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Title: Anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of PbTe

In this work, we investigate the crystal anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of n-type PbTe. The lattice thermal transport coefficient is computed by employing an isotropic continuum model for the dispersion relation for acoustic as well as optical phonon branches, an isotropic continuum model for crystal anharmonicity, and the single-mode relaxation time scheme. The electronic components of the transport coefficients in a wide temperature range are calculated using the isotropic-nearly-free-electron model, interaction of electrons with deformation potential of acoustic phonons, and the effect of the band non-parabolicity. It is found that the transverse optical branches play a major role in determining the phonon conductivity and the thermoelectric figure of merit of this material.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QL (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22308529
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CRYSTALS; DEFORMATION; DISPERSION RELATIONS; ELECTRONS; INTERACTIONS; LEAD TELLURIDES; PHONONS; RELAXATION TIME; SIMULATION; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES