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Lecture 5: Thermoelectric Effects - Mathematics

By Mark Lundstrom

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Beginning with the general model for transport, we mathematically derive expressions for the four thermoelectric transport coefficients:

(i) Electrical conductivity,
(ii) Seebeck coefficient (or "thermopower"),
(iii) Peltier coefficient,
(iv) Electronic heat conductivity.
The relationship between the coefficients (e.g. the Kelvin relation and the Weidemann-Franz Law).

  1. Introduction
  2. Driving forces for current flow
  3. Charge current
  4. Heatcurrent
  5. Discussion
  6. Summary

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