaped semiconductor or metal particles can be much more than unity. The introduction of an insulator into the space between the particles is shown to sharply increase the power of the converter of heat energy into electric current energy.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Orel State Technical University (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22210565
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; HEAT; METALS; PARTICLES; PERFORMANCE; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS