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  1. Antiferromagnetic Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Wu, Stephen M.; Zhang, Wei; KC, Amit; Borisov, Pavel; Pearson, John E.; Jiang, J. Samuel; Lederman, David; Hoffmann, Axel; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2016-03-01

    We report on the observation of the spin Seebeck effect in antiferromagnetic MnF2 . A device scale on-chip heater is deposited on a bilayer of MnF2 (110) (30 nm )/Pt (4 nm) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on a MgF2 (110) substrate. Using Pt as a spin detector layer, it is possible to measure the thermally generated spin current from MnF2 through the inverse spin Hall effect. The low temperature (2-80 K) and high magnetic field (up to 140 kOe) regime is explored. A clear spin-flop transition corresponding to the sudden rotation of antiferromagnetic spins out of the easy axis is observed in the spin Seebeck signal when large magnetic fields (>9 T ) are applied parallel to the easy axis of the MnF2 thin film. When the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the easy axis, the spin-flop transition is absent, as expected.

  2. Antiferromagnetic Spin Seebeck Effect.

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    Wu, Stephen M; Zhang, Wei; Kc, Amit; Borisov, Pavel; Pearson, John E; Jiang, J Samuel; Lederman, David; Hoffmann, Axel; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2016-03-01

    We report on the observation of the spin Seebeck effect in antiferromagnetic MnF_{2}. A device scale on-chip heater is deposited on a bilayer of MnF_{2} (110) (30  nm)/Pt (4 nm) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on a MgF_{2} (110) substrate. Using Pt as a spin detector layer, it is possible to measure the thermally generated spin current from MnF_{2} through the inverse spin Hall effect. The low temperature (2-80 K) and high magnetic field (up to 140 kOe) regime is explored. A clear spin-flop transition corresponding to the sudden rotation of antiferromagnetic spins out of the easy axis is observed in the spin Seebeck signal when large magnetic fields (>9  T) are applied parallel to the easy axis of the MnF_{2} thin film. When the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the easy axis, the spin-flop transition is absent, as expected. PMID:26991198

  3. Seebeck effect in molecular junctions

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    Zimbovskaya, Natalya A.

    2016-05-01

    Advances in the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale systems presently allow for a better understanding of their thermoelectric properties. As is known, the building blocks of thermoelectricity are the Peltier and Seebeck effects. In the present work we review results of theoretical studies of the Seebeck effect in single-molecule junctions and similar systems. The behavior of thermovoltage and thermopower in these systems is controlled by several factors including the geometry of molecular bridges, the characteristics of contacts between the bridge and the electrodes, the strength of the Coulomb interactions between electrons on the bridge, and of electron–phonon interactions. We describe the impact of these factors on the thermopower. Also, we discuss a nonlinear Seebeck effect in molecular junctions.

  4. Seebeck effect in molecular junctions.

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    Zimbovskaya, Natalya A

    2016-05-11

    Advances in the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale systems presently allow for a better understanding of their thermoelectric properties. As is known, the building blocks of thermoelectricity are the Peltier and Seebeck effects. In the present work we review results of theoretical studies of the Seebeck effect in single-molecule junctions and similar systems. The behavior of thermovoltage and thermopower in these systems is controlled by several factors including the geometry of molecular bridges, the characteristics of contacts between the bridge and the electrodes, the strength of the Coulomb interactions between electrons on the bridge, and of electron-phonon interactions. We describe the impact of these factors on the thermopower. Also, we discuss a nonlinear Seebeck effect in molecular junctions. PMID:27073108

  5. Current heating induced spin Seebeck effect

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    Schreier, Michael Roschewsky, Niklas; Dobler, Erich; Meyer, Sibylle; Huebl, Hans; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Gross, Rudolf; Physik-Department, Technische Universität München, Garching

    2013-12-09

    A measurement technique for the spin Seebeck effect is presented, wherein the normal metal layer used for its detection is exploited simultaneously as a resistive heater and thermometer. We show how the various contributions to the measured total signal can be disentangled, allowing to extract the voltage signal solely caused by the spin Seebeck effect. To this end, we performed measurements as a function of the external magnetic field strength and its orientation. We find that the effect scales linearly with the induced rise in temperature, as expected for the spin Seebeck effect.

  6. Paramagnetic and Antiferromagnetic Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Wu, Stephen

    We report on the observation of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in both antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic insulators. By using a microscale on-chip local heater, it is possible to generate a large thermal gradient confined to the chip surface without a large increase in the total sample temperature. This technique allows us to easily access low temperatures (200 mK) and high magnetic fields (14 T) through conventional dilution refrigeration and superconducting magnet setups. By exploring this regime, we detect the spin Seebeck effect through the spin-flop transition in antiferromagnetic MnF2 when a large magnetic field (>9 T) is applied along the easy axis direction. Using the same technique, we are also able to resolve a spin Seebeck effect from the paramagnetic phase of geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet Gd3Ga5O12 (gadolinium gallium garnet) and antiferromagnetic DyScO3 (DSO). Since these measurements occur above the ordering temperatures of these two materials, short-range magnetic order is implicated as the cause of the spin Seebeck effect in these systems. The discovery of the spin Seebeck effect in these two materials classes suggest that both antiferromagnetic spin waves and spin excitations from short range magnetic order may be used to generate spin current from insulators and that the spin wave spectra of individual materials are highly important to the specifics of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect. Since insulating antiferromagnets and paramagnets are far more common than the typical insulating ferrimagnetic materials used in spin Seebeck experiments, this discovery opens up a large new class of materials for use in spin caloritronic devices. All authors acknowledge support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. The use of facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, was supported by the U.S. DOE, BES under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  7. Length Scale of the Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Kehlberger, Andreas; Ritzmann, Ulrike; Hinzke, Denise; Guo, Er-Jia; Cramer, Joel; Jakob, Gerhard; Onbasli, Mehmet C.; Kim, Dong Hun; Ross, Caroline A.; Jungfleisch, Matthias B.; Hillebrands, Burkard; Nowak, Ulrich; Kläui, Mathias

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the origin of the spin Seebeck effect in yttrium iron garnet (YIG) samples for film thicknesses from 20 nm to 50 μ m at room temperature and 50 K. Our results reveal a characteristic increase of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect amplitude with the thickness of the insulating ferrimagnetic YIG, which levels off at a critical thickness that increases with decreasing temperature. The observed behavior cannot be explained as an interface effect or by variations of the material parameters. Comparison to numerical simulations of thermal magnonic spin currents yields qualitative agreement for the thickness dependence resulting from the finite magnon propagation length. This allows us to trace the origin of the observed signals to genuine bulk magnonic spin currents due to the spin Seebeck effect ruling out an interface origin and allowing us to gauge the reach of thermally excited magnons in this system for different temperatures. At low temperature, even quantitative agreement with the simulations is found.

  8. Exciton Seebeck effect in molecular systems

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    Yan, Yun-An; Cai, Shaohong

    2014-08-07

    We investigate the exciton dynamics under temperature difference with the hierarchical equations of motion. Through a nonperturbative simulation of the transient absorption of a heterogeneous trimer model, we show that the temperature difference causes exciton population redistribution and affects the exciton transfer time. It is found that one can reproduce not only the exciton population redistribution but also the change of the exciton transfer time induced by the temperature difference with a proper tuning of the site energies of the aggregate. In this sense, there exists a site energy shift equivalence for any temperature difference in a broad range. This phenomenon is similar to the Seebeck effect as well as spin Seebeck effect and can be named as exciton Seebeck effect.

  9. Domain wall magneto-Seebeck effect

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    Krzysteczko, Patryk; Hu, Xiukun; Liebing, Niklas; Sievers, Sibylle; Schumacher, Hans W.

    2015-10-01

    The interplay between charge, spin, and heat currents in magnetic nanostructures subjected to a temperature gradient has led to a variety of novel effects and promising applications studied in the fast-growing field of spin caloritronics. Here, we explore the magnetothermoelectrical properties of an individual magnetic domain wall in a permalloy nanowire. In thermal gradients of the order of few K /μ m along the long wire axis, we find a clear magneto-Seebeck signature due to the presence of a single domain wall. The observed domain wall magneto-Seebeck effect can be explained by the magnetization-dependent Seebeck coefficient of permalloy in combination with the local spin configuration of the domain wall.

  10. Time resolved spin Seebeck effect experiments

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    Roschewsky, Niklas Schreier, Michael; Schade, Felix; Ganzhorn, Kathrin; Meyer, Sibylle; Geprägs, Stephan; Kamra, Akashdeep; Huebl, Hans; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Gross, Rudolf

    2014-05-19

    In this Letter, we present the results of transient thermopower experiments, performed at room temperature on yttrium iron garnet/platinum bilayers. Upon application of a time-varying thermal gradient, we observe a characteristic low-pass frequency response of the ensuing thermopower voltage with cutoff frequencies of up to 37 MHz. We interpret our results in terms of the spin Seebeck effect, and argue that small wavevector magnons are of minor importance for the spin Seebeck effect in our thin film hybrid structures.

  11. Simple Demonstration of the Seebeck Effect

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    Molki, Arman

    2010-01-01

    In this article we propose a simple and low-cost experimental set-up through which science educators can demonstrate the Seebeck effect using a thermocouple and an instrumentation amplifier. The experiment can be set up and conducted during a 1-hour laboratory session. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)

  12. Surface sensitivity of the spin Seebeck effect

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    Aqeel, A.; Vera-Marun, I. J.; Wees, B. J. van; Palstra, T. T. M.

    2014-10-21

    We have investigated the influence of the interface quality on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) of the bilayer system yttrium iron garnet (YIG)–platinum (Pt). The magnitude and shape of the SSE is strongly influenced by mechanical treatment of the YIG single crystal surface. We observe that the saturation magnetic field (H{sub sat}{sup SSE}) for the SSE signal increases from 55.3 mT to 72.8 mT with mechanical treatment. The change in the magnitude of H{sub sat}{sup SSE} can be attributed to the presence of a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy due to the treatment induced surface strain or shape anisotropy in the Pt/YIG system. Our results show that the SSE is a powerful tool to investigate magnetic anisotropy at the interface.

  13. Large Seebeck effect by charge-mobility engineering

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    Sun, Peijie; Wei, Beipei; Zhang, Jiahao; Tomczak, Jan M.; Strydom, A.M.; Søndergaard, M.; Iversen, Bo B.; Steglich, Frank

    2015-01-01

    The Seebeck effect describes the generation of an electric potential in a conducting solid exposed to a temperature gradient. In most cases, it is dominated by an energy-dependent electronic density of states at the Fermi level, in line with the prevalent efforts towards superior thermoelectrics through the engineering of electronic structure. Here we demonstrate an alternative source for the Seebeck effect based on charge-carrier relaxation: a charge mobility that changes rapidly with temperature can result in a sizeable addition to the Seebeck coefficient. This new Seebeck source is demonstrated explicitly for Ni-doped CoSb3, where a marked mobility change occurs due to the crossover between two different charge-relaxation regimes. Our findings unveil the origin of pronounced features in the Seebeck coefficient of many other elusive materials characterized by a significant mobility mismatch. When utilized appropriately, this effect can also provide a novel route to the design of improved thermoelectric materials. PMID:26108283

  14. Large Seebeck effect by charge-mobility engineering

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    Sun, Peijie; Wei, Beipei; Zhang, Jiahao; Tomczak, Jan M.; Strydom, A. M.; Søndergaard, M.; Iversen, Bo B.; Steglich, Frank

    2015-06-01

    The Seebeck effect describes the generation of an electric potential in a conducting solid exposed to a temperature gradient. In most cases, it is dominated by an energy-dependent electronic density of states at the Fermi level, in line with the prevalent efforts towards superior thermoelectrics through the engineering of electronic structure. Here we demonstrate an alternative source for the Seebeck effect based on charge-carrier relaxation: a charge mobility that changes rapidly with temperature can result in a sizeable addition to the Seebeck coefficient. This new Seebeck source is demonstrated explicitly for Ni-doped CoSb3, where a marked mobility change occurs due to the crossover between two different charge-relaxation regimes. Our findings unveil the origin of pronounced features in the Seebeck coefficient of many other elusive materials characterized by a significant mobility mismatch. When utilized appropriately, this effect can also provide a novel route to the design of improved thermoelectric materials.

  15. An analytical solution for quantum size effects on Seebeck coefficient

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    Karabetoglu, S.; Sisman, A.; Ozturk, Z. F.

    2016-03-01

    There are numerous experimental and numerical studies about quantum size effects on Seebeck coefficient. In contrast, in this study, we obtain analytical expressions for Seebeck coefficient under quantum size effects. Seebeck coefficient of a Fermi gas confined in a rectangular domain is considered. Analytical expressions, which represent the size dependency of Seebeck coefficient explicitly, are derived in terms of confinement parameters. A fundamental form of Seebeck coefficient based on infinite summations is used under relaxation time approximation. To obtain analytical results, summations are calculated using the first two terms of Poisson summation formula. It is shown that they are in good agreement with the exact results based on direct calculation of summations as long as confinement parameters are less than unity. The analytical results are also in good agreement with experimental and numerical ones in literature. Maximum relative errors of analytical expressions are less than 3% and 4% for 2D and 1D cases, respectively. Dimensional transitions of Seebeck coefficient are also examined. Furthermore, a detailed physical explanation for the oscillations in Seebeck coefficient is proposed by considering the relative standard deviation of total variance of particle number in Fermi shell.

  16. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect contribution in transverse spin Seebeck effect experiments in Pt/YIG and Pt/NFO

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    Meier, Daniel; Reinhardt, Daniel; van Straaten, Michael; Klewe, Christoph; Althammer, Matthias; Schreier, Michael; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Gupta, Arunava; Schmid, Maximilian; Back, Christian H.; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Kuschel, Timo; Reiss, Günter

    2015-01-01

    The spin Seebeck effect, the generation of a spin current by a temperature gradient, has attracted great attention, but the interplay over a millimetre range along a thin ferromagnetic film as well as unintended side effects which hinder an unambiguous detection have evoked controversial discussions. Here, we investigate the inverse spin Hall voltage of a 10 nm thin Pt strip deposited on the magnetic insulators Y3Fe5O12 and NiFe2O4 with a temperature gradient in the film plane. We show characteristics typical of the spin Seebeck effect, although we do not observe the most striking features of the transverse spin Seebeck effect. Instead, we attribute the observed voltages to the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect generated by a contact tip induced parasitic out-of-plane temperature gradient, which depends on material, diameter and temperature of the tip. PMID:26394541

  17. Giant spin Seebeck effect in a non-magnetic material.

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    Jaworski, C M; Myers, R C; Johnston-Halperin, E; Heremans, J P

    2012-07-12

    The spin Seebeck effect is observed when a thermal gradient applied to a spin-polarized material leads to a spatially varying transverse spin current in an adjacent non-spin-polarized material, where it gets converted into a measurable voltage. It has been previously observed with a magnitude of microvolts per kelvin in magnetically ordered materials, ferromagnetic metals, semiconductors and insulators. Here we describe a signal in a non-magnetic semiconductor (InSb) that has the hallmarks of being produced by the spin Seebeck effect, but is three orders of magnitude larger (millivolts per kelvin). We refer to the phenomenon that produces it as the giant spin Seebeck effect. Quantizing magnetic fields spin-polarize conduction electrons in semiconductors by means of Zeeman splitting, which spin-orbit coupling amplifies by a factor of ∼25 in InSb. We propose that the giant spin Seebeck effect is mediated by phonon-electron drag, which changes the electrons' momentum and directly modifies the spin-splitting energy through spin-orbit interactions. Owing to the simultaneously strong phonon-electron drag and spin-orbit coupling in InSb, the magnitude of the giant spin Seebeck voltage is comparable to the largest known classical thermopower values. PMID:22785317

  18. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect: from fundamentals to applications.

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    Uchida, K; Ishida, M; Kikkawa, T; Kirihara, A; Murakami, T; Saitoh, E

    2014-08-27

    The spin Seebeck effect refers to the generation of spin voltage as a result of a temperature gradient in ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic materials. When a conductor is attached to a magnet under a temperature gradient, the thermally generated spin voltage in the magnet injects a spin current into the conductor, which in turn produces electric voltage owing to the spin-orbit interaction. The spin Seebeck effect is of increasing importance in spintronics, since it enables direct generation of a spin current from heat and appears in a variety of magnets ranging from metals and semiconductors to insulators. Recent studies on the spin Seebeck effect have been conducted mainly in paramagnetic metal/ferrimagnetic insulator junction systems in the longitudinal configuration in which a spin current flowing parallel to the temperature gradient is measured. This 'longitudinal spin Seebeck effect' (LSSE) has been observed in various sample systems and exclusively established by separating the spin-current contribution from extrinsic artefacts, such as conventional thermoelectric and magnetic proximity effects. The LSSE in insulators also provides a novel and versatile pathway to thermoelectric generation in combination of the inverse spin-Hall effects. In this paper, we review basic experiments on the LSSE and discuss its potential thermoelectric applications with several demonstrations. PMID:25105889

  19. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect: from fundamentals to applications

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    Uchida, K.; Ishida, M.; Kikkawa, T.; Kirihara, A.; Murakami, T.; Saitoh, E.

    2014-08-01

    The spin Seebeck effect refers to the generation of spin voltage as a result of a temperature gradient in ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic materials. When a conductor is attached to a magnet under a temperature gradient, the thermally generated spin voltage in the magnet injects a spin current into the conductor, which in turn produces electric voltage owing to the spin-orbit interaction. The spin Seebeck effect is of increasing importance in spintronics, since it enables direct generation of a spin current from heat and appears in a variety of magnets ranging from metals and semiconductors to insulators. Recent studies on the spin Seebeck effect have been conducted mainly in paramagnetic metal/ferrimagnetic insulator junction systems in the longitudinal configuration in which a spin current flowing parallel to the temperature gradient is measured. This ‘longitudinal spin Seebeck effect’ (LSSE) has been observed in various sample systems and exclusively established by separating the spin-current contribution from extrinsic artefacts, such as conventional thermoelectric and magnetic proximity effects. The LSSE in insulators also provides a novel and versatile pathway to thermoelectric generation in combination of the inverse spin-Hall effects. In this paper, we review basic experiments on the LSSE and discuss its potential thermoelectric applications with several demonstrations.

  20. Seebeck effect in a battery-type thermocell

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    Kobayashi, Wataru; Kinoshita, Akemi; Moritomo, Yutaka

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrated that battery-type thermocells, which consist of two paste-type electrodes with the same active material and electrolyte, show the Seebeck effect. The magnitudes of electrochemical Seebeck coefficient (S) of the thermocells with several layered oxides were evaluated: -12.7 μV/K for Na0.99CoO2, -29.7 μV/K for Na0.52MnO2, -22.4 μV/K for Na0.51Mn0.5Fe0.5O2, and -6.8 μV/K for LiCoO2. In the thermocell with Na0.99CoO2, time-dependence of the electromotive force (ΔV) at a constant temperature difference (ΔT) was well reproduced by a mean-field approach of the chemical potential ( ϕ)—Na+ concentration (x) relationship, indicating that the Na+ intercalation/deintercalation plays an intrinsic role in the electrochemical Seebeck effect.

  1. A Focker-Planck description of the spin Seebeck effect

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    Reyes, Guillermo; Reyes, Juan Adrian

    Thermally driven spin-wave spin current in a ferromagnetic material FM and the resulting electric signal in a metal probe placed on the FM are theoretically investigated by considering a thermally fluctuating spin at the interface of a FM-metal junction. We develop an analytical formulation to establish a Focker Plank equation for the probability distribution as a function of magnetization components of the material, for calculating the spin Seebeck signal detected by the metal probe, which converts spin current to charge current by the inverse spin Hall effect. The spin current is induced in the metal probe via an exchange interaction when the metal senses the temperature gradient.

  2. Skyrmionic spin Seebeck effect via dissipative thermomagnonic torques

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    Kovalev, Alexey A.

    2014-06-01

    We derive thermomagnonic torque and its "β-type" dissipative correction from the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. The β-type dissipative correction describes viscous coupling between magnetic dynamics and magnonic current and it stems from spin mistracking of the magnetic order. We show that thermomagnonic torque is important for describing temperature gradient induced motion of skyrmions in helical magnets while dissipative correction plays an essential role in generating transverse Magnus force. We propose to detect such skyrmionic motion by employing the transverse spin Seebeck effect geometry.

  3. Spin Seebeck effect in YIG-based systems

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    Siegel, Gene; Prestgard, Megan; Teng, Shiang; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2015-03-01

    Recently, the use of magnetic insulators (yttrium iron garnet, YIG) in conjunction with platinum has sparked interest in spintronics research. This is due to the existence of the spin Seebeck effect which could potentially be a source of pure spin current for spintronic devices. Furthermore, these coatings could potentially show the versatility of spintronics by acting as a spin-based thermoelectric generator, thereby providing a new method of transforming heat into power. However, there remain questions regarding the origins and legitimacy of the spin Seebeck effect. Moreover, recent publications claim that the observed effects are a manifestation of magnetic proximity effects in platinum and not a true SSE signal. Because of these concerns, we are providing supporting evidence that the voltages observed in the YIG/Pt films are truly SSE voltages. We are reaffirming claims that magnon transport theory provides an accurate basis for explaining SSE behavior. Finally, we illustrate the advantages of pulsed laser deposition, as these YIG films possess a large SSE voltage compared to those films grown using liquid phase deposition techniques.

  4. Evaluation of thermal gradients in longitudinal spin Seebeck effect measurements

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    Sola, A. Kuepferling, M.; Basso, V.; Pasquale, M.; Kikkawa, T.; Uchida, K.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-05-07

    In the framework of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), we developed an experimental setup for the characterization of LSSE devices. This class of device consists in a layered structure formed by a substrate, a ferrimagnetic insulator (YIG) where the spin current is thermally generated, and a paramagnetic metal (Pt) for the detection of the spin current via the inverse spin-Hall effect. In this kind of experiments, the evaluation of a thermal gradient through the thin YIG layer is a crucial point. In this work, we perform an indirect determination of the thermal gradient through the measurement of the heat flux. We developed an experimental setup using Peltier cells that allow us to measure the heat flux through a given sample. In order to test the technique, a standard LSSE device produced at Tohoku University was measured. We find a spin Seebeck S{sub SSE} coefficient of 2.8×10{sup −7} V K{sup −1}.

  5. Designing a study of the Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Riley, Grant; Liu, Jason; Roberts, Gerri; Buchanan, Kristen

    2012-10-01

    The Spin Seebeck Effect (SSE) refers to the recently discovered generation of a spin voltage as a result of an applied temperature gradient. The SSE has been observed in ferromagnetic (FM) metals, semiconductors, and insulators. This area of research has attracted much interest because it may provide a means to make use of waste heat from electronic devices. While several theories have been presented, there are still open questions regarding the physical mechanism of this effect. Recent experimental evidence suggests that magnons and phonons play a role in thermal spin physics; however, the experiments done to date are performed primarily through detection of a voltage via the Inverse Spin Hall Effect that is due to the steady-state accumulation of a spin distribution across the FM material and consequently provide only indirect information on the magnons. Here we will discuss an experimental setup that we have designed to explore the role of magnons in the SSE using Brillouin light scattering.

  6. Origin of the spin Seebeck effect in compensated ferrimagnets

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    Geprägs, Stephan; Kehlberger, Andreas; Coletta, Francesco Della; Qiu, Zhiyong; Guo, Er-Jia; Schulz, Tomek; Mix, Christian; Meyer, Sibylle; Kamra, Akashdeep; Althammer, Matthias; Huebl, Hans; Jakob, Gerhard; Ohnuma, Yuichi; Adachi, Hiroto; Barker, Joseph; Maekawa, Sadamichi; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Saitoh, Eiji; Gross, Rudolf; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Kläui, Mathias

    2016-01-01

    Magnons are the elementary excitations of a magnetically ordered system. In ferromagnets, only a single band of low-energy magnons needs to be considered, but in ferrimagnets the situation is more complex owing to different magnetic sublattices involved. In this case, low lying optical modes exist that can affect the dynamical response. Here we show that the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is sensitive to the complexities of the magnon spectrum. The SSE is caused by thermally excited spin dynamics that are converted to a voltage by the inverse spin Hall effect at the interface to a heavy metal contact. By investigating the temperature dependence of the SSE in the ferrimagnet gadolinium iron garnet, with a magnetic compensation point near room temperature, we demonstrate that higher-energy exchange magnons play a key role in the SSE. PMID:26842873

  7. Origin of the spin Seebeck effect in compensated ferrimagnets.

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    Geprägs, Stephan; Kehlberger, Andreas; Coletta, Francesco Della; Qiu, Zhiyong; Guo, Er-Jia; Schulz, Tomek; Mix, Christian; Meyer, Sibylle; Kamra, Akashdeep; Althammer, Matthias; Huebl, Hans; Jakob, Gerhard; Ohnuma, Yuichi; Adachi, Hiroto; Barker, Joseph; Maekawa, Sadamichi; Bauer, Gerrit E W; Saitoh, Eiji; Gross, Rudolf; Goennenwein, Sebastian T B; Kläui, Mathias

    2016-01-01

    Magnons are the elementary excitations of a magnetically ordered system. In ferromagnets, only a single band of low-energy magnons needs to be considered, but in ferrimagnets the situation is more complex owing to different magnetic sublattices involved. In this case, low lying optical modes exist that can affect the dynamical response. Here we show that the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is sensitive to the complexities of the magnon spectrum. The SSE is caused by thermally excited spin dynamics that are converted to a voltage by the inverse spin Hall effect at the interface to a heavy metal contact. By investigating the temperature dependence of the SSE in the ferrimagnet gadolinium iron garnet, with a magnetic compensation point near room temperature, we demonstrate that higher-energy exchange magnons play a key role in the SSE. PMID:26842873

  8. Origin of the spin Seebeck effect in compensated ferrimagnets

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    Geprägs, Stephan; Kehlberger, Andreas; Coletta, Francesco Della; Qiu, Zhiyong; Guo, Er-Jia; Schulz, Tomek; Mix, Christian; Meyer, Sibylle; Kamra, Akashdeep; Althammer, Matthias; Huebl, Hans; Jakob, Gerhard; Ohnuma, Yuichi; Adachi, Hiroto; Barker, Joseph; Maekawa, Sadamichi; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Saitoh, Eiji; Gross, Rudolf; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Kläui, Mathias

    2016-02-01

    Magnons are the elementary excitations of a magnetically ordered system. In ferromagnets, only a single band of low-energy magnons needs to be considered, but in ferrimagnets the situation is more complex owing to different magnetic sublattices involved. In this case, low lying optical modes exist that can affect the dynamical response. Here we show that the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is sensitive to the complexities of the magnon spectrum. The SSE is caused by thermally excited spin dynamics that are converted to a voltage by the inverse spin Hall effect at the interface to a heavy metal contact. By investigating the temperature dependence of the SSE in the ferrimagnet gadolinium iron garnet, with a magnetic compensation point near room temperature, we demonstrate that higher-energy exchange magnons play a key role in the SSE.

  9. Spectral characteristics of time resolved magnonic spin Seebeck effect

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    Etesami, S. R.; Chotorlishvili, L.; Berakdar, J.

    2015-09-01

    Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) holds promise for new spintronic devices with low-energy consumption. The underlying physics, essential for a further progress, is yet to be fully clarified. This study of the time resolved longitudinal SSE in the magnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet concludes that a substantial contribution to the spin current stems from small wave-vector subthermal exchange magnons. Our finding is in line with the recent experiment by S. R. Boona and J. P. Heremans [Phys. Rev. B 90, 064421 (2014)]. Technically, the spin-current dynamics is treated based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation also including magnons back-action on thermal bath, while the formation of the time dependent thermal gradient is described self-consistently via the heat equation coupled to the magnetization dynamics.

  10. Thermoelectric Seebeck effect in oxide-based resistive switching memory

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    Wang, Ming; Bi, Chong; Li, Ling; Long, Shibing; Liu, Qi; Lv, Hangbing; Lu, Nianduan; Sun, Pengxiao; Liu, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Reversible resistive switching induced by an electric field in oxide-based resistive switching memory shows a promising application in future information storage and processing. It is believed that there are some local conductive filaments formed and ruptured in the resistive switching process. However, as a fundamental question, how electron transports in the formed conductive filament is still under debate due to the difficulty to directly characterize its physical and electrical properties. Here we investigate the intrinsic electronic transport mechanism in such conductive filament by measuring thermoelectric Seebeck effects. We show that the small-polaron hopping model can well describe the electronic transport process for all resistance states, although the corresponding temperature-dependent resistance behaviours are contrary. Moreover, at low resistance states, we observe a clear semiconductor–metal transition around 150 K. These results provide insight in understanding resistive switching process and establish a basic framework for modelling resistive switching behaviour. PMID:25141267

  11. Thermoelectric Seebeck effect in oxide-based resistive switching memory.

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    Wang, Ming; Bi, Chong; Li, Ling; Long, Shibing; Liu, Qi; Lv, Hangbing; Lu, Nianduan; Sun, Pengxiao; Liu, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Reversible resistive switching induced by an electric field in oxide-based resistive switching memory shows a promising application in future information storage and processing. It is believed that there are some local conductive filaments formed and ruptured in the resistive switching process. However, as a fundamental question, how electron transports in the formed conductive filament is still under debate due to the difficulty to directly characterize its physical and electrical properties. Here we investigate the intrinsic electronic transport mechanism in such conductive filament by measuring thermoelectric Seebeck effects. We show that the small-polaron hopping model can well describe the electronic transport process for all resistance states, although the corresponding temperature-dependent resistance behaviours are contrary. Moreover, at low resistance states, we observe a clear semiconductor-metal transition around 150 K. These results provide insight in understanding resistive switching process and establish a basic framework for modelling resistive switching behaviour. PMID:25141267

  12. Theory of the spin Seebeck effect in antiferromagnets

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    Rezende, S. M.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Azevedo, A.

    2016-01-01

    The spin Seebeck effect (SSE) consists in the generation of a spin current by a temperature gradient applied in a magnetic film. The SSE is usually detected by an electric voltage generated in a metallic layer in contact with the magnetic film resulting from the conversion of the spin current into charge current by means of the inverse spin Hall effect. The SSE has been widely studied in bilayers made of the insulating ferrimagnet yttrium iron garnet (YIG) and metals with large spin-orbit coupling such as platinum. Recently the SSE has been observed in bilayers made of the antiferromagnet Mn F2 and Pt, revealing dependences of the SSE voltage on temperature and field very different from the ones observed in YIG/Pt. Here we present a theory for the SSE in structures with an antiferromagnetic insulator (AFI) in contact with a normal metal (NM) that relies on the bulk magnon spin current created by the temperature gradient across the thickness of the AFI/NM bilayer. The theory explains quite well the measured dependences of the SSE voltage on the sample temperature and on the applied magnetic field in Mn F2/Pt .

  13. Magneto-Seebeck effect in spin-valve with in-plane thermal gradient

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    Jain, S. Bose, A. Palkar, V. R. Tulapurkar, A. A.; Lam, D. D. Suzuki, Y.; Sharma, H. Tomy, C. V.

    2014-12-15

    We present measurements of magneto-Seebeck effect on a spin valve with in-plane thermal gradient. We measured open circuit voltage and short circuit current by applying a temperature gradient across a spin valve stack, where one of the ferromagnetic layers is pinned. We found a clear hysteresis in these two quantities as a function of magnetic field. From these measurements, the magneto-Seebeck effect was found to be same as magneto-resistance effect.

  14. Large spin Seebeck effects in zigzag-edge silicene nanoribbons

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    Yang, Xi-Feng; Liu, Yu-Shen Feng, Jin-Fu; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2014-08-15

    Using the first-principles methods, we investigate the thermospin properties of a two-probe model based on zigzag-edge silicene nanoribbons (ZSiNRs). Compared with the odd-width ZSiNRs, the spin Seebeck coefficient of the even-width ZSiNRs is obviously enhanced at room temperature. This fact is attributed to a nearly perfect symmetry of the linear conductance gap with the different spin index with respect to the Fermi level induced by the different parity of the wave functions. More interestingly, the corresponding charge Seebeck coefficient is near zero. Therefore, when a thermal bias is presented in the even-width ZSiNRs, a nearly pure spin current is achieved. Meanwhile, the spin polarization of the current approaches infinite.

  15. Spin-dependent Seebeck effects in a graphene nanoribbon coupled to two square lattice ferromagnetic leads

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    Zhou, Benhu Zeng, Yangsu; Zhou, Benliang; Zhou, Guanghui; Ouyang, Tao

    2015-03-14

    We theoretically investigate spin-dependent Seebeck effects for a system consisting of a narrow graphene nanoribbon (GNR) contacted to square lattice ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes with noncollinear magnetic moments. Both zigzag-edge graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) and armchair-edge graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs) were considered. Compared with our previous work with two-dimensional honeycomb-lattice FM leads, a more realistic model of two-dimensional square-lattice FM electrodes is adopted here. Using the nonequilibrium Green's function method combining with the tight-binding Hamiltonian, it is demonstrated that both the charge Seebeck coefficient S{sub C} and the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient S{sub S} strongly depend on the geometrical contact between the GNR and the leads. In our previous work, S{sub C} for a semiconducting 15-AGNR system near the Dirac point is two orders of magnitude larger than that of a metallic 17-AGNR system. However, S{sub C} is the same order of magnitude for both metallic 17-AGNR and semiconducting 15-AGNR systems in the present paper because of the lack of a transmission energy gap for the 15-AGNR system. Furthermore, the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient S{sub S} for the systems with 20-ZGNR, 17-AGNR, and 15-AGNR is of the same order of magnitude and its maximum absolute value can reach 8 μV/K. The spin-dependent Seebeck effects are not very pronounced because the transmission coefficient weakly depends on spin orientation. Moreover, the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient is further suppressed with increasing angle between the relative alignments of magnetization directions of the two leads. Additionally, the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient can be strongly suppressed for larger disorder strength. The results obtained here may provide valuable theoretical guidance in the experimental design of heat spintronic devices.

  16. Molecular Dependence of the Large Seebeck Effect in τ-Type Organic Conductors

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    Aizawa, Hirohito; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Yoshino, Harukazu; Mousdis, George A.; Papavassiliou, George C.; Murata, Keizo

    2014-10-01

    We study the Seebeck effect in the τ-type organic conductors, τ-(EDO-S,S-DMEDT-TTF)2(AuBr2)1+y and τ-(P-S,S-DMEDT-TTF)2(AuBr2)1+y, where EDO-S,S-DMEDT-TTF and P-S,S-DMEDT-TTF are abbreviated as OOSS and NNSS, respectively, both experimentally and theoretically. Theoretically in particular, we perform first-principles band calculation for the two materials and construct a two-orbital model, on the basis of which we calculate the Seebeck coefficient. We show that the calculated temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient S is semi-quantitatively consistent with the experimental observation. In both materials, the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient is maximum at a certain temperature, and this temperature is lower for NNSS than for OOSS. From a band structure viewpoint, we find that this can be traced back to the narrowness of the band gap between the upper and the lower pudding-mold type bands. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient of NNSS in the low temperature regime steeply increases with increasing temperature, which is due to the narrowness of the upper band. These differences in thermoelectric properties demonstrate the effectiveness of controlling the band structure through molecular modification.

  17. Magneto-Seebeck effect in an ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film device

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    Wang, Hongfeng; Liu, Qing; Tisdale, Jeremy; Xu, Ling; Liu, Yuchun; Hu, Bin

    2016-04-01

    This article reports giant magnetic field effects on the Seebeck coefficient by exerting a Lorentz force on charge diffusion based on vertical multi-layer ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film devices. The Lorentz force, induced by an external magnetic field, changes the charge transport and consequently generates angular dependent magnetoresistance. The proposed mechanism of the magneto-Seebeck effect is proved by measuring the magnetoresistance at a parallel, 45o and perpendicular angle to the temperature gradient. The gradual change of the magnetoresistance from a parallel to perpendicular angle indicates that the Lorentz force is a key driving force to develop the magneto-Seebeck effect. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate a magnetic approach to control the thermoelectric properties in organic materials.

  18. Enhancement of Seebeck Coefficient in Bi Nanowires by Electric Field Effect

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    Komine, Takashi; Aono, Tomosuke; Nabatame, Yuta; Murata, Masayuki; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we investigated the electric field effect on the transport properties of a Bi nanowire. These effects were modeled by a surface potential. The electron states of Bi nanowires were numerically analyzed by effective mass equations at the T-point and L-point taking into account surface potential due to an external electric field. The Seebeck coefficients of Bi nanowires were calculated by using the Boltzmann equation with a constant relaxation time. It was found that the Seebeck coefficients increased when the sign of the surface potential parameter was negative. In particular, when the surface potential parameter was -1 eV and the skin depth was 10 nm in a 20-nm-diameter nanowire, the maximum absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient was larger than 1 mV/K, which was greatly improved compared to that without an external electric field.

  19. Spin-dependent Seebeck effect in Aharonov-Bohm rings with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    Liu, Bin; Li, Yunyun; Zhou, Jun; Nakayama, Tsuneyoshi; Li, Baowen

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the spin-dependent Seebeck effect in an Aharonov-Bohm mesoscopic ring in the presence of both Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions under magnetic flux perpendicular to the ring. We apply the Green's function method to calculate the spin Seebeck coefficient employing the tight-binding Hamiltonian. It is found that the spin Seebeck coefficient is proportional to the slope of the energy-dependent transmission coefficients. We study the strong dependence of spin Seebeck coefficient on the Fermi energy, magnetic flux, strength of spin-orbit coupling, and temperature. Maximum spin Seebeck coefficients can be obtained when the strengths of Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings are slightly different. The spin Seebeck coefficient can be reduced by increasing temperature and disorder.

  20. Photo-Seebeck effect in tetragonal PbO single crystals

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    Mondal, P. S.; Okazaki, R.; Taniguchi, H.; Terasaki, I.

    2013-11-07

    We report the observation of photo-Seebeck effect in tetragonal PbO crystals. The photo-induced carriers contribute to the transport phenomena, and consequently the electrical conductivity increases and the Seebeck coefficient decreases with increasing photon flux density. A parallel-circuit model is used to evaluate the actual contributions of photo-excited carriers from the measured transport data. The photo-induced carrier concentration estimated from the Seebeck coefficient increases almost linearly with increasing photon flux density, indicating a successful photo-doping effect on the thermoelectric property. The mobility decreases by illumination but the reduction rate strongly depends on the illuminated photon energy. Possible mechanisms of such photon-energy-dependent mobility are discussed.

  1. Separation of spin Seebeck effect and anomalous Nernst effect in Co/Cu/YIG

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    Tian, Dai; Li, Yufan; Qu, D.; Chien, C. L.; Jin, Xiaofeng

    2015-05-25

    The spin Seebeck effect (SSE) and Anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) have been observed in Co/Cu/YIG (yttrium iron garnet) multi-layer structure, where the ferromagnetic insulator YIG acts as the pure spin injector and the ferromagnetic metal Co layer acts as the spin current detector. With the insertion of 5 nm Cu layer, the two ferromagnetic layers are decoupled, thus allowing unambiguous separation of the SSE and ANE contributions under the same experimental conditions in the same sample.

  2. Nernst and Seebeck effects in HgTe/CdTe topological insulator

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    Zhang, Yuan; Song, Juntao; Li, Yu-Xian

    2015-03-28

    The Seebeck and Nernst effects in HgTe/CdTe quantum wells are studied using the tight-binding Hamiltonian and the nonequilibrium Green's function method. The Seebeck coefficient, S{sub c}, and the Nernst coefficient, N{sub c}, oscillate as a function of E{sub F}, where E{sub F} is the Fermi energy. The Seebeck coefficient shows peaks when the Fermi energy crosses the discrete transverse channels, and the height of the nth peak of the S{sub c} is [ln2/(1/2 +|n|)] for E{sub F} > 0. For the case E{sub F} < 0, the values of the peaks are negative, but the absolute values of the first five peaks are the same as those for E{sub F} > 0. The 6th peak of S{sub c} reaches the value [ln2/1.35] due to a higher density of states. When a magnetic field is applied, the Nernst coefficient appears. However, the values of the peaks for N{sub c} are all positive. For a weak magnetic field, the temperature suppresses the oscillation of the Seebeck and Nernst coefficients but increases their magnitude. For a large magnetic field, because of the highly degenerate Landau levels, the peaks of the Seebeck coefficient at position E{sub F}=−12, 10, 28meV, and Nernst coefficient at E{sub F}=−7, 10meV are robust against the temperature.

  3. Extracting the effective mass of electrons in transparent conductive oxide thin films using Seebeck coefficient

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    Wang, Yaqin; Zhu, Junhao; Tang, Wu

    2014-05-26

    A method is proposed that combines Seebeck coefficient and carrier concentration to determine the electron effective mass of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) thin films. Experiments were conducted to test the validity of this approach on the transparent conductive Ga-doped ZnO thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering. An evident agreement of the calculated electron effective mass of the films is observed between the proposed approach and the previous studies. Besides, the optical carrier concentration and mobility derived from the calculated electron effective mass and spectroscopic ellipsometry using a complex dielectric function are consistent with those from direct Hall-effect measurement. The agreements suggest that Seebeck coefficient can serve as an alternative tool for extracting the effective mass of electrons in TCO films.

  4. On/off switching of bit readout in bias-enhanced tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect

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    Boehnke, Alexander; Milnikel, Marius; von der Ehe, Marvin; Franz, Christian; Zbarsky, Vladyslav; Czerner, Michael; Rott, Karsten; Thomas, Andy; Heiliger, Christian; Reiss, Günter; Münzenberg, Markus

    2015-03-01

    Thermoelectric effects in magnetic tunnel junctions are promising to serve as the basis for logic devices or memories in a ''green'' information technology. However, up to now the readout contrast achieved with Seebeck effects was magnitudes smaller compared to the well-established tunnel magnetoresistance effect. Here, we resolve this problem by demonstrating that the tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect (TMS) in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions can be switched on to a logic ``1'' state and off to ``0'' by simply changing the magnetic state of the CoFeB electrodes. This new functionality is achieved by combining a thermal gradient and an electric field. Our results show that the signal crosses zero and can be adjusted by tuning a bias voltage that is applied between the electrodes of the junction; hence, the name of the effect is bias-enhanced tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect (bTMS). Via the spin- and energy-dependent transmission of electrons in the junction, the bTMS effect can be configured using the bias voltage with much higher control than the tunnel magnetoresistance and even completely suppressed for only one magnetic configuration. Moreover, our measurements are a step towards the experimental realization of high TMS ratios without additional bias voltage, which are predicted for specific Co-Fe compositions.

  5. On/off switching of bit readout in bias-enhanced tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect

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    Boehnke, Alexander; Milnikel, Marius; von der Ehe, Marvin; Franz, Christian; Zbarsky, Vladyslav; Czerner, Michael; Rott, Karsten; Thomas, Andy; Heiliger, Christian; Reiss, Günter; Münzenberg, Markus

    2015-01-01

    Thermoelectric effects in magnetic tunnel junctions are promising to serve as the basis for logic devices or memories in a ”green” information technology. However, up to now the readout contrast achieved with Seebeck effects was magnitudes smaller compared to the well-established tunnel magnetoresistance effect. Here, we resolve this problem by demonstrating that the tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect (TMS) in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions can be switched on to a logic “1” state and off to “0” by simply changing the magnetic state of the CoFeB electrodes. This new functionality is achieved by combining a thermal gradient and an electric field. Our results show that the signal crosses zero and can be adjusted by tuning a bias voltage that is applied between the electrodes of the junction; hence, the name of the effect is bias-enhanced tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect (bTMS). Via the spin- and energy-dependent transmission of electrons in the junction, the bTMS effect can be configured using the bias voltage with much higher control than the tunnel magnetoresistance and even completely suppressed for only one magnetic configuration. Moreover, our measurements are a step towards the experimental realization of high TMS ratios without additional bias voltage, which are predicted for specific Co-Fe compositions. PMID:25755010

  6. Comparison of the magneto-Peltier and magneto-Seebeck effects in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Shan, J.; Dejene, F. K.; Leutenantsmeyer, J. C.; Flipse, J.; Münzenberg, M.; van Wees, B. J.

    2015-07-01

    Understanding heat generation and transport processes in a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) is a significant step towards improving its application in current memory devices. Recent work has experimentally demonstrated the magneto-Seebeck effect in MTJs, where the Seebeck coefficient of the junction varies as the magnetic configuration changes from a parallel (P) to an antiparallel (AP) configuration. Here we report a study on its reciprocal effect, the magneto-Peltier effect, where the heat flow carried by the tunneling electrons is altered by changing the magnetic configuration of the MTJ. The magneto-Peltier signal that reflects the change in the temperature difference across the junction between the P and AP configurations scales linearly with the applied current in the small bias but is greatly enhanced in the large-bias regime, due to higher-order Joule heating mechanisms. By carefully extracting the linear response which reflects the magneto-Peltier effect, and comparing it with the magneto-Seebeck measurements performed on the same device, we observe results consistent with Onsager reciprocity. We estimate a magneto-Peltier coefficient of 13.4 mV in the linear regime using a three-dimensional thermoelectric model. Our result opens up the possibility of programmable thermoelectric devices based on the Peltier effect in MTJs.

  7. The Third Way of Thermal-Electric Conversion beyond Seebeck and Pyroelectric Effects

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    Ren, Jie

    2014-02-14

    Thermal-electric conversion is crucial for smart energy control and harvesting, such as thermal sensing and waste heat recovering. So far, people are aware of only two ways of direct thermal-electric conversion, Seebeck and pyroelectric effects, each with distinct working conditions and limitations. Here, we report the third way of thermal-electric conversion beyond Seebeck and pyroelectric effects. In contrast to Seebeck effect that requires spatial temperature difference, the-third-way converts the time-dependent ambient temperature fluctuation into electricity, similar to the behavior of pyroelectricity. However, the-third-way is also distinct from pyroelectric effect in the sense that it does not require polar materials but applies to general conducting systems. We demonstrate that the-third-way results from the temperature-fluctuation-induced dynamical charge redistribution. It is a consequence of the fundamental nonequilibrium thermodynamics and has a deep connection to the topological phase in quantum mechanics. Our findings expand our knowledge and provide new means of thermal-electric energy harvesting.

  8. Spin-resolved Fano resonances induced large spin Seebeck effects in graphene-carbon-chain junctions

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    Liu, Yu-Shen; Zhang, Xue; Feng, Jin-Fu; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2014-06-16

    We propose a high-efficiency thermospin device constructed by a carbon atomic chain sandwiched between two ferromagnetic (FM) zigzag graphene nanoribbon electrodes. In the low-temperature regime, the magnitude of the spin figure of merit is nearly equal to that of the corresponding charge figure of merit. This is attributed to the appearances of spin-resolved Fano resonances in the linear conductance spectrum resulting from the quantum interference effects between the localized states and the expanded states. The spin-dependent Seebeck effect is obviously enhanced near these Fano resonances with the same spin index; meanwhile, the Seebeck effect of the other spin component has a smaller value due to the smooth changing of the linear conductance with the spin index. Thus, a large spin Seebeck effect is achieved, and the magnitude of the spin figure of merit can reach 1.2 at T = 25 K. Our results indicate that the FM graphene-carbon-chain junctions can be used to design the high-efficiency thermospin devices.

  9. Model for the Spin Seebeck Effect in InSb in a Magnetic Field

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    Pike, Nicholas; Stroud, David

    2014-03-01

    The spin Seebeck effect is the generation of a voltage due to spin currents in the presence of a temperature gradient. We have developed a theory for this effect in the semiconductor InSb in a magnetic field. We consider spin- 1 / 2 electrons in the conduction band of InSb with a temperature gradient parallel to the applied magnetic field. A Boltzmann equation approach leads to a spin current parallel to the field and proportional to the temperature gradient. The spin-orbit interaction induces a canting of the electronic spin which produces an electric field perpendicular to the temperature gradient via the inverse spin Hall effect. This effect is measured in experiments as the spin Seebeck coefficient. We find that the spin current exhibits oscillations as a function of magnetic field which arise when the Fermi energy crosses the bottom of a Landau band. These oscillations resemble those seen in measurements of the spin Seebeck coefficient in the semiconductor InSb. This work was supported by the Center for Emerging Materials at The Ohio State University, an NSF MRSEC (Grant No. DMR0820414).

  10. Enhanced Seebeck effect in graphene devices by strain and doping engineering

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    Nguyen, M. Chung; Nguyen, V. Hung; Nguyen, Huy-Viet; Saint-Martin, J.; Dollfus, P.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we investigate the possibility of enhancing the thermoelectric power (Seebeck coefficient) in graphene devices by strain and doping engineering. While a local strain can result in the misalignment of Dirac cones of different graphene sections in the k-space, doping engineering leads to their displacement in energy. By combining these two effects, we demonstrate that a conduction gap as large as a few hundred meV can be achieved and hence the enhanced Seebeck coefficient can reach a value higher than 1.4 mV/K in graphene doped heterojunctions with a locally strained area. Such hetero-channels appear to be very promising for enlarging the applications of graphene devices as in strain and thermal sensors.

  11. A spin-Seebeck diode with a negative differential spin-Seebeck effect in a hydrogen-terminated zigzag silicene nanoribbon heterojunction.

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    Fu, Hua-Hua; Gu, Lei; Wu, Dan-Dan

    2016-05-14

    The spin-Seebeck effect (SSE), the central topic of spin caloritronics, provides a new direction for future low power consumption technology. To realize device applications of SSE, a spin-Seebeck diode (SSD) with a negative differential SSE is very desirable. To this end, we constructed a spin caloritronics device that was composed of a ferromagnetic double-single-hydrogen-terminated zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR-H2-H) and an antiferromagnetic double-double-hydrogen-terminated zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR-H2-H2). By using ab initio calculations combined with nonequilibrium Green's function technique, we found that thermally driven spin current through the heterojunction featured the SSD effect and negative differential SSE. The former originates from the asymmetrical thermal-driven conducting electrons and holes, and the latter ascribes to the thermal spin compensation effect. Their physical mechanisms are much different from the previous ones mainly relying on the spin-wave excitations in the interface between metals and magnetic insulators, supporting our study that puts forward a new route to realize the SSD with a negative differential SSE. PMID:27098900

  12. Seebeck coefficient of one electron

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    Durrani, Zahid A. K.

    2014-03-07

    The Seebeck coefficient of one electron, driven thermally into a semiconductor single-electron box, is investigated theoretically. With a finite temperature difference ΔT between the source and charging island, a single electron can charge the island in equilibrium, directly generating a Seebeck effect. Seebeck coefficients for small and finite ΔT are calculated and a thermally driven Coulomb staircase is predicted. Single-electron Seebeck oscillations occur with increasing ΔT, as one electron at a time charges the box. A method is proposed for experimental verification of these effects.

  13. Effect of phonon transport on the Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity of silicon nanowire arrays

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    Sadhu, Jyothi Swaroop

    Thermoelectrics enable solid-state conversion of heat to electricity by the Seebeck effect, but must provide scalable and cost-effective technology for practical waste heat harvesting. This dissertation explores the thermoelectric properties of electrochemically etched silicon nanowires through experiments, complemented by charge and thermal transport theories. Electrolessly etched silicon nanowires show anomalously low thermal conductivity that has been attributed to the increased scattering of heat conducting phonons from the surface disorder introduced by etching. The reduction is below the incoherent limit for phonon scattering at the boundary, the so-called Casimir limit. A new model of partially coherent phonon transport shows that correlated multiple scattering of phonons off resonantly matched rough surfaces can indeed lead to thermal conductivity below the Casimir limit. Using design guidelines from the theory, silicon nanowires of controllable surface roughness are fabricated using metal-assisted chemical etching. Extensive characterization of the nanowire surfaces using transmission electron microscopy provides surface roughness parameters that are important in testing transport theories. The second part of the dissertation focuses on the implications of increased phonon scattering on the Seebeck coefficient, which is a cumulative effect of non-equilibrium amongst charge carriers and phonons. A novel frequency-domain technique enables simultaneous measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and the thermal conductivity of nanowire arrays. The frequency response measurements isolate the parasitic contributions thus improving upon existing techniques for cross-plane thermoelectric measurements. While the thermal conductivity of nanowires reduces significantly with increased roughness, there is also a significant reduction in the Seebeck coefficient over a wide range of doping. Theoretical fitting of the data reveals that such reduction results from the annihilation of phonon drag in nanowires due to phonon boundary scattering. By exploring the effect of surface roughness and employing lattice non-equilibrium theories, the measurements are able to distinguish between long wavelength phonons that contribute to phonon drag and shorter wavelengths that contribute to heat conduction near room temperature. Phonon drag quenching in nanostructures has implications beyond silicon and this thesis paves the way toward spectrally selective phonon scattering for improving nanoscale thermoelectrics.

  14. Observation of the spin-Seebeck effect in a ferromagnetic semiconductor

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    Jaworski, C. M.; Yang, J.; Mack, S.; Awschalom, D. D.; Heremans, J. P.; Myers, R. C.

    2010-11-01

    Reducing the heat generated in traditional electronics is a chief motivation for the development of spin-based electronics, called spintronics. Spin-based transistors that do not strictly rely on the raising or lowering of electrostatic barriers can overcome scaling limits in charge-based transistors. Spin transport in semiconductors might also lead to dissipation-less information transfer with pure spin currents. Despite these thermodynamic advantages, little experimental literature exists on the thermal aspects of spin transport in solids. A recent and surprising exception was the discovery of the spin-Seebeck effect, reported as a measurement of a redistribution of spins along the length of a sample of permalloy (NiFe) induced by a temperature gradient. This macroscopic spatial distribution of spins is, surprisingly, many orders of magnitude larger than the spin diffusion length, which has generated strong interest in the thermal aspects of spin transport. Here, the spin-Seebeck effect is observed in a ferromagnetic semiconductor, GaMnAs, which allows flexible design of the magnetization directions, a larger spin polarization, and measurements across the magnetic phase transition. This effect is observed even in the absence of longitudinal charge transport. The spatial distribution of spin currents is maintained across electrical breaks, highlighting the local nature of this thermally driven effect.

  15. Spin-dependent Seebeck effect and spin caloritronics in magnetic graphene

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    Rameshti, Babak Zare; Moghaddam, Ali G.

    2015-04-01

    We investigate the spin-dependent thermoelectric effects in magnetic graphene in both diffusive and ballistic regimes. Employing the Boltzmann and Landauer formalisms we calculate the spin and charge Seebeck coefficients (thermopower) in magnetic graphene varying the spin splitting, temperature, and doping of the junction. It is found that while in normal graphene the temperature gradient drives a charge current, in the case of magnetic graphene a significant spin current is also established. In particular we show that in the undoped magnetic graphene in which different spin carriers belong to conduction and valence bands, a pure spin current is driven by the temperature gradient. In addition it is revealed that profound thermoelectric effects can be achieved at intermediate easily accessible temperatures when the thermal energy is comparable with Fermi energy kBT ≲μ . By further investigation of the spin-dependent Seebeck effect and a significantly large figure of merit for spin thermopower ZspT , we suggest magnetic graphene as a promising material for spin-caloritronics studies and applications.

  16. Enhanced spin Seebeck effect in a germanene p-n junction

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    Zheng, Jun; Chi, Feng; Guo, Yong

    2014-12-28

    Spin Seebeck effect in a germanene p-n junction is studied by using the nonequilibrium Green's function method combined with the tight-binding Hamiltonian. We find that the thermal bias ΔT can generate spin thermopower when a local exchange field is applied on one edge of the germanene nano-ribbon. The magnitude of the spin thermopower can be modulated by the potential drop across the two terminals of the p-n junction. When the value of the potential drop is smaller than the spin-orbit interaction strength, the spin thermopower is enhanced by two orders of magnitude larger as compared to the case of zero p-n voltage. Optimal temperature corresponding to maximum spin thermopower is insensitive to the potential drop. In the p-n region, maximum spin thermopower can be obtained at relatively higher temperatures. When the value of the potential drop is larger than that of the spin-orbit interaction, however, the spin Seebeck effect decays rapidly with increasing potential drop or temperature. By optimizing the structure parameters, the magnitude of the spin thermopower can be remarkably enhanced due to the coexistence of the exchange field and the potential drop.

  17. Asymmetric and Negative Differential Thermal Spin Effect at Magnetic Interfaces: Towards Spin Seebeck Diodes and Transistors

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    Ren, Jie; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2014-03-01

    We study the nonequilibrium thermal-spin transport across metal-magnetic insulator interfaces. The transport is assisted by the exchange interaction between conduction electrons in the metal and localized spins in the magnetic insulator. We predict the rectification and negative differential spin Seebeck effect (SSE), that is, reversing the temperature bias is able to give asymmetric spin currents and increasing temperature bias could give an anomalously decreasing spin current. We resolve their microscopic mechanism as a consequence of the energy-dependent electronic DOS in the metal. The rectification of spin Peltier effect is also discussed. We then study the asymmetric and negative differential magnon tunneling driven by temperature bias. We show that the many-body magnon interaction that makes the magnonic spectrum temperature-dependent is the crucial factor for the emergence of rectification and negative differential SSEs in magnon tunneling junctions. We show that these asymmetric and negative differential SSEs are relevant for building magnon and spin Seebeck diodes and transistors, which could play important roles in controlling information and energy in functional devices. Supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the US DOE at LANL under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  18. Investigation of the magnetic properties of insulating thin films using the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect

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    Kehlberger, A.; Jakob, G.; Onbasli, M. C.; Kim, D. H.; Ross, C. A.; Kläui, M.

    2014-05-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect is used as a detector for the magnetic properties and switching characteristics of magnetic thin insulating films. We use a 300 nm and a 20 nm thick Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG, Y3Fe5O12) film prepared by pulsed laser deposition and afterwards coated by platinum for the detection of the thermally excited magnons by the inverse spin Hall effect. The inverse spin Hall signals reveal a magnetic uniaxial anisotropy along the direction of the platinum stripe in the thicker film. For the thin film we find a more isotropic behavior, which is complementarily observed using the magnetoresistance occurring at the platinum/YIG interface. We explain our results on the basis of x-ray diffraction data, which reveal a miscut of the substrate and film surface and an expansion of the YIG lattice. Both findings favor a growth-induced magnetic anisotropy that we observe.

  19. Investigation of the magnetic properties of insulating thin films using the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect

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    Kehlberger, A. Jakob, G.; Kläui, M.; Onbasli, M. C.; Kim, D. H.; Ross, C. A.

    2014-05-07

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect is used as a detector for the magnetic properties and switching characteristics of magnetic thin insulating films. We use a 300 nm and a 20 nm thick Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG, Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) film prepared by pulsed laser deposition and afterwards coated by platinum for the detection of the thermally excited magnons by the inverse spin Hall effect. The inverse spin Hall signals reveal a magnetic uniaxial anisotropy along the direction of the platinum stripe in the thicker film. For the thin film we find a more isotropic behavior, which is complementarily observed using the magnetoresistance occurring at the platinum/YIG interface. We explain our results on the basis of x-ray diffraction data, which reveal a miscut of the substrate and film surface and an expansion of the YIG lattice. Both findings favor a growth-induced magnetic anisotropy that we observe.

  20. High spin-filter efficiency and Seebeck effect through spin-crossover iron-benzene complex

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    Yan, Qiang; Zhou, Liping; Cheng, Jue-Fei; Wen, Zhongqian; Han, Qin; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2016-04-01

    Electronic structures and coherent quantum transport properties are explored for spin-crossover molecule iron-benzene Fe(Bz)2 using density functional theory combined with non-equilibrium Green's function. High- and low-spin states are investigated for two different lead-molecule junctions. It is found that the asymmetrical T-shaped contact junction in the high-spin state behaves as an efficient spin filter while it has a smaller conductivity than that in the low-spin state. Large spin Seebeck effect is also observed in asymmetrical T-shaped junction. Spin-polarized properties are absent in the symmetrical H-shaped junction. These findings strongly suggest that both the electronic and contact configurations play significant roles in molecular devices and metal-benzene complexes are promising materials for spintronics and thermo-spintronics.

  1. Bose-Einstein condensation of magnons pumped by the bulk spin Seebeck effect

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    Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Bender, Scott A.; Duine, Rembert A.; Flebus, Benedetta

    2016-03-01

    We propose inducing Bose-Einstein condensation of magnons in a magnetic insulator by a heat flow oriented toward its boundary. At a critical heat flux, the oversaturated thermal gas of magnons accumulated at the boundary precipitates the condensate, which then grows gradually as the thermal bias is dialed up further. The thermal magnons thus pumped by the magnonic bulk (spin) Seebeck effect must generally overcome both the local Gilbert damping associated with the coherent magnetic dynamics as well as the radiative spin-wave losses toward the magnetic bulk, in order to achieve the threshold of condensation. We quantitatively estimate the requisite bias in the case of the ferrimagnetic yttrium iron garnet, discuss different physical regimes of condensation, and contrast it with the competing (so-called Doppler-shift) bulk instability.

  2. Robust longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect in Bi-YIG thin films

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    Siegel, Gene; Prestgard, Megan Campbell; Teng, Shiang; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, the coupling of magnetic insulators (bismuth-doped yttrium iron garnet, Bi-YIG) with platinum has garnered significant interest in spintronics research due to applicability as spin-current-driven thermoelectric coatings. These coatings bridge the gap between spintronics technologies and thermoelectric materials, providing a novel means of transforming waste heat into electricity. However, there remain questions regarding the origins of the spin-Seebeck effect (SSE) as well as claims that observed effects are a manifestation of magnetic proximity effects, which would induce magnetic behavior in platinum. Herewith we provide support that the voltages observed in the Bi-YIG/Pt films are purely SSE voltages. We reaffirm claims that magnon transport theory provides an ample basis for explaining SSE behavior. Finally, we illustrate the advantages of pulsed-laser deposition, as these Bi-YIG films possess large SSE voltages (even in absence of an external magnetic field), as much as twice those of films fabricated via solution-based methods. PMID:24651124

  3. Robust longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect in Bi-YIG thin films

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    Siegel, Gene; Prestgard, Megan Campbell; Teng, Shiang; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2014-03-01

    In recent years, the coupling of magnetic insulators (bismuth-doped yttrium iron garnet, Bi-YIG) with platinum has garnered significant interest in spintronics research due to applicability as spin-current-driven thermoelectric coatings. These coatings bridge the gap between spintronics technologies and thermoelectric materials, providing a novel means of transforming waste heat into electricity. However, there remain questions regarding the origins of the spin-Seebeck effect (SSE) as well as claims that observed effects are a manifestation of magnetic proximity effects, which would induce magnetic behavior in platinum. Herewith we provide support that the voltages observed in the Bi-YIG/Pt films are purely SSE voltages. We reaffirm claims that magnon transport theory provides an ample basis for explaining SSE behavior. Finally, we illustrate the advantages of pulsed-laser deposition, as these Bi-YIG films possess large SSE voltages (even in absence of an external magnetic field), as much as twice those of films fabricated via solution-based methods.

  4. Bulk magnon spin current theory for the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect

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    Rezende, S. M.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Cunha, R. O.; López Ortiz, J. C.; Azevedo, A.

    2016-02-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) consists in the generation of a spin current parallel to a temperature gradient applied across the thickness of a bilayer made of a ferromagnetic insulator (FMI), such as yttrium iron garnet (YIG), and a metallic layer (ML) with strong spin orbit coupling, such as platinum. The LSSE is usually detected by a DC voltage generated along the ML due to the conversion of the spin current into a charge current perpendicular to the static magnetic field by means of the inverse spin Hall effect. Here we present a model for the LSSE that relies on the bulk magnon spin current created by the temperature gradient across the thickness of the FMI. We show that the spin current pumped into the metallic layer by the magnon accumulation in the FMI provides continuity of the spin current at the FMI/ML interface and is essential for the existence of the LSSE. The results of the theory are in good agreement with experimental LSSE data in YIG/Pt bilayers on the variation of the DC voltage with the sample temperature, with the FMI layer thickness and with the intensity of high magnetic fields.

  5. Enhanced spin Seebeck effect signal due to spin-momentum locked topological surface states

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    Jiang, Zilong; Chang, Cui-Zu; Masir, Massoud Ramezani; Tang, Chi; Xu, Yadong; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.; MacDonald, Allan H.; Shi, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Spin-momentum locking in protected surface states enables efficient electrical detection of magnon decay at a magnetic-insulator/topological-insulator heterojunction. Here we demonstrate this property using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), that is, measuring the transverse thermoelectric response to a temperature gradient across a thin film of yttrium iron garnet, an insulating ferrimagnet, and forming a heterojunction with (BixSb1−x)2Te3, a topological insulator. The non-equilibrium magnon population established at the interface can decay in part by interactions of magnons with electrons near the Fermi energy of the topological insulator. When this decay channel is made active by tuning (BixSb1−x)2Te3 into a bulk insulator, a large electromotive force emerges in the direction perpendicular to the in-plane magnetization of yttrium iron garnet. The enhanced, tunable SSE which occurs when the Fermi level lies in the bulk gap offers unique advantages over the usual SSE in metals and therefore opens up exciting possibilities in spintronics. PMID:27142594

  6. Enhanced spin Seebeck effect signal due to spin-momentum locked topological surface states.

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    Jiang, Zilong; Chang, Cui-Zu; Masir, Massoud Ramezani; Tang, Chi; Xu, Yadong; Moodera, Jagadeesh S; MacDonald, Allan H; Shi, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Spin-momentum locking in protected surface states enables efficient electrical detection of magnon decay at a magnetic-insulator/topological-insulator heterojunction. Here we demonstrate this property using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), that is, measuring the transverse thermoelectric response to a temperature gradient across a thin film of yttrium iron garnet, an insulating ferrimagnet, and forming a heterojunction with (BixSb1-x)2Te3, a topological insulator. The non-equilibrium magnon population established at the interface can decay in part by interactions of magnons with electrons near the Fermi energy of the topological insulator. When this decay channel is made active by tuning (BixSb1-x)2Te3 into a bulk insulator, a large electromotive force emerges in the direction perpendicular to the in-plane magnetization of yttrium iron garnet. The enhanced, tunable SSE which occurs when the Fermi level lies in the bulk gap offers unique advantages over the usual SSE in metals and therefore opens up exciting possibilities in spintronics. PMID:27142594

  7. Unambiguous separation of the inverse spin Hall and anomalous Nernst effects within a ferromagnetic metal using the spin Seebeck effect

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    Wu, Stephen M. Hoffman, Jason; Pearson, John E.; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2014-09-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect is measured on the ferromagnetic insulator Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} with the ferromagnetic metal Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.6}B{sub 0.2} (CoFeB) as the spin detector. By using a non-magnetic spacer material between the two materials (Ti), it is possible to decouple the two ferromagnetic materials and directly observe pure spin flow from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} into CoFeB. It is shown that in a single ferromagnetic metal, the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) and anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) can occur simultaneously with opposite polarity. Using this and the large difference in the coercive fields between the two magnets, it is possible to unambiguously separate the contributions of the spin Seebeck effect from the ANE and observe the degree to which each effect contributes to the total response. These experiments show conclusively that the ISHE and ANE in CoFeB are separate phenomena with different origins and can coexist in the same material with opposite response to a thermal gradient.

  8. Spin Seebeck effect in an (In,Ga)As quantum well with equal Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings

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    Capps, Jeremy; Marinescu, D. C.; Manolescu, Andrei

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate that a spin-dependent Seebeck effect can be detected in quantum wells with zinc-blend structure with equal Rashba-Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings. This theory is based on the establishment of an itinerant antiferromagnetic state, a low total-energy configuration realized in the presence of the Coulomb interaction enabled by the k =0 degeneracy of the opposite-spin single-particle energy spectra. Transport in this state is modeled by using the solutions of a Boltzmann equation obtained within the relaxation time approximation. Numerical estimates performed for realistic GaAs samples indicate that at low temperatures, the amplitude of the spin Seebeck coefficient can be increased by scattering on magnetic impurities.

  9. High Seebeck effects from conducting polymer: Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) based thin-film device with hybrid metal/polymer/metal architecture

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    Stanford, Michael G; Wang, Hsin; Ivanov, Ilia N; Hu, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Conductive polymers are of particular interest for thermoelectric applications due to their low thermal conductivity and relatively high electrical conductivity. In this study, commercially available conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) was used in a hybrid metal/polymer/metal thin film design in order to achieve a high Seebeck coefficient with the value of 252lV/k on a relatively low temperature scale. Polymer film thickness was varied in order to investigate its influence on the Seebeck effect. The high Seebeck coefficient indicates that the metal/polymer/metal design can develop a large entropy difference in internal energy of charge carriers between high and low-temperature metal electrodes to develop electrical potential due to charge transport in conducting polymer film through metal/polymer interface. Therefore, the metal/polymer/metal structure presents a new design to combine inorganic metals and organic polymers in thin-film form to develop Seebeck devices

  10. Spin Seebeck effect and spin Hall magnetoresistance at high temperatures for a Pt/yttrium iron garnet hybrid structure

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    Wang, Shuanhu; Zou, Lvkuan; Zhang, Xu; Cai, Jianwang; Wang, Shufang; Shen, Baogen; Sun, Jirong

    2015-10-01

    Based on unique experimental setups, the temperature dependences of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) and spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) of the Pt/yttrium iron garnet (Pt/YIG) hybrid structure are determined in a wide temperature range up to the Curie temperature of YIG. From a theoretical analysis of the experimental relationship between the SMR and temperature, the spin mixing conductance of the Pt/YIG interface is deduced as a function of temperature. Adopting the deduced spin mixing conductance, the temperature dependence of the LSSE is well reproduced based on the magnon spin current theory. Our research sheds new light on the controversy about the theoretical models for the LSSE.

  11. Effect of Interstitial Mg in Mg2+ x Si on Electrical Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficient

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    Kubouchi, M.; Ogawa, Y.; Hayashi, K.; Takamatsu, T.; Miyazaki, Y.

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structure, thermoelectric properties, and microstructure of polycrystalline samples with nominal compositions Mg2+ x Si ( x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) have been investigated. It is revealed that the Mg2+ x Si samples were composites consisting of Mg2Si matrix with dispersed Mg metal. The Mg2Si crystals contained a small amount of Mg atoms at interstitial (1/2 1/2 1/2) site (Mgi). In addition, Mg metal was present at grain boundaries between Mg2Si crystal grains (MgGB). Regarding thermoelectric properties, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of Mg2+ x Si were measured and their x dependences were discussed in terms of the amounts of Mgi and MgGB. The amount of MgGB and the electrical conductivity indicate quite similar x dependences.

  12. Generation of pure spin currents via spin Seebeck effect in self-biased hexagonal ferrite thin films

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    Li, Peng; Ellsworth, David; Chang, Houchen; Janantha, Praveen; Richardson, Daniel; Phillips, Preston; Vijayasarathy, Tarah; Wu, Mingzhong; Shah, Faisal

    2014-12-15

    Light-induced generation of pure spin currents in a Pt(2.5 nm)/BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}(1.2 μm)/sapphire(0.5 mm) structure is reported. The BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} film had strong in-plane uniaxial anisotropy and was therefore self-biased. Upon exposure to light, a temperature difference (ΔT) was established across the BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} thickness that gave rise to a pure spin current in the Pt via the spin Seebeck effect. Via the inverse spin Hall effect, the spin current produced an electric voltage across one of the Pt lateral dimensions. The voltage varied with time in the same manner as ΔT and flipped its sign when the magnetization in BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} was reversed.

  13. Thermoelectric Signal Enhancement by Reconciling the Spin Seebeck and Anomalous Nernst Effects in Ferromagnet/Non-magnet Multilayers

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    Lee, Kyeong-Dong; Kim, Dong-Jun; Yeon Lee, Hae; Kim, Seung-Hyun; Lee, Jong-Hyun; Lee, Kyung-Min; Jeong, Jong-Ryul; Lee, Ki-Suk; Song, Hyon-Seok; Sohn, Jeong-Woo; Shin, Sung-Chul; Park, Byong-Guk

    2015-01-01

    The utilization of ferromagnetic (FM) materials in thermoelectric devices allows one to have a simpler structure and/or independent control of electric and thermal conductivities, which may further remove obstacles for this technology to be realized. The thermoelectricity in FM/non-magnet (NM) heterostructures using an optical heating source is studied as a function of NM materials and a number of multilayers. It is observed that the overall thermoelectric signal in those structures which is contributed by spin Seebeck effect and anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) is enhanced by a proper selection of NM materials with a spin Hall angle that matches to the sign of the ANE. Moreover, by an increase of the number of multilayer, the thermoelectric voltage is enlarged further and the device resistance is reduced, simultaneously. The experimental observation of the improvement of thermoelectric properties may pave the way for the realization of magnetic-(or spin-) based thermoelectric devices. PMID:26020492

  14. Longitudinal Spin Seebeck Effect in Bi-substituted Neodymium Iron Garnet on Gadolinium Gallium Garnet Substrate Prepared by MOD Method

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    Asada, H.; Kuwahara, A.; Sueyasu, K.; Ishibashi, T.; Liu, Q.; Lou, G.; Kishimoto, K.; Koyanagi, T.

    Bi-substituted Neodymium Iron Garnet (Nd3-xBixFe5O12, Bi:NIG) thin films with the Bi composition x=0-1.0 are prepared on both the (001) and (111) oriented gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG) substrates by a metal organic decomposition method. Crystalline qualities and magnetic properties of these films are examined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effects (LSSEs) are investigated by means of the inverse spin Hall effect in a Pt film. The increase of LSSE voltage in Bi:NIG(x=0-1.0)/Pt bilayers on GGG(001) is observed with the increase of Bi composition. In the case of GGG(111), the LSSE voltage for Bi:NIG(x=1.0) is also larger than that for NIG.

  15. Measuring Seebeck Coefficient

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A high temperature Seebeck coefficient measurement apparatus and method with various features to minimize typical sources of errors is described. Common sources of temperature and voltage measurement errors which may impact accurate measurement are identified and reduced. Applying the identified principles, a high temperature Seebeck measurement apparatus and method employing a uniaxial, four-point geometry is described to operate from room temperature up to 1300K. These techniques for non-destructive Seebeck coefficient measurements are simple to operate, and are suitable for bulk samples with a broad range of physical types and shapes.

  16. Time-domain measurement of spin-Seebeck effect as a function of temperature: interface magnon effect

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    Yang, Zihao; Jamison, John; Myers, Roberto

    Time-resolved longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) measurements allow a means to separate the influence of thermally excited electrons, phonons and magnons on the detected spin current. In this study, we measured the time dependence of the LSSE signal in Pt/YIG structures using a high bandwidth oscilloscope and a modulated CW laser from 20 K to 300 K. The rise of the LSSE signal is sharp and not truncated indicating that the measurement is not limited by the bandwidth of the setup. The temporal profile of the LSSE signal consists of two distinct components, a fast rise (200 ns) and a slow rise. The fast component is temperature independent and roughly on par with the rise time of the modulated laser intensity, while the slow component does not saturate upto 50 μs. We model the temporal evolution of the LSSE signal by carrying out three-temperature 3D time domain heat diffusion finite element modeling of the magnon temperature gradient profile in YIG to determine the electron, magnon, and phonon temperature profile versus time. It is found that the magnon temperature gradient near the YIG interface exhibits the same fast rise time that is measured in the LSSE signal. We discuss implications for this measurement on the existing models of LSSE.

  17. Thermal spin-transfer torque driven by the spin-dependent Seebeck effect in metallic spin-valves

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    Choi, Gyung-Min; Moon, Chul-Hyun; Min, Byoung-Chul; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Cahill, David G.

    2015-07-01

    The coupling of spin and heat gives rise to new physical phenomena in nanoscale spin devices. In particular, spin-transfer torque (STT) driven by thermal transport provides a new way to manipulate local magnetization. We quantify thermal STT in metallic spin-valve structures using an intense and ultrafast heat current created by picosecond pulses of laser light. Our result shows that thermal STT consists of demagnetization-driven and spin-dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE)-driven components; the SDSE-driven STT becomes dominant after 3 ps. The sign and magnitude of the SDSE-driven STT can be controlled by the composition of a ferromagnetic layer and the thickness of a heat sink layer.

  18. Half-metallic properties, single-spin negative differential resistance, and large single-spin Seebeck effects induced by chemical doping in zigzag-edged graphene nanoribbons

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    Yang, Xi-Feng; Zhou, Wen-Qian; Hong, Xue-Kun; Liu, Yu-Shen Feng, Jin-Fu; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2015-01-14

    Ab initio calculations combining density-functional theory and nonequilibrium Green’s function are performed to investigate the effects of either single B atom or single N atom dopant in zigzag-edged graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) with the ferromagnetic state on the spin-dependent transport properties and thermospin performances. A spin-up (spin-down) localized state near the Fermi level can be induced by these dopants, resulting in a half-metallic property with 100% negative (positive) spin polarization at the Fermi level due to the destructive quantum interference effects. In addition, the highly spin-polarized electric current in the low bias-voltage regime and single-spin negative differential resistance in the high bias-voltage regime are also observed in these doped ZGNRs. Moreover, the large spin-up (spin-down) Seebeck coefficient and the very weak spin-down (spin-up) Seebeck effect of the B(N)-doped ZGNRs near the Fermi level are simultaneously achieved, indicating that the spin Seebeck effect is comparable to the corresponding charge Seebeck effect.

  19. High temperature Seebeck coefficient metrology

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    Martin, J.; Tritt, T.; Uher, C.

    2010-12-15

    We present an overview of the challenges and practices of thermoelectric metrology on bulk materials at high temperature (300 to 1300 K). The Seebeck coefficient, when combined with thermal and electrical conductivity, is an essential property measurement for evaluating the potential performance of novel thermoelectric materials. However, there is some question as to which measurement technique(s) provides the most accurate determination of the Seebeck coefficient at high temperature. This has led to the implementation of nonideal practices that have further complicated the confirmation of reported high ZT materials. To ensure meaningful interlaboratory comparison of data, thermoelectric measurements must be reliable, accurate, and consistent. This article will summarize and compare the relevant measurement techniques and apparatus designs required to effectively manage uncertainty, while also providing a reference resource of previous advances in high temperature thermoelectric metrology.

  20. Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in Pt/CoCr2O4 bilayer system

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    Aqeel, Aisha; Vlietstra, Nynke; Heuver, Jeroen A.; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Noheda, Beatriz; van Wees, Bart J.; Palstra, Thomas T. M.

    Recently, the spin-Hall Magnetoresistance (SMR) and the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) have attracted much interest in the field of spintronics. However, these effects have been studied only for collinear magnetic systems. The nature and sensitivity of these effects in non-collinear magnets is still unknown. Here, we investigate the SMR and the SSE in the Pt/CoCr2O4 heterostructure, by using a lock-in detection technique . CoCr2O4 (CCO) is a spinel with a collinear ferrimagnetic state below Tc = 94 K and non collinear magnetic phases at lower temperatures. We investigated the SMR and the SSE at different temperatures (5K-300K). We observe a large enhancement in SMR and SSE in the non-collinear phase of the CCO. Moreover, finite SMR and SSE signals are also observed above Tc, where CCO is in the paramagnetic state. Our results show that SMR and SSE are very sensitive to the different magnetic phases of the CCO

  1. Enhancement of spin-Seebeck effect by inserting ultra-thin Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} interlayer

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    Kikuchi, D.; Ishida, M.; Murakami, T.; Uchida, K.; Qiu, Z.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-02-23

    We report the longitudinal spin-Seebeck effects (LSSEs) for Pt/Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30}/BiY{sub 2}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (BiYIG) and Pt/BiYIG devices. The LSSE voltage was found to be enhanced by inserting an ultra-thin Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} interlayer. This enhancement decays sharply with increasing the Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} thickness, suggesting that it is not due to bulk phenomena, such as a superposition of conventional thermoelectric effects, but due to interface effects related to the Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} interlayer. Combined with control experiments using Pt/Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} devices, we conclude that the enhancement of the LSSE voltage in the Pt/Fe{sub 70}Cu{sub 30}/BiYIG devices is attributed to the improvement of the spin-mixing conductance at the Pt/BiYIG interfaces.

  2. Spin-dependent Seebeck Effect, Thermal Colossal Magnetoresistance and Negative Differential Thermoelectric Resistance in Zigzag Silicene Nanoribbon Heterojunciton

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    Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Zu-Quan; Gu, Lei

    2015-05-01

    Spin-dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE) is one of hot topics in spin caloritronics, which examine the relationships between spin and heat transport in materials. Meanwhile, it is still a huge challenge to obtain thermally induced spin current nearly without thermal electron current. Here, we construct a hydrogen-terminated zigzag silicene nanoribbon heterojunction, and find that by applying a temperature difference between the source and the drain, spin-up and spin-down currents are generated and flow in opposite directions with nearly equal magnitudes, indicating that the thermal spin current dominates the carrier transport while the thermal electron current is much suppressed. By modulating the temperature, a pure thermal spin current can be achieved. Moreover, a thermoelectric rectifier and a negative differential thermoelectric resistance can be obtained in the thermal electron current. Through the analysis of the spin-dependent transport characteristics, a phase diagram containing various spin caloritronic phenomena is provided. In addition, a thermal magnetoresistance, which can reach infinity, is also obtained. Our results put forward an effective route to obtain a spin caloritronic material which can be applied in future low-power-consumption technology.

  3. Spin-dependent Seebeck Effect, Thermal Colossal Magnetoresistance and Negative Differential Thermoelectric Resistance in Zigzag Silicene Nanoribbon Heterojunciton.

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    Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Zu-Quan; Gu, Lei

    2015-01-01

    Spin-dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE) is one of hot topics in spin caloritronics, which examine the relationships between spin and heat transport in materials. Meanwhile, it is still a huge challenge to obtain thermally induced spin current nearly without thermal electron current. Here, we construct a hydrogen-terminated zigzag silicene nanoribbon heterojunction, and find that by applying a temperature difference between the source and the drain, spin-up and spin-down currents are generated and flow in opposite directions with nearly equal magnitudes, indicating that the thermal spin current dominates the carrier transport while the thermal electron current is much suppressed. By modulating the temperature, a pure thermal spin current can be achieved. Moreover, a thermoelectric rectifier and a negative differential thermoelectric resistance can be obtained in the thermal electron current. Through the analysis of the spin-dependent transport characteristics, a phase diagram containing various spin caloritronic phenomena is provided. In addition, a thermal magnetoresistance, which can reach infinity, is also obtained. Our results put forward an effective route to obtain a spin caloritronic material which can be applied in future low-power-consumption technology. PMID:26000658

  4. Thermal artifact on the spin Seebeck effect in metallic thin films deposited on MgO substrates

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    Bosu, S.; Sakuraba, Y.; Uchida, K.; Saito, K.; Kobayashi, W.; Saitoh, E.; Takanashi, K.

    2012-04-01

    Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) was investigated in Heusler compound Co2MnSi (CMS) and ferromagnetic binary alloy Ni80Fe20 (Py) thin films deposited on MgO substrates at different ambient temperatures, T = 30 K to 295 K, by maintaining a finite temperature gradient along the film plane. Low temperature enhancement of voltage signal and a peak around T = 70 K were detected in a Pt wire placed on the higher temperature end of CMS (or Py) film. It has been found that the low temperature enhancement was dominated by a thermal artifact, which was generated by the anomalous Nernst effect with an additional perpendicular temperature gradient across the film plane. The remarkable mismatch between thermal conductivities of MgO and CMS (or Py) at low temperatures is considered to give rise to the perpendicular temperature gradient causing the thermal artifact. We showed that consideration of thermal conductivity matching between thin film and substrate is essential for performing experiments of SSE correctly; moreover, the observation of SSE could be realized only when minimization of the thermal artifact is possible.

  5. Effects of Ge replacement in GeTe by Ag or Sb on the Seebeck coefficient and carrier concentration modified by local electron imbalance

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    Levin, E. M.; Howard, A.; Straszheim, W. E.

    2015-03-01

    XRD, SEM, EDS, 125Te NMR, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical resistivity of AgxGe50-xTe50 and SbxGe50-xTe50 alloys have been studied. Replacement of Ge in GeTe by Sb significantly increases the Seebeck coefficient, while replacement by Ag decreases it. These effects can be attributed to a change in carrier concentration observed via 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements and NMR signal position, which mostly depends on the Knight shift. Variation in carrier concentration in AgxGe50-xTe50 and SbxGe50-xTe50 can be attributed to different electron configurations of valence electrons of Ag (4d105s1) and Sb (5s25p3) compared to that of Ge (4s24p2) resulting in local electron imbalances and changing the concentration of charge carrier (holes) generated by Ge vacancies. In contrast, our 125Te NMR and Seebeck coefficient data for Ag2Sb2Ge46Te50 are similar to those observed for GeTe. This shows that effects from Ag and Sb compensate each other and indicates the existence of [Ag +Sb] pairs. The effects of Ge replacement in GeTe by Ag, Sb, or [Ag +Sb] on rhombohedral lattice distortion also have been analyzed. Interplay between the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity in these alloys results in variation of power factor; the value of 45 mW/cm K2, the highest among known tellurides, was found for Sb2Ge48Te50.

  6. Joule heating-induced coexisted spin Seebeck effect and spin Hall magnetoresistance in the platinum/Y3Fe5O12 structure

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    Wang, W. X.; Wang, S. H.; Zou, L. K.; Cai, J. W.; Sun, Z. G.; Sun, J. R.

    2014-11-01

    Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) and spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) are observed simultaneously in the Pt/Y3Fe5O12 hybrid structure when thermal gradient is produced by Joule heating. According to their dependences on applied current, these two effects can be separated. Their dependence on heating power and magnetic field is systematically studied. With the increase of heating power, the SSE enhances linearly, whereas the SMR decreases slowly. The origin of the spin currents is further analyzed. The heating power dependences of the spin currents associated with the SSE and the SMR are found to be different.

  7. Joule heating-induced coexisted spin Seebeck effect and spin Hall magnetoresistance in the platinum/Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} structure

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    Wang, W. X.; Wang, S. H.; Zou, L. K.; Cai, J. W.; Sun, J. R. E-mail: sun-zg@whut.edu.cn; Sun, Z. G.

    2014-11-03

    Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) and spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) are observed simultaneously in the Pt/Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} hybrid structure when thermal gradient is produced by Joule heating. According to their dependences on applied current, these two effects can be separated. Their dependence on heating power and magnetic field is systematically studied. With the increase of heating power, the SSE enhances linearly, whereas the SMR decreases slowly. The origin of the spin currents is further analyzed. The heating power dependences of the spin currents associated with the SSE and the SMR are found to be different.

  8. Huge Seebeck coefficients in nonaqueous electrolytes

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    Bonetti, M.; Nakamae, S.; Roger, M.; Guenoun, P.

    2011-03-01

    The Seebeck coefficients of the nonaqueous electrolytes tetrabutylammonium nitrate, tetraoctylphosphonium bromide, and tetradodecylammonium nitrate in 1-octanol, 1-dodecanol, and ethylene-glycol are measured in a temperature range from T = 30 °C to T = 45 °C. The Seebeck coefficient is generally of the order of a few hundreds of microvolts per Kelvin for aqueous solution of inorganic ions. Here we report huge values of 7 mV/K at 0.1 M concentration for tetrabutylammonium nitrate in 1-dodecanol. These striking results open the question of unexpectedly large kosmotrope or "structure making" effects of tetraalkylammonium ions on the structure of alcohols.

  9. Flexible heat-flow sensing sheets based on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect using one-dimensional spin-current conducting films.

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    Kirihara, Akihiro; Kondo, Koichi; Ishida, Masahiko; Ihara, Kazuki; Iwasaki, Yuma; Someya, Hiroko; Matsuba, Asuka; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Yamamoto, Naoharu; Kohmoto, Shigeru; Murakami, Tomoo

    2016-01-01

    Heat-flow sensing is expected to be an important technological component of smart thermal management in the future. Conventionally, the thermoelectric (TE) conversion technique, which is based on the Seebeck effect, has been used to measure a heat flow by converting the flow into electric voltage. However, for ubiquitous heat-flow visualization, thin and flexible sensors with extremely low thermal resistance are highly desired. Recently, another type of TE effect, the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), has aroused great interest because the LSSE potentially offers favourable features for TE applications such as simple thin-film device structures. Here we demonstrate an LSSE-based flexible TE sheet that is especially suitable for a heat-flow sensing application. This TE sheet contained a Ni0.2Zn0.3Fe2.5O4 film which was formed on a flexible plastic sheet using a spray-coating method known as "ferrite plating". The experimental results suggest that the ferrite-plated film, which has a columnar crystal structure aligned perpendicular to the film plane, functions as a unique one-dimensional spin-current conductor suitable for bendable LSSE-based sensors. This newly developed thin TE sheet may be attached to differently shaped heat sources without obstructing an innate heat flux, paving the way to versatile heat-flow measurements and management. PMID:26975208

  10. Flexible heat-flow sensing sheets based on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect using one-dimensional spin-current conducting films

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    Kirihara, Akihiro; Kondo, Koichi; Ishida, Masahiko; Ihara, Kazuki; Iwasaki, Yuma; Someya, Hiroko; Matsuba, Asuka; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Yamamoto, Naoharu; Kohmoto, Shigeru; Murakami, Tomoo

    2016-01-01

    Heat-flow sensing is expected to be an important technological component of smart thermal management in the future. Conventionally, the thermoelectric (TE) conversion technique, which is based on the Seebeck effect, has been used to measure a heat flow by converting the flow into electric voltage. However, for ubiquitous heat-flow visualization, thin and flexible sensors with extremely low thermal resistance are highly desired. Recently, another type of TE effect, the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), has aroused great interest because the LSSE potentially offers favourable features for TE applications such as simple thin-film device structures. Here we demonstrate an LSSE-based flexible TE sheet that is especially suitable for a heat-flow sensing application. This TE sheet contained a Ni0.2Zn0.3Fe2.5O4 film which was formed on a flexible plastic sheet using a spray-coating method known as “ferrite plating”. The experimental results suggest that the ferrite-plated film, which has a columnar crystal structure aligned perpendicular to the film plane, functions as a unique one-dimensional spin-current conductor suitable for bendable LSSE-based sensors. This newly developed thin TE sheet may be attached to differently shaped heat sources without obstructing an innate heat flux, paving the way to versatile heat-flow measurements and management. PMID:26975208

  11. Flexible heat-flow sensing sheets based on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect using one-dimensional spin-current conducting films

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    Kirihara, Akihiro; Kondo, Koichi; Ishida, Masahiko; Ihara, Kazuki; Iwasaki, Yuma; Someya, Hiroko; Matsuba, Asuka; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Yamamoto, Naoharu; Kohmoto, Shigeru; Murakami, Tomoo

    2016-03-01

    Heat-flow sensing is expected to be an important technological component of smart thermal management in the future. Conventionally, the thermoelectric (TE) conversion technique, which is based on the Seebeck effect, has been used to measure a heat flow by converting the flow into electric voltage. However, for ubiquitous heat-flow visualization, thin and flexible sensors with extremely low thermal resistance are highly desired. Recently, another type of TE effect, the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE), has aroused great interest because the LSSE potentially offers favourable features for TE applications such as simple thin-film device structures. Here we demonstrate an LSSE-based flexible TE sheet that is especially suitable for a heat-flow sensing application. This TE sheet contained a Ni0.2Zn0.3Fe2.5O4 film which was formed on a flexible plastic sheet using a spray-coating method known as “ferrite plating”. The experimental results suggest that the ferrite-plated film, which has a columnar crystal structure aligned perpendicular to the film plane, functions as a unique one-dimensional spin-current conductor suitable for bendable LSSE-based sensors. This newly developed thin TE sheet may be attached to differently shaped heat sources without obstructing an innate heat flux, paving the way to versatile heat-flow measurements and management.

  12. Nanoscale Spin Seebeck Rectifier: Controlling Thermal Spin Transport across Insulating Magnetic Junctions with Localized Spin

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    Ren, Jie; Fransson, Jonas; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2014-06-01

    The spin Seebeck effect is studied across a charge insulating magnetic junction, in which thermal-spin conjugate transport is assisted by the exchange interactions between the localized spin in the center and electrons in metallic leads. We show that, in contrast with bulk spin Seebeck effect, the figure of merit of such nanoscale thermal-spin conversion can be infinite, leading to the ideal Carnot efficiency in the linear response regime. We also find that in the nonlinear spin Seebeck transport regime the device possesses the asymmetric and negative differential spin Seebeck effects. In the last, the situations with leaking electron tunneling are also discussed. This nanoscale thermal spin rectifier, by tuning the junction parameters, can act as a spin Seebeck diode, spin Seebeck transistor, and spin Seebeck switch, which could have substantial implications for flexible thermal and information control in molecular spin caloritronics.

  13. Detection of DC currents and resistance measurements in longitudinal spin Seebeck effect experiments on Pt/YIG and Pt/NFO

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    Meier, Daniel; Kuschel, Timo; Meyer, Sibylle; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Shen, Liming; Gupta, Arunava; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Reiss, Günter

    2016-05-01

    In this work we investigated thin films of the ferrimagnetic insulators Y 3Fe5O12 and NiFe2O4 capped with thin Pt layers in terms of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE). The electric response detected in the Pt layer under an out-of-plane temperature gradient can be interpreted as a pure spin current converted into a charge current via the inverse spin Hall effect. Typically, the transverse voltage is the quantity investigated in LSSE measurements (in the range of μV). Here, we present the directly detected DC current (in the range of nA) as an alternative quantity. Furthermore, we investigate the resistance of the Pt layer in the LSSE configuration. We found an influence of the test current on the resistance. The typical shape of the LSSE curve varies for increasing test currents.

  14. Simultaneous detection of the spin-Hall magnetoresistance and the spin-Seebeck effect in platinum and tantalum on yttrium iron garnet

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    Vlietstra, N.; Shan, J.; van Wees, B. J.; Isasa, M.; Casanova, F.; Ben Youssef, J.

    2014-11-01

    The spin-Seebeck effect (SSE) in platinum (Pt) and tantalum (Ta) on yttrium iron garnet has been investigated by both externally heating the sample (using an on-chip Pt heater on top of the device) and by current-induced heating. For SSE measurements, external heating is the most common method to obtain clear signals. Here we show that also by current-induced heating it is possible to directly observe the SSE, separate from the also present spin-Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) signal, by using a lock-in detection technique. Using this measurement technique, the presence of additional second-order signals at low applied magnetic fields and high heating currents is revealed. These signals are caused by current-induced magnetic fields (Oersted fields) generated by the used ac current, resulting in dynamic SMR signals.

  15. Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in spin-spiral and paramagnetic phases of multiferroic CoCr2O4 films

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    Aqeel, A.; Vlietstra, N.; Heuver, J. A.; Bauer, G. E. W.; Noheda, B.; van Wees, B. J.; Palstra, T. T. M.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the spin-Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) and spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in multiferroic CoCr2O4 (CCO) spinel thin films with Pt contacts. We observe a large enhancement of both signals below the spin-spiral (Ts=28 K ) and the spin lock-in (Tlock -in=14 K ) transitions. The SMR and SSE responses in the spin lock-in phase are one order of magnitude larger than those observed at the ferrimagnetic transition temperature (Tc=94 K ), which indicates that the interaction between spins at the Pt |CCO interface is more efficient in the noncollinear magnetic state. At T >Tc , magnetic-field-induced SMR and SSE signals are observed, which can be explained by a high interface susceptibility. Our results show that the spin transport at the Pt |CCO interface is sensitive to the magnetic phases but cannot be explained solely by the bulk magnetization.

  16. Seebeck effects in n-type and p-type polymers driven simultaneously by surface polarization and entropy differences based on conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices.

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    Hu, Dehua; Liu, Qing; Tisdale, Jeremy; Lei, Ting; Pei, Jian; Wang, Hsin; Urbas, Augustine; Hu, Bin

    2015-05-26

    This paper reports Seebeck effects driven by both surface polarization difference and entropy difference by using photoinduced intramolecular charge-transfer states in n-type and p-type conjugated polymers, namely IIDT and IIDDT, respectively, based on vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices. We obtain large Seebeck coefficients of -898 μV/K from n-type IIDT and 1300 μV/K from p-type IIDDT when the charge-transfer states are generated by a white light illumination of 100 mW/cm(2), compared with the values of 380 and 470 μV/K in dark condition, respectively. Simultaneously, the electrical conductivities are increased from almost insulating state in dark condition to conducting state under photoexcitation in both n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT based devices. The large Seebeck effects can be attributed to the following two mechanisms. First, the intramolecular charge-transfer states exhibit strong electron-phonon coupling, which leads to a polarization difference between high and low temperature surfaces. This polarization difference essentially forms a temperature-dependent electric field, functioning as a new driving force additional to entropy difference, to drive the energetic carriers for the development of Seebeck effects under a temperature difference. Second, the intramolecular charge-transfer states generate negative or positive majority carriers (electrons or holes) in the n-type IIDT or p-type IIDDT, ready to be driven between high and low temperature surfaces for developing Seebeck effects. On the basis of coexisted polarization difference and entropy difference, the intramolecular charge-transfer states can largely enhance the Seebeck effects in both n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT devices. Furthermore, we find that changing electrical conductivity can switch the Seebeck effects between polarization and entropy regimes when the charge-transfer states are generated upon applying photoexcitation. Therefore, using intramolecular charge-transfer states presents an approach to develop thermoelectric effects in organic materials-based vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices. PMID:25877512

  17. Ultrafast demagnetization, spin-dependent Seebeck effect, and thermal spin transfer torque in Pt/TbFe/Cu and Pt/TbFe/Cu/Fe thin films

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    Kimling, Johannes; Hebler, Birgit; Kimling, Judith; Albrecht, Manfred; Cahill, David G.

    We investigate diffusive spin currents in Pt(20nm)/TbFe(10nm)/Cu(100nm) and Pt(20 nm)/TbFe(10nm)/ Cu(100nm)/Fe(3nm) stacks using time-resolved magneto-optic Kerr effect (TRMOKE) and time-domain thermoreflectance measurements. Our experiments are based on two hypothesis: (1) fast changes of magnetization due to laser excitation are transferred into spin accumulation, e.g., via electron-magnon scattering; the generated spin accumulation drives a diffusive spin current into adjacent normal metal layers; (2) electronic thermal transport through the ferromagnetic layer injects a spin current into adjacent normal metal layers, based on the spin-dependent Seebeck effect. We excite the Pt layer with ps-laser pulses. Resulting diffusive spin currents generate nonequilibrium magnetization in the Cu layer (sample I) and induce a precession of the magnetization of the Fe layer via spin transfer torque (sample II). Both responses are probed using TRMOKE. Prior experiments used [Co(0.2nm)/Pt(0.4nm)]x5/Co(0.2nm) instead of TbFe. The ferrimagnetic TbFe layer with introduces two major modifications: (1) slow demagnetization behavior, and (2) large thermal resistance. Hence, thermal spin transfer torques can be observed on significantly longer time scales. Financial support by the German Research Foundation under DFG-Grant No. KI 1893/1-1 and DFG-Grant No. AL 618/21-1 are kindly acknowledged.

  18. Spin Seebeck devices using local on-chip heating

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    Wu, Stephen M. Fradin, Frank Y.; Hoffman, Jason; Hoffmann, Axel; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2015-05-07

    A micro-patterned spin Seebeck device is fabricated using an on-chip heater. Current is driven through a Au heater layer electrically isolated from a bilayer consisting of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (insulating ferrimagnet) and a spin detector layer. It is shown that through this method it is possible to measure the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (SSE) for small area magnetic devices, equivalent to traditional macroscopic SSE experiments. Using a lock-in detection technique, it is possible to more sensitively characterize both the SSE and the anomalous Nernst effect (ANE), as well as the inverse spin Hall effect in various spin detector materials. By using the spin detector layer as a thermometer, we can obtain a value for the temperature gradient across the device. These results are well matched to values obtained through electromagnetic/thermal modeling of the device structure and with large area spin Seebeck measurements.

  19. Spin Seebeck devices using local on-chip heating

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    Wu, Stephen M.; Fradin, Frank Y.; Hoffman, Jason; Hoffmann, Axel; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2015-05-01

    A micro-patterned spin Seebeck device is fabricated using an on-chip heater. Current is driven through a Au heater layer electrically isolated from a bilayer consisting of Fe3O4 (insulating ferrimagnet) and a spin detector layer. It is shown that through this method it is possible to measure the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (SSE) for small area magnetic devices, equivalent to traditional macroscopic SSE experiments. Using a lock-in detection technique, it is possible to more sensitively characterize both the SSE and the anomalous Nernst effect (ANE), as well as the inverse spin Hall effect in various spin detector materials. By using the spin detector layer as a thermometer, we can obtain a value for the temperature gradient across the device. These results are well matched to values obtained through electromagnetic/thermal modeling of the device structure and with large area spin Seebeck measurements.

  20. The effects of increased Co-ion spin states on the Seebeck coefficient in thermoelectric Ca3Co4O9

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    Klie, Robert; Paulauskas, Tadas; Qiao, Qiao; Rebola, Alejandro; Ogut, Serdar; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Gupta, Arun; Kolesnik, Stanislaw; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos

    2012-02-01

    Thermoelectric oxides have attracted increasing attention due to their high thermal power and temperature stability. In particular, Ca3Co4O9 (CCO), a misfit layered structure consisting of single layer hole-doped CoO2 sandwiched between insulating Ca2CoO3 rocksalt layers, exhibits a high Seebeck coefficient at 1,000 K. It was previously suggested that the Seebeck-coefficient can be further improved by stabilizing an increased Co-ion spin state in the CoO2 layers. Here we report a significant increase in the room-temperature in-plane Seebeck coefficient of 40 nm thick CCO films grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO3 substrates. We combine aberration-corrected Z-contrast imaging, atomic-column resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and density-functional calculations to show that the increase is caused by CoO2 stacking faults with Co^4+-ions in a higher spin state compared to that of bulk CCO. The higher Seebeck coefficient makes the CCO system suitable for many high-temperature waste-heat-recovery applications. The role of dopants, such as Bi and Ti will also be explored.

  1. Effects of Ge substitution in GeTe by Ag or Sb on the Seebeck coefficient and carrier concentration derived from 125Te NMR

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    Levin, E. M.

    2016-01-01

    GeTe, a self-doping p -type semiconductor where the high free hole concentration is determined by Ge vacancies is a well-known base for high-efficiency A gxS bxG e50 -2 xT e50 (a tellurium-antimony-germanium-silver series) thermoelectric materials. Here it is shown that the replacement of Ge by Ag in GeTe (a A gxG e50 -xT e50 system) significantly decreases the Seebeck coefficient, whereas the replacement by Sb (S bxG e50 -xT e50 ) increases it. These effects can be attributed to a change in carrier concentration and consistent with 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements and NMR signal position, which is mostly dependent on the Knight shift. Opposite changes in carrier concentration in A gxG e50 -xT e50 and S bxG e50 -xT e50 can be explained by different valence electron configurations of Ag and Sb compared to that of Ge, which results in a different local electron imbalance and/or in a change in Ge vacancy formation energy and affects the total carrier concentration. Comparison of our data for GeTe, A g2G e48T e50 , and S b2G e48T e50 with those for A g2S b2G e46T e50 shows that the effects from Ag and Sb compensate for each other and supports the formation of [Ag +Sb ] atomic pairs suggested earlier based on theoretical calculations.

  2. Data analysis for Seebeck coefficient measurements

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    de Boor, J.; Müller, E.

    2013-06-01

    The Seebeck coefficient is one of the key quantities of thermoelectric materials and routinely measured in various laboratories. There are, however, several ways to calculate the Seebeck coefficient from the raw measurement data. We compare these different ways to extract the Seebeck coefficient, evaluate the accuracy of the results, and show methods to increase this accuracy. We furthermore point out experimental and data analysis parameters that can be used to evaluate the trustworthiness of the obtained result. The shown analysis can be used to find and minimize errors in the Seebeck coefficient measurement and therefore increase the reliability of the measured material properties.

  3. GMAG PhD Dissertation Research Award: The Planar Nernst and Seebeck Effects in Ferromagnetic Metal Films with In-Plane Thermal Gradients

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    Avery, Azure

    2013-03-01

    Recently, the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) has attracted a great deal of attention as one possible source of pure spin currents. In response to a thermal gradient (∇T), the SSE is thought to produce a pure spin current detectable by measuring a transverse voltage (VT) generated by the inverse spin Hall effect. However, recent work on spin-dependent transport in thin film nanostructures supported by bulk substrates suggests that early SSE experiments may have been strongly affected by unintended ∇T through the supporting substrates. They may also have been affected by thermoelectric effects generated from planar thermal gradients such as transverse thermopower, also known as the planar Nernst effect (PNE), in which a VT develops in response to a ∇T applied in the plane of a film with in-plane magnetization. In this talk, we present the first results from experiments designed to probe the SSE and related effects such as the PNE and longitudinal thermopower in 20 nm thick nickel and permalloy thin films deposited on suspended Si-N platforms. In our experiments, the background thermal conduction of the 500 nm thick platforms is at least 1000x smaller than the bulk substrates used previous experiments, thus confining ∇T to the plane of the film. The results exhibit the sin θ cos θ angular dependence predicted by the PNE, where θ is the angle between film magnetization and thermal gradient, rather than the cos θ dependence expected from SSE predictions. We demonstrate that the magnetic field dependence of the PNE, anisotropic magnetoresistance, and longitudinal thermopower (α) is generated by spin-dependent scattering and present results confirming the Onsager reciprocity between α and the Peltier coefficient. Finally, we present an upper limit for the SSE coefficient in our experiment that is at least an order of magnitude smaller than previously reported by experiments conducted using bulk substrates. I would like to thank my collaborators Barry L. Zink and Matthew R. Pufall and gratefully acknowledge support from the NSF CAREER Grant No. DMR-0847796.

  4. Large Seebeck effect in electron-doped FeAs2 driven by a quasi-one-dimensional pudding-mold-type band

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    Usui, Hidetomo; Suzuki, Katsuhiro; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Nakano, Seiya; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the thermoelectric properties of the electron-doped FeAs2 both experimentally and theoretically. Electrons are doped by partially substituting Se for As, which leads to a metallic behavior in the resistivity. A Seebeck coefficient of about -200 ?V/K is reached at 300 K for 1% doping, and about -120 ?V/K even at 5% doping. The origin of this large Seebeck coefficient, despite the metallic conductivity, is analyzed from a band structure point of view. The first-principles band calculation reveals the presence of a pudding-mold-type band just above the band gap, somewhat similar to NaxCoO2, but with a quasi-one-dimensional nature. We calculate the Seebeck coefficient using a tight-binding model that correctly reproduces this band structure, and this gives results roughly in agreement with the experiments. Moreover, a consideration of electron correlations beyond the generalized gradient approximation by the fluctuation exchange method gives even better agreement. The origin of this peculiar band shape is also discussed. Combined with previous studies, we now have good thermoelectric materials with quasi-one-, two-, and three-dimensional band structures that have partially flat portions. The present study reinforces the general efficiency of this peculiar band shape in thermoelectric materials.

  5. The Seebeck coefficient of superionic conductors

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    Mahan, G. D.

    2015-01-28

    We present a theory of the anomalous Seebeck coefficient found in the superionic conductor Cu{sub 2}Se. It has a phase transition at T = 400 K where the cations disorder but the anions do not. This disorder gives a temperature-dependent width to the electronic states in the conduction band. This width provides the anomalous Seebeck contribution.

  6. The Seebeck Coefficient of Insulators: Electrochemical Potential

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    Mahan, G. D.

    2016-03-01

    We discuss the theory behind low-temperature measurement of the Seebeck coefficient in materials with few electrons, such as insulators and lightly doped semiconductors. The Seebeck coefficient is defined thermodynamically as being related to the electrochemical potential. However, the measurement is of the voltage for a material with no current, which is not the same as the gradient of the electrochemical potential.

  7. Conductivities and Seebeck coefficients of boron carbides: Softening bipolaron hopping

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    Aselage, T. L.; Emin, D.; McCready, S. S.

    2001-08-01

    The electrical conductivities and Seebeck coefficients of boron carbides B{sub 12+x}C{sub 3-x} with 0.06{approx}effects, arising from boron carbides having carbon atoms in inequivalent locations, influence the conductivity at low temperature. With x holes per unit cell, boron carbides have very large Seebeck coefficients that depend only weakly on x. The magnitudes and temperature dependences of the Seebeck coefficients are consistent with large contributions from carrier-induced softening of local vibrations. Softening effects can be exceptionally large when singlet bipolarons are stabilized among degenerate electronic energy levels by their softening of symmetry-breaking vibrations: ''softening bipolarons.'' The boron carbide transport properties are generally consistent with those expected of softening bipolarons. Finally, two high-temperature effects are observed in the boron carbide conductivities. The conductivities of samples having high carrier densities, x{approx}1, are suppressed above 700 K. This suppression can arise when the rapid hopping of nearby carriers disrupts the energy coincidence required for a carrier's hop. At even higher temperatures, a sharp increase in the boron carbide conductivities ({sigma}{proportional_to}T{sup 4}) suggests a radiation-induced excitation of mobile charge carriers.

  8. Protocols for the high temperature measurement of the Seebeck coefficient in thermoelectric materials

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    Martin, Joshua

    2013-08-01

    In Seebeck coefficient metrology, the present diversity in apparatus design, acquisition methodology and contact geometry has resulted in conflicting materials data that complicate the interlaboratory confirmation of reported high efficiency thermoelectric materials. To elucidate the influence of these factors in the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient at high temperature and to identify optimal metrology protocols, we measure the Seebeck coefficient as a function of contact geometry under both steady-state and transient thermal conditions of the differential method, using a custom developed apparatus capable of in situ comparative measurement. The thermal gradient formation and data acquisition methodology, under ideal conditions, have little effect on the measured Seebeck coefficient value. However, the off-axis 4-probe contact geometry, as compared to the 2-probe, results in a greater local temperature measurement error that increases with temperature. For surface temperature measurement, the dominant thermal errors arise from a parasitic heat flux that is dependent on the temperature difference between the sample and the external thermal environment, and on the various thermal resistances. Due to higher macroconstriction and contact resistance in the 4-probe arrangement, the measurement of surface temperature for this contact geometry exhibits greater error, thereby overestimating the Seebeck coefficient.

  9. First-principles analysis on Seebeck coefficient in zinc oxide nanowires for thermoelectric devices

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    Nakamura, K.

    2016-03-01

    The Seebeck coefficient of ZnO<0001> nanowires was simulated on the basis of first- principles calculation, to discuss the potential for future application to thermoelectric devices. Simulation procedure by means of the electronic band structure with one-dimensional periodic boundary condition was presented, and dependences of the Seebeck coefficient on temperature and carrier concentration have been investigated for many kinds of n- or p-doped ZnO<0001> nanowire models with 1.00-2.65 nm diameter. For the direct band-gap semiconducting models, a magnitude of the Seebeck coefficient increases gradually as temperature rises in the p-doped state, and a significant effect of miniaturization to nanowire on the Seebeck coefficient has been brought out, such as about 1000 µV/K in the p-doped state and -820 µV/K in the n-doped state for the (ZnO)24 nanowire model with 1 × 1017 cm-3 carrier concentration at room temperature. Similar characteristics of the Seebeck coefficient were observed for some indirect band-gap semiconducting models. At the end of this paper, the simulation was extended to the no band-gap conducting models with some modification.

  10. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} prepared on gadolinium gallium garnet (001) by metal organic decomposition method

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    Asada, H. Kuwahara, A.; Sakata, N.; Ono, T.; Kishimoto, K.; Koyanagi, T.; Ishibashi, T.; Meguro, A.; Hashinaka, T.

    2015-05-07

    Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} thin films with the Ga composition x = 0, 0.5, and 1.0 are prepared on (001) oriented gadolinium gallium garnet substrates by a metal organic decomposition method. Only (001) peaks are observed in x-ray diffraction patterns for all the films, suggesting that the highly oriented Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} thin films were formed. Increasing Ga composition, the saturation magnetization decreases, and the perpendicular easy axis is enhanced due to the decrease of the shape anisotropy. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effects (LSSEs) in Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} thin films with a Pt layer of 10 nm in thickness were investigated. Magnetic field dependence of the thermoelectric voltage caused by the LSSE in Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} films indicates the hysteresis loop with the small coercivity reflecting the magnetization curve. The decrease of LSSE voltage in Nd{sub 2}BiFe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} is clearly observed with the decrease of Fe composition.

  11. Gated Seebeck Using Polymerized Ionic Liquid Gate Dielectrics

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    Thomas, Elayne; Popere, Bhooshan; Fang, Haiyu; Chabinyc, Michael; Segalman, Rachel

    Thermoelectric materials have the ability to convert a temperature gradient into usable electrical power via the Seebeck effect. This phenomenon is directly related to the material's Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, which are in turn linked to its electron (or hole) mobility and carrier concentration. Organic semiconductors show promise for thermoelectric applications due to their flexibility and low-temperature manufacturing techniques; however, the role of ionized dopants on charge transport in these materials remains poorly understood. In this work, we use polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) as a gate dielectric in organic field-effect transistors to directly control the concentration of charges in the conducting channel. We report a method to tune the carrier concentration in the transistor channel via electrostatic gate modulation. We observe carrier concentration levels that are comparable to traditional doping methods with the added ability to precisely tune the concentration of charges induced. With this process, we aim to gather new information on the effect of ions on the performance of organic semiconductors in hopes of better understanding charge transport in conducting polymers on a molecular level.

  12. Combination of PVA with Graphene to Improve the Seebeck Coefficient for Thermoelectric Generator Applications

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    Mahmoud, L.; Abdul Samad, Y.; Alhawari, M.; Mohammad, B.; Liao, K.; Ismail, M.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasensitive thermoelectric (TE) materials are essential for the next generation of self-powered electronic devices. In this work, a graphene-based TE generator was fabricated. For 50 to 1000 graphene layers the average Seebeck coefficient was 90 μV/K. We also report improvement of the Seebeck coefficient by use of a hybrid material containing 10% poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and 90% graphene oxide prepared and tested under the same conditions. The results show that the Seebeck coefficient is improved by an average of 30% compared with graphene alone. Because the fabrication process is facile, scalable, and cost effective, it could also be applicable to other fields of science and engineering.

  13. Scanning measurement of Seebeck coefficient of a heated sample

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Iwanaga, Shiho

    2016-04-19

    A novel scanning Seebeck coefficient measurement technique is disclosed utilizing a cold scanning thermocouple probe tip on heated bulk and thin film samples. The system measures variations in the Seebeck coefficient within the samples. The apparatus may be used for two dimensional mapping of the Seebeck coefficient on the bulk and thin film samples. This technique can be utilized for detection of defective regions, as well as phase separations in the sub-mm range of various thermoelectric materials.

  14. Description of a Sensitive Seebeck Calorimeter Used for Cold Fusion Studies

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    Storms, Edmund

    A sensitive and stable Seebeck calorimeter is described and used to determine the heat of formation of PdD. This determination can be used to show that such calorimeters are sufficiently accurate to measure the LENR effect and give support to the claims.

  15. High Seebeck Coefficient of Porous Silicon: Study of the Porosity Dependence

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    Valalaki, Katerina; Benech, Philippe; Galiouna Nassiopoulou, Androula

    2016-04-01

    In-plane Seebeck coefficient of porous Si free-standing membranes of different porosities was accurately measured at room temperature. Quasi-steady-state differential Seebeck coefficient method was used for the measurements. A detailed description of our home-built setup is presented. The Seebeck coefficient was proved to increase with increasing porosity up to a maximum of ~1 mV/K for the ~50 % porosity membrane, which is more than a threefold increase compared to the starting highly doped bulk c-Si substrate. By further increasing porosity and after a maximum is reached, the Seebeck coefficient sharply decreases and stabilizes at ~600 μV/K. The possible mechanisms that determine this behaviour are discussed, supported by structural characterization and photoluminescence measurements. The decrease in nanostructure size and increase in carrier depletion with increasing porosity, together with the complex structure and morphology of porous Si, are at the origin of complex energy filtering and phonon drag effects. All the above contribute to the observed anomalous behaviour of thermopower as a function of porosity and will be discussed.

  16. High Seebeck Coefficient of Porous Silicon: Study of the Porosity Dependence.

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    Valalaki, Katerina; Benech, Philippe; Galiouna Nassiopoulou, Androula

    2016-12-01

    In-plane Seebeck coefficient of porous Si free-standing membranes of different porosities was accurately measured at room temperature. Quasi-steady-state differential Seebeck coefficient method was used for the measurements. A detailed description of our home-built setup is presented. The Seebeck coefficient was proved to increase with increasing porosity up to a maximum of ~1 mV/K for the ~50 % porosity membrane, which is more than a threefold increase compared to the starting highly doped bulk c-Si substrate. By further increasing porosity and after a maximum is reached, the Seebeck coefficient sharply decreases and stabilizes at ~600 μV/K. The possible mechanisms that determine this behaviour are discussed, supported by structural characterization and photoluminescence measurements. The decrease in nanostructure size and increase in carrier depletion with increasing porosity, together with the complex structure and morphology of porous Si, are at the origin of complex energy filtering and phonon drag effects. All the above contribute to the observed anomalous behaviour of thermopower as a function of porosity and will be discussed. PMID:27075343

  17. Measurement of Seebeck coefficient using a light pulse

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    Wood, C.; Zoltan, D.; Stapfer, G.

    1985-01-01

    A high-temperature (1900 K) Seebeck coefficient apparatus is described in which small thermal gradients are generated in a sample by light pulses transmitted via light pipes. By employing an analog subtraction circuit, the Seebeck coefficient is displayed directly on an X-Y recorder. This technique presents a convenient, accurate, and rapid method for measuring the Seebeck coefficient in highly doped semiconductors as a function of temperature. The nature of the resulting display (X-Y recording) is a valuable tool in determining validity of the data. A straight line results (i.e., a minimum of hysteresis) only if all potential experimental errors are minimized. Under these conditions, the error of measurements of the Seebeck coefficient is estimated to be less than + or - 1 percent.

  18. System to Measure Thermal Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficient for Thermoelectrics

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    Kim, Hyun-Jung; Skuza, Jonathan R.; Park, Yeonjoon; King, Glen C.; Choi, Sang H.; Nagavalli, Anita

    2012-01-01

    The Seebeck coefficient, when combined with thermal and electrical conductivity, is an essential property measurement for evaluating the potential performance of novel thermoelectric materials. However, there is some question as to which measurement technique(s) provides the most accurate determination of the Seebeck coefficient at elevated temperatures. This has led to the implementation of nonstandardized practices that have further complicated the confirmation of reported high ZT materials. The major objective of the procedure described is for the simultaneous measurement of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal diffusivity within a given temperature range. These thermoelectric measurements must be precise, accurate, and reproducible to ensure meaningful interlaboratory comparison of data. The custom-built thermal characterization system described in this NASA-TM is specifically designed to measure the inplane thermal diffusivity, and the Seebeck coefficient for materials in the ranging from 73 K through 373 K.

  19. Nanoscale Thermoelectrics: A Study of the Absolute Seebeck Coefficient of Thin Films

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    Mason, Sarah J.

    The worlds demand for energy is ever increasing. Likewise, the environmental impact of climate change due generating that energy through combustion of fossil fuels is increasingly alarming. Due to these factors new sources of renewable energies are constantly being sought out. Thermoelectric devices have the ability to generate clean, renewable, energy out of waste heat. However promising that is, their inefficiency severely inhibits applicability and practical use. The usefulness of a thermoelectric material increases with the dimensionless quantity, ZT, which depends on the Seebeck coefficient and electrical and thermal conductivity. These characteristic material parameters have interdependent energy transport contributions that classically prohibit the optimization of one with out the detriment of another. Encouraging advancements of ZT have occurred in the past ten years due to the decoupling of the thermal and electrical conductivity. Further advancements are necessary in order to produce applicable devices. One auspicious way of decoupling or tuning energy transport properties, is through size reduction to the nanoscale. However, with reduced dimensions come complications in measuring material properties. Measurements of properties such as the Seebeck coefficient, S, are primarily contingent upon the measurement apparatus. The Seebeck coefficient is defined as the amount of voltage generated by a thermal gradient. Measuring a thermally generated voltage by traditional methods gives, the voltage measured as a linear function of the Seebeck coefficient of the leads and of the material being tested divided by the applied thermal gradient. If accurate values of the Seebeck coefficients of the leads are available, simple subtraction provides the answer. This is rarely the case in nanoscale measurement devices with leads exclusively made from thin film materials that do not have well known bulk-like thermopower values. We have developed a technique to directly measure, S, as a function of temperature using a micro-machined thermal isolation platform consisting of a suspended, patterned SiN membrane. By measuring a series of thicknesses of metallic films up to the infinitely thin film limit, in which the electrical resistivity is no longer decreasing with increasing film thickness, but still not at bulk values, along with the effective electron mean free path, we are able to show the contribution of the leads needed to measure this property. Having a comprehensive understanding of the background contribution we are able to determine the absolute Seebeck coefficient of a wide variety of thin films. The nature of the design of the SiN membrane also allows the ability to accurately and directly measure thermal and electrical transport of the thin films yielding a comprehensive measurement of the three quantities that characterize a material's efficiency. This can serve to further the development of thermoelectric materials through precise measurements of the material properties that dictate efficiency.

  20. Fast Seebeck coefficient measurement based on dynamic method.

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    Zhou, Yang; Yang, Donghua; Li, Liangliang; Li, Fu; Li, Jing-Feng

    2014-05-01

    A setup based on dynamic method was developed for fast Seebeck coefficient measurement from room temperature to 473 K. Two T-type thermocouples with a response time of less than 0.1 s were used to measure the dynamic temperatures of the sample. The Cu wires of the two thermocouples served as leads for Seebeck voltage measurement. The dynamic temperature feature of the setup was characterized. Test measurements were conducted with LaCo(0.9)Cu(0.1)O3 and LaCo(0.8)5Cu(0.15)O3 samples with the customized setup, and the results had a difference of ±8.4% compared with the data provided by ZEM-2 (Ulvac-Riko, Japan), which showed that the Seebeck measurement with the customized setup was reliable. In addition, the error on the Seebeck coefficient caused by the dynamic variation of temperature was discussed. The setup described in this paper has the advantage of fast Seebeck coefficient measurement with a measurement speed of about 14-23 K min(-1). PMID:24880400

  1. Thermal spin current from a ferromagnet to silicon by Seebeck spin tunnelling

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    Le Breton, Jean-Christophe; Sharma, Sandeep; Saito, Hidekazu; Yuasa, Shinji; Jansen, Ron

    2011-07-01

    Heat generation by electric current, which is ubiquitous in electronic devices and circuits, raises energy consumption and will become increasingly problematic in future generations of high-density electronics. The control and re-use of heat are therefore important topics for existing and emerging technologies, including spintronics. Recently it was reported that heat flow within a ferromagnet can produce a flow of spin angular momentum--a spin current--and an associated voltage. This spin Seebeck effect has been observed in metallic, insulating and semiconductor ferromagnets with temperature gradients across them. Here we describe and report the demonstration of Seebeck spin tunnelling--a distinctly different thermal spin flow, of purely interfacial nature--generated in a tunnel contact between electrodes of different temperatures when at least one of the electrodes is a ferromagnet. The Seebeck spin current is governed by the energy derivative of the tunnel spin polarization. By exploiting this in ferromagnet-oxide-silicon tunnel junctions, we observe thermal transfer of spins from the ferromagnet to the silicon without a net tunnel charge current. The induced spin accumulation scales linearly with heating power and changes sign when the temperature differential is reversed. This thermal spin current can be used by itself, or in combination with electrical spin injection, to increase device efficiency. The results highlight the engineering of heat transport in spintronic devices and facilitate the functional use of heat.

  2. Thermal spin current from a ferromagnet to silicon by Seebeck spin tunnelling.

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    Le Breton, Jean-Christophe; Sharma, Sandeep; Saito, Hidekazu; Yuasa, Shinji; Jansen, Ron

    2011-07-01

    Heat generation by electric current, which is ubiquitous in electronic devices and circuits, raises energy consumption and will become increasingly problematic in future generations of high-density electronics. The control and re-use of heat are therefore important topics for existing and emerging technologies, including spintronics. Recently it was reported that heat flow within a ferromagnet can produce a flow of spin angular momentum-a spin current-and an associated voltage. This spin Seebeck effect has been observed in metallic, insulating and semiconductor ferromagnets with temperature gradients across them. Here we describe and report the demonstration of Seebeck spin tunnelling-a distinctly different thermal spin flow, of purely interfacial nature-generated in a tunnel contact between electrodes of different temperatures when at least one of the electrodes is a ferromagnet. The Seebeck spin current is governed by the energy derivative of the tunnel spin polarization. By exploiting this in ferromagnet-oxide-silicon tunnel junctions, we observe thermal transfer of spins from the ferromagnet to the silicon without a net tunnel charge current. The induced spin accumulation scales linearly with heating power and changes sign when the temperature differential is reversed. This thermal spin current can be used by itself, or in combination with electrical spin injection, to increase device efficiency. The results highlight the engineering of heat transport in spintronic devices and facilitate the functional use of heat. PMID:21716285

  3. Seebeck Coefficient Metrology: Do Contemporary Protocols Measure Up?

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    Martin, Joshua; Wong-Ng, Winnie; Green, Martin L.

    2015-06-01

    Comparative measurements of the Seebeck coefficient are challenging due to the diversity of instrumentation and measurement protocols. With the implementation of standardized measurement protocols and the use of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs®), for example, the recently certified National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SRM® 3451 ``Low Temperature Seebeck Coefficient Standard (10-390 K)'', researchers can reliably analyze and compare data, both intra- and inter-laboratory, thereby accelerating the development of more efficient thermoelectric materials and devices. We present a comparative overview of commonly adopted Seebeck coefficient measurement practices. First, we examine the influence of asynchronous temporal and spatial measurement of electric potential and temperature. Temporal asynchronicity introduces error in the absolute Seebeck coefficient of the order of ≈10%, whereas spatial asynchronicity introduces error of the order of a few percent. Second, we examine the influence of poor thermal contact between the measurement probes and the sample. This is especially critical at high temperature, wherein the prevalent mode of measuring surface temperature is facilitated by pressure contact. Each topic will include the comparison of data measured using different measurement techniques and using different probe arrangements. We demonstrate that the probe arrangement is the primary limit to high accuracy, wherein the Seebeck coefficients measured by the 2-probe arrangement and those measured by the 4-probe arrangement diverge with the increase in temperature, approaching ≈14% at 900 K. Using these analyses, we provide recommended measurement protocols to guide members of the thermoelectric materials community in performing more accurate measurements and in evaluating more comprehensive uncertainty limits.

  4. First principles explanation of the positive Seebeck coefficient of lithium.

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    Xu, Bin; Verstraete, Matthieu J

    2014-05-16

    Lithium is one of the simplest metals, with negative charge carriers and a close reproduction of free-electron dispersion. Experimentally, however, Li is one of a handful of elemental solids (along with Cu, Ag, and Au) where the sign of the Seebeck coefficient (S) is opposite to that of the carrier. This counterintuitive behavior still lacks a satisfactory interpretation. We calculate S fully from first principles, within the framework of Allen's formulation of Boltzmann transport theory. Here it is crucial to avoid the constant relaxation time approximation, which gives a sign for S which is necessarily that of the carriers. Our calculated S are in excellent agreement with experimental data, up to the melting point. In comparison with another alkali metal, Na, we demonstrate that within the simplest nontrivial model for the energy dependency of the electron lifetimes, the rapidly increasing density of states (DOS) across the Fermi energy is related to the sign of S in Li. The exceptional energy dependence of the DOS is beyond the free-electron model, as the dispersion is distorted by the Brillouin zone edge; this has a stronger effect in Li than other alkali metals. The electron lifetime dependency on energy is central, but the details of the electron-phonon interaction are found to be less important, contrary to what has been believed for several decades. Band engineering combined with the mechanism exposed here may open the door to new "ambipolar" thermoelectric materials, with a tunable sign for the thermopower even if either n- or p-type doping is impossible. PMID:24877957

  5. Design of seebeck coefficient measurement probe for powder library.

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    Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Taguchi, Toru; Yoshida, Shogo; Ito, Shigeru

    2014-02-10

    A thermoelectric evaluation system, attachable to our developed materials exploration system "M-ist Combi" based on the electrostatic spray deposition method, was designed and established for high-throughput to explore new candidate thermoelectric materials. The developed Seebeck coefficient measurement probe consists of two chromel-alumel thermocouples, and one of thermocouples is able to control its own temperature to ensure a temperature difference between thermocouples. The measurement time for each sample was about 5 s. This provides a stabilized time for the thermoelectric power for each sample. And, it was found that the Seebeck coefficient measurement probe could be used as a high-throughput screening tool for exploring candidate thermoelectric materials. PMID:24367887

  6. Seebeck Coefficient of Lithium and Lithium-Tin Alloys

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    Kirsch, L.; Fiflis, P.; Andruczyk, D.; Curreli, D.; Ruzic, D. N.

    2012-10-01

    Experiments into the viability of lithium as a first wall material in a fusion device have shown that it offers great benefits in reducing recycling of hydrogenic species at the wall, increasing energy confinement times, and gettering impurities. However, concerns have been raised about its practicality in regions of high heat fluxes, and one of the greatest is whether or not a lithium divertor concept can function at high steady state temperatures without significant evaporation of the lithium. Lithium-tin alloys might offer a solution by suppressing evaporation, but their performance in a TEMHD driven device such as the LIMIT device under development at UIUC is directly dependent on their thermoelectric properties, namely their unknown Seebeck coefficient. In support of the use of lithium-tin alloys in such a device, experiments are performed to recover the Seebeck coefficient of several different compositions of lithium-tin alloys. Experiments previously performed at the University of Illinois of the Seebeck coefficient of lithium [1] were confirmed and expanded upon by this study. Values of ranging from 12 +/-1 uV/K at 82C to 28 +/-1 uV/K at 240C were obtained.[4pt] [1] V. Surla et al. Journal of Nuclear Materials 415 (2011) 18-22.

  7. Theory of asymmetric and negative differential magnon tunneling under temperature bias: Towards a spin Seebeck diode and transistor

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    Ren, Jie; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2013-09-01

    We study the nonequilibrium transport for the asymmetric and negative differential magnon tunneling driven by temperature bias. We demonstrate that the many-body magnon interaction that makes the magnonic spectrum temperature-dependent is the crucial factor for the emergence of rectification and negative differential spin Seebeck effects in magnon tunneling junctions. When magnonic junctions have temperature-dependent density of states, reversing the temperature bias is able to give asymmetric spin currents and increasing temperature bias could give an anomalously decreasing magnonic spin current. We show that these properties are relevant for building spin Seebeck diodes and transistors, which could play important roles in controlling information and energy in magnonics and spin caloritronics.

  8. Simultaneous Enhancement of the Electrical Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficient of PEDOT-block-PEG/SWCNTs Nanocomposites

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    Jiang, Qinglin; Liu, Congcong; Zhu, Danhua; Song, Haijun; Xu, Jingkun; Shi, Hui; Mo, Daize; Wang, Zhipeng; Zhu, Zhengyou

    2015-06-01

    In this study, the thermoelectric (TE) performance of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEDOT-block-PEG), one of the most important poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) derivatives, was studied. To improve its TE performance, different mass fractions of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were incorporated by physical mixing. Blending with SWCNTs resulted in simultaneous enhancement of the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the PEDOT-block-PEG/SWCNTs nanocomposites. At 300 K, the maximum electrical conductivity was increased from 0.51 to 78.6 S/cm, and the Seebeck coefficient was increased from 5.1 to 46.3 μV/K. The thermal conductivity of the composite films was low (0.24-0.34 W/m/K). The maximum ZT of PEDOT-block-PEG/SWCNTs nanocomposites was 1.24 × 10-2 when the SWCNTs content was 66.7 wt.%. This study suggests that constructing PEDOT-block-PEG/SWCNTs nanocomposites might be an effective way of improving the TE properties of PEDOT-block-PEG.

  9. Design for a spin-Seebeck diode based on two-dimensional materials

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    Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Dan-Dan; Gu, Lei; Wu, Menghao; Wu, Ruqian

    2015-07-01

    Studies of the spin-Seebeck effect (SSE) are very important for the development of fundamental science and novel low-power-consumption technologies. The spin-Seebeck diode (SSD), in which the spin current can be driven by a forward temperature gradient but not by a reverse temperature gradient, is a key unit in spin caloritronic devices. Here, we propose a SSD design using two-dimensional (2D) materials such as silicene and phosphorene nanoribbons as the source and drain. Due to their unique band structures and magnetic states, thermally driven spin-up and spin-down currents flow in opposite directions. This mechanism is different from that of the previous one, which uses two permalloy circular disks [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 047203 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.047203], and the SSD in our design can be easily integrated with gate voltage control. Since the concept of this design is rather general and applicable to many 2D materials, it is promising for the realization and exploitation of SSDs in nanodevices.

  10. A microprobe technique for simultaneously measuring thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of thin films

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    Zhang, Yanliang; Hapenciuc, Claudiu L.; Castillo, Eduardo E.; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Mehta, Rutvik J.; Karthik, Chinnathambi; Ramanath, Ganpati

    2010-02-01

    We demonstrate a microprobe technique that can simultaneously measure thermal conductivity κ and Seebeck coefficient α of thin films. In this technique, an alternative current joule-heated V-shaped microwire that serves as heater, thermometer and voltage electrode, locally heats the thin film when contacted with the surface. The κ is extracted from the thermal resistance of the microprobe and α from the Seebeck voltage measured between the probe and unheated regions of the film by modeling heat transfer in the probe, sample and their contact area, and by calibrations with standard reference samples. Application of the technique on sulfur-doped porous Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 films reveals α =-105.4 and 1.96 μV/K, respectively, which are within 2% of the values obtained by independent measurements carried out using microfabricated test structures. The respective κ values are 0.36 and 0.52 W/mK, which are significantly lower than the bulk values due to film porosity, and are consistent with effective media theory. The dominance of air conduction at the probe-sample contact area determines the microscale spatial resolution of the technique and allows probing samples with rough surfaces.

  11. Long-range pure magnon spin diffusion observed in a nonlocal spin-Seebeck geometry

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    Giles, Brandon L.; Yang, Zihao; Jamison, John S.; Myers, Roberto C.

    2015-12-01

    The spin diffusion length for thermally excited magnon spins is measured by utilizing a nonlocal spin-Seebeck effect measurement. In a bulk single crystal of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) a focused laser thermally excites magnon spins. The spins diffuse laterally and are sampled using a Pt inverse spin Hall effect detector. Thermal transport modeling and temperature dependent measurements demonstrate the absence of spurious temperature gradients beneath the Pt detector and confirm the nonlocal nature of the experimental geometry. Remarkably, we find that thermally excited magnon spins in YIG travel over 120 µm at 23 K, indicating that they are robust against inelastic scattering. The spin diffusion length is found to be at least 47 µm and as high as 73 µm at 23 K in YIG, while at room temperature it drops to less than 10 µm. Based on this long spin diffusion length, we envision the development of thermally powered spintronic devices based on electrically insulating, but spin conducting materials.

  12. Seebeck rectification enabled by intrinsic thermoelectrical coupling in magnetic tunneling junctions.

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    Zhang, Z H; Gui, Y S; Fu, L; Fan, X L; Cao, J W; Xue, D S; Freitas, P P; Houssameddine, D; Hemour, S; Wu, K; Hu, C-M

    2012-07-20

    An intrinsic thermoelectric coupling effect in the linear response regime of magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJ) is reported. In the dc response, it leads to a nonlinear correction to Ohm's law. Dynamically, it enables a novel Seebeck rectification and second harmonic generation, which apply for a broad frequency range and can be magnetically controlled. A phenomenological model on the footing of the Onsager reciprocal relation and the principle of energy conservation explains very well the experimental results obtained from both dc and frequency-dependent transport measurements performed up to GHz frequencies. Our work refines previous understanding of magnetotransport and microwave rectification in MTJs. It forms a new foundation for utilizing spin caloritronics in high-frequency applications. PMID:22861893

  13. Conductivities and Seebeck Coefficients of Boron Carbides: ''Softening-Bipolaron'' Hopping

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    ASELAGE,TERRENCE L.; EMIN,DAVID JACOB; MCCREADY,STEVEN S.

    2000-07-20

    The most conspicuous feature of boron carbides' electronic transport properties is their having both high carrier densities and large Seebeck coefficients. The magnitudes and temperature dependencies of the Seebeck coefficients are consistent with large contributions from softening bipolarons: singlet bipolarons whose stabilization is significantly affected by their softening of local vibrations. Boron carbides' high carrier densities, small activation energies for hopping ({approx} 0.16 eV), and anomalously large Seebeck coefficients combine with their low, glass-like thermal conductivities to make them unexpectedly efficient high-temperature thermoelectrics.

  14. Multifold Seebeck increase in RuO{sub 2} films by quantum-guided lanthanide dilute alloying

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    Music, Denis Basse, Felix H.-U.; Schneider, Jochen M.; Han, Liang; Borca-Tasciuc, Theo; Devender; Gengler, Jamie J.; Voevodin, Andrey A.; Ramanath, Ganpati

    2014-02-03

    Ab initio predictions indicating that alloying RuO{sub 2} with La, Eu, or Lu can increase the Seebeck coefficient α manifold due to quantum confinement effects are validated in sputter-deposited La-alloyed RuO{sub 2} films showing fourfold α increase. Combinatorial screening reveals that α enhancement correlates with La-induced lattice distortion, which also decreases the thermal conductivity twentyfold, conducive for high thermoelectric figures of merit. These insights should facilitate the rational design of high efficiency oxide-based thermoelectrics through quantum-guided alloying.

  15. Colossal Seebeck Coefficient of Hopping Electrons in (TMTSF)_{2} PF_{6}.

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    Machida, Yo; Lin, Xiao; Kang, Woun; Izawa, Koichi; Behnia, Kamran

    2016-02-26

    We report on a study of the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity in the quasi-one-dimensional conductor (TMTSF)_{2} PF_{6} extended deep into the spin-density-wave state. The metal-insulator transition at T_{SDW}=12  K leads to a reduction in carrier concentration by 7 orders of magnitude. Below 1 K, charge transport displays the behavior known as variable range hopping. Until now, the Seebeck response of electrons in this regime has barely been explored and is even less understood. We find that, in this system, residual carriers, hopping from one trap to another, generate a Seebeck coefficient as large as 400  k_{B}/e. The results provide the first solid evidence for a long-standing prediction according to which hopping electrons in the presence of the Coulomb interaction can generate a sizable Seebeck coefficient in the zero-temperature limit. PMID:26967438

  16. Multifunctional probes for high-throughput measurement of Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity at room temperature.

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    García-Cañadas, Jorge; Min, Gao

    2014-04-01

    An apparatus capable of rapid measurement of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity at room temperature is reported. The novel aspect of this apparatus is the use of 4 multifunctional probes that comprise a junction of two conductors at the tip and serve as both thermocouples and electrical contacts. In addition, one of the probes has a built-in heater that can establish a temperature gradient in the sample for the Seebeck measurement. The technique does not require special sample geometries or preparation of contacts and is suitable for bulk and thin film materials. Together with automated sample stage and data acquisition, the equipment is able to measure both the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity in less than 20 s with good accuracy. Less than 5% and 4% relative errors were found for the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity, respectively. This makes the apparatus especially useful for high throughput evaluation of thermoelectric materials. PMID:24784625

  17. Colossal Seebeck Coefficient of Hopping Electrons in (TMTSF) 2 PF6

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    Machida, Yo; Lin, Xiao; Kang, Woun; Izawa, Koichi; Behnia, Kamran

    2016-02-01

    We report on a study of the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity in the quasi-one-dimensional conductor (TMTSF) 2 PF6 extended deep into the spin-density-wave state. The metal-insulator transition at TSDW=12 K leads to a reduction in carrier concentration by 7 orders of magnitude. Below 1 K, charge transport displays the behavior known as variable range hopping. Until now, the Seebeck response of electrons in this regime has barely been explored and is even less understood. We find that, in this system, residual carriers, hopping from one trap to another, generate a Seebeck coefficient as large as 400 kB/e . The results provide the first solid evidence for a long-standing prediction according to which hopping electrons in the presence of the Coulomb interaction can generate a sizable Seebeck coefficient in the zero-temperature limit.

  18. Studies on Seebeck Coefficient of Individual Bismuth Telluride Nanotube

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    Kim, Duksoo; Du, Renzhong; Yin, Yuewei; Dong, Sining; Li, Xiaoguang; Li, Qi; Tadigadapa, Srinivas

    2013-03-01

    We have studied on Seebeck coefficient (S) of freestanding individual Bismuth Telluride nanotubes using micro-fabricated thermoelectric workbench at the temperatures from 300 K to 25 K. The thermoelectric workbench is composed of three main elements: heater, thermocouple, and platinum pad. A polysilicon-gold thermocouple accurately measures the temperature, arising from the heat generated at the tips of the test sites from the polysilicon heater located 2 μm apart from the thermocouple. Platinum pads placed on top of the heater and thermocouple structures and electrically isolated from these constitute S measurement circuit. IPA solution containing Bi2Te3 nanotubes was drop-cast on the workbench and the Ebeam Induced Deposition of platinum was used to improve the electrical and thermal contacts between nanotube and platinum pads. The inner and outer diameter of nanotube is 50 nm and 70 nm, respectively. The sign of obtained S was positive which is indicating the nanotube is p-type. And the magnitude was increased compared to the bulk and nanowire types. The measured S (364 μV/K) of nanotube at T = 300 K is 1.65 times larger than that (220 μV/K) of bulk and 1.4 times larger than the previously reported value (260 μV/K) of nanowire. This work is supported by NSF MRSEC (Grant No. DMR-0820404)

  19. Characterization of Lorenz number with Seebeck coefficient measurement

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    Kim, Hyun-Sik; Gibbs, Zachary M.; Tang, Yinglu; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2015-04-01

    In analyzing zT improvements due to lattice thermal conductivity (κL) reduction, electrical conductivity (σ) and total thermal conductivity (κTotal) are often used to estimate the electronic component of the thermal conductivity (κE) and in turn κL from κL = ˜ κTotal - LσT. The Wiedemann-Franz law, κE = LσT, where L is Lorenz number, is widely used to estimate κE from σ measurements. It is a common practice to treat L as a universal factor with 2.44 × 10-8 WΩK-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 × 10-8 WΩK-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 [" separators=" - /| S | 116 ] (where L is in 10-8 WΩK-2 and S in μV/K) as a satisfactory approximation for L. This equation is accurate within 5% for single parabolic band/acoustic phonon scattering assumption and within 20% for PbSe, PbS, PbTe, Si0.8Ge0.2 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.

  20. A Study of the Measurement of Seebeck Coefficient of SiGe

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    Heung, King Yi

    2005-01-01

    In 1821 German Physicist Thomas J. Seebeck discovered that heat could be converted into electricity when a temperature difference was applied across two points on a material. Theoretically, the generated voltage has a directly proportional relationship with the temperature difference. This relationship is the Seebeck coefficient that scientists always referred to when determining the efficiency of a thermoelectricity convention. In our experiments, however, hysteresis loops appeared when we plotted voltage against temperature difference, and the measured Seebeck appeared differently when the measurements were run under vacuum, air, and helium gas. Measurements were done by using a low-frequency AC measuring method. By simulating the experimental setup into a; thermal circuit, we found that the loop and inconsistency in measuring Seebeck coefficient could be explained by studying the behaviors of a RC circuit in a thermal sense. Under vacuum, the gap of the hysteresis loop can be largely eliminated if the time period of the temperature difference increased up to 4800s. The trend of the variations in measuring Seebeck coefficients in different environments can also be predicted by using different thermal circuit models.

  1. Characterization of Lorenz number with Seebeck coefficient measurement

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    Kim, Hyun-Sik; Gibbs, Zachary M.; Tang, Yinglu; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2015-04-01

    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 single 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.

  2. On the Interplay Between Electrical Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficient in Ultra-Narrow Silicon Nanowires

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    Neophytou, Neophytos; Kosina, Hans

    2012-06-01

    We analyze the effect of low dimensionality on the electrical conductivity ( σ) and Seebeck coefficient ( S) in ultra-narrow Si nanowires (NWs) by employing atomistic considerations for the electronic structures and linearized Boltzmann transport theory. We show that changes in the geometrical features of the NWs such as diameter and orientation mostly affect σ and S in two ways: (i) the distance of the band edges from the Fermi level ( η F) changes, and (ii) quantum confinement in some cases strongly affects the effective mass of the subbands, which influences the conductivity of the NWs and η F. Changes in η F cause exponential changes in σ but linear changes in S. S seems to be only weakly dependent on the curvature of the bands, the strength of the scattering mechanisms, and the shape of the density of states function DOS( E), contrary to current view. Our results indicate that low dimensionality has a stronger influence on σ than on S due to the greater sensitivity of σ to η F. We identify cases where bandstructure engineering through confinement can improve σ without significantly affecting S, which can result in power factor improvements.

  3. Critical evaluation of the colossal Seebeck coefficient of nanostructured rutile MnO2.

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    Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M

    2015-03-25

    We have explored the correlation between the Seebeck coefficient and the electronic structure of nanostructured rutile MnO2 using density functional theory to critically appraise the three orders of magnitude scatter in literature data. Our hypothesis is that the microstructure and morphology on the nanoscale is causing this behaviour, which we have tested by comparing the Seebeck coefficient of bulk MnO2 with two low-energy surfaces: MnO2(1 1 0) and MnO2(0 0 1). From these data, it is evident that variations over two orders of magnitude in the Seebeck coefficient can be attained by affecting domain size and texture on the nanoscale. This may be understood by analysing the electronic structure. Surface hybridized Mn d-O p states fill the band gap of MnO2 and thus substantially alter the transport properties. PMID:25730181

  4. Thermal Modeling and Analysis of a Sub-Compact Seebeck Furnace

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    Wang, Francis C.; Peters, Palmer; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The Sub-Compact Seebeck Furnace (SCSF) is a third generation furnace designed as an experimental facility to study the phenomena of undercooling associated with directional solidification. It is intended to provide a double peak temperature profile along the axial direction with gradient zones at each end. By keeping the temperature in the central portion above the melting point of the sample, and cooling the ends of the furnace, a solid/liquid (S/L) interface can be maintained in each one of the gradient zones. A motorized motion control provides a motion to one-half of the furnace. The undercooling associated with the interface being directionally solidified can thus be studied. Modeling of the temperature profile is important to help assure that the furnace design provides the correct thermal characteristics. The furnace is designed with two halves that telescope. Results of thermal analysis based on an analytical solution using simple assumptions will be presented. The resulting temperature profile will show the salient features of the desired thermal profile and provide the general directions for thermal design. Experimental results will be used to compare with the analytical profile. Approach for numerical modeling to provide more detailed information such as two-dimensional effects will be discussed.

  5. Seebeck and thermal conductivity analysis in amorphous/crystalline {beta}-K{<_2}Bi{<_8}Se{<_13} nanocomposite materials.

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    Kyratsi, Th.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Ioannou, M.; Chung, D. Y.; Tsiaoussis, I.

    2011-01-01

    In this work, ball milling is applied on {beta}-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} compounds in order to explore the potential of the process for the fabrication of nano-based material. Polycrystalline {beta}-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13}, synthesized from melt, was ball milled under inert atmosphere. Powder x-ray diffraction showed a significantly increased disorder with ball milling time. TEM studies confirmed the presence of nanocrystalline material in an amorphous matrix, suggesting the development of crystalline/amorphous {beta}-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} nanocomposite material via ball milling process. Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity were analyzed based on the effective medium theory and show a significant contribution of a nanocrystalline phase.

  6. Correlation of Seebeck coefficient and electric conductivity in polyaniline and polypyrrole

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    Mateeva, N.; Niculescu, H.; Schlenoff, J.; Testardi, L.R.

    1998-03-01

    We have measured the Seebeck coefficient and electric conductivity in the air-stable conducting polymers polyaniline and polypyrrole at different doping levels. We find, at 300 K, the general correlation that the logarithm of the electrical conductivity varies linearly with the Seebeck coefficient on doping, but with a proportionality substantially in excess of a prediction from simple theory for a single type of mobile carrier. The correlation is unexpected in its universality and unfavorable in its consequences for thermoelectric applications. A standard model suggests that conduction by carriers of both signs may occur in these doped polymers, which thus leads to reduced thermoelectric efficiency. We also show that polyacetylene (which is not air stable), does exhibit the correlation with the expected proportionality, and, thus, its properties could be more favorable for thermoelectricity. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Instrument for stable high temperature Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurements under controlled oxygen partial pressure

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan James; Sharma, Peter Anand

    2015-04-28

    The transport properties of ceramic materials strongly depend on oxygen activity, which is tuned by changing the partial oxygen pressure (pO2) prior to and during measurement. Within, we describe an instrument for highly stable measurements of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity at temperatures up to 1300 K with controlled oxygen partial pressure. An all platinum construction is used to avoid potential materials instabilities that can cause measurement drift. Two independent heaters are employed to establish a small temperature gradient for Seebeck measurements, while keeping the average temperature constant and avoiding errors associated with pO2-induced drifts in thermocouple readings. Oxygen equilibriummore » is monitored using both an O2 sensor and the transient behavior of the resistance as a proxy. A pO2 range of 10-25–100 atm can be established with appropriate gas mixtures. Seebeck measurements were calibrated against a high purity platinum wire, Pt/Pt–Rh thermocouple wire, and a Bi2Te3 Seebeck coefficient Standard Reference Material. To demonstrate the utility of this instrument for oxide materials we present measurements as a function of pO2 on a 1 % Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal, and show systematic changes in properties consistent with oxygen vacancy defect chemistry. Thus, an approximately 11% increase in power factor over a pO2 range of 10-19–10-8 atm at 973 K for the donor-doped single crystals is observed.« less

  8. Instrument for stable high temperature Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurements under controlled oxygen partial pressure

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan James; Sharma, Peter Anand

    2015-04-28

    The transport properties of ceramic materials strongly depend on oxygen activity, which is tuned by changing the partial oxygen pressure (pO2) prior to and during measurement. Within, we describe an instrument for highly stable measurements of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity at temperatures up to 1300 K with controlled oxygen partial pressure. An all platinum construction is used to avoid potential materials instabilities that can cause measurement drift. Two independent heaters are employed to establish a small temperature gradient for Seebeck measurements, while keeping the average temperature constant and avoiding errors associated with pO2-induced drifts in thermocouple readings. Oxygen equilibrium is monitored using both an O2 sensor and the transient behavior of the resistance as a proxy. A pO2 range of 10-25100 atm can be established with appropriate gas mixtures. Seebeck measurements were calibrated against a high purity platinum wire, Pt/PtRh thermocouple wire, and a Bi2Te3 Seebeck coefficient Standard Reference Material. To demonstrate the utility of this instrument for oxide materials we present measurements as a function of pO2 on a 1 % Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal, and show systematic changes in properties consistent with oxygen vacancy defect chemistry. Thus, an approximately 11% increase in power factor over a pO2 range of 10-1910-8 atm at 973 K for the donor-doped single crystals is observed.

  9. Instrument for stable high temperature Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurements under controlled oxygen partial pressure

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan James; Sharma, Peter Anand

    2015-04-28

    The transport properties of ceramic materials strongly depend on oxygen activity, which is tuned by changing the partial oxygen pressure (pO2) prior to and during measurement. Within, we describe an instrument for highly stable measurements of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity at temperatures up to 1300 K with controlled oxygen partial pressure. An all platinum construction is used to avoid potential materials instabilities that can cause measurement drift. Two independent heaters are employed to establish a small temperature gradient for Seebeck measurements, while keeping the average temperature constant and avoiding errors associated with pO2-induced drifts in thermocouple readings. Oxygen equilibrium is monitored using both an O2 sensor and the transient behavior of the resistance as a proxy. A pO2 range of 10-25–100 atm can be established with appropriate gas mixtures. Seebeck measurements were calibrated against a high purity platinum wire, Pt/Pt–Rh thermocouple wire, and a Bi2Te3 Seebeck coefficient Standard Reference Material. To demonstrate the utility of this instrument for oxide materials we present measurements as a function of pO2 on a 1 % Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal, and show systematic changes in properties consistent with oxygen vacancy defect chemistry. Thus, an approximately 11% increase in power factor over a pO2 range of 10-19–10-8 atm at 973 K for the donor-doped single crystals is observed.

  10. Monitoring the embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels by using the Seebeck coefficient

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    Niffenegger, M.; Leber, H. J.

    2009-06-01

    The degree of embrittlement of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) limits the lifetime of nuclear power plants. Therefore, neutron irradiation-induced embrittlement of RPV steels demands accurate monitoring. Current federal legislation requires a surveillance program in which specimens are placed inside the RPV for several years before their fracture toughness is determined by destructive Charpy impact testing. Measuring the changes in the thermoelectric properties of the material due to irradiation, is an alternative and non-destructive method for the diagnostics of material embrittlement. In this paper, the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient ( K¯) of several Charpy specimens, made from two different grades of 22 NiMoCr 37 low-alloy steels, irradiated by neutrons with energies greater than 1 MeV, and fluencies ranging from 0 up to 4.5 × 10 19 neutrons per cm 2, are presented. Within this range, it was observed that K¯ increased by ≈500 nV/°C and a linear dependency was noted between K¯ and the temperature shift Δ T41 J of the Charpy energy vs. temperature curve, which is a measure for the embrittlement. We conclude that the change of the Seebeck coefficient has the potential for non-destructive monitoring of the neutron embrittlement of RPV steels if very precise measurements of the Seebeck coefficient are possible.

  11. Simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient in highly boron-doped nanocrystalline Si

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    Neophytou, Neophytos; Zianni, Xanthippi; Kosina, Hans; Frabboni, Stefano; Lorenzi, Bruno; Narducci, Dario

    2013-05-01

    A large thermoelectric power factor in heavily boron-doped p-type nanograined Si with grain sizes ∼30 nm and grain boundary regions of ∼2 nm is reported. The reported power factor is ∼5 times higher than in bulk Si. It originates from the surprising observation that for a specific range of carrier concentrations, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient increase simultaneously. The two essential ingredients for this observation are nanocrystallinity and extremely high boron doping levels. This experimental finding is interpreted within a theoretical model that considers both electron and phonon transport within the semiclassical Boltzmann approach. It is shown that transport takes place through two phases so that high conductivity is achieved in the grains, and high Seebeck coefficient by the grain boundaries. This together with the drastic reduction in the thermal conductivity due to boundary scattering could lead to a significant increase of the figure of merit ZT. This is one of the rare observations of a simultaneous increase in the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, resulting in enhanced thermoelectric power factor.

  12. Simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient in highly boron-doped nanocrystalline Si.

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    Neophytou, Neophytos; Zianni, Xanthippi; Kosina, Hans; Frabboni, Stefano; Lorenzi, Bruno; Narducci, Dario

    2013-05-24

    A large thermoelectric power factor in heavily boron-doped p-type nanograined Si with grain sizes ∼30 nm and grain boundary regions of ∼2 nm is reported. The reported power factor is ∼5 times higher than in bulk Si. It originates from the surprising observation that for a specific range of carrier concentrations, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient increase simultaneously. The two essential ingredients for this observation are nanocrystallinity and extremely high boron doping levels. This experimental finding is interpreted within a theoretical model that considers both electron and phonon transport within the semiclassical Boltzmann approach. It is shown that transport takes place through two phases so that high conductivity is achieved in the grains, and high Seebeck coefficient by the grain boundaries. This together with the drastic reduction in the thermal conductivity due to boundary scattering could lead to a significant increase of the figure of merit ZT. This is one of the rare observations of a simultaneous increase in the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, resulting in enhanced thermoelectric power factor. PMID:23598565

  13. Uncertainty Analysis of Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity Characterization

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    Mackey, Jon; Sehirlioglu, Alp; Dynys, Fred

    2014-01-01

    In order to provide a complete description of a materials thermoelectric power factor, in addition to the measured nominal value, an uncertainty interval is required. The uncertainty may contain sources of measurement error including systematic bias error and precision error of a statistical nature. The work focuses specifically on the popular ZEM-3 (Ulvac Technologies) measurement system, but the methods apply to any measurement system. The analysis accounts for sources of systematic error including sample preparation tolerance, measurement probe placement, thermocouple cold-finger effect, and measurement parameters; in addition to including uncertainty of a statistical nature. Complete uncertainty analysis of a measurement system allows for more reliable comparison of measurement data between laboratories.

  14. Laser Synthesis of Nanometric Iron Oxide Films with High Seebeck Coefficient and High Thermoelectric Figure of Merit

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    Mulenko, S. A.; Gorbachuk, N. T.; Stefan, N.

    2014-12-01

    Radiation of a KrF-laser ( λ = 248 nm) was used for the synthesis by reactive pulsed laser deposition (RPLD) of nanometric iron oxide [Fe2O3-X (0≤×≤1)] films with variable thickness, stoichiometry and electrical properties. Film deposition was carried out on <100>Si at its temperature to have being increased from 293 to 800 K. XRD analysis showed that films deposited on Si substrate had polycrystalline structure. Films demonstrated semiconductor temperature trend with variable band gap Eg about 1.0 eV or less depending on oxygen pressure, the number of laser pulses and substrate temperature. Film thickness (13-60 nm) depended on oxygen pressure, substrate temperature and number of laser pulses. The higher substrate temperature, the more crystallinity of the deposited iron oxides' films was resulting in increasing of thermo electromotive force coefficient (Seebeck coefficient, S). It was found out the optimum oxygen pressure in the reactor, substrate temperature and film thickness when the S coefficient was high as 12-4 mV/K in the range 240-330 K. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) was high as 1-6 in the range 280-330 K. This makes nanometric Fe2O3-X films, synthesized by UV photons using RPLD method, an exceptionally strong candidate for effective thermo sensors and thermo converters operating at moderate temperature.

  15. Profiling the Local Seebeck Coefficient of InAs-GaAs Quantum Dots Using Scanning Thermoelectric Microscopy

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    Lin, Yen-Hsiang; Walrath, Jenna; Huang, Simon; Goldman, Rachel

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices offer a method of recovering waste heat through solid state conversion of heat to electricity. However, the typical efficiencies of TE devices are 5-10% which constitutes a barrier to wide spread use. There have recently been a number of reports of an increase in the bulk thermopower due to nanostructuring. In addition to our recent report of enhanced thermopower for GaAs embedded with indium nanocrystals, a theoretical study by Mahan and Sofo suggested that the best thermoelectric materials have a delta function density of states. Quantum dots fit ideally into such a picture. To date, the influence of nanostructuring on the electronic LDOS and thermopower has been studied using spatially averaged measurements; a nanoscale investigation of the effects of nanostructures on thermopower has yet to be presented. To investigate the link between dimensionality and TE properties, we are examining structures ranging from QDs to bulk-like layers, comparing SThEM measurements of the local Seebeck coefficient, S, with STS measurements of the local density of states (LDOS). STM, STS, and SThEM performed on InAs quantum dots (QDs) grown on GaAs. SThEM reveals enhanced S-values near the QD edge; STS reveals band-bending at the QD/GaAs interface, suggesting that the S enhancement is due to interfacial charge accumulation.

  16. A computer-controlled apparatus for Seebeck inhomogeneity testing of sheathed thermocouples

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    Burkett, Cecil G., Jr.; Bauserman, Willard A., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Mineral-insulated metal-sheathed (MIMS) thermocouple assemblies are used throughout industry and research facilities as a method of temperature measurement where requirements for either harsh environmental conditions exist, or where rigidity of the measurement probe is required. Seebeck inhomogeneity is the abnormal variation of the Seebeck coefficient from point to point in a material. It is not disclosed in conventional calibration. A standardized method of measuring thermoelectric inhomogeneity along the thermocouple probe length is not available. Therefore, calibration for sheathed probes normally does not include testing of probe inhomogeneity. The measurement accuracy would be severely impacted if significant inhomogeneity and a temperature gradient were present in the same region of the probe. A computer-controlled system for determining inhomogeneities was designed, fabricated, and tested. This system provides an accurate method for the identification of the location of inhomogeneity along the length of a sheathed thermocouple and for the quantification of the inhomogeneity. This paper will discuss the apparatus and procedure used to perform these tests and will present data showing tests performed on sheathed thermocouple probes.

  17. Determining a hopping polaron's bandwidth from its Seebeck coefficient: Measuring the disorder energy of a non-crystalline semiconductor

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    Emin, David

    2016-01-01

    Charge carriers that execute multi-phonon hopping generally interact strongly enough with phonons to form polarons. A polaron's sluggish motion is linked to slowly shifting atomic displacements that severely reduce the intrinsic width of its transport band. Here a means to estimate hopping polarons' bandwidths from Seebeck-coefficient measurements is described. The magnitudes of semiconductors' Seebeck coefficients are usually quite large (>k/|q| = 86 μV/K) near room temperature. However, in accord with the third law of thermodynamics, Seebeck coefficients must vanish at absolute zero. Here, the transition of the Seebeck coefficient of hopping polarons to its low-temperature regime is investigated. The temperature and sharpness of this transition depend on the concentration of carriers and on the width of their transport band. This feature provides a means of estimating the width of a polaron's transport band. Since the intrinsic broadening of polaron bands is very small, less than the characteristic phonon energy, the net widths of polaron transport bands in disordered semiconductors approach the energetic disorder experienced by their hopping carriers, their disorder energy.

  18. Thermal Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficients of Icosahedral Boron Arsenide Films on Silicon Carbide

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    Y Gong; Y Zhang; M Dudley; Y Zhang; J Edgar; P Heard; M Kuball

    2011-12-31

    The thermal conductivity of icosahedral boron arsenide (B{sub 12}As{sub 2}) films grown on (0001) 6H-SiC substrates by chemical vapor deposition was studied by the 3{omega} technique. The room temperature thermal conductivity decreased from 27.0 to 15.3 W/m K as the growth temperature was decreased from 1450 to 1275 C. This is mainly attributed to the differences in the impurity concentration and microstructure, determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Callaway's theory was applied to calculate the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity, and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data. Seebeck coefficients were determined as 107 {micro}V/K and 136 {micro}V/K for samples grown at 1350 C with AsH{sub 3}/B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow ratio equals to 1:1 and 3:5, respectively.

  19. Record Seebeck coefficient and extremely low thermal conductivity in nanostructured SnSe

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    Serrano-Sánchez, F.; Gharsallah, M.; Nemes, N. M.; Mompean, F. J.; Martínez, J. L.; Alonso, J. A.

    2015-02-01

    SnSe has been prepared by arc-melting, as mechanically robust pellets, consisting of highly oriented polycrystals. This material has been characterized by neutron powder diffraction (NPD), scanning electron microscopy, and transport measurements. A microscopic analysis from NPD data demonstrates a quite perfect stoichiometry SnSe0.98(2) and a fair amount of anharmonicity of the chemical bonds. The Seebeck coefficient reaches a record maximum value of 668 μV K-1 at 380 K; simultaneously, this highly oriented sample exhibits an extremely low thermal conductivity lower than 0.1 W m-1 K-1 around room temperature, which are two of the main ingredients of good thermoelectric materials. These excellent features exceed the reported values for this semiconducting compound in single crystalline form in the moderate-temperatures region and highlight its possibilities as a potential thermoelectric material.

  20. Record Seebeck coefficient and extremely low thermal conductivity in nanostructured SnSe

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    Serrano-Sánchez, F.; Gharsallah, M.; Nemes, N. M.; Mompean, F. J.; Martínez, J. L.; Alonso, J. A.

    2015-02-23

    SnSe has been prepared by arc-melting, as mechanically robust pellets, consisting of highly oriented polycrystals. This material has been characterized by neutron powder diffraction (NPD), scanning electron microscopy, and transport measurements. A microscopic analysis from NPD data demonstrates a quite perfect stoichiometry SnSe{sub 0.98(2)} and a fair amount of anharmonicity of the chemical bonds. The Seebeck coefficient reaches a record maximum value of 668 μV K{sup −1} at 380 K; simultaneously, this highly oriented sample exhibits an extremely low thermal conductivity lower than 0.1 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1} around room temperature, which are two of the main ingredients of good thermoelectric materials. These excellent features exceed the reported values for this semiconducting compound in single crystalline form in the moderate-temperatures region and highlight its possibilities as a potential thermoelectric material.

  1. A sintered nanoparticle p-n junction observed by a Seebeck microscan

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    Becker, A.; Schierning, G.; Theissmann, R.; Meseth, M.; Benson, N.; Schmechel, R.; Schwesig, D.; Petermann, N.; Wiggers, H.; Ziolkowski, P.

    2012-03-01

    A nanoparticular p-n junction was realized by a field-assisted sintering process, using p-type and n-type doped silicon nanoparticles. A spatially resolved Seebeck microscan showed a broad transition from the positively doped to the negatively doped range. Overshoots on both sides are characteristic for the transition. Despite the tip size being much larger than the mean particle size, information about the dopant distribution between the particles is deduced from modeling the measured data under different assumptions, including the limited spatial resolution of the tip. The best match between measured and modeled data is achieved by the idea of doping compensation, due to the sintering process. Due to a short time at high temperature during the field-assisted sintering process, solid state diffusion is too slow to be solely responsible for the observed compensation of donors and acceptors over a wide range. Therefore, these measurements support a densification mechanism based on (partial) melting and recrystallization.

  2. Giant Seebeck coefficient thermoelectric device of MnO2 powder.

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    Song, FangFang; Wu, Liming; Liang, S

    2012-03-01

    We report a giant Seebeck coefficient (S) thermoelectric (TE) material-MnO(2) powder-and the design of a practical MnO(2) TE generator to light up a regular light emitting diode (LED). The S of MnO(2) powder was measured to be higher than 20,000 μV K(-1), which is about 100 times higher than the state-of-the-art of Bi(2)Te(3), one of the best TE materials. The giant S is very possibly closely related to the surface density of the electronic state (DOS), the Fermi energy level. The very high S and therefore high power factor is technologically important for transient TE cooling. PMID:22293218

  3. Thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficients of icosahedral boron arsenide films on silicon carbide

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    Gong, Y.; Kuball, M.; Zhang, Y.; Dudley, M.; Zhang, Y.; Edgar, J. H.; Heard, P. J.

    2010-10-15

    The thermal conductivity of icosahedral boron arsenide (B{sub 12}As{sub 2}) films grown on (0001) 6H-SiC substrates by chemical vapor deposition was studied by the 3{omega} technique. The room temperature thermal conductivity decreased from 27.0 to 15.3 W/m K as the growth temperature was decreased from 1450 to 1275 deg. C. This is mainly attributed to the differences in the impurity concentration and microstructure, determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Callaway's theory was applied to calculate the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity, and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data. Seebeck coefficients were determined as 107 {mu}V/K and 136 {mu}V/K for samples grown at 1350 deg. C with AsH{sub 3}/B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow ratio equals to 1:1 and 3:5, respectively.

  4. Seebeck Coefficient Measurements on Micron-Size Single-Crystal Zinc Germanium Nitride Rods

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    Dyck, J. S.; Colvin, J. R.; Quayle, P. C.; Peshek, T. J.; Kash, K.

    2016-01-01

    II-IV-nitride compounds are tetrahedrally bonded, heterovalent ternary semiconductors that have recently garnered attention for their potential technological applications. These materials are derived from the parent III-nitride compounds; ZnGeN2 is the II-IV-nitride analogue to the III-nitride GaN. Very little is known about the transport properties of ZnGeN2. In this work, we present Seebeck coefficient (S) data on 3-micron-diameter, 70-micron-long, single-crystal ZnGeN2 rods, employing a novel measurement approach. The measurements of S show that the majority free carriers are electrons, and imply that the carrier gas is degenerate. Within a single-band model for the conduction band, a carrier concentration of order 1019 cm-3 was estimated for a measured S = -90 μV/K. Together with electrical transport measurements, a lower limit for the electron mobility is estimated to be ˜20 cm2/V-s. A discussion of this material as a thermoelectric is presented. The background level of free electrons in this unintentionally doped ZnGeN2 is very near the predicted optimum value for maximum thermoelectric performance.

  5. The Seebeck Coefficient in Oxygen Enriched La2NiO4

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    Bach, Paul; Leboran, Victor; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2013-03-01

    Oxide-based devices show promise for themoelectric applications due to their chemical stability and straightforward fabrication. The La2NiO4+δ system has been predicted to show an increased thermopower coupled with an increased electrical conductivity around δ = 0 . 05 [Pardo et al. PRB 86, 165114 (2012)] that could lead to a large thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT). We investigate the suitability of lanthanum nickelate as a candidate material for high-ZT devices through a systematic study of oxygenated thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. We report the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and structural morphology of La2NiO4 grown in a range of oxidizing atmospheres and discuss their implications for controlled engineering of thermoelectric properties. We have explored the possibility of gate-tuning these systems in order to fabricate single-oxide based devices. This work was supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain), grant MAT2010-16157, and the European Research Council, grant ERC-2010-StG 259082 2D THERMS.

  6. Vacancy filling effect in thermoelectric NbO.

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    Music, Denis; Geyer, Richard W; Bliem, Pascal; Hans, Marcus; Primetzhofer, Daniel

    2015-03-25

    Using density functional theory, we have systematically explored the 1a and 1b vacancy filling in NbO (space group Pm-3m) with Nb and N, respectively, to design compounds with large Seebeck coefficients. The most dominating effect was identified for filling of 1b Wyckoff sites with N giving rise to a fivefold increase in the Seebeck coefficient. This may be understood based on the electronic structure. Nb d-nonmetal p hybridization induces quantum confinement and hence enables the enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. This was validated by measuring the Seebeck coefficient of reactively sputtered thin films. At 800 °C these electrically conductive oxynitrides exhibit the Seebeck coefficient of -70 µV K(-1), which is the largest absolute value ever reported for these compounds. PMID:25730353

  7. Thermoelectricity at the molecular scale: a large Seebeck effect in endohedral metallofullerenes

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    Lee, See Kei; Buerkle, Marius; Yamada, Ryo; Asai, Yoshihiro; Tada, Hirokazu

    2015-12-01

    Single molecule devices provide a unique system to study the thermoelectric energy conversion at an atomistic level and can provide valuable information for the design of organic thermoelectric materials. Here we present a comprehensive study of the thermoelectric transport properties of molecular junctions based on C82, Gd@C82, and Ce@C82. We combine precise scanning tunneling microscope break-junction measurements of the thermopower and conductance with quantitatively accurate self-energy-corrected first-principles transport calculations. We find that all three fullerene derivatives give rise to a negative thermopower (n-conducting). The absolute value, however, is much larger for the Gd@C82 and Ce@C82 junctions. The conductance, on the other hand, remains comparable for all three systems. The power factor determined for the Gd@C82 based junction is so far the highest obtained for a single-molecule device. Although the encapsulated metal atom does not directly contribute to the transport, we show that the observed enhancement of the thermopower for Gd@C82 and Ce@C82 is elucidated by the substantial changes in the electronic- and geometrical structure of the fullerene molecule induced by the encapsulated metal atom.Single molecule devices provide a unique system to study the thermoelectric energy conversion at an atomistic level and can provide valuable information for the design of organic thermoelectric materials. Here we present a comprehensive study of the thermoelectric transport properties of molecular junctions based on C82, Gd@C82, and Ce@C82. We combine precise scanning tunneling microscope break-junction measurements of the thermopower and conductance with quantitatively accurate self-energy-corrected first-principles transport calculations. We find that all three fullerene derivatives give rise to a negative thermopower (n-conducting). The absolute value, however, is much larger for the Gd@C82 and Ce@C82 junctions. The conductance, on the other hand, remains comparable for all three systems. The power factor determined for the Gd@C82 based junction is so far the highest obtained for a single-molecule device. Although the encapsulated metal atom does not directly contribute to the transport, we show that the observed enhancement of the thermopower for Gd@C82 and Ce@C82 is elucidated by the substantial changes in the electronic- and geometrical structure of the fullerene molecule induced by the encapsulated metal atom. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05394c

  8. Thermoelectricity at the molecular scale: a large Seebeck effect in endohedral metallofullerenes.

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    Lee, See Kei; Buerkle, Marius; Yamada, Ryo; Asai, Yoshihiro; Tada, Hirokazu

    2015-12-28

    Single molecule devices provide a unique system to study the thermoelectric energy conversion at an atomistic level and can provide valuable information for the design of organic thermoelectric materials. Here we present a comprehensive study of the thermoelectric transport properties of molecular junctions based on C(82), Gd@C(82), and Ce@C(82). We combine precise scanning tunneling microscope break-junction measurements of the thermopower and conductance with quantitatively accurate self-energy-corrected first-principles transport calculations. We find that all three fullerene derivatives give rise to a negative thermopower (n-conducting). The absolute value, however, is much larger for the Gd@C(82) and Ce@C(82) junctions. The conductance, on the other hand, remains comparable for all three systems. The power factor determined for the Gd@C(82) based junction is so far the highest obtained for a single-molecule device. Although the encapsulated metal atom does not directly contribute to the transport, we show that the observed enhancement of the thermopower for Gd@C(82) and Ce@C(82) is elucidated by the substantial changes in the electronic- and geometrical structure of the fullerene molecule induced by the encapsulated metal atom. PMID:26583505

  9. Thermal conductivities, electrical resistivities, and Seebeck coefficients of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductors from 80 to 300 K

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    Yarbrough, D. W.; Williams, R. K.; Shockley, D. R.

    Thermal conductivities, electrical resistivities, and Seebeck coefficients of three polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O(7-x) specimens have been measured over the temperature range 80 to 300 K in a longitudinal-heat-flow apparatus. Smoothed values for thermal conductivity, and electrical resistivity have been obtained for temperatures above the superconducting transition temperature of 90 K. The thermal conductivity values decreased as the temperature was increased, a trend which is inconsistent with the results of some other investigators. The thermal conductivities were less than previously published values and it is suggested that these differences are due to radiative heat loss in the published values. This effect is especially important for linear heat flow measurements on low thermal conductivity materials. The electrical and thermal conductivities of the specimens varied with Ba content and this variation was used to separate the thermal conductivity into lattice and electronic components are significant. The phonon component exhibits the expected temperature variation and an analysis indicates that the electron-phonon interaction is unusually strong.

  10. Band gap estimation from temperature dependent Seebeck measurement—Deviations from the 2e|S|{sub max}T{sub max} relation

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    Gibbs, Zachary M.; Kim, Hyun-Sik; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2015-01-12

    In characterizing thermoelectric materials, electrical and thermal transport measurements are often used to estimate electronic band structure properties such as the effective mass and band gap. The Goldsmid-Sharp band gap, E{sub g} = 2e|S|{sub max}T{sub max}, is a tool widely employed to estimate the band gap from temperature dependent Seebeck coefficient measurements. However, significant deviations of more than a factor of two are now known to occur. We find that this is when either the majority-to-minority weighted mobility ratio (A) becomes very different from 1.0 or as the band gap (E{sub g}) becomes significantly smaller than 10 k{sub B}T. For narrow gaps (E{sub g} ≲ 6 k{sub B}T), the Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics applied by Goldsmid-Sharp break down and Fermi-Dirac statistics are required. We generate a chart that can be used to quickly estimate the expected correction to the Goldsmid-Sharp band gap depending on A and S{sub max}; however, additional errors can occur for S < 150 μV/K due to degenerate behavior.

  11. Nernst and Seebeck coefficients of the cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.67: a study of Fermi surface reconstruction.

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    Chang, J; Daou, R; Proust, Cyril; Leboeuf, David; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Laliberté, Francis; Pingault, B; Ramshaw, B J; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Takagi, H; Antunes, A B; Sheikin, I; Behnia, K; Taillefer, Louis

    2010-02-01

    The Seebeck and Nernst coefficients S and nu of the cuprate superconductor YBa{2}Cu{3}O{y} (YBCO) were measured in a single crystal with doping p=0.12 in magnetic fields up to H=28 T. Down to T=9 K, nu becomes independent of field by H approximately 30 T, showing that superconducting fluctuations have become negligible. In this field-induced normal state, S/T and nu/T are both large and negative in the T-->0 limit, with the magnitude and sign of S/T consistent with the small electronlike Fermi surface pocket detected previously by quantum oscillations and the Hall effect. The change of sign in S(T) at T approximately 50 K is remarkably similar to that observed in La2-xBaxCuO4, La{2-x-y}Nd{y}Sr_{x}CuO{4}, and La{2-x-y}Eu{y}Sr{x}CuO{4}, where it is clearly associated with the onset of stripe order. We propose that a similar density-wave mechanism causes the Fermi surface reconstruction in YBCO. PMID:20366789

  12. High temperature setup for measurements of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of thin films using inductive heating.

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    Adnane, L; Williams, N; Silva, H; Gokirmak, A

    2015-10-01

    We have developed an automated setup for simultaneous measurement of Seebeck coefficient S(T) and electrical resistivity ρ(T) of thin film samples from room temperature to ∼650 °C. S and ρ are extracted from current-voltage (I-V) measurements obtained using a semiconductor parameter analyzer and temperature measurements obtained using commercial thermocouples. The slope and the x-axis intercept of the I-V characteristics represent the sample conductance G and the Seebeck voltage, respectively. The measured G(T) can be scaled to ρ(T) by the geometry factor obtained from the room temperature resistivity measurement of the film. The setup uses resistive or inductive heating to control the temperature and temperature gradient on the sample. Inductive heating is achieved with steel plates that surround the test area and a water cooled copper pipe coil underneath that generates an AC magnetic field. The measurements can be performed using resistive heating only or inductive heating only, or a combination of both depending on the desired heating ranges. Inductive heating provides a more uniform heating of the test area, does not require contacts to the sample holder, can be used up to the Curie temperature of the particular magnetic material, and the temperature gradients can be adjusted by the relative positions of the coil and sample. Example results obtained for low doped single-crystal silicon with inductive heating only and with resistive heating only are presented. PMID:26520996

  13. High temperature setup for measurements of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of thin films using inductive heating

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    Adnane, L.; Williams, N.; Silva, H.; Gokirmak, A.

    2015-10-01

    We have developed an automated setup for simultaneous measurement of Seebeck coefficient S(T) and electrical resistivity ρ(T) of thin film samples from room temperature to ˜650 °C. S and ρ are extracted from current-voltage (I-V) measurements obtained using a semiconductor parameter analyzer and temperature measurements obtained using commercial thermocouples. The slope and the x-axis intercept of the I-V characteristics represent the sample conductance G and the Seebeck voltage, respectively. The measured G(T) can be scaled to ρ(T) by the geometry factor obtained from the room temperature resistivity measurement of the film. The setup uses resistive or inductive heating to control the temperature and temperature gradient on the sample. Inductive heating is achieved with steel plates that surround the test area and a water cooled copper pipe coil underneath that generates an AC magnetic field. The measurements can be performed using resistive heating only or inductive heating only, or a combination of both depending on the desired heating ranges. Inductive heating provides a more uniform heating of the test area, does not require contacts to the sample holder, can be used up to the Curie temperature of the particular magnetic material, and the temperature gradients can be adjusted by the relative positions of the coil and sample. Example results obtained for low doped single-crystal silicon with inductive heating only and with resistive heating only are presented.

  14. Reliable measurement of the Seebeck coefficient of organic and inorganic materials between 260 K and 460 K

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    Beretta, D.; Lanzani, G.; Bruno, P.; Caironi, M.

    2015-07-15

    A new experimental setup for reliable measurement of the in-plane Seebeck coefficient of organic and inorganic thin films and bulk materials is reported. The system is based on the “Quasi-Static” approach and can measure the thermopower in the range of temperature between 260 K and 460 K. The system has been tested on a pure nickel bulk sample and on a thin film of commercially available PEDOT:PSS deposited by spin coating on glass. Repeatability within 1.5% for the nickel sample is demonstrated, while accuracy in the measurement of both organic and inorganic samples is guaranteed by time interpolation of data and by operating with a temperature difference over the sample of less than 1 K.

  15. Electronic-structure origin of the anisotropic thermopower of nanolaminated Ti3SiC2 determined by polarized x-ray spectroscopy and Seebeck measurements

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    Magnuson, Martin; Mattesini, Maurizio; Nong, Ngo Van; Eklund, Per; Hultman, Lars

    2012-05-01

    Nanolaminated materials exhibit characteristic magnetic, mechanical, and thermoelectric properties, with large contemporary scientific and technological interest. Here we report on the anisotropic Seebeck coefficient in nanolaminated Ti3SiC2 single-crystal thin films and trace the origin to anisotropies in element-specific electronic states. In bulk polycrystalline form, Ti3SiC2 has a virtually zero Seebeck coefficient over a wide temperature range. In contrast, we find that the in-plane (basal ab) Seebeck coefficient of Ti3SiC2, measured on single-crystal films, has a substantial and positive value of 4-6 ?V/K. Employing a combination of polarized angle-dependent x-ray spectroscopy and density functional theory we directly show electronic structure anisotropy in inherently nanolaminated Ti3SiC2 single-crystal thin films as a model system. The density of Ti 3d and C 2p states at the Fermi level in the basal ab plane is about 40% higher than along the c axis. The Seebeck coefficient is related to electron and hole-like bands close to the Fermi level, but in contrast to ground state density functional theory modeling, the electronic structure is also influenced by phonons that need to be taken into account. Positive contribution to the Seebeck coefficient of the element-specific electronic occupations in the basal plane is compensated by 73% enhanced Si 3d electronic states across the laminate plane that give rise to a negative Seebeck coefficient in that direction. Strong phonon vibration modes with three to four times higher frequency along the c axis than along the basal ab plane also influence the electronic population and the measured spectra by the asymmetric average displacements of the Si atoms. These results constitute experimental evidence explaining why the average Seebeck coefficient of Ti3SiC2 in polycrystals is negligible over a wide temperature range. This allows the origin of anisotropy in physical properties of nanolaminated materials to be traced to anisotropies in element-specific electronic states.

  16. Effets Seebeck et Nernst dans les cuprates: Etude de la reconstruction de la surface de Fermi sous champ magnetique intense

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    Laliberte, Francis

    2010-06-01

    Ce memoire presente des mesures de transport thermoelectrique, les effets Seebeck et Nernst, dans une serie d'echantillons de supraconducteurs a haute temperature critique. Des resultats obtenus recemment au Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Intenses a Grenoble sur La1.7Eu0.2Sr0.1 CuO4, La1.675Eu0.2Sr0.125CuO 4, La1.64Eu0.2Sr0.16CuO4, La1.74Eu0.1Sr0.16CuO4 et La 1.4Nd0.4Sr0.2CuO4 sont analyses. Une attention particuliere est accordee aux equations de la theorie semi-classique du transport et leur validite est verifiee. La procedure experimentale et les materiaux utilises pour concevoir les montages de mesures sont expliques en detail. Enfin, un chapitre est dedie a l'explication et l'interpretation des resultats de transport thermoelectrique sur YBa2Cu3O6+delta publies au cours de l'hiver 2010 dans les revues Nature et Physical Review Letters. Les donnees d'effet Seebeck dans les echantillons de La 1.8-x,Eu0.2SrxCuO 4, ou un changement de signe est observe, permettent de conclure a la presence d'une poche d'electrons dans la surface de Fermi qui domine le transport a basse temperature dans la region sous-dopee du diagramme de phase. Cette conclusion est similaire a celle obtenue par des mesures d'effet Hall dans YBa 2Cu3O6+delta et elle cadre bien dans un scenario de reconstruction de la surface de Fermi. Les donnees d'effet Nernst recueillies indiquent que la contribution des fluctuations supraconductrices est limitee a un modeste intervalle de temperature au-dessus de la temperature critique.

  17. Observations of Co4+ in a Higher Spin State and the Increase in the Seebeck Coefficient of Thermoelectric Ca3Co4O9

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    Klie, Robert F; Qiao, Q.; Paulauskas, T.; Gulec, A.; Rebola, A.; Ogut, Serdar; Prange, Micah P; Idrobo Tapia, Juan C; Pantelides, Sokrates T.; Kolesnik, S.; Dabrowski, B.; Ozdemir, M.; Boyraz, C.; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Gupta, Dr. Arunava

    2012-01-01

    Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} has a unique structure that leads to exceptionally high thermoelectric transport. Here we report the achievement of a 27% increase in the room-temperature in-plane Seebeck coefficient of Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin films. We combine aberration-corrected Z-contrast imaging, atomic-column resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and density-functional calculations to show that the increase is caused by stacking faults with Co4+-ions in a higher spin state compared to that of bulk Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9}. The higher Seebeck coefficient makes the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} system suitable for many high temperature waste-heat-recovery applications.

  18. Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity

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    Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D; Bottner, Harold; Konig, Jan; Chen, Lidong; Bai, Shengqiang; Tritt, Terry M.; Mayolett, Alex; Senawiratne, Jayantha; Smith, Charlene; Harris, Fred; Gilbert, Partricia; Sharp, Jeff; Lo, Jason; Keinke, Holger; Kiss, Laszlo I.

    2013-01-01

    Recent research and development of high temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential of converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The figure-of-merit, ZT, still needs to improve from the current value of 1.0 - 1.5 to above 2 to be competitive to other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as an important area for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the implementing agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is Part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main focuses in Part I are on two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

  19. Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics—An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity

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    Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D.; Böttner, Harald; König, Jan; Chen, Lidong; Bai, Shengqiang; Tritt, Terry M.; Mayolet, Alex; Senawiratne, Jayantha; Smith, Charlene; Harris, Fred; Gilbert, Patricia; Sharp, Jeff W.; Lo, Jason; Kleinke, Holger; Kiss, Laszlo

    2013-04-01

    Recent research and development of high-temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential for converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air-conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, still needs to be improved from the current value of 1.0 to 1.5 to above 2.0 to be competitive with other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods, and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as a key component for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the Implementing Agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main foci in part I are the measurement of two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

  20. Hall and Seebeck measurements estimate the thickness of a (buried) carrier system: Identifying interface electrons in In-doped SnO2 films

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    Papadogianni, Alexandra; White, Mark E.; Speck, James S.; Galazka, Zbigniew; Bierwagen, Oliver

    2015-12-01

    We propose a simple method based on the combination of Hall and Seebeck measurements to estimate the thickness of a carrier system within a semiconductor film. As an example, this method can distinguish "bulk" carriers, with homogeneous depth distribution, from "sheet" carriers, that are accumulated within a thin layer. The thickness of the carrier system is calculated as the ratio of the integral sheet carrier concentration, extracted from Hall measurements, to the volume carrier concentration, derived from the measured Seebeck coefficient of the same sample. For rutile SnO2, the necessary relation of Seebeck coefficient to volume electron concentration in the range of 3 × 1017 to 3 × 1020 cm-3 has been experimentally obtained from a set of single crystalline thin films doped with varying Sb-doping concentrations and unintentionally doped bulk samples, and is given as a "calibration curve." Using this calibration curve, our method demonstrates the presence of interface electrons in homogeneously deep-acceptor (In) doped SnO2 films on sapphire substrates.

  1. Colossal enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient in FeSb2 driven by nearly ballistic phonons

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    Takahashi, Hidefumi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    An unusually large S of - 45 mV/K (at 10 K) was discovered in FeSb2 single crystal, which prompted extensive investigations into its physical origin [A. Bentien et al ., EPL 80, 17008 (2007).] This compound has a small energy gap Δ ~ 5 meV, which may be caused by strong correlations of Fe 3d-electrons, as observed with Kondo insulators, and the colossally large S may be attributed to this unique band structure near the Fermi energy. However, the exceptional value of S has not been clearly explained by electron correlations, suggesting an additional contribution such as the non-equilibrium phonon-drag effect [H. Takahashi et al ., JPSJ 80, 054708 (2011)., H. Takahashi et al ., PRB 84, 205215 (2011)., and H. Takahashi et al ., PRB 88, 165205 (2013).]. Here, we report on the direct investigation of this effect by measuring the transport properties of three samples with cross sections ranging from 250 × 245 μm2 to 80 × 160 μm2. S and κ show a significant size effect, indicating that nearly ballistic phonons, which have a long mean free path relative to the sample dimensions, are responsible for the colossal S.

  2. Thin film thermoelectric metal-organic framework with high Seebeck coefficient and low thermal conductivity (Presentation Recording)

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    Erickson, Kristopher J.; Leonard, Francois; Stavila, Vitalie N.; Foster, Michael E.; Spataru, Catalin D.; Jones, Reese; Foley, Brian; Hopkins, Patrick; Allendorf, Mark D.; Talin, A. Alec

    2015-08-01

    Inorganic, low bandgap semiconductors such as Bi2Te3 have adequate efficiency for some thermoelectric energy conversion applications, but have not been more widely adopted because they are difficult to deposit over complex and/or high surface area structures, are not eco-friendly, and are too expensive. As an alternative, conducting polymers have recently attracted much attention for thermoelectric applications motivated by their low material cost, ease of processability, non-toxicity, and low thermal conductivity. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are extended, crystalline compounds consisting of metal ions interconnected by organic ligands, share many of the advantages of all-organic polymers including solution processability and low thermal conductivity. Additionally, MOFs and Guest@MOF materials offer higher thermal stability (up to ~300 °C in some cases) and have long-range crystalline order which should improve charge mobility. A potential advantage of MOFs and Guest@MOF materials over all-organic polymers is the opportunity for tuning the electronic structure through appropriate choice of metal and ligand, which could solve the long-standing challenge of finding stable, high ZT n-type organic semiconductors. In our presentation, we report on thermoelectric measurements of electrically conducting TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2 thin films deposited using a room-temperature, solution-based method, which reveal a large, positive Seebeck coefficient. Furthermore, we use time-dependent thermoreflectance (TDTR) to measure the thermal conductivity of the films, which is found to have a low value due to the presence of disorder, as suggested by molecular dynamics simulations. In addition to establishing the thermoelectric figure of merit, the thermoelectric measurements reveal for the first time that holes are the majority carriers in TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2.

  3. Size effects on thermoelectric behavior of ultrathin Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} films

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    Brinks, Peter; Rijnders, Guus; Huijben, Mark

    2014-11-10

    Size effects in thermoelectric Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} thin films are studied, focusing on the electrical resisitivity and Seebeck coefficient. For very thin films below 10 nm, we have observed an increase in resistivity, which is in agreement with theoretical models. In contrast to a predicted simultaneous suppression of the Seebeck coefficient for ultrathin films, we observe a constant Seebeck coefficient as a function of layer thickness due to changes in the structural properties as well as the presence of strong electron correlations. This preserved high Seebeck coefficient opens up new directions for Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} ultrathin films as basic building blocks in thermoelectric superlattices with enhanced phonon scattering.

  4. Apparatus for the measurement of electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity of thermoelectric materials between 300 K and 12 K

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    Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a custom apparatus for the consecutive measurement of the electrical resistivity, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermal conductivity of materials between 300 K and 12 K. These three transport properties provide for a basic understanding of the thermal and electrical properties of materials. They are of fundamental importance in identifying and optimizing new materials for thermoelectric applications. Thermoelectric applications include waste heat recovery for automobile engines and industrial power generators, solid-state refrigeration, and remote power generation for sensors and space probes. The electrical resistivity is measured using a four-probe bipolar technique, the Seebeck coefficient is measured using the quasi-steady-state condition of the differential method in a 2-probe arrangement, and the thermal conductivity is measured using a longitudinal, multiple gradient steady-state technique. We describe the instrumentation and the measurement uncertainty associated with each transport property, each of which is presented with representative measurement comparisons using round robin samples and/or certified reference materials. Transport properties data from this apparatus have supported the identification, development, and phenomenological understanding of novel thermoelectric materials.

  5. Apparatus for the measurement of electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity of thermoelectric materials between 300 K and 12 K.

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    Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a custom apparatus for the consecutive measurement of the electrical resistivity, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermal conductivity of materials between 300 K and 12 K. These three transport properties provide for a basic understanding of the thermal and electrical properties of materials. They are of fundamental importance in identifying and optimizing new materials for thermoelectric applications. Thermoelectric applications include waste heat recovery for automobile engines and industrial power generators, solid-state refrigeration, and remote power generation for sensors and space probes. The electrical resistivity is measured using a four-probe bipolar technique, the Seebeck coefficient is measured using the quasi-steady-state condition of the differential method in a 2-probe arrangement, and the thermal conductivity is measured using a longitudinal, multiple gradient steady-state technique. We describe the instrumentation and the measurement uncertainty associated with each transport property, each of which is presented with representative measurement comparisons using round robin samples and/or certified reference materials. Transport properties data from this apparatus have supported the identification, development, and phenomenological understanding of novel thermoelectric materials. PMID:26827351

  6. Dependence of transverse magnetothermoelectric effects on inhomogeneous magnetic fields

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    Shestakov, A. S.; Schmid, M.; Meier, D.; Kuschel, T.; Back, C. H.

    2015-12-01

    Transverse magnetothermoelectric effects are studied in permalloy thin films grown on MgO substrates. We find that small parasitic magnetic fields below 1 Oe can produce artifacts of the order of 1 % of the amplitude of the anisotropic magnetothermopower which is also detected in the experiments. The measured artifacts reveal a new source of uncertainties for the detection of the transverse spin Seebeck effect in conductive ferromagnets. Taking these results into account we conclude that the contribution of the transverse spin Seebeck effect in our permalloy-Pt devices to the detected voltages is below the noise level of 20 nV.

  7. Multi-band analysis of temperature-dependent transport coefficients (conductivity, Hall, Seebeck, and Nernst) of Ni-doped CoSb3

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    Kajikawa, Y.

    2016-02-01

    The experimental data on the temperature dependence of the four transport coefficients, i.e., the electrical conductivity (σ), Hall coefficient (RH), Seebeck coefficient (S), and Nernst coefficient (Q), of n-type Co0.999Ni0.001Sb3 reported by Sun et al. [Nat. Commun. 6, 7475 (2015)] have been analyzed in a multi-band model, especially focusing on the low temperature data. The multi-band model includes not only the lowest valley of the conduction band at the Γ point but also satellite valleys at the second minima together with an impurity band. The lowest valley at the Γ point is assumed to split into the c1 band and the spin-orbit split-off (so) band. For the analysis, the general expression of the Nernst coefficient in the multi-band model is derived. At such low temperatures that the other bands than the c1 and the impurity band can be neglected, this expression is shown to be approximated as the sum of three terms: the intrinsic terms due to the Nernst coefficients in the two bands themselves and a cross term proportional to the difference of Seebeck coefficients between the two bands. As a result of the analysis, it is proved that the anomalous positive peak of S(T) observed around T = 20 K as well as the sharp rise of the Hall mobility observed from 15 K to 40 K are due to the transition from hopping conduction in the impurity band to conduction in the c1 band. On the other hand, the pronounced peak of Q(T) observed slightly below 40 K is proved to be due to the cross term between the impurity band and the c1 band. In addition, a shoulder of Q(T) appeared around T = 80 K lends clear evidence of the existence of the so band, while the increase in both of σ(T) and | S ( T ) | above 150 K suggests the existence of the satellite valleys.

  8. Control of thermal gradient using thermoelectric coolers for study of thermal effects

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    Zhang, J.; Gifford, J. A.; Zhao, G. J.; Kim, D. R.; Snider, C. N.; Vargas, N.; Chen, T. Y.

    2015-05-01

    Thermoelectric coolers based on the Peltier effect have been utilized to control temperature gradient to study thermal effects in both bulk and thin film samples. The temperature gradient is controlled by two coolers and the polarity of the thermal gradient can be reversed by reversing an electric driven voltage. With appropriate controlled thermal gradient using this technique, the Nernst and the Seebeck effects can be measured in both bulk and thin film samples free of spurious contributions. In an arbitrary direction of thermal gradient, the Seebeck and the Nernst components can be decomposed from the measured signal based on the symmetry of the effects in a magnetic field.

  9. Ratchet effects in graphene and quantum wells with lateral superlattice

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    Golub, L. E.; Nalitov, A. V.; Ivchenko, E. L.; Olbrich, P.; Kamann, J.; Eroms, J.; Weiss, D.; Ganichev, S. D.

    2013-12-04

    Theoretical and experimental studies on the ratchet effects in graphene and in quantum wells with a lateral superlattice excited by alternating electric fields of terahertz frequency range are presented. We discuss the Seebeck ratchet effect and helicity driven photocurrents and show that the photocurrent generation is based on the combined action of a spatially periodic in-plane potential and a spatially modulated light.

  10. Thermoelastic-strain-induced thermoelectric effect in n-Ge

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    Musaev, A. M.

    2014-10-01

    A new physical mechanism responsible for the appearance of anomalous thermo-emf in n-Ge, the sign of which is opposite to that of the Seebeck thermo-emf, is considered. It is shown that the anomalous thermoelectric effect is related to the redistribution of charge carriers in the energy extrema of bands during thermoelastic deformation of the crystal.

  11. Magnon-driven longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in F | N and N | F | N structures: Role of asymmetric in-plane magnetic anisotropy

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    Chotorlishvili, L.; Toklikishvili, Z.; Etesami, S. R.; Dugaev, V. K.; Barnaś, J.; Berakdar, J.

    2015-12-01

    The influence of an asymmetric in-plane magnetic anisotropy Kx ≠Ky on the thermally activated spin current is studied theoretically for two different systems: (i) the F | N system consisting of a ferromagnetic insulator (F) in a direct contact with a nonmagnetic metal (N) and (ii) the sandwich structure N | F | N consisting of a ferromagnetic insulating part sandwiched between two nonmagnetic metals. It is shown that when the difference between the temperatures of the two nonmagnetic metals in a N | F | N structure is not large, the spin pumping currents from the magnetic part to the nonmagnetic ones are equal in amplitude and have opposite directions, so only the spin torque current contributes to the total spin current. The spin current flows then from the nonmagnetic metal with the higher temperature to the nonmagnetic metal having a lower temperature. Its amplitude varies linearly with the difference in temperatures. In addition, we have found that if the magnetic anisotropy is in the layer plane, then the spin current increases with the magnon temperature, while in the case of an out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy the spin current decreases when the magnon temperature enhances. Enlarging the difference between the temperatures of the nonmagnetic metals, the linear response becomes important, as confirmed by analytical expressions inferred from the Fokker-Planck approach and by the results obtained upon a full numerical integration of the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation.

  12. Analysis of Residual Acceleration Effects on Transport and Segregation During Directional Solidification of Tin-Bismuth in the MEPHISTO Furnace Facility

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    Alexander J. Iwan D. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    The objective of this work is to approach the problem of determining the transport conditions (and effects of residual acceleration) during the plane-front directional solidification of a tin-bismuth alloy under low gravity conditions. The work involves using a combination of 2- and 3-D numerical models, scaling analyses, ID models and the results of ground-based and low-gravity experiments. The latter are to be conducted during the MEPHISTO experiment scheduled for USMP-3 in early 1996. The models will be used to predict the response of the transport conditions and consequent solute segregation in directionally solidifying tin-bismuth melt. Real-time Seebeck voltage variations across a Sn-Bi melt during directional solidification in MEPHISTO on USMP-1 show a distinct variation which can be correlated with thruster firings. The Seebeck voltage measurement is related to the response of the instantaneous average melt composition at the melt-solid interface. This allows a direct comparison of numerical simulations with the Seebeck signals obtained on USMP-1. The effects of such accelerations on composition for a directionally solidifying Sn-Bi alloy have been simulated numerically. USMP-1 acceleration data was used to assist in our choice of acceleration magnitude and orientation. The results show good agreement with experimental observations. The USMP-3 experiments took place earlier this year (February 22 through March 6). There were several differences between the USMP-3 experiments as compared to USMP-1. Firstly a more concentrated alloy was solidified and, secondly, Primary Reaction Control System thruster burns were requested at particular times during four separate growth runs. This allowed us to monitor the response Seebeck response under well-characterized growth conditions. In addition, we carried out simulations during the experiment in order to interpret the Seebeck signal. Preliminary results are described here.

  13. Doping effects on thermoelectric properties of the off-stoichiometric Heusler compounds Fe{sub 2−x}V{sub 1+x}Al

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    Nishino, Y. Tamada, Y.

    2014-03-28

    The thermoelectric properties of Heusler-type Fe{sub 2−x}V{sub 1+x}Al{sub 1−y}Si{sub y} and Fe{sub 2−x}V{sub 1+x−y}Ti{sub y}Al alloys have been investigated to clarify which off-stoichiometric alloy, i.e., V-rich (x > 0) or V-poor (x < 0), is more effective in enhancing the Seebeck coefficient when doped by Si and Ti, while retaining a low electrical resistivity. Large Seebeck coefficients of −182 μV/K and 110 μV/K at 300 K are obtained for n-type Fe{sub 1.95}V{sub 1.05}Al{sub 0.97}Si{sub 0.03} and p-type Fe{sub 2.04}V{sub 0.93}Ti{sub 0.03}Al, respectively. When the Seebeck coefficient is plotted as a function of valence electron concentration (VEC), the VEC dependence for the doped off-stoichiometric alloys falls on characteristic curves depending on the off-stoichiometric composition x. It is concluded that a larger Seebeck coefficient with a negative sign can be obtained for the V-rich alloys rather than the V-poor alloys, whilst good p-type materials are always derived from the V-poor alloys. Substantial enhancements in the Seebeck coefficient for the off-stoichiometric alloys could be achieved by a favorable modification in the electronic structure around the Fermi level through the antisite V or Fe defect formation.

  14. Effect of La-doping on AgSbTe2 thermoelectric compounds

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    Min, Bok-Ki; Kim, Bong-Seo; Oh, Min-Wook; Ryu, Byung-Ki; Lee, Ji-Eun; Joo, Sung-Jae; Park, Su-Dong; Lee, Hee-Woong; Lee, Ho-seong

    2016-01-01

    Ag(Sb1- x La x )Te2 compounds ( x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.05) were fabricated to study the effect of La-doping on the thermoelectric properties by using a spark-plasma-sintering process. All specimens were nearly single-phase AgSbTe2 with a small amount of Ag2Te. The La doping in AgSbTe2 resulted in a reduction in the electrical and the thermal conductivity but increased the Seebeck coefficient. A small amount of La doping increased the Seebeck coefficient because of the electron filtering effect. The maximum figure of merit was 1.50 due to the enhanced power factor and extremely low thermal conductivity.

  15. Evaluation of Temperature-Dependent Effective Material Properties and Performance of a Thermoelectric Module

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    Chien, Heng-Chieh; Chu, En-Ting; Hsieh, Huey-Lin; Huang, Jing-Yi; Wu, Sheng-Tsai; Dai, Ming-Ji; Liu, Chun-Kai; Yao, Da-Jeng

    2013-07-01

    We devised a novel method to evaluate the temperature-dependent effective properties of a thermoelectric module (TEM): Seebeck coefficient ( S m), internal electrical resistance ( R m), and thermal conductance ( K m). After calculation, the effective properties of the module are converted to the average material properties of a p- n thermoelectric pillar pair inside the module: Seebeck coefficient ( S TE), electrical resistivity ( ρ TE), and thermal conductivity ( k TE). For a commercial thermoelectric module (Altec 1091) chosen to verify the novel method, the measured S TE has a maximum value at bath temperature of 110°C; ρ TE shows a positive linear trend dependent on the bath temperature, and k TE increases slightly with increasing bath temperature. The results show the method to have satisfactory measurement performance in terms of practicability and reliability; the data for tests near 23°C agree with published values.

  16. Thermoelectric effects in graphene nanostructures

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    Dollfus, Philippe; Nguyen, Viet Hung; Saint-Martin, Jérôme

    2015-04-01

    The thermoelectric properties of graphene and graphene nanostructures have recently attracted significant attention from the physics and engineering communities. In fundamental physics, the analysis of Seebeck and Nernst effects is very useful in elucidating some details of the electronic band structure of graphene that cannot be probed by conductance measurements alone, due in particular to the ambipolar nature of this gapless material. For applications in thermoelectric energy conversion, graphene has two major disadvantages. It is gapless, which leads to a small Seebeck coefficient due to the opposite contributions of electrons and holes, and it is an excellent thermal conductor. The thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of a two-dimensional (2D) graphene sheet is thus very limited. However, many works have demonstrated recently that appropriate nanostructuring and bandgap engineering of graphene can concomitantly strongly reduce the lattice thermal conductance and enhance the Seebeck coefficient without dramatically degrading the electronic conductance. Hence, in various graphene nanostructures, ZT has been predicted to be high enough to make them attractive for energy conversion. In this article, we review the main results obtained experimentally and theoretically on the thermoelectric properties of graphene and its nanostructures, emphasizing the physical effects that govern these properties. Beyond pure graphene structures, we discuss also the thermoelectric properties of some hybrid graphene structures, as graphane, layered carbon allotropes such as graphynes and graphdiynes, and graphene/hexagonal boron nitride heterostructures which offer new opportunities. Finally, we briefly review the recent activities on other atomically thin 2D semiconductors with finite bandgap, i.e. dichalcogenides and phosphorene, which have attracted great attention for various kinds of applications, including thermoelectrics.

  17. Thermoelectric effects in graphene nanostructures.

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    Dollfus, Philippe; Hung Nguyen, Viet; Saint-Martin, Jérôme

    2015-04-10

    The thermoelectric properties of graphene and graphene nanostructures have recently attracted significant attention from the physics and engineering communities. In fundamental physics, the analysis of Seebeck and Nernst effects is very useful in elucidating some details of the electronic band structure of graphene that cannot be probed by conductance measurements alone, due in particular to the ambipolar nature of this gapless material. For applications in thermoelectric energy conversion, graphene has two major disadvantages. It is gapless, which leads to a small Seebeck coefficient due to the opposite contributions of electrons and holes, and it is an excellent thermal conductor. The thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of a two-dimensional (2D) graphene sheet is thus very limited. However, many works have demonstrated recently that appropriate nanostructuring and bandgap engineering of graphene can concomitantly strongly reduce the lattice thermal conductance and enhance the Seebeck coefficient without dramatically degrading the electronic conductance. Hence, in various graphene nanostructures, ZT has been predicted to be high enough to make them attractive for energy conversion. In this article, we review the main results obtained experimentally and theoretically on the thermoelectric properties of graphene and its nanostructures, emphasizing the physical effects that govern these properties. Beyond pure graphene structures, we discuss also the thermoelectric properties of some hybrid graphene structures, as graphane, layered carbon allotropes such as graphynes and graphdiynes, and graphene/hexagonal boron nitride heterostructures which offer new opportunities. Finally, we briefly review the recent activities on other atomically thin 2D semiconductors with finite bandgap, i.e. dichalcogenides and phosphorene, which have attracted great attention for various kinds of applications, including thermoelectrics. PMID:25779989

  18. Compensation of voltage drops in solid-state switches used with thermoelectric generators

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    Shimada, K.

    1972-01-01

    Seebeck effect solid state switch was developed eliminating thermoelectric generator switch voltage drops. Semiconductor switches were fabricated from materials with large Seebeck coefficients, arranged such that Seebeck potential is generated with such polarity that current flow is aided.

  19. Enhancement of thermospin effect in germanene based normal/ferromagnetic stub/normal junction

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    Zheng, Jun; Chi, Feng; Guo, Yong

    2015-11-01

    Spin thermoelectric effects in ferromagnetic (FM) germanene are theoretically investigated by using the nonequilibrium Green's function method. It is found that the spin Seebeck effect can be generated by temperature bias Δ T when a FM germanene is considered in the central region. However, the obtained spin resolved Seebeck coefficients is quite low with maximum value of S σ ≃ 700 μ V / K . The spin Seebeck effect is shown to increase enormously in different energy states with the assistance of electric field or stub structure. By modulating the geometric parameters of stub, the spin thermopower Ss has distinct peak values in the bulk states. Moreover, varying the Fermi energy within the bulk gap by the gate, Ss can be significantly enhanced by increasing the strength of electric field. The spin thermopower obtained by each method is predicted to be 2500 μ V / K , which is more than 300% larger relative to the case without electric field or stub. In addition, the magnitude and sign of spin thermopower can be manipulated by adjusting the Fermi energy. The results show that such FM germanene stub device exhibits much better thermoelectric performance and may be used as a wide energy range tunable spin thermoelectric generator.

  20. Synthetic conditions and their doping effect on {Beta}-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13}.

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    Kyratsi, Th.; Kika, I.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.; Chrissafis, K.; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2009-04-01

    In this work the synthetic conditions for K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} and their effect on its thermoelectric properties were investigated. K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} was prepared as a single phase using K{sub 2}Se and Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} as starting materials in a furnace or via a reaction using direct flame, followed by remelting or annealing. Seebeck coefficient measurements showed that the doping level in the material is sensitive to the synthetic conditions. Higher synthesis temperatures as well as the flame reaction technique followed by annealing gave more homogenous samples with higher Seebeck coefficient. IR optical spectroscopic measurements showed a wide range of doping level achieved among the different synthetic conditions. These findings suggest that synthetic conditions can act as a useful tool for the optimization of the thermoelectric properties of these materials.

  1. Ab initio optimization of phonon drag effect for lower-temperature thermoelectric energy conversion.

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    Zhou, Jiawei; Liao, Bolin; Qiu, Bo; Huberman, Samuel; Esfarjani, Keivan; Dresselhaus, Mildred S; Chen, Gang

    2015-12-01

    Although the thermoelectric figure of merit zT above 300 K has seen significant improvement recently, the progress at lower temperatures has been slow, mainly limited by the relatively low Seebeck coefficient and high thermal conductivity. Here we report, for the first time to our knowledge, success in first-principles computation of the phonon drag effect--a coupling phenomenon between electrons and nonequilibrium phonons--in heavily doped region and its optimization to enhance the Seebeck coefficient while reducing the phonon thermal conductivity by nanostructuring. Our simulation quantitatively identifies the major phonons contributing to the phonon drag, which are spectrally distinct from those carrying heat, and further reveals that although the phonon drag is reduced in heavily doped samples, a significant contribution to Seebeck coefficient still exists. An ideal phonon filter is proposed to enhance zT of silicon at room temperature by a factor of 20 to ∼ 0.25, and the enhancement can reach 70 times at 100 K. This work opens up a new venue toward better thermoelectrics by harnessing nonequilibrium phonons. PMID:26627231

  2. Anomalous effect of vanadium boride seeding on thermoelectric properties of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N

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    Prytuliak, A.; Maruyama, S.; Mori, T.

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► We doped YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N; the long awaited n-type counterpart to p-type boron carbide. ► VB{sub 2} seeding of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N showed striking results. ► Thermal treatment effects led to VB{sub 2} being intrinsically doped. ► Large increase of both Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity was obtained. - Abstract: Vanadium boride seeded YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N were synthesized and the thermoelectric properties investigated. YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N is representative of the series of rare earth borocarbonitrides which is the potential long awaited n-type counterpart to p-type boron carbide. VB{sub 2} seeded samples of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N were prepared using VB{sub 2} directly as an initial additive and V{sub 2}O{sub 3} which also results in formation of vanadium diboride in the final product. The resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of samples were measured in the temperature range of 323 K to 1073 K. A dramatic effect of thermal treatment on the Seebeck coefficient of VB{sub 2} seeded samples was observed, and it is indicated that there is possible partial intrinsic doping of vanadium into YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N. VB{sub 2} is revealed to be a promising additive to improve the thermoelectric properties of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N. An enhancement of more than 220% of the maximum absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient was obtained while the resistivity was also reduced considerably.

  3. A systematic study on the effect of electron beam irradiation on structural, electrical, thermo-electric power and magnetic property of LaCoO3

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    Benedict, Christopher J.; Rao, Ashok; Sanjeev, Ganesh; Okram, G. S.; Babu, P. D.

    2016-01-01

    In this communication, the effect of electron beam irradiation on the structural, electrical, thermo-electric power and magnetic properties of LaCoO3 cobaltites have been investigated. Rietveld refinement of XRD data reveals that all samples are single phased with rhombohedral structure. Increase in electrical resistivity data is observed with increase in dosage of electron beam irradiation. Analysis of the measured electrical resistivity data indicates that the small polaron hopping model is operative in the high temperature regime for all samples. The Seebeck coefficient (S) of the pristine and the irradiated samples exhibits a crossover from positive to negative values, and a colossal value of Seebeck coefficient (32.65 mV/K) is obtained for pristine sample, however, the value of S decreases with increase in dosage of irradiation. The analysis of Seebeck coefficient data confirms that the small polaron hopping model is operative in the high temperature region. The magnetization results give clear evidence of increase in effective magnetic moment due to increase in dosage of electron beam irradiation.

  4. Photo-controllable thermoelectric properties with reversibility and photo-thermoelectric effects of tungsten trioxide accompanied by its photochromic phenomenon

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    Azuma, Chiori; Kawano, Takuto; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2014-11-01

    The addition of photo-controllable properties to tungsten trioxide (WO3) is of interest for developing practical applications of WO3 as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a sputtered crystalline WO3 thin film generated thermoelectric power due to ultraviolet (UV) light-induced band-gap excitation and was accompanied by a photochromic reaction resulting from generating W5+ ions. The thermoelectric properties (electrical conductivity (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S)) and coloration of WO3 could be reversibly switched by alternating the external stimulus between UV light irradiation and dark storage. After irradiating the film with UV light, σ increased, whereas the absolute value of S decreased, and the photochromic (coloration) reaction was detected. Notably, the opposite behavior was exhibited by WO3 after dark storage, and this reversible cycle could be repeated at least three times. Moreover, photo-thermoelectric effects (photo-conductive effect (photo-conductivity, σphoto) and photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, Sphoto)) were also detected in response to visible-light irradiation of the colored WO3 thin films. Under visible-light irradiation, σphoto and the absolute value of Sphoto increased and decreased, respectively. These effects are likely attributable to the excitation of electrons from the mid-gap visible light absorption band (W5+ state) to the conduction band of WO3. Our findings demonstrate that the simultaneous, reversible switching of multiple properties of WO3 thin film is achieved by the application of an external stimulus and that this material exhibits photo-thermoelectric effects when irradiated with visible-light.

  5. Photo-controllable thermoelectric properties with reversibility and photo-thermoelectric effects of tungsten trioxide accompanied by its photochromic phenomenon

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    Azuma, Chiori; Kawano, Takuto; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2014-11-07

    The addition of photo-controllable properties to tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) is of interest for developing practical applications of WO{sub 3} as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a sputtered crystalline WO{sub 3} thin film generated thermoelectric power due to ultraviolet (UV) light-induced band-gap excitation and was accompanied by a photochromic reaction resulting from generating W{sup 5+} ions. The thermoelectric properties (electrical conductivity (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S)) and coloration of WO{sub 3} could be reversibly switched by alternating the external stimulus between UV light irradiation and dark storage. After irradiating the film with UV light, σ increased, whereas the absolute value of S decreased, and the photochromic (coloration) reaction was detected. Notably, the opposite behavior was exhibited by WO{sub 3} after dark storage, and this reversible cycle could be repeated at least three times. Moreover, photo-thermoelectric effects (photo-conductive effect (photo-conductivity, σ{sub photo}) and photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, S{sub photo})) were also detected in response to visible-light irradiation of the colored WO{sub 3} thin films. Under visible-light irradiation, σ{sub photo} and the absolute value of S{sub photo} increased and decreased, respectively. These effects are likely attributable to the excitation of electrons from the mid-gap visible light absorption band (W{sup 5+} state) to the conduction band of WO{sub 3}. Our findings demonstrate that the simultaneous, reversible switching of multiple properties of WO{sub 3} thin film is achieved by the application of an external stimulus and that this material exhibits photo-thermoelectric effects when irradiated with visible-light.

  6. Formation of n-type pyrite films from electrodeposited iron sulphides: effect of annealing temperature

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    Gomes, A.; Ares, J.R.; Ferrer, I.J.; Silva Pereira, M.I. da; Sanchez, C

    2003-06-19

    The n-type polycrystalline pyrite films were obtained by annealing mackinawite electrodeposited on metallic titanium substrates in sulphur atmosphere in the temperature range 523-773 K. The detailed structural and morphological characterisation of the films shows that an increase of crystallite size and a porosity decrease was achieved by increasing the sulphuration temperature. The measurement of thermoelectric effect indicates that pyrite films present n-type conduction, which is attributed to the diffusion of Ti atoms from the substrate. The Seebeck coefficient varies from -54 to -24 {mu}V/K, depending on pyrite grain size.

  7. Thermoelectric properties of single-wall carbon nanotube films: Effects of diameter and wet environment

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    Hayashi, Daisuke; Ueda, Tomohiro; Nakai, Yusuke; Kyakuno, Haruka; Miyata, Yasumitsu; Yamamoto, Takahiro; Saito, Takeshi; Hata, Kenji; Maniwa, Yutaka

    2016-02-01

    The Seebeck coefficient S and the electrical resistivity ρ of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films were investigated as a function of the SWCNT diameter and carrier concentration. The S and ρ significantly changed in humid environments through p-type carrier doping. Experiments, combined with theoretical simulations based on the non-equilibrium Green’s function theory, indicated that the power factor P can be increased threefold by the enrichment of semiconducting SWCNTs, but the nanotube diameter has little effect. The improvement of the film resistivity strongly enhances the film thermoelectric performance, manifested as increasing the value of P above 1200 µW/(m·K2).

  8. Large extrinsic spin Hall effect in Au-Cu alloys by extensive atomic disorder scattering

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    Zou, L. K.; Wang, S. H.; Zhang, Y.; Sun, J. R.; Cai, J. W.; Kang, S. S.

    2016-01-01

    Spin Hall angle, which denotes the conversion efficiency between spin and charge current, is a key parameter in the pure spin current phenomenon. The search for materials with large spin Hall angle is indeed important for scientific interest and potential application in spintronics. Here the large enhanced spin Hall effect (SHE) of Au-Cu alloy is reported by investigating the spin Seebeck effect, spin Hall anomalous Hall effect, and spin Hall magnetoresistance of the Y3F e5O12 (YIG)/A uxC u1 -x hybrid structure over the full composition. At the near equiatomic Au-Cu composition with maximum atomic disorder scattering, the spin Hall angle of the Au-Cu alloy increases by two to three times together with a moderate spin diffusion length in comparison with Au. The longitudinal spin Seebeck voltage and the spin Hall magnetoresistance ratio also increase by two to three times. More importantly, no evidence of anomalous Hall effect is observed in all YIG/Au-Cu samples, in contrast to the cases of other giant SHE materials Pt(Pd), Ta, and W. This behavior makes Au-Cu free from any suspicion of the magnetic proximity effect involved in the hybrid structure, and thus the Au-Cu alloy can be an ideal material for pure spin current study.

  9. Thermal Cycling Effects on the Thermoelectric Properties of n-Type In, Ce based Skutterudite Compounds

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    Biswas, Krishnendu; Subramanian, Mas A.; Good, Morris S.; Roberts, Kamandi C.; Hendricks, Terry J.

    2012-06-14

    N-type In-filled CoSb3 are known skutterudite compounds that have shown promising thermoelectric (TE) properties resulting in high dimensionless figure of merit values at elevated temperatures. Their use in various waste heat recovery applications will require that they survive and operate after exposure to harsh thermal cycling environments. This research focused on uncovering the thermal cycling effects on thermoelectric properties of n-type In0.2Co4Sb12 and In0.2Ce0.15Co4Sb12 skutterudite compositions as well as quantifying their temperature-dependent structural properties (elastic modulus, shear modulus, and Poisson's ratio). It was observed that the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity increased only slightly in the double-filled In,Ce skutterudite materials upon thermal cycling. In the In-filled skutterudites the Seebeck coefficient remained approximately the same on thermal cycling, while electrical resistivity increased significantly after thermal cycling. Results also show that thermal conductivity marginally decreases in the case of In-filled skutterudites, whereas the reduction is more pronounced in In, Ce-based skutterudite compounds. The possible reason for this kind of reduction can be attributed to grain pinning effects due to formation of nano inclusions. High temperature structural property measurements (i.e., Young's modulus and shear modulus) are also reported and the results show that these structural properties decrease slowly as temperature increases and the compounds are structurally stable after numerous thermal cycles.

  10. Enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit in DNA-like systems induced by Fano and Dicke effects.

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    Fu, Hua-Hua; Gu, Lei; Wu, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Zu-Quan

    2015-04-28

    We report a theoretical study highlighting the thermoelectric properties of biological and synthetic DNA molecules. Based on an effective tight-binding model of duplex DNA and by using the nonequilibrium Green's function technique, the thermal conductance, electrical conductance, Seebeck coefficient and thermoelectric figure of merit in the system are numerically calculated by varying the asymmetries of energies and electronic hoppings in the backbone sites to simulate the environmental complications and fluctuations. We find that due to the multiple transport paths in the DNA molecule, the Fano antiresonance occurs, and enhances the Seebeck coefficient and the figure of merit. When the energy difference is produced in every opposite backbone site, the Dicke effect appears. This effect gives rise to a semiconducting-metallic transition, and enhances the thermoelectric efficiency of the DNA molecule remarkably. Moreover, as the Fano antiresonance point is close to the Dicke resonance one, a giant enhancement in the thermoelectric figure of merit in the DNA molecule has been found. These results provide a scenario to obtain effective routes to enhance the thermoelectric efficiency in the DNA molecules, and suggest perspectives for future experiments intending to control the thermoelectric transport in DNA-like nanodevices. PMID:25826287

  11. The Effect of Microstructure on the Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline Higher Manganese Silicides

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    An, Tae-Ho; Choi, Soon-Mok; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Chan; Kim, Il-Ho; Kim, Sun-Uk

    2013-10-01

    In order to obtain single-phase higher manganese silicides (HMS) and investigate the effect of sintering conditions on the thermoelectric properties of a HMS system, HMS compounds were synthesized using a vacuum induction melting method and sintered using spark plasma sintering (SPS) and hot pressing methods. Single-phase HMS with a small amount of second phases was obtained in all of the HMS samples produced. Changes in the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the HMS were observed when the sintering temperature was changed, which can be attributed to the presence of the second phases. Similar changes of thermoelectric properties were observed in both the SPS and hot-pressed samples. However, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of HMS samples (SPS-HMS) were higher than those of the hot-pressed samples, which can be attributed to SPS's shorter holding time and its ability to control the diffusion rate. The SPS-HMS sample sintered at 1123 K (1123 K SPS-HMS) had a higher figure of merit than any other sample although the sample had a lower power factor. The high value of the figure of merit of the sample can be attributed to its low thermal conductivity. The highest figure of merit value of 0.41 was measured at 850 K in the 1123 K SPS-HMS, which is comparable to the results reported earlier. The results of the present study can be used to optimize the fabrication process of HMS thermoelectric materials.

  12. Strain Effects in Thermoelectric Ca3 Co 4 O 9 Thin Films

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    Klie, Robert; Qiao, Qiao; Gulec, Ahmet; Paulauskas, Tadas; Kolesnik, Stanislaw; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Boyraz, Cihat; Ozdemir, Mehmet; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Gupta, Arun

    2011-03-01

    Thermoelectric oxides have attracted increasing attention due to their high thermal power and temperature stability. In particular, Ca 3 Co 4 O9 (CCO), a misfit layered structure consisting of single layer hole-doped Co O2 sandwiched between insulating Ca 2 Co O3 rocksalt layers, exhibits a high Seebeck coefficient at 1000 K. It was suggested that the Seebeck-coefficient can be further increased by growing doped thin films with controlled defects structures. This study combines pulsed layer deposition thin film synthesis of pristine CCO on several oxide substrates, as well as CCO thin films doped with Ti, Bi or La, with aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to examine the effects of interfacial strain and doping on the atomic and electronic structures of CCO. The thermoelectric properties will be measured and correlated to the local changes in the atomic and electronic structures. We will further evaluate the role of Co O2 stacking faults, as well as film thickness on the thermoelectric properties of CCO. This work is supported by the US Army Research Office (W911NF-10-1-0147) and the National Science Foundation (DMR-0846748).

  13. Effects of confinement and orientation on the thermoelectric power factor of silicon nanowires

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    Neophytou, Neophytos; Kosina, Hans

    2011-06-01

    It is suggested that low dimensionality can improve the thermoelectric (TE) power factor of a device, offering an enhancement of the ZT figure of merit. In this paper, the atomistic sp3d5s*-spin-orbit-coupled tight-binding model and the linearized Boltzmann transport theory is applied to calculate the room-temperature electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient, and the power factor of narrow one-dimensional silicon nanowires (NWs). We present a comprehensive analysis of the TE coefficients of n-type and p-type NWs of diameters from 12 nm down to 3 nm, in [100], [110], and [111] transport orientations at different carrier concentrations. We find that the length scale at which the influence of confinement on the power factor can be observed is at diameters below 7 nm. We show that, contrary to the current view, the effect of confinement and geometry on the power factor mostly originates from changes in the conductivity, which is strongly affected, rather than the Seebeck coefficient. In general, enhanced scattering at these diameter scales strongly degrades the conductivity and power factor of the device. However, we identify cases for which confinement largely improves the channel's conductivity, resulting in ˜2× to 3× power factor improvements. Our results may provide guidance in the design of efficient low-dimensional TE devices.

  14. Effect of a transverse magnetic field on solidification structure in directionally solidified Sn-Pb hypoeutectic alloys

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    Du, Dafan; Lu, Zhenyuan; Gagnoud, Annie; Fautrelle, Yves; Ren, Zhongming; Lu, Xionggang; Moreau, Rene; Li, Xi

    2014-09-01

    Effect of a transverse magnetic field on the macrosegregation and the growth of the Sn dendrite in the directionally solidified Sn-Pb alloys was investigated experimentally. The results indicated that the magnetic field modified the shape of the liquid/solid interface and the dendrite morphology significantly. Indeed, the application of the magnetic field caused the formation of the sloping interface and the refinement of the dendrite. It is also found that the magnetic field decreased the mushy zone length. These effects were enhanced with the increase of the magnetic field intensity and the decrease of the growth speed. Further, the Seebeck thermoelectric force (ES) at the liquid/solid interface in the Sn-20 wt%Pb alloy was measured in-situ and the results indicated that the value of the Seebeck thermoelectric force was about 1 ?V. The modification of the solidification structure during directional solidification under the magnetic field may be attributed to the interdendritic thermoelectric magnetic convection (TEMC).

  15. Seebeck nanoantennas for the detection and characterization of infrared radiation.

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    Briones, Edgar; Cuadrado, Alexander; Briones, Joel; Díaz de León, Ramón; Martínez-Antón, Juan Carlos; McMurtry, Stefan; Hehn, Michel; Montaigne, François; Alda, Javier; González, Francisco Javier

    2014-10-20

    Arrays of metallic thermocouples in the shape of spiral nanoantennas are proposed as infrared detectors, which use the thermoelectric properties of the metallic interfaces to generate electrical DC signals. The responsivity of these types of antennas is evaluated from both theoretical and numerical perspectives pointing out its potential as infrared sensors. Moreover, the same structures can be used to characterize the state of polarization of the optical near fields with a spatial resolution comparable to the wavelength. PMID:25607310

  16. Competing spin pumping effects in magnetic hybrid structures

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    Azevedo, A. Alves Santos, O.; Fonseca Guerra, G. A.; Cunha, R. O.; Rezende, S. M.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R.

    2014-02-03

    Pure spin current can be detected by its conversion into charge current in nanometer thick nonmagnetic metal layer with large spin-orbit coupling by means of the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE). Recently, it has been shown that the metallic ferromagnet Permalloy (Py) can also be used as spin current detector in experiments in which an ISHE voltage is created in a Py layer in contact with the insulating ferromagnet yttrium iron garnet (YIG) under a thermal gradient in the longitudinal spin Seebeck configuration. Here, we report experiments with microwave driven spin pumping in heterostructures made with single crystal YIG film and a nanometer thick Py or Pt layer that show that Py behaves differently than nonmagnetic metals as a spin current detector. The results are attributed to the competition between the spin currents generated by the dynamics of the magnetizations in YIG and in Py, which are exchange coupled at the interface.

  17. Thermoelectric effect enhanced by resonant states in graphene

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    Inglot, M.; Dyrdał, A.; Dugaev, V. K.; Barnaś, J.

    2015-03-01

    Thermoelectric effects in graphene are considered theoretically with particular attention paid to the role of resonant scattering on impurities. Using the T -matrix method we calculate the impurity resonant states and the momentum relaxation time due to scattering on impurities. The Boltzmann kinetic equation is used to determine the thermoelectric coefficients. It is shown that the resonant impurity states near the Fermi level give rise to a resonant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit Z T . The Wiedemann-Franz ratio deviates from that known for ordinary metals, where this ratio is constant and equal to the Lorentz number. This deviation appears for small chemical potentials and in the vicinity of the resonant states. In the limit of a constant relaxation time, this ratio has been calculated analytically for μ =0 .

  18. Thermoelectric Effects in Simulations of Phase Change Memory Mushroom Cells

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    Faraclas, Azer; Bakan, Gokhan; Gokirmak, Ali; Silva, Helena

    2012-02-01

    Phase change memory is a potential candidate for the future of high-speed non-volatile memory, however significant improvements in cell design is crucial for its success in the mainstream market. Due to the asymmetric geometry of phase change mushroom cells and the high temperature gradients generated, thermoelectric effects play a key role in determining energy consumption, cell performance, and reliability. In this study, rotationally symmetric 2D finite element simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics are implemented for GeSbTe (GST). Temperature dependent material parameters (electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and Seebeck coefficient) are included in the model for accuracy. Switching the direction of current shows a large change in peak molten volume within the cell, as well as current and power consumption.

  19. Quantum interference and structure-dependent orbital-filling effects on the thermoelectric properties of quantum dot molecules.

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    Chen, Chih-Chieh; Kuo, David M T; Chang, Yia-Chung

    2015-07-15

    The quantum interference and orbital filling effects on the thermoelectric (TE) properties of quantum dot (QD) molecules with high figure of merit are illustrated via the full solution to the Hubbard-Anderson model in the Coulomb blockade regime. It is found that under certain conditions in the triangular QD molecule (TQDM), destructive quantum interference (QI) can occur, which leads to vanishingly small electrical conductance, while the Seebeck coefficient is modified dramatically. When the TQDM is in the charge localization state due to QI, the Seebeck coefficient is seriously suppressed at low temperature, but is highly enhanced at high temperature. Meanwhile, the behavior of the Lorenz number reveals that it is easier to block charge transport via destructive QI than the electron heat transport at high temperatures. The maximum power factor (PF) in the TQDM occurs under full-filling conditions. Nevertheless, low-filling conditions are preferred for getting the maximum PF in serially coupled triple QDs in general. In double QDs, the maximum PF can be achieved either with orbital-depletion or orbital-filling as a result of electron-hole symmetry. Our theoretical work provides a useful guideline for the advancement of the nanoscale TE technology. PMID:26144845

  20. Performance Prediction of Commercial Thermoelectric Cooler Modules using the Effective Material Properties

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    Lee, HoSung; Attar, Alaa M.; Weera, Sean L.

    2015-06-01

    This work examines the validity of formulating the effective thermoelectric material properties as a way to predict thermoelectric module performance. The three maximum parameters (temperature difference, current, and cooling power) of a thermoelectric cooler were formulated on the basis of the hot junction temperature. Then, the effective material properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistance, and thermal conductivity) were defined in terms of the three maximum parameters that were taken from either a commercial thermoelectric cooler module or the measurements. It is demonstrated that the simple standard equation with the effective material properties predicts well the performance curves of the four selected commercial products. Normalized parameters over the maximum parameters were also formulated to present the characteristics of the thermoelectric coolers along with the normalized charts. The normalized charts would be universal for a given thermoelectric material.

  1. Reciprocal spin Hall effects in conductors with strong spin-orbit coupling: a review

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    Niimi, Yasuhiro; Otani, YoshiChika

    2015-12-01

    Spin Hall effect and its inverse provide essential means to convert charge to spin currents and vice versa, which serve as a primary function for spintronic phenomena such as the spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance and the spin Seebeck effect. These effects can oscillate magnetization or detect a thermally generated spin splitting in the chemical potential. Importantly this conversion process occurs via the spin-orbit interaction, and requires neither magnetic materials nor external magnetic fields. However, the spin Hall angle, i.e. the conversion yield between the charge and spin currents, depends severely on the experimental methods. Here we discuss the spin Hall angle and the spin diffusion length for a variety of materials including pure metals such as Pt and Ta, alloys and oxides determined by the spin absorption method in a lateral spin valve structure.

  2. Quantum Hall effect: The resistivity of a 2D electron gas—a thermodynamic approach

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    Cheremisin, M. V.

    2005-09-01

    Based on a thermodynamic approach, we have calculated the resistivity of a 2D electron gas, assumed dissipationless in a strong quantum limit. Standard measurements, with extra current leads, define the resistivity caused by a combination of Peltier and Seebeck effects. The current causes heating (cooling) at the first (second) sample contacts, due to the Peltier effect. The contact temperatures are different. The measured voltage is equal to the Peltier effect-induced thermoemf which is linear in current. As a result, the resistivity is non-zero as I→0. The resistivity is a universal function of magnetic field and temperature, expressed in fundamental units h/e2. The universal features of magnetotransport data observed in the experiment confirm our predictions.

  3. Reciprocal spin Hall effects in conductors with strong spin-orbit coupling: a review.

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    Niimi, Yasuhiro; Otani, YoshiChika

    2015-12-01

    Spin Hall effect and its inverse provide essential means to convert charge to spin currents and vice versa, which serve as a primary function for spintronic phenomena such as the spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance and the spin Seebeck effect. These effects can oscillate magnetization or detect a thermally generated spin splitting in the chemical potential. Importantly this conversion process occurs via the spin-orbit interaction, and requires neither magnetic materials nor external magnetic fields. However, the spin Hall angle, i.e. the conversion yield between the charge and spin currents, depends severely on the experimental methods. Here we discuss the spin Hall angle and the spin diffusion length for a variety of materials including pure metals such as Pt and Ta, alloys and oxides determined by the spin absorption method in a lateral spin valve structure. PMID:26513299

  4. Effect of Heat Treatment in Air on Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline Type-I Silicon-Based Clathrate: Ba8Al15Si31

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Shirataki, Ritsuko

    2015-06-01

    The effect of heat treatment in air on the thermoelectric properties was investigated for polycrystalline Ba8Al15Si31, where the Al content is almost at the maximum in the Ba8Al x Si46- x system, to evaluate the thermal stability in air at high temperatures, which is indispensable for practical use in thermoelectric applications. Samples were prepared by combining arc melting and spark plasma sintering techniques. Heat treatments were performed in air at 873 K for 10 days and 20 days. The Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured before and after the heat treatments. The microstructure and chemical composition were also analyzed before and after the heat treatments, using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Although an oxidation layer was formed on the surface by the heat treatment in air, the chemical composition of the interior of Ba8Al15Si31 was found to be stable in air at 873 K for 10 days and 20 days. The Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductivity, and the thermal conductivity were found to be almost unchanged after the heat treatment, indicating that Ba8Al15Si31 clathrate is promising as a thermoelectric material with high thermal stability for use in air at 873 K.

  5. Effect of Heat Treatment in Air on Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline Type-I Silicon-Based Clathrate: Ba8Al15Si31

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Shirataki, Ritsuko

    2014-09-01

    The effect of heat treatment in air on the thermoelectric properties was investigated for polycrystalline Ba8Al15Si31, where the Al content is almost at the maximum in the Ba8Al x Si46-x system, to evaluate the thermal stability in air at high temperatures, which is indispensable for practical use in thermoelectric applications. Samples were prepared by combining arc melting and spark plasma sintering techniques. Heat treatments were performed in air at 873 K for 10 days and 20 days. The Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured before and after the heat treatments. The microstructure and chemical composition were also analyzed before and after the heat treatments, using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Although an oxidation layer was formed on the surface by the heat treatment in air, the chemical composition of the interior of Ba8Al15Si31 was found to be stable in air at 873 K for 10 days and 20 days. The Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductivity, and the thermal conductivity were found to be almost unchanged after the heat treatment, indicating that Ba8Al15Si31 clathrate is promising as a thermoelectric material with high thermal stability for use in air at 873 K.

  6. Effects of Thallium Doping on the Transport Properties of Bi2Te3 Alloy

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    Yao, L.; Wu, F.; Wang, X. X.; Cao, R. J.; Li, X. J.; Hu, X.; Song, H. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Thallium-doped Tl x Bi2-x Te3 (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2) nanopowders were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The doping effect of thallium on the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders was investigated. It was found that the doping of thallium can significantly change the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders. The synthesized nanopowders were hot-pressed into bulk pellets and the doping effects of thallium on the transport properties of these pellets were investigated. The results show that the doping of thallium can enhance the Seebeck coefficient but increase the electrical resistivity. Moreover, the power factors of the thallium-doped samples decrease with the increasing of the thallium doping level as compared with the un-doped sample. This is attributed to the increase of the electrical resistivity and the disappearing of the flower-like morphologies of the doped nanopowders.

  7. Effects of Thallium Doping on the Transport Properties of Bi2Te3 Alloy

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    Yao, L.; Wu, F.; Wang, X. X.; Cao, R. J.; Li, X. J.; Hu, X.; Song, H. Z.

    2016-06-01

    Thallium-doped Tl x Bi2- x Te3 ( x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2) nanopowders were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The doping effect of thallium on the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders was investigated. It was found that the doping of thallium can significantly change the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders. The synthesized nanopowders were hot-pressed into bulk pellets and the doping effects of thallium on the transport properties of these pellets were investigated. The results show that the doping of thallium can enhance the Seebeck coefficient but increase the electrical resistivity. Moreover, the power factors of the thallium-doped samples decrease with the increasing of the thallium doping level as compared with the un-doped sample. This is attributed to the increase of the electrical resistivity and the disappearing of the flower-like morphologies of the doped nanopowders.

  8. Spin Hall magnetoresistance at Pt/CoFe2O4 interfaces and texture effects

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    Isasa, Miren; Bedoya-Pinto, Amilcar; Vélez, Saül; Golmar, Federico; Sánchez, Florencio; Hueso, Luis E.; Fontcuberta, Josep; Casanova, Fèlix

    2014-10-01

    We report magnetoresistance measurements on thin Pt bars grown on epitaxial (001) and (111) CoFe2O4 (CFO) ferrimagnetic insulating films. The results can be described in terms of the recently discovered spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR). The magnitude of the SMR depends on the interface preparation conditions, being optimal when the Pt/CFO samples are prepared in situ, in a single process. The spin-mixing interface conductance, the key parameter governing SMR and other relevant spin-dependent phenomena, such as spin pumping or spin Seebeck effect, is found to be different depending on the crystallographic orientation of CFO, highlighting the role of the composition and density of magnetic ions at the interface on spin mixing.

  9. Ultraviolet fast-response photoelectric effect in tilted orientation SrTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Zhao Kun; Jin Kuijuan; Huang Yanhong; Zhao Songqing; Lu Huibin; He Meng; Chen Zhenghao; Zhou Yueliang; Yang Guozhen

    2006-10-23

    Ultraviolet photoelectricity based on the vicinal cut as-supplied SrTiO{sub 3} single crystals has been experimentally studied in the absence of an applied bias at room temperature. An open-circuit photovoltage of 130 ps rise time and 230 ps full width at half maximum was observed under the irradiation of a 355 nm pulsed laser of 25 ps in duration. The dependence of the photoelectric effect on the tilting angles was studied, and the optimum angle is 20.9 deg. . Seebeck effect is proposed to elucidate the tilting angle dependence of laser-induced photovoltage. This work demonstrates the potential of SrTiO{sub 3} single crystals in ultraviolet detection.

  10. Al insertion and additive effects on the thermoelectric properties of yttrium boride

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    Maruyama, Satofumi; Prytuliak, Anastasiia; Miyazaki, Yuzuru; Hayashi, Kei; Kajitani, Tsuyoshi; Mori, Takao

    2014-03-28

    The aluminoboride Y{sub x}Al{sub y}B{sub 14} (x ∼ 0.57, 0.41 ≤ y ≤ 0.63) has been found to show striking p-n control of the thermoelectric properties through variations of the y occupancy of the Al site. The effect of Al was investigated in further extremes. Polycrystalline samples of Al-free Y{sub x}B{sub 14}(x ∼ 0.55; “YB{sub 25}”) were successfully synthesized in sufficient amounts for bulk spark plasma sintering (SPS) samples and their thermoelectric properties were investigated. Y{sub 0.56}Al{sub 0.57}B{sub 14} was also prepared in comparison, and further Al was added to the samples through SPS treatment. We observed that Y{sub 0.55}B{sub 14} exhibits large positive Seebeck coefficients, ∼1000 μV K{sup −1}, around room temperature and the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient largely decreases with increase of temperature while that of Y{sub 0.56}Al{sub 0.57}B{sub 14} is proportional to T{sup −1/2}, indicating a strong effect of Al on the electronic structure around the Fermi level. Y{sub 0.55}B{sub 14} was found to be strongly disordered with a relatively low thermal conductivity and short localization length of 0.65 Å which is close to that previously determined for the disordered and thermally glass-like compound YB{sub 66}. Occupancy of Al could not be increased further for the Al-rich sample, although Al was discovered to act as a sintering aid to enhance density and ZT could be significantly improved by 50%.

  11. Ion beam irradiation effect on thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 thin films

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    Fu, Gaosheng; Zuo, Lei; Lian, Jie; Wang, Yongqiang; Chen, Jie; Longtin, Jon; Xiao, Zhigang

    2015-09-01

    Thermoelectric energy harvesting is a very promising application in nuclear power plants for self-maintained wireless sensors. However, the effects of intensive radiation on the performance of thermoelectric materials under relevant reactor environments such as energetic neutrons are not fully understood. In this work, radiation effects of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and antimony telluride (Sb2Te3) thermoelectric thin film samples prepared by E-beam evaporation are investigated using Ne2+ ion irradiations at different fluences of 5 × 1014, 1015, 5 × 1015 and 1016 ions/cm2 with the focus on the transport and structural properties. Electrical conductivities, Seebeck coefficients and power factors are characterized as ion fluence changes. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the samples are obtained to assess how phase and microstructure influence the transport properties. Carrier concentration and Hall mobility are obtained from Hall effect measurements, which provide further insight into the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient mechanisms. Positive effects of ion irradiations from Ne2+ on thermoelectric material property are observed to increase the power factor to 208% for Bi2Te3 and 337% for Sb2Te3 materials between fluence of 1 and 5 × 1015 cm2, due to the increasing of the electrical conductivity as a result of ionization radiation-enhanced crystallinity. However, under a higher fluence, 5 × 1015 cm2 in this case, the power factor starts to decrease accordingly, limiting the enhancements of thermoelectric materials properties under intensive radiation environment.

  12. Spin Hall magnetoresistance at Pt/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} interfaces and texture effects

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    Isasa, Miren; Bedoya-Pinto, Amilcar; Vélez, Saül; Golmar, Federico; Sánchez, Florencio; Fontcuberta, Josep; Hueso, Luis E.; Casanova, Fèlix

    2014-10-06

    We report magnetoresistance measurements on thin Pt bars grown on epitaxial (001) and (111) CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) ferrimagnetic insulating films. The results can be described in terms of the recently discovered spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR). The magnitude of the SMR depends on the interface preparation conditions, being optimal when the Pt/CFO samples are prepared in situ, in a single process. The spin-mixing interface conductance, the key parameter governing SMR and other relevant spin-dependent phenomena, such as spin pumping or spin Seebeck effect, is found to be different depending on the crystallographic orientation of CFO, highlighting the role of the composition and density of magnetic ions at the interface on spin mixing.

  13. Control of valley degeneracy in Mo S2 by layer thickness and electric field and its effect on thermoelectric properties

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    Hong, Jisook; Lee, Changhoon; Park, Jin-Seong; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the valley degeneracy of Mo S2 multilayers and its effect on thermoelectric power factors. By modulating the layer thickness and external electric field strength, the hole valleys in the highest energy valence band at Γ and K points and the electron valleys in the lowest energy conduction band at K and Σmin points are shifted differently. The hole valley degeneracy is observed in Mo S2 monolayer, while that of electron valley is in Mo S2 bilayer and monolayer under the external electric field. By tuning the valley degeneracy, the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity can be separately controlled, and the maximum power factor can be obtained in n -type (p -type) Mo S2 monolayer with (without) the external electric field. We suggest that the transition metal dichalcogenides are good examples to investigate the role of valley degeneracy in the thermoelectric and optical properties with the control of interlayer interaction and external electric field strength.

  14. Transverse thermoelectric effect in La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}|SrRuO{sub 3} superlattices

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    Shiomi, Y.; Handa, Y.; Kikkawa, T.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-06-08

    Transverse thermoelectric effects in response to an out-of-plane heat current have been studied in an external magnetic field for ferromagnetic superlattices consisting of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} and SrRuO{sub 3} layers. The superlattices were fabricated on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by pulsed laser deposition. We found that the sign of the transverse thermoelectric voltage for the superlattices is opposite to that for La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} and SrRuO{sub 3} single layers at 200 K, implying an important role of spin Seebeck effects inside the superlattices. At 10 K, the magnetothermoelectric curves shift from the zero field due to an antiferromagnetic coupling between layers in the superlattices.

  15. Understanding the Effects of Dilute Sulfur Additions, and Metallization, on the Thermoelectric Properties of Pnictogen Chalcogenides and their Interfaces

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    Devender

    Realizing materials with high thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT is an exacting challenge because it entails simultaneously obtaining a high Seebeck coefficient, a high electrical conductivity, and a low thermal conductivity, while these properties are usually unfavorably coupled. This thesis demonstrates multifold enhancements in the power factor in sulfur-doped binary and ternary pnictogen chalcogenide nanocrystals and assemblies, and describes the property enhancement mechanisms. The correlations between interfacial thermal and electronic transport, and interfacial diffusion and phase formation in metallized n- and p-type pnictogen chalcogenide structures are also revealed. We show that 400 ppm to 2 at.% sulfur doping can increase both Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, while maintaining low thermal conductivity. Our results show that sulfur-induced property enhancements in Bi2Te 2Se are underpinned by increased density of states effective mass, unlike the mechanism of diminished bipolar charge carrier transport prevalent in sulfur-doped Bi2Te3. Exploiting such effects is anticipated to be attractive for realizing higher ZT nanomaterials. We also show that electrical contact conductivity in metallized pnictogen chalcogenide interfaces is sensitive to metal diffusion and telluride formation. In particular, Ni contacts yield the highest electrical contact conductivity and Cu the lowest, correlating with extent of metal diffusion and p-type metal-telluride formation. We finally show that pnictogen chalcogenides metallized with Sn-Ag-Cu/Ni solder-barrier bilayers exhibit ten-fold higher interfacial thermal conductance than that obtained with In/Ni bilayer metallization. Decreased interdiffusion and diminution of interfacial SnTe formation due to Ni layer correlates with the higher interfacial thermal conductance. Our findings should facilitate the design and development of pnictogen chalcogenide-based thermoelectric materials and devices.

  16. Terahertz ratchet effects in graphene with a lateral superlattice

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    Olbrich, P.; Kamann, J.; König, M.; Munzert, J.; Tutsch, L.; Eroms, J.; Weiss, D.; Liu, Ming-Hao; Golub, L. E.; Ivchenko, E. L.; Popov, V. V.; Fateev, D. V.; Mashinsky, K. V.; Fromm, F.; Seyller, Th.; Ganichev, S. D.

    2016-02-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies on ratchet effects in graphene with a lateral superlattice excited by alternating electric fields of terahertz frequency range are presented. A lateral superlattice deposited on top of monolayer graphene is formed either by periodically repeated metal stripes having different widths and spacings or by interdigitated comblike dual-grating-gate (DGG) structures. We show that the ratchet photocurrent excited by terahertz radiation and sensitive to the radiation polarization state can be efficiently controlled by the back gate driving the system through the Dirac point as well as by the lateral asymmetry varied by applying unequal voltages to the DGG subgratings. The ratchet photocurrent includes the Seebeck thermoratchet effect as well as the effects of "linear" and "circular" ratchets, sensitive to the corresponding polarization of the driving electromagnetic force. The experimental data are analyzed for the electronic and plasmonic ratchets taking into account the calculated potential profile and the near field acting on carriers in graphene. We show that the photocurrent generation is based on a combined action of a spatially periodic in-plane potential and the spatially modulated light due to the near-field effects of the light diffraction.

  17. Effects of Mn substitution on the thermoelectric properties of the electron-doped perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3

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    Okuda, T.; Hata, H.; Eto, T.; Nishina, K.; Kuwahara, H.; Nakamura, M.; Kajimoto, R.

    2014-12-01

    We have tried to improve the n-type thermoelectric properties of the electron- doped Perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3 by a Mn substitution. The 1 ~ 2 % Mn substitution enhances the Seebeck coefficient (S) and reduces the thermal conductivity (κ) by about 50 % at room temperature (RT) without largely increasing the resistivity for the 5 % electron-doped SrTiO3. Consequently, the power factor at RT keeps a large value comparable to that of Bi2Te3 and the dimensionless figure-of-merits at RT increases twofold by the slight Mn substitution. Such a large reduction of κ at RT is perhaps due to the effect of Jahn-Teller active Mn3+ ions, around which dynamical local lattice distortion may occur.

  18. Phonon and magnon heat transport and drag effects

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    Heremans, Joseph P.

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric generators and coolers constitute today's solid-state energy converters. The two goals in thermoelectrics research are to enhance the thermopower while simultaneously maintaining a high electrical conductivity of the same material, and to minimize its lattice thermal conductivity without affecting its electronic properties. Up to now the lattice thermal conductivity has been minimized by using alloy scattering and, more recently, nanostructuring. In the first part of the talk, a new approach to minimize the lattice thermal conductivity is described that affects phonon scattering much more than electron scattering. This can be done by selecting potential thermoelectric materials that have a very high anharmonicity, because this property governs phonon-phonon interaction probability. Several possible types of chemical bonds will be described that exhibit such high anharmonicity, and particular emphasis will be put on solids with highly-polarizable lone-pair electrons, such as the rock salt I-V-VI2 compounds (e.g. NaSbSe2). The second part of the talk will give an introduction to a completely new class of solid-state thermal energy converters based on spin transport. One configuration for such energy converters is based on the recently discovered spin-Seebeck effect (SSE). This quantity is expressed in the same units as the conventional thermopower, and we have recently shown that it can be of the same order of magnitude. The main advantage of SSE converters is that the problem of optimization is now distributed over two different materials, a ferromagnet in which a flux of magnetization is generated by a thermal gradient, and a normal metal where the flux of magnetization is converted into electrical power. The talk will focus on the basic physics behind the spin-Seebeck effect. Recent developments will then be described based on phonon-drag of spin polarized electrons. This mechanism has made it possible to reach magnitudes of SSE that are comparable to the highest values of classical thermopower measured in semiconductors. This work is supported as part of the Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion (RMSSEC), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, by AFOSR MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533and by NSF-CBET-1133589. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Department of Physics.

  19. The Shubnikov-de Haas effect and thermoelectric properties of Tl-doped Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Kulbachinskii, V. A. Kudryashov, A. A.; Kytin, V. G.

    2015-06-15

    The influence of doping with Tl on the Shubnikov-de Haas effect at T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields up to 38 T in p-Sb{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Te{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.005, 0.015, and 0.05) and n-Bi{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Se{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.04, and 0.06) single crystals is investigated. Extreme cross-sections of the Fermi surface in both materials decrease upon doping with Tl: the hole concentration decreases in Sb{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Te{sub 3} due to the donor effect of Tl and the electron concentration in n-Bi{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Se{sub 3} decreases due to the acceptor effect of Tl. The temperature dependences of the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit in a temperature range of 77–300 K are measured. The thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity decrease upon doping with Tl both in p-Sb{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Te{sub 3} and in n-Bi{sub 2−x}Tl{sub x}Se{sub 3}. The Seebeck coefficient increases in all compositions upon an increase in doping over the entire measured temperature range. The thermoelectric figure of merit increases upon doping with Tl.

  20. Effect of Fe doping on the transport properties of as-quenched Bi 3.9Sr 3.3Ca 1.3Cu 3O x glasses showing superconducting behavior in the corresponding glass-ceramic phases

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    Chatterjee, Sandip; Chaudhuri, B. K.; Komatsu, T.

    1997-10-01

    Transport properties of a series of Bi 3.9Sr 3.3Ca 1.3(Cu 1- nFe n) 3O x ( n = 0-0.05) glasses containing two different transition metal ions have been reported. The d.c. conductivity data of the as quenched glasses are explained by the "small polaron" hopping conduction mechanism. All these glasses become superconductors by annealing them at an optimum temperature 840°C for 40 h in air. The superconducting transition temperatures ( Tc) vary between 78 and 60 K depending on Fe concentration. The maximum zero resistance temperature Tc0 (= 40 K obtained for n = 0) consistently decreases with increase in the Fe content. This behavior is consistent with the pair breaking mechanism. The Seebeck coefficient ( S) of the crystalline superconductors showed nonlinear thermal variation which was explained by phonon drag effect.

  1. Giant spin thermoelectric effects in all-carbon nanojunctions.

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    Yang, X F; Wang, H L; Chen, Y S; Kuang, Y W; Hong, X K; Liu, Y S; Feng, J F; Wang, X F

    2015-09-21

    We examine the thermospin properties of an all-carbon nanojunction constructed by a graphene nanoflake (GNF) and zigzag-edged graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs), bridged by the carbon atomic chains. The first-principles calculations show that the phonon thermal conductance is much weaker than the electron thermal conductance at the Fermi level, and even the former is a few percent of the latter in the low-temperature regime. In the meantime, the carbon-based device possesses an excellent spin transport property at the Fermi level due to the appearance of half-metallic property. Furthermore, the single-spin Seebeck coefficient has a larger value at the Fermi level. These facts ultimately result in a significant enhancement of spin thermoelectric figure of merit (FOM) ZST. By controlling the carbon-chain lengths and the temperature, the maximal value of ZST can reach 30. Moreover, we also find that the room temperature ZST displays an odd-even effect with the carbon-chain lengths, and it is always larger than the charge thermoelectric FOM ZCT. PMID:26264191

  2. Effects of Defects and Strain on Thermoelectric Properties of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Ohnishi, Masato; Shiga, Takuma; Shiomi, Junichiro

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted much attention as a thermoelectric material. Although CNTs have large lattice thermal conductivity, CNT-based composites are promising candidates for thermoelectric material because the phonon transport is suppressed by scattering at contacts between CNTs. Therefore, previous studies have mainly focused on thermoelectric properties at contacts between CNTs. However, understanding the effects of defects and strain on the thermoelectric properties of CNTs themselves are important because they exist inevitably in real systems. In this study, we study the effects of defects, vacancy and Stone-Wales defect, and uniaxial compressive strain on single-walled CNTs (SWNTs) employing nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation and Green's function method. We find that the defects and buckling deformation significantly decrease electron conductance, and the effect is much stronger than that on thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, resulting in severe reduction of the figure of merit. In addition, the estimation of thermoelectric performance including a inter-SWNT contact indicates that the effect of defects and strain can deteriorate the figure of merit of the SWNT networks. This work is partially supported by Thermal Management Materials and Technology Research Association (TherMAT).

  3. Possible undercompensation effect in the Kondo insulator (Yb,Tm)B12

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    Alekseev, P. A.; Nemkovski, K. S.; Mignot, J.-M.; Clementyev, E. S.; Ivanov, A. S.; Rols, S.; Bewley, R. I.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of Tm substitution on the dynamical magnetic response of Yb1-xTmxB12 (x=0, 0.08, 0.15, and 0.75) and Lu0.92Tm0.08B12 compounds have been studied using time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. Major changes were observed in the spectral structure and temperature evolution of the Yb contribution to the inelastic response for a rather low content of magnetic Tm ions. A sizable influence of the RB12 host (YbB12, as compared to LuB12 or pure TmB12) on the crystal-field splitting of the Tm3+ ion is also reported. The results point to a specific effect of impurities carrying a magnetic moment (Tm, as compared to Lu or Zr) in a Kondo insulator, which is thought to reflect the "undercompensation" of Yb magnetic moments, originally Kondo screened in pure YbB12. A parallel is made with the strong effect of Tm substitution on the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in Yb1-xTmxB12, which was reported previously.

  4. Spin transport and spin-caloric effects in (Cr,Zn)Te half-metallic nanostructures: Effect of spin disorder at elevated temperatures from first principles

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    Kováčik, Roman; Mavropoulos, Phivos; Blügel, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    An important contribution to the thermoelectric and spin-caloric transport properties in magnetic materials at elevated temperatures is the formation of a spin-disordered state due to local moment fluctuations. This effect has not been largely investigated so far. We focus on various magnetic nanostructures of CrTe in the form of thin layers or nanowires embedded in ZnTe matrix, motivated by the miniaturization of spintronics devices and by recent suggestions that magnetic nanostructures can lead to extraordinary thermoelectric effects due to quantum confinement. The electronic structure of the studied systems is calculated within the multiple scattering screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green function (KKR-GF) framework. The Monte Carlo method is used to simulate the magnetization in the temperature induced spin disorder. The transport properties are evaluated from the transmission probability obtained using the Baranger-Stone approach within the KKR-GF framework. We find qualitative and quantitative changes in the thermoelectric and spin-caloric coefficients when spin disorder is included in the calculation. Furthermore, we show that substitutional impurities in CrTe nanowires could considerably enhance the Seebeck coefficient and the thermoelectric figure of merit.

  5. Effect of Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Delafossite-Type Oxide CuCrO2

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    Hayashi, Kei; Sato, Ken-ichi; Nozaki, Tomohiro; Kajitani, Tsuyoshi

    2008-01-01

    We have studied the effects of doping on the high-temperature thermoelectric properties of the delafossite-type oxide CuCrO2. The single or double doping of divalent cations for Cr3+ ions was carried out to introduce hole carriers. For the first step, we measured the electrical conductivity σ and Seebeck coefficient S of single-doped samples, and calculated the power factor P=σS2. Mg-, Zn-, Ca-, Ni-, and Co-doped samples showed a higher power factor than CuCrO2, while the Fe-, V-, and Mn-doped samples exhibited a lower power factor. The maximum power factor P=2.36×10-4 W/mK2 at 1100 K was obtained with the Mg-doped sample. The above tendencies of the power factor are well explained by the valence states and ionic radii of the dopants. For the next step, Mg and M (M = Zn, Ca, Ni, or Co) double-doped samples were prepared. Since there was no impurity phase in the Mg+Ni cases, we have elucidated the structure and high-temperature thermoelectric properties of CuCr0.97-xMg0.03NixO2 (0Seebeck coefficient of the double-doped samples was higher than that of the Mg-doped sample, in which the total number of hole carriers (i.e., the sum of the hole carriers in the Cu and Cr sites) is decreasing. The Seebeck coefficient of the double-doped samples was higher than 225 µV/K from 300 to 1100 K. The thermal conductivity of the double-doped samples (κ>6 W/mK) was higher than that of the Mg-doped sample. As a result, the maximum dimensionless figure of merit ZT=σS2T/κ=0.10 was realized with the sample of x=0.04 at 1100 K, which was twice as high as that of the Mg-doped sample.

  6. Photothermoelectric and photovoltaic effects both present in MoS2

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    Zhang, Youwei; Li, Hui; Wang, Lu; Wang, Haomin; Xie, Xiaomin; Zhang, Shi-Li; Liu, Ran; Qiu, Zhi-Jun

    2015-01-01

    As a finite-energy-bandgap alternative to graphene, semiconducting molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently attracted extensive interest for energy and sensor applications. In particular for broad-spectral photodetectors, multilayer MoS2 is more appealing than its monolayer counterpart. However, little is understood regarding the physics underlying the photoresponse of multilayer MoS2. Here, we employ scanning photocurrent microscopy to identify the nature of photocurrent generated in multilayer MoS2 transistors. The generation and transport of photocurrent in multilayer MoS2 are found to differ from those in other low-dimensional materials that only contribute with either photovoltaic effect (PVE) or photothermoelectric effect (PTE). In multilayer MoS2, the PVE at the MoS2-metal interface dominates in the accumulation regime whereas the hot-carrier-assisted PTE prevails in the depletion regime. Besides, the anomalously large Seebeck coefficient observed in multilayer MoS2, which has also been reported by others, is caused by hot photo-excited carriers that are not in thermal equilibrium with the MoS2 lattice. PMID:25605348

  7. Effects of doping on transport properties in Cu-Bi-Se-based thermoelectric materials.

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    Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Mun, Hyeon A; Kim, Sang Il; Lee, Ki Moon; Kim, Jungeun; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Sung Wng

    2014-12-15

    The thermoelectric properties of Zn-, In-, and I-doped Cu1.7Bi4.7Se8 pavonite homologues were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 560 K. On the basis of the comprehensive structural analysis using Rietveld refinement of synchrotron radiation diffraction for Cu(x+y)Bi(5-y)Se8 compounds with the inherently disordered crystallographic sites, we demonstrate a doping strategy that provides a simultaneous control for enhanced electronic transport properties by the optimization of carrier concentration and exceptionally low lattice thermal conductivity by the formation of point defects. Substituted Zn or In ions on Cu site was found to be an effective phonon scattering center as well as an electron donor, while doping on Bi site showed a moderate effect for phonon scattering. In addition, we achieved largely enhanced power factor in small amount of In doping on Cu site by increased electrical conductivity and moderately decreased Seebeck coefficient. Coupled with a low lattice thermal conductivity originated from intensified point defect phonon scattering by substituted In ions with host Cu ions, a thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of 0.24 at 560 K for Cu1.6915In0.0085Bi4.7Se8 was achieved, yielding 30% enhancement compared with that of a pristine Cu1.7Bi4.7Se8 at the same temperature. PMID:25402498

  8. Programming Current Reduction via Enhanced Asymmetry-Induced Thermoelectric Effects in Vertical Nanopillar Phase-Change Memory Cells

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    Bahl, Jyotsna; Rajendran, Bipin; Muralidharan, Bhaskaran

    2015-12-01

    Thermoelectric effects are envisioned to reduce programming currents in nanopillar phase change memory cells. However, due to the inherent symmetry in such a structure, the contribution due to thermoelectric effects on programming currents is minimal. In this work, we propose a hybrid phase change memory structure which incorporates a two-fold asymmetry specifically aimed to favorably enhance thermoelectric effects. The first asymmetry is introduced via an interface layer of low thermal conductivity and high negative Seebeck coefficient, such as, polycrystalline SiGe, between the bottom electrode contact and the active region comprising the phase change material. This results in an enhanced Peltier heating of the active material. The second one is introduced structurally via a taper that results in an angle dependent Thomson heating within the active region. Various device geometries are analyzed using 2D-axis-symmetric simulations to predict the effect on programming currents as well as for different thicknesses of the interface layer. A programming current reduction of up to $60\\%$ is predicted for specific cell geometries. Remarkably, we find that due to an interplay of Thomson cooling in the electrode and the asymmetric heating profile inside the active region, the predicted programming current reduction is resilient to fabrication variability.

  9. Apparatus and method for measuring the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity of materials

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    Hadek, V. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    An apparatus for measuring the thermoelectric properties of materials under high pressure is described that includes a pair of force transmitting assemblies constructed of thermally and electrically conductive material positioned between the ram and anvil of a press. Each force transmitting assembly has a small diameter pressing portion for contacting a face of the sample so that the sample can be squeezed between them. Each assembly also includes a heat exchanger to maintain the sample face at a controlled temperature, and an electrical conductor to carry current generated by the sample. A sleeve of thermally and electrically insulative material closely surrounds the pressing portions of the two assemblies.

  10. Poole-Frenkel effect in sputter-deposited CuAlO2+x nanocrystals

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    Narayan Banerjee, Arghya; Joo, Sang Woo

    2013-04-01

    Field-assisted thermionic emission within a sputter-deposited, nanocrystalline thin film of CuAlO2.06 is observed for the first time, and explained in terms of the Poole-Frenkel model. The presence of adsorbed oxygen ions as trap-states at the grain boundary regions of the nanostructured thin film is considered to manifest this phenomenon. Under an applied field, the barrier of the trap potential is lowered and thermal emission of charge carriers takes place at different sample temperatures to induce nonlinearity in the current (I)-voltage (V) characteristics of the nanomaterial. Fitting of the Poole-Frenkel model with the I-V data shows that the nonlinearity is effective above 50 V under the operating conditions. Calculations of the energy of the trap level, acceptor level and Fermi level reveal the existence of deep level trap-states and a shallow acceptor level with acceptor concentration considerably higher than the trap-states. Hall measurements confirm the p-type semiconductivity of the film, with a hole concentration around 1018 cm-3. Thermopower measurements give a room-temperature Seebeck coefficient around 130 μV K-1. This temperature-dependent conductivity enhancement within CuAlO2 nanomaterial may find interesting applications in transparent electronics and high-voltage applications for power supply networks.

  11. Poole-Frenkel effect in sputter-deposited CuAlO(2+x) nanocrystals.

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan; Joo, Sang Woo

    2013-04-26

    Field-assisted thermionic emission within a sputter-deposited, nanocrystalline thin film of CuAlO2.06 is observed for the first time, and explained in terms of the Poole-Frenkel model. The presence of adsorbed oxygen ions as trap-states at the grain boundary regions of the nanostructured thin film is considered to manifest this phenomenon. Under an applied field, the barrier of the trap potential is lowered and thermal emission of charge carriers takes place at different sample temperatures to induce nonlinearity in the current (I)-voltage (V) characteristics of the nanomaterial. Fitting of the Poole-Frenkel model with the I-V data shows that the nonlinearity is effective above 50 V under the operating conditions. Calculations of the energy of the trap level, acceptor level and Fermi level reveal the existence of deep level trap-states and a shallow acceptor level with acceptor concentration considerably higher than the trap-states. Hall measurements confirm the p-type semiconductivity of the film, with a hole concentration around 10(18) cm(-3). Thermopower measurements give a room-temperature Seebeck coefficient around 130 μV K(-1). This temperature-dependent conductivity enhancement within CuAlO2 nanomaterial may find interesting applications in transparent electronics and high-voltage applications for power supply networks. PMID:23535666

  12. Effect of Thermoelectric Modules' Topological Connection on Automotive Exhaust Heat Recovery System

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    Deng, Y. D.; Zheng, S. J.; Su, C. Q.; Yuan, X. H.; Yu, C. G.; Wang, Y. P.

    2016-03-01

    In automotive exhaust-based thermoelectric generators (AETEGs), a certain number of thermoelectric modules are connected in series and/or parallel to recover energy from exhaust gas, which provides a way to improve fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Because of the temperature distribution on the surfaces of heat exchanger, several types of modules are planned for use in an AETEG; however, property disparities among modules exist and wire resistance cannot be neglected in practical application, so experiments have been carried out to research effects of the two factors on the maximum output power of series and parallel connection. The performance of series and parallel connections have been characterized, and mathematic models have been built to analyze and predict the performance of each connection. Experiments and theoretical analysis reveal that parallel connection shows a better performance than series connection when large differences of Seebeck coefficient and resistivity exist. However, wire resistance will cause more significant power dissipation in parallel connection. The authors believe the research presented in this paper is the first to carry out an examination of the impact of module property disparity and wire resistance on the output power of an array of thermoelectric modules connected in series and parallel, which provides a reference for choosing module connection in AETEGs.

  13. Unravelling Doping Effects on PEDOT at the Molecular Level: From Geometry to Thermoelectric Transport Properties.

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    Shi, Wen; Zhao, Tianqi; Xi, Jinyang; Wang, Dong; Shuai, Zhigang

    2015-10-14

    Tuning carrier concentration via chemical doping is the most successful strategy to optimize the thermoelectric figure of merit. Nevertheless, how the dopants affect charge transport is not completely understood. Here we unravel the doping effects by explicitly including the scattering of charge carriers with dopants on thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, which is a p-type thermoelectric material with the highest figure of merit reported. We corroborate that the PEDOT exhibits a distinct transition from the aromatic to quinoid-like structure of backbone, and a semiconductor-to-metal transition with an increase in the level of doping. We identify a close-to-unity charge transfer from PEDOT to the dopant, and find that the ionized impurity scattering dominates over the acoustic phonon scattering in the doped PEDOT. By incorporating both scattering mechanisms, the doped PEDOT exhibits mobility, Seebeck coefficient and power factors in very good agreement with the experimental data, and the lightly doped PEDOT exhibits thermoelectric properties superior to the heavily doped one. We reveal that the thermoelectric transport is highly anisotropic in ordered crystals, and suggest to utilize large power factors in the direction of polymer backbone and low lattice thermal conductivity in the stacking and lamellar directions, which is viable in chain-oriented amorphous nanofibers. PMID:26406937

  14. Compositional disorder and its effect on the thermoelectric performance of Zn₃P₂ nanowire-copper nanoparticle composites.

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    Brockway, Lance; Vasiraju, Venkata; Vaddiraju, Sreeram

    2014-03-28

    Recent studies indicated that nanowire format of materials is ideal for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of materials. Most of these studies were performed using individual nanowires as the test elements. It is not currently clear whether bulk assemblies of nanowires replicate this enhanced thermoelectric performance of individual nanowires. Therefore, it is imperative to understand whether enhanced thermoelectric performance exhibited by individual nanowires can be extended to bulk assemblies of nanowires. It is also imperative to know whether the addition of metal nanoparticle to semiconductor nanowires can be employed for enhancing their thermoelectric performance further. Specifically, it is important to understand the effect of microstructure and composition on the thermoelectric performance on bulk compound semiconductor nanowire-metal nanoparticle composites. In this study, bulk composites composed of mixtures of copper nanoparticles with either unfunctionalized or 1,4-benzenedithiol (BDT) functionalized Zn₃P₂ nanowires were fabricated and analyzed for their thermoelectric performance. The results indicated that use of BDT functionalized nanowires for the fabrication of composites leads to interface-engineered composites that have uniform composition all across their cross-section. The interface engineering allows for increasing their Seebeck coefficients and electrical conductivities, relative to the Zn₃P₂ nanowire pellets. In contrast, the use of unfunctionalized Zn₃P₂ nanowires for the fabrication of composite leads to the formation of composites that are non-uniform in composition across their cross-section. Ultimately, the composites were found to have Zn₃P₂ nanowires interspersed with metal alloy nanoparticles. Such non-uniform composites exhibited very high electrical conductivities, but slightly lower Seebeck coefficients, relative to Zn₃P₂ nanowire pellets. These composites were found to show a very high zT of 0.23 at 770 K, orders of magnitude higher than either interface-engineered composites or Zn₃P₂ nanowire pellets. The results indicate that microstructural composition of semiconductor nanowire-metal nanoparticle composites plays a major role in determining their thermoelectric performance, and such composites exhibit enhanced thermoelectric performance. PMID:24577096

  15. Effect of synthetic conditions on the thermoelectric properties of polythiophene by electrolytic polymerization

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    Shinohara, Yoshikazu; Hiraishi, Kentaro; Isoda, Yukihiro; Imai, Yoshio; Oikawa, Hidetoshi

    2008-02-01

    Polythiophene films were synthesized by electrolytic polymerization using nitrobenzene as a solvent and tetra-n-butylammonium as an electrolyte. The electrolytic concentration and thiophene concentration were synthetic parameters. We have evaluated the thermoelectric properties of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and Hall mobility of the films in the in-plane direction. The films showed a tendency that Seebeck coefficient decreased with an increasing electrical conductivity. High electrical conductivity was achieved by both high carrier concentration and high Hall mobility, which are due to high compactness of polymer structure.

  16. Effect of a Transverse Magnetic Field on Solidification Structures in Unmodified and Sr-Modified Al-7wtpctSi Alloys During Directional Solidification

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    Li, Xi; Gagnoud, Annie; Fautrelle, Yves; Moreau, Rene; Du, Dafan; Ren, Zhongming; Lu, Xionggang

    2016-03-01

    The influence of a transverse magnetic field on the microstructures in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-7wtpctSi alloys during directional solidification was investigated. Experimental results indicated that the magnetic field caused the channel and freckle macrosegregations during directional solidification. Comparison of the microstructures in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-7wtpctSi alloys showed that the Sr-addition enhanced the convection effects. Moreover, the EBSD analysis revealed that the magnetic field changed the alignment of the α-Al dendrite and modified the distribution of dendrite fragments in both unmodified and Sr-modified Al-7wtpctSi alloys. Indeed, the application of the magnetic field caused the <001>-crystal direction of the α-Al dendrite to deflect from the solidification direction and induced the formation of dendrite fragments on one side of the sample. Further, the Seebeck signal ( E S) at the liquid/solid interface was measured in situ during directional solidification of Al-7wtpct Si alloy and the results indicated that the value of the E S was of the order of 10 μV and decreased with the increase of the growth speed. The above results may be attributed to the thermoelectric magnetic convection and its effect on the distribution of the solute Si. It is proven that solute effects are primarily responsible for dendrite fragmentation.

  17. Effect of ruthenium substitution in layered sodium cobaltate Na xCoO 2: Synthesis, structural and physical properties

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    Strobel, Pierre; Muguerra, Hervé; Hébert, Sylvie; Pachoud, Elise; Colin, Claire; Julien, Marc-Henri

    2009-07-01

    Solid-state synthesis of Na 0.71Co 1-xRu xO 2 compositions shows that ruthenium can be substituted for cobalt in the hexagonal Na 0.71CoO 2 phase up to x=0.5. The cell expands continuously with increasing ruthenium content. All mixed Co-Ru phases show a Curie-Weiss behaviour with no evidence of magnetic ordering down to 2 K. Unlike the parent phase Na 0.71CoO 2, ruthenium-substituted phases are all semiconducting. They exhibit high thermoelectric power, with a maximum of 165 μV/K at 300 K for x=0.3. The Curie constant C and Seebeck coefficient S show a non-monotonic evolution as a function of ruthenium content, demonstrating a remarkable interplay between magnetic properties and thermoelectricity. The presence of ruthenium has a detrimental effect on water intercalation and superconductivity in this system. Applying to Ru-substituted phases the oxidative intercalation of water known to lead to superconductivity in the Na xCoO 2 system yields a 2-water layer hydrate only for x=0.1, and this phase is not superconducting down to 2 K.

  18. Effect of microstructure on the thermoelectric properties of CSD-grown Bi2Sr2Co2Oy thin films

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    Wang, Shu-Fang; Yan, Guo-Ying; Chen, Shan-Shan; Bai, Zi-Long; Wang, Jiang-Long; Yu, Wei; Fu, Guang-Sheng

    2013-03-01

    Three Bi2Sr2Co2Oy thin films with different microstructures have been prepared by chemical solution deposition on LaAlO3(001) through varying the annealing temperature. With the decrease in the annealing temperature, both the size and c-axis alignment degree of grains in the film decrease as well, leading to an increase in the film resistivity. In addition, the decrease in the annealing temperature also results in a slight increase in the Seebeck coefficient due to the enhanced energy filtering effect of the small-grain film. The nanostructured Bi2Sr2Co2Oy film with an average grain size of about 100 nm shows a power factor comparable to that of films with larger grains. Since the thermal conductivity of the nanostructured films can be depressed due to the enhanced phonon scattering by grain boundary, a higher figure of merit is expected in Bi2Sr2Co2Oy thin film with grains in nanometer size.

  19. Exploring the doping effects of Ag in p-type PbSe compounds with enhanced thermoelectric performance

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    Wang, Shanyu; Zheng, Gang; Luo, Tingting; She, Xiaoyu; Li, Han; Tang, Xinfeng

    2011-11-01

    In this study, we prepared a series of Ag-doped PbSe bulk materials by a melting-quenching process combined with a subsequent spark plasma sintering process, and systematically investigated the doping effects of Ag on the thermoelectric properties. Ag substitution in the Pb site does not introduce resonant levels near the valence band edge or detectable change in the density of state in the vicinity of the Fermi level, but moves the Fermi level down and increases the carrier concentration to a maximum value of ~4.7 × 1019 cm-3 which is still insufficient for heavily doped PbSe compounds. Nonetheless, the non-monotonic variation in carrier concentration with increasing Ag content indicates that Ag doping reaches the solution limit at ~1.0% and the excessive Ag presumably acts as donors in the materials. Moreover, the large energy gap of the PbSe-based material wipes off significant 'roll-over' in the Seebeck coefficient at elevated temperatures which gives rise to high power factors, being comparable to p-type Te analogues. Consequently, the maximum ZT reaches ~1.0 for the 1.5% Ag-doped samples with optimized carrier density, which is ~70% improvement in comparison with an undoped sample and also superior to the commercialized p-type PbTe materials.

  20. Effect of Off-Stoichiometry on the Thermoelectric Properties of Heusler-Type Fe2VAl Sintered Alloys

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    Mikami, M.; Inukai, M.; Miyazaki, H.; Nishino, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Heusler-type Fe2V1- x Al1+ x sintered alloys with micrometer-sized grains were fabricated by the powder metallurgical process using mechanical alloying and pulse-current sintering. Both positive (˜90 μV/K) and negative (˜-140 μV/K) Seebeck coefficients were obtained for the composition ranges of x > 0 and x < 0, respectively, resulting from a Fermi level shift caused by the change in the valence electron concentration. The electrical resistivity was reduced by the carrier doping effect, especially at lower temperatures, resulting in an increased thermoelectric power factor of 2.8 mW/m-K2 for the p-type alloy with x = 0.06 and 5.0 mW/m-K2 for the n-type alloy with x = -0.06. In addition, the lattice thermal conductivity decreased with | x| because of phonon scattering at crystal lattice defects induced by the off-stoichiometry. Consequently, the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, was enhanced and reached 0.07 for p-type alloys with 0.06 < x < 0.15 and 0.18 for n-type alloys with -0.15 < x < -0.10 around 500 K. The ZT value was especially enhanced at higher temperatures by the off-stoichiometric composition control, which could extend the range of heat source temperatures for thermoelectric power generation applications using this alloy.

  1. Effect of copper doping on kinetic phenomena in n-Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2.85}Se{sub 0.15}

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    Zhitinskaya, M. K.; Nemov, S. A. Svechnikova, T. E.

    2007-10-15

    In single crystals of copper-doped and undoped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2.85}Se{sub 0.15} solid solutions with an electron concentration close to 1 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}, the temperature dependences are investigated for the Hall (R{sub 123}, R{sub 321}) and Seebeck (S{sub 11}) kinetic coefficients, the electrical-conductivity ({sigma}{sub 11}), Nernst-Ettingshausen (Q{sub 123}), and thermal conductivity (k{sub 11}) coefficients in the temperature range of 77-400 K. The absence of noticeable anomalies in the temperature dependences of the kinetic coefficients makes it possible to use the one-band model when analyzing the experimental results. Within the framework of the one-band model, the effective mass of density of states (m{sub d} {approx} 0.8m{sub 0}), the energy gap ({epsilon}{sub g} {approx} 0.2 eV), and the effective scattering parameter (r{sub eff} {approx} 0.2) are estimated. The obtained value of the parameter r{sub eff} is indicative of the mixed electron-scattering mechanism with the dominant scattering by acoustic phonons. Data on the thermal conductivity and the lattice resistivity obtained by subtracting the electron contribution according to the Wiedemann-Franz law are presented.

  2. In-situ Observation of Size and Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Sb-Te Nanowire in FIB Trimming

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    Chien, Chia-Hua; Lee, Ping-Chung; Tsai, Wei-Han; Lin, Chien-Hung; Lee, Chih-Hao; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-03-01

    In this report, the thermoelectric properties of a Bi0.8Sb1.2Te2.9 nanowire (NW) were in-situ studied as it was trimmed from 750 down to 490 and 285 nm in diameter by a focused ion beam. While electrical and thermal conductivities both indubitably decrease with the diameter reduction, the two physical properties clearly exhibit different diameter dependent behaviors. For 750 and 490 nm NWs, much lower thermal conductivities (0.72 and 0.69 W/m-K respectively) were observed as compared with the theoretical prediction of Callaway model. The consequence indicates that in addition to the size effect, extra phonon scattering of defects created by Ga ion irradiation was attributed to the reduction of thermal conductivities. As the NW was further trimmed down to 285 nm, both the electrical and thermal conductivities exhibited a dramatic reduction which was ascribed to the formation of amorphous structure due to Ga ion irradiation. The size dependence of Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit (ZT) show the maximum at 750 nm, then decrease linearly with size decrease. The study not only provides the thoroughly understanding of the size and defect effects on the thermoelectric properties but also proposes a possible method to manipulate the thermal conductivity of NWs via ion irradiation.

  3. In-situ Observation of Size and Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Sb-Te Nanowire in FIB Trimming.

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    Chien, Chia-Hua; Lee, Ping-Chung; Tsai, Wei-Han; Lin, Chien-Hung; Lee, Chih-Hao; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    In this report, the thermoelectric properties of a Bi0.8Sb1.2Te2.9 nanowire (NW) were in-situ studied as it was trimmed from 750 down to 490 and 285 nm in diameter by a focused ion beam. While electrical and thermal conductivities both indubitably decrease with the diameter reduction, the two physical properties clearly exhibit different diameter dependent behaviors. For 750 and 490 nm NWs, much lower thermal conductivities (0.72 and 0.69 W/m-K respectively) were observed as compared with the theoretical prediction of Callaway model. The consequence indicates that in addition to the size effect, extra phonon scattering of defects created by Ga ion irradiation was attributed to the reduction of thermal conductivities. As the NW was further trimmed down to 285 nm, both the electrical and thermal conductivities exhibited a dramatic reduction which was ascribed to the formation of amorphous structure due to Ga ion irradiation. The size dependence of Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit (ZT) show the maximum at 750 nm, then decrease linearly with size decrease. The study not only provides the thoroughly understanding of the size and defect effects on the thermoelectric properties but also proposes a possible method to manipulate the thermal conductivity of NWs via ion irradiation. PMID:27030206

  4. In-situ Observation of Size and Irradiation Effects on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Sb-Te Nanowire in FIB Trimming

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    Chien, Chia-Hua; Lee, Ping-Chung; Tsai, Wei-Han; Lin, Chien-Hung; Lee, Chih-Hao; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    In this report, the thermoelectric properties of a Bi0.8Sb1.2Te2.9 nanowire (NW) were in-situ studied as it was trimmed from 750 down to 490 and 285 nm in diameter by a focused ion beam. While electrical and thermal conductivities both indubitably decrease with the diameter reduction, the two physical properties clearly exhibit different diameter dependent behaviors. For 750 and 490 nm NWs, much lower thermal conductivities (0.72 and 0.69 W/m-K respectively) were observed as compared with the theoretical prediction of Callaway model. The consequence indicates that in addition to the size effect, extra phonon scattering of defects created by Ga ion irradiation was attributed to the reduction of thermal conductivities. As the NW was further trimmed down to 285 nm, both the electrical and thermal conductivities exhibited a dramatic reduction which was ascribed to the formation of amorphous structure due to Ga ion irradiation. The size dependence of Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit (ZT) show the maximum at 750 nm, then decrease linearly with size decrease. The study not only provides the thoroughly understanding of the size and defect effects on the thermoelectric properties but also proposes a possible method to manipulate the thermal conductivity of NWs via ion irradiation. PMID:27030206

  5. Effects of Pd substitution on the thermoelectric and electronic properties of delafossite Cu{sub 1−x}Pd{sub x}FeO{sub 2} (x=0.01, 0.03 and 0.05)

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    Ruttanapun, Chesta

    2014-07-01

    Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} (x=0.01, 0.03 and 005) delafossite was prepared by solid state reactions and was calcined/sintered at 1050 °C. The effect of Pd{sup 2+} substitution for the Cu{sup 1+} sites on the thermoelectric and electronic properties of Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} were investigated. The crystal structure, oxygen decomposition, thermoelectric and electronic properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity measurements. The characterization showed that Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} formed a hexagonal delafossite structure with R3−m symmetry. The existence of Pd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 1+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 4+} and O was revealed from the XPS results. Confirmation of Pd{sup 2+} substitution for the Cu{sup 1+} sites occurred by increasing the c-axis in the lattice parameter with a Pd content. The O content intercalated at the center of the triangular Cu acted as a support to produce Cu{sup 2+} ions and was reduced with an increasing Pd content. The mixed valencies of Cu{sup 1+}/Cu{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 1+}/Pd{sup 2+} in the Cu layer changed the electrical conductivity and the Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 4+} mixed valencies in the FeO{sub 6} layer caused the Seebeck coefficient to increase. Both the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient for Pd contents of x=0.01 and 0.03 were higher than that of non-doped CuFeO{sub 2}. The low thermal conductivity of Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} resulted from the substitution of Pd, which has a large atomic mass, into structure. The Jonker plot indicated that the electronic properties displayed a degenerate density of states and that Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} was a semiconductor. A high ZT value of 0.055 was obtained for a Pd content of 0.03 at 950 K. The Pd{sup 2+} substitution for the Cu{sup 1+} sites influenced the thermoelectric and electronic properties of the delafossite Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} samples. - Graphical abstract: Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} (x=0.01, 0.03 and 005) delafossite was prepared by solid state reactions. The characterization showed that Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} formed a hexagonal delafossite structure with R3−m symmetry. The existence of Pd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 1+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 4+} and O was revealed from the XPS results. The O content intercalated at the center of the triangular Cu acted as a support to produce Cu{sup 2+} ions and was reduced with an increasing Pd content. The mixed valencies of Cu{sup 1+}/Cu{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 1+}/Pd{sup 2+} in the Cu layer changed the electrical conductivity and the Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 4+} mixed valencies in the FeO{sub 6} layer caused the Seebeck coefficient to increase. Both the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient for Pd contents of x=0.01 and 0.03 were higher than that of non-doped CuFeO{sub 2}. The low thermal conductivity of Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} resulted from the substitution of Pd, which has a large atomic mass, into structure. A high ZT value of 0.055 was obtained for a Pd content of 0.03 at 950 K. The Pd{sup 2+} substitution for the Cu{sup 1+} sites influenced the thermoelectric and electronic properties of the delafossite Cu{sub (1−x)}Pd{sub (x)}FeO{sub 2} samples. - Highlights: • New compound of Cu{sub 1−x}Pd{sub x}FeO{sub 2} (x=0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) forms phase of delafossite. • The compound displays p-type thermoelectric materials. • The Pd-substituted for Cu{sup 1+} sites forms Pd{sup 2+}. • Mixed valencies of Cu{sup +}/Cu{sup 2+}, Cu{sup +}/Pd{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 4+} appear in the compound. • Large atomic mass of Pd-substituted causes low thermal conductivity.

  6. Effect of Bi Substitution on Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline [Ca2CoO3] pCoO2

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    Mikami, Masashi; Ando, Naoko; Guilmeau, Emmanuel; Funahashi, Ryoji

    2006-05-01

    Partially Bi-substituted [Ca2CoO3] pCoO2 ceramics were synthesized using a hot-forging technique. Then, the effects of Bi-substitution on microstructure and thermoelectric properties were evaluated. The average grain size of the precursor powder prepared by a solid-state reaction increased concomitant with the increase in Bi content. Furthermore, the electrical resistivity (ρ) of the hot-forged sample was decreased accordingly. Seebeck coefficient (S) was increased slightly by Bi-substitution and was less affected by grain size. Therefore, power factor (\\mathit{PF}=S2/ρ) was improved. On the other hand, the ρ of the hot-forged sample was reduced using a large-grained precursor powder prepared by a solution growth method. Different from the case of the former samples made from as-sintered powder, the ρ of the sample made from large-grained powder was increased slightly with the increase in Bi content. These results indicate that the main advantage of Bi-substitution for the decrease in the ρ of the hot-forged sample is the enhanced grain growth during the heat treatment processes.

  7. Spray pyrolysis of tin selenide thin-film semiconductors: the effect of selenium concentration on the properties of the thin films

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    Fadavieslam, M. R.; Bagheri-Mohagheghi, M. M.

    2013-08-01

    Thin films of tin selenide (SnxSey) with an atomic ratio of , 1 and 1.5 were prepared on a glass substrate at T = 470°C using a spray pyrolysis technique. The initial materials for the preparation of the thin films were an alcoholic solution consisting of tin chloride (SnCl4· 5H2O) and selenide acide (H2SeO3). The prepared thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning helium ion microscopy, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The photoconductivity and thermoelectric effects of the SnxSey thin films were then studied. The SnxSey thin films had a polycrystalline structure with an almost uniform surface and cluster type growth. The increasing atomic ratio of r in the films, the optical gap, photosensitivity and Seebeck coefficient were changed from 1.6 to 1.37 eV, 0.01 to 0.31 and -26.2 to -42.7 mV/K (at T = 350 K), respectively. In addition, the XRD patterns indicated intensity peaks in r = 1 that corresponded to the increase in the SnSe and SnSe2 phases.

  8. Effects of doping on the positional uniformity of the thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 polycrystalline bulks

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    Choi, Soon-Mok; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Lee, Soonil

    2016-01-01

    The reproducibility problem is one of the central issues in n-type Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric materials. We herein investigate the effects of doping on the positional uniformity of the electronic transport properties of spark-plasma-sintered Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 polycrystalline bulks. Both the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient showed severe deviations with position in the pristine Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 bulk due to the variation in carrier concentration originating from the formation of Te- and Se-site vacancies. This non-uniformity problem could be significantly improved by the addition of excess elemental Cu and Te. Uniformity enhanced by Cu addition might be considered to be related with the suppression of Te/Se evaporation in the presence of intercalated Cu atoms. A maximum power factor value of ˜2.72 mW/mK2 at 300 K was obtained for Cu0.01Bi2Te2.7Se0.3.

  9. Effects of SiC Nanodispersion on the Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type and n-Type Bi2Te3-Based Alloys

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    Liu, Da-Wei; Li, Jing-Feng; Chen, Chen; Zhang, Bo-Ping

    2011-05-01

    Polycrystalline p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 and n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 thermoelectric (TE) alloys containing a small amount (vol.% ≤5) of SiC nanoparticles were fabricated by mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering. It was revealed that the effects of SiC addition on TE properties can be different between p-type and n-type Bi2Te3-based alloys. SiC addition slightly increased the power factor of the p-type materials by decreasing both the electrical resistivity ( ρ) and Seebeck coefficient ( α), but decreased the power factor of n-type materials by increasing both ρ and α. Regardless of the conductivity type, the thermal conductivity was reduced by dispersing SiC nanoparticles in the Bi2Te3-based alloy matrix. As a result, a small amount (0.1 vol.%) of SiC addition increased the maximum dimensionless figure of merit ( ZT max) of the p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 alloys from 0.88 for the SiC-free sample to 0.97 at 323 K, though no improvement in TE performance was obtained in the case of n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 alloys. Importantly, the SiC-dispersed alloys showed better mechanical properties, which can improve material machinability and device reliability.

  10. Effects of (Al,Ge) double doping on the thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicides

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    Chen, Xi; Weathers, Annie; Salta, Daniel; Zhang, Libin; Zhou, Jianshi; Goodenough, John B.; Shi, Li

    2013-11-01

    Experiments and analysis have been carried out to investigate the effects of Al and (Al,Ge) doping on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of polycrystalline higher manganese silicide (HMS) samples, which were prepared by solid-state reaction, ball milling, and followed by spark plasma sintering. It has been found that Al doping effectively increases the hole concentration, which leads to an increase in the electrical conductivity and power factor. By introducing the second dopant Ge into Al-doped HMS, the electrical conductivity is increased, and the Seebeck coefficient is decreased as a result of further increased hole concentration. The peak power factor is found to occur at a hole concentration between 1.8 × 1021 and 2.2 × 1021 cm-3 measured at room temperature. The (Al,Ge)-doped HMS samples show lower power factors owing to their higher hole concentrations. The mobility of Mn(Al0.0035GeySi0.9965-y)1.8 with y = 0.035 varies approximately as T-3/2 above 200 K, suggesting acoustic phonon scattering is the dominant scattering mechanism. The thermal conductivity of HMS does not change appreciably by Al or (Al,Ge) doping. The maximum ZT of (Al,Ge)-doped HMS is 0.57 at 823 K, which is similar to the highest value found in the Al-doped HMS samples. The ZT values were reduced in the Mn(Al0.0035GeySi0.9965-y)1.8 samples with high Ge concentration of y = 0.025 and 0.035, because of reduced power factor. In addition, a two-band model was employed to show that the hole contribution to the thermal conductivity dominates the bipolar and electron contributions for all samples from 300 to 823 K and accounts for about 12% of the total thermal conductivity at about 800 K.

  11. Microwave-induced spin currents in ferromagnetic-insulator|normal-metal bilayer system

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    Agrawal, Milan; Serga, Alexander A.; Lauer, Viktor; Papaioannou, Evangelos Th.; Hillebrands, Burkard; Vasyuchka, Vitaliy I.

    2014-09-01

    A microwave technique is employed to simultaneously examine the spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effect processes in a YIG|Pt bilayer system. The experimental results show that for these two processes, the spin current flows in opposite directions. The temporal dynamics of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect exhibits that the effect depends on the diffusion of bulk thermal-magnons in the thermal gradient in the ferromagnetic-insulator|normal-metal system.

  12. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cell using Bi2Te3 nanotube/ZnO nanoparticle composite photoanode by the synergistic effect of photovoltaic and thermoelectric conversion

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    Dou, Yuanyao; Wu, Fang; Fang, Liang; Liu, Gaobin; Mao, Caiying; Wan, Kai; Zhou, Miao

    2016-03-01

    Ultralong and highly crystalline rhombohedral Bi2Te3 nanotubes were fabricated by a two-step solution phase reaction. A novel photoanode architecture has been fabricated by embedding 0-2.5 wt.% Bi2Te3 nanotubes into ZnO nanoparticles. The photocurrent density-voltage (J-V) characteristics reveal that the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with Bi2Te3/ZnO composite photoanode exhibit significantly enhanced photovoltaic performance. Notably, the DSSC incorporating 1.5 wt.% Bi2Te3 in the ZnO photoanode demonstrates an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 4.27%, which is 44.3% higher than that of the bare ZnO photoanode. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis shows that the Bi2Te3 nanotubes can provide a direct pathway for electron transportation, prolong the lifetime of electrons, suppress the charge recombination and improve the electron collection efficiency. The thermoelectric effect analysis indicates that with the increase of irradiation time, Bi2Te3/ZnO composite photoanode could convert both heat and photon energies to electrical energy simultaneously and slow down the decline of η. The calculated electron density (ns) further proves that the increment of short-circuit current density (Jsc) is attributed to Seebeck effect in the composite photoanode. These results suggest that compositing 1D thermoelectric nano-materials in photoanode is a promising route to improve the performance of DSSCs.

  13. Nano-scale effects in bulk nanostructured thermoelectrics

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    Satyala, Nikhil

    The technique of energy harvesting via thermoelectric (TE) materials is one of the favorable directions towards manifesting sustainable energy resources. The ability of TE materials to directly convert heat energy to electricity facilitates the reduction in consumption of natural resources for power generation. The requirements of high electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient while maintaining a low thermal conductivity for attaining higher TE performance introduced newer material processing techniques. Several efficient techniques for nano-scale structural modifications such as alloying, point defects, nanostructuring etc. were implemented for improvement in the figure-of-merit. Quantum confinement techniques based on nanostructuring of compounds gained prominence due to the resulting reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity. In this dissertation, various aspects of theoretical and experimental techniques pertaining to the nano-scale effects in TE materials were investigated. As a first step, in order to better understand the advantages and disadvantages of nanostructuring, TE characteristics of silicide based materials such as Mg2Si and Si1-xGex were theoretically modeled. A comprehensive comparison of effects of nanostructuring in both the materials was deduced. The fact that nanostructuring may not always be beneficial was highlighted through estimation of phonon mean free path in nanostructured compounds. In the second phase of this dissertation, a novel technique through mixing of a conductive glass-frit for improving the mechanical stability of Mg2Si was successfully developed. The studies were followed up by investigations on the benefits of combinatorial effects of nano-inclusions, nanostructuring and long duration annealing based on Bi2Te 3. In the final phase of this dissertation work, the technique of rapid decrystallization of single crystal silicon by high energy microwaves was introduced and the beneficial effects of rapid decrystallization were experimentally deduced. It was shown that a significant reduction in room temperature thermal conductivity of single crystal silicon could be achieved by means of grain size reduction via microwave energy. The advantages of nanostructuring in thermoelectric materials combined with techniques such as nano-inclusions, long duration annealing and rapid decrystallization have been explored comprehensively in this dissertation work. Such combinatorial techniques could be beneficially used to further enhance the efficiencies of thermoelectric materials.

  14. Are Effective Properties Effective?

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    Han, Ru; Ingber, Marc S.; Hsiao, S.-C.

    2008-02-15

    The effective moduli (effective Young's modulus, effective Poisson's ratio, effective shear modulus, and effective bulk modulus) of dispersed-phase-reinforced composite materials are determined at the mesoscopic level using three-dimensional parallel boundary element simulations. By comparing the mesoscopic BEM results and the macroscopic results based on effective properties, limitations in the effective property approach have been examined.

  15. Strategies for developing optimal thermoelectric metrology protocols

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    Martin, Joshua

    2012-02-01

    The Seebeck coefficient is an essential physical property routinely measured to evaluate the potential performance of new thermoelectric materials. These materials facilitate the inter-conversion of thermal and electrical energy and are useful in power generation or solid-state refrigeration applications. However, the diversity in Seebeck coefficient measurement techniques, conditions, and probe arrangements has resulted in conflicting materials data, further complicating the inter-laboratory confirmation of reported higher efficiency thermoelectric materials. In an effort to identify optimal thermoelectric measurement protocols, we have developed a complimentary strategy to both evaluate and compare these different probe arrangements and measurement methodologies: first, through the design of an innovative experimental apparatus, and second, through error modeling of Seebeck coefficient measurements using finite element analysis. This talk will include a discussion of key measurement challenges, example diagnostics, and recommended practices to effectively manage uncertainty in Seebeck coefficient measurements.

  16. Effect of rare earth substitution on the structural and electrical properties of Cu-Mg ferrite

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    Ateia, E.; Ahmed, M. A.; Ghouniem, R. M.

    2015-07-01

    The samples of Cu0.9Mg0.1RyFe2-yO4, where y = 0.01 and R = Sm, Dy, Ho and Hf, were prepared by standard ceramic method. All investigated samples were sintered at 1150C with a heating rate of 4C/min and sintering time of 8 h. X-ray diffraction study of the compositions revealed the formation of cubic spinel structure with the appearance of small peaks indicating the presence of secondary phases. Seebeck coefficient was obtained from thermo-electromotive force (emf) measurements. The alternation of the Seebeck coefficient sign between (+)ve and (-)ve means that the two conduction mechanisms take place simultaneously. The dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant, quality factor were determined as a function of temperature and at different frequencies. The decrease in Fe3+ ions on the octahedral site decreased the polarization of the system, through the dielectric transition point.

  17. Effect of Alkyl Ligand Size on Thermoelectric Properties of Gold Nanocrystal Arrays

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    Chang, William; Russ, Boris; Urban, Jeffrey; Segalman, Rachel

    2014-03-01

    Traditional thermoelectric materials suffer from low efficiencies due to inverse coupling of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, which limits the power factor. Decoupling of these two physical properties represents an exciting opportunity, and has previously been demonstrated in molecular junctions. Using molecular junction design principles for guidance, we designed gold nanocrystal arrays with varying alkyl linkers. We demonstrate that the conductivity of these nanocrystal arrays follows a conventional tunneling model, where the length between nanoparticles dictates conductance. Interestingly, the Seebeck coefficients are not explained by single molecule tunneling junction theory. Metal ligand charge transfer theory, in conjunction with optical spectroscopy, is used to explain thin film charge transport. We compare these macroscale thin film transport properties to single molecule electronic transmission measurements reported in previous studies. This result will lend further insight into how molecular junctions and nanocrystal arrays can be integrated for materials with higher power factors.

  18. Temperature Gradient Measurements by Using Thermoelectric Effect in CNTs-Silicone Adhesive Composite

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    Chani, Muhammad Tariq Saeed; Karimov, Kh. S.; Asiri, Abdullah M.; Ahmed, Nisar; Bashir, Muhammad Mehran; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Rub, Malik Abdul; Azum, Naved

    2014-01-01

    This work presents the fabrication and investigation of thermoelectric cells based on composite of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and silicone adhesive. The composite contains CNT and silicon adhesive 1∶1 by weight. The current-voltage characteristics and dependences of voltage, current and Seebeck coefficient on the temperature gradient of cell were studied. It was observed that with increase in temperature gradient the open circuit voltage, short circuit current and the Seebeck coefficient of the cells increase. Approximately 7 times increase in temperature gradient increases the open circuit voltage and short circuit current up to 40 and 5 times, respectively. The simulation of experimental results is also carried out; the simulated results are well matched with experimental results. PMID:24748375

  19. Nanograin Effects on the Thermoelectric Properties of Poly-Si Nanowires

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    Neophytou, N.; Zianni, X.; Ferri, M.; Roncaglia, A.; Cerofolini, G. F.; Narducci, D.

    2013-07-01

    In this work we perform a theoretical analysis of the thermoelectric performance of polycrystalline Si nanowires (NWs) by considering both electron and phonon transport. The simulations are calibrated with experimental data from monocrystalline and polycrystalline structures. We show that heavily doped polycrystalline NW structures with grain size below 100 nm might offer an alternative approach to achieve simultaneous thermal conductivity reduction and power factor improvements through improvements in the Seebeck coefficient. We find that deviations from the homogeneity of the channel and/or reduction in the diameter may provide strong reduction in the thermal conductivity. Interestingly, our calculations show that the Seebeck coefficient and consequently the power factor can be improved significantly once the polycrystalline geometry is properly optimized, while avoiding strong reduction in the electrical conductivity. In such a way, ZT values even higher than the ones reported for monocrystalline Si NWs can be achieved.

  20. Temperature gradient measurements by using thermoelectric effect in CNTs-silicone adhesive composite.

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    Chani, Muhammad Tariq Saeed; Karimov, Kh S; Asiri, Abdullah M; Ahmed, Nisar; Bashir, Muhammad Mehran; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Rub, Malik Abdul; Azum, Naved

    2014-01-01

    This work presents the fabrication and investigation of thermoelectric cells based on composite of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and silicone adhesive. The composite contains CNT and silicon adhesive 1∶1 by weight. The current-voltage characteristics and dependences of voltage, current and Seebeck coefficient on the temperature gradient of cell were studied. It was observed that with increase in temperature gradient the open circuit voltage, short circuit current and the Seebeck coefficient of the cells increase. Approximately 7 times increase in temperature gradient increases the open circuit voltage and short circuit current up to 40 and 5 times, respectively. The simulation of experimental results is also carried out; the simulated results are well matched with experimental results. PMID:24748375

  1. Effects of Se substitution on the thermoelectric performance of n-type Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x} skutterudites

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    Duan, Bo; Zhai, Pengcheng; Liu, Lisheng; Zhang, Qingjie

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ? The simple solid state reaction technique was employed to prepare Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x} skutterudites. ? The thermal conductivity decreases gradually with the increasing Se content. ? Doping with moderate Se is an effective way to enhance the thermoelectric performance of Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x}. ? The highest ZT of 1.11 at 800 K is obtained for the Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.58}Se{sub 0.12} sample. -- Abstract: A series of double-substituted Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x} skutterudites have been fabricated by combining the solid state reaction and the spark plasma sintering method, and the effects of Se substitution on the thermoelectric properties are characterized by measurements of the electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient and the thermal conductivity in the temperature range of 300800 K. Doping Se into the Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x} matrix suppresses the carrier concentration, and the electrical conductivity actually decreases with the Se content. However, moderate Se doping is effective in enhancing the thermoelectric performance of the n-type Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 11.3}Te{sub 0.7?x}Se{sub x}, because of the resulted dramatically decreased thermal conductivity. Analyses indicate that the heightened point-defect scattering induced by Se doping together with the electronphonon scattering induced by Te doping is responsible for the reduction of lattice thermal conductivity of these compounds.

  2. Model for Increasing the Power Obtained from a Thermoelectric Generator Module

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    Huang, Gia-Yeh; Hsu, Cheng-Ting; Yao, Da-Jeng

    2014-06-01

    We have developed a model for finding the most efficient way of increasing the power obtained from a thermoelectric generator (TEG) module with a variety of operating conditions and limitations. The model is based on both thermoelectric principles and thermal resistance circuits, because a TEG converts heat into electricity consistent with these two theories. It is essential to take into account thermal contact resistance when estimating power generation. Thermal contact resistance causes overestimation of the measured temperature difference between the hot and cold sides of a TEG in calculation of the theoretical power generated, i.e. the theoretical power is larger than the experimental power. The ratio of the experimental open-loop voltage to the measured temperature difference, the effective Seebeck coefficient, can be used to estimate the thermal contact resistance in the model. The ratio of the effective Seebeck coefficient to the theoretical Seebeck coefficient, the Seebeck coefficient ratio, represents the contact conditions. From this ratio, a relationship between performance and different variables can be developed. The measured power generated by a TEG module (TMH400302055; Wise Life Technology, Taiwan) is consistent with the result obtained by use of the model; the relative deviation is 10%. Use of this model to evaluate the most efficient means of increasing the generated power reveals that the TEG module generates 0.14 W when the temperature difference is 25°C and the Seebeck coefficient ratio is 0.4. Several methods can be used triple the amount of power generated. For example, increasing the temperature difference to 43°C generates 0.41 W power; improving the Seebeck coefficient ratio to 0.65 increases the power to 0.39 W; simultaneously increasing the temperature difference to 34°C and improving the Seebeck coefficient ratio to 0.5 increases the power to 0.41 W. Choice of the appropriate method depends on the limitations of system, the cost, and the environment.

  3. Detailed Uncertainty Analysis of the ZEM-3 Measurement System

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    Mackey, Jon; Sehirlioglu, Alp; Dynys, Fred

    2014-01-01

    The measurement of Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity are critical to the investigation of all thermoelectric systems. Therefore, it stands that the measurement uncertainty must be well understood to report ZT values which are accurate and trustworthy. A detailed uncertainty analysis of the ZEM-3 measurement system has been performed. The uncertainty analysis calculates error in the electrical resistivity measurement as a result of sample geometry tolerance, probe geometry tolerance, statistical error, and multi-meter uncertainty. The uncertainty on Seebeck coefficient includes probe wire correction factors, statistical error, multi-meter uncertainty, and most importantly the cold-finger effect. The cold-finger effect plagues all potentiometric (four-probe) Seebeck measurement systems, as heat parasitically transfers through thermocouple probes. The effect leads to an asymmetric over-estimation of the Seebeck coefficient. A thermal finite element analysis allows for quantification of the phenomenon, and provides an estimate on the uncertainty of the Seebeck coefficient. The thermoelectric power factor has been found to have an uncertainty of +9-14 at high temperature and 9 near room temperature.

  4. Measurement of Inhomogeneities in MIMS Thermocouples Using a Linear-Gradient Furnace and Dual Heat-Pipe Scanner

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    Webster, E. S.; White, D. R.; Edgar, H.

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes a linear-gradient furnace and a thermocouple homogeneity scanner that, together, measure changes in the Seebeck coefficient as a function of time and temperature. The furnace first exposes the test thermocouple to all temperatures in the range spanned by the furnace gradient. The homogeneity scanner then measures the Seebeck coefficient along the length of the thermocouple. By correlating the position on the thermocouple with the temperature in the furnace, changes in the Seebeck coefficient can be correlated with the temperature to which that part of the thermocouple was exposed. Repeat exposures for different durations allow the rapid accumulation of data describing drift versus temperature and time. The known profile of the furnace combined with the high resolution of the dual heat-pipe scanner enable the detection of Seebeck coefficient changes of less than 0.02 % over sub-millimeter distances. The high resolution of the scanner also minimizes the underestimation of short-range changes in the Seebeck coefficient. With the addition of other treatment processes, such as annealing, quenching, and cold work, the system can assess the full variety of reversible and irreversible effects in thermocouples. Preliminary experiments on base-metal thermocouples confirm much of the known long-term behavior. However, the system has also exposed the rapid onset of some of these effects at low temperatures, the large amount and variability of cold work in new thermocouples, and large variations between different thermocouples of the same type.

  5. Synthesis and thermoelectric properties of RuO{sub 2} nanorods

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    Music, Denis; Basse, Felix H.-U.; Schneider, Jochen M.; Hassdorf, Ralf

    2010-07-15

    We have explored the effect of the O/Ru ratio on the morphology and the Seebeck coefficient of RuO{sub 2} nanorods (space group P4{sub 2}/mnm) synthesized by reactive sputtering. At an O/Ru ratio of 1.69, a faceted surface is observed, while nanorod formation occurs at O/Ru ratios of 2.03 and 2.24. Using classical molecular dynamics with the potential parameters derived in this work, we show that volatile species enable nanorod formation. Based on ab initio calculations, two effects of the nanorod formation on the Seebeck coefficient are observed: (i) increase due to additional states in the vicinity of the Fermi level and (ii) decrease due to oxygen point defects (volatile species). These two competing effects give rise to a moderate increase in the Seebeck coefficient upon nanorod formation.

  6. Electronic and thermoelectric transport properties for a zigzag graphene-silicene-graphene heterojunction modulated by external field

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    Zhou, Benhu; Zhou, Benliang; Zeng, Yangsu; Zhou, Guanghui; Duan, Manyi

    2016-04-01

    we investigate the electronic and thermoelectric transport properties for a graphene-silicene-graphene (GSG) heterojunction with zigzag-edge nanoribbons under the modulation of the effective spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and potential energy. Using the nonequilibrium Green's function method, it is demonstrated that both the transmission coefficient T and the charge Seebeck coefficient SC display the oscillatory behavior and can be effectively modulated by effective SOC λSO and the potential energy V0. Furthermore, the even-odd difference in transport and thermoelectric properties disappears in the GSG heterojunction. Additionally, the dependence of the transmission coefficient and the charge Seebeck coefficient on Anderson disorder strength has been studied.

  7. Silicide/Silicon Hetero-Junction Structure for Thermoelectric Applications.

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    Jun, Dongsuk; Kim, Soojung; Choi, Wonchul; Kim, Junsoo; Zyung, Taehyoung; Jang, Moongyu

    2015-10-01

    We fabricated silicide/silicon hetero-junction structured thermoelectric device by CMOS process for the reduction of thermal conductivity with the scatterings of phonons at silicide/silicon interfaces. Electrical conductivities, Seebeck coefficients, power factors, and temperature differences are evaluated using the steady state analysis method. Platinum silicide/silicon multilayered structure showed an enhanced Seebeck coefficient and power factor characteristics, which was considered for p-leg element. Also, erbium silicide/silicon structure showed an enhanced Seebeck coefficient, which was considered for an n-leg element. Silicide/silicon multilayered structure is promising for thermoelectric applications by reducing thermal conductivity with an enhanced Seebeck coefficient. However, because of the high thermal conductivity of the silicon packing during thermal gradient is not a problem any temperature difference. Therefore, requires more testing and analysis in order to overcome this problem. Thermoelectric generators are devices that based on the Seebeck effect, convert temperature differences into electrical energy. Although thermoelectric phenomena have been used for heating and cooling applications quite extensively, it is only in recent years that interest has increased in energy generation. PMID:26726353

  8. Thermoelectricity and disorder of FeCo/MgO/FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Wang, Shi-Zhuo; Xia, Ke; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.

    2014-12-01

    We compute the thermoelectric transport parameterized by the Seebeck coefficient and thermal/electric conductance of random-alloy FeCo/MgO/FeCo(001) magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) from first principles using a generalized Landauer-Büttiker formalism. The thermopower is found to be typically smaller than those of Fe/MgO/Fe(001) MTJs. The (magneto-)Seebeck effect is sensitive to the details of the FeCo/MgO interfaces. Interfacial can greatly enhance the thermoelectric effects in MTJs. We also compute angular-dependent Seebeck coefficients that provide additional information about the transport physics. We report large deviations from the Wiedemann-Franz law at room temperature.

  9. Effect of Nickel Substitution on Defect Chemistry, Electrical Properties, and Dimensional Stability of Calcium-Doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-06-30

    The effect of nickel substitution on defect chemistry, electrical properties, and dimensional stability of calcium-doped yttrium chromite was studied for use as an interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The compositions of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr1-xNixO3±δ (x=0-0.15), prepared using the glycine nitrate process, showed single phase orthorhombic perovskite structures over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures (10^-17 atm ≤ pO2 ≤ 0.21 atm). X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated that most of the nickel ions replacing chromium ions are divalent and act as acceptor dopants, leading to a substantial increase in conductivity. In particular, the conductivity at 900 degree C in air increased from 10 S/cm to 34 S/cm with 15% nickel substitution, and an increase in charge carrier density was confirmed by Seebeck measurements. A point defect model was derived, and the relationship between electrical conductivity and oxygen partial pressure was successfully fitted into the proposed model. The defect modeling results indicated that nickel substitution improves the stability of calcium-doped yttrium chromite toward reduction and suppresses the oxygen vacancy formation, which results in significantly increased electrical conductivity in reducing environment. The electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Ni0.15O3±δ at 900 degree C in reducing atmosphere (pO2=10^-17 atm) was 5.8 S/cm, which was more than an order of magnitude higher than that of Y0.8Ca0.2CrO3±δ (0.2 S/cm). Improved stability in reducing atmosphere was further confirmed by dilatometry measurements showing reduced isothermal "chemical" expansion, and the isothermal expansion in reducing atmosphere (pO2=10^-17 atm) at 900 degree C decreased from 0.07% for Y0.8Ca0.2CrO3±δ to 0.03% for Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Ni0.15O3±δ. Based on these results, enhanced electrical performance and mechanical integrity is expected with nickel substitution on calcium-doped yttrium chromite in SOFC operating conditions.

  10. Infrared and thermoelectric power generation in thin atomic layer deposited Nb-doped TiO{sub 2} films

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    Mann, Harkirat S.; Lang, Brian N.; Schwab, Yosyp; Scarel, Giovanna; Niemelä, Janne-Petteri; Karppinen, Maarit

    2015-01-15

    Infrared radiation is used to radiatively transfer heat to a nanometric power generator (NPG) device with a thermoelectric Nb-doped TiO{sub 2} film deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) as the active element, onto a borosilicate glass substrate. The linear rise of the produced voltage with respect to the temperature difference between the “hot” and “cold” junctions, typical of the Seebeck effect, is missing. The discovery of the violation of the Seebeck effect in NPG devices combined with the ability of ALD to tune thermoelectric thin film properties could be exploited to increase the efficiency of these devices for energy harvesting purposes.

  11. Low effective mass and carrier concentration optimization for high performance p-type Mg2(1-x)Li2xSi0.3Sn0.7 solid solutions.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Cheng, Long; Liu, Wei; Zheng, Yun; Su, Xianli; Chi, Hang; Liu, Huijun; Yan, Yonggao; Tang, Xinfeng; Uher, Ctirad

    2014-11-21

    Mg2Si1-xSnx solid solutions are promising thermoelectric materials for power generation applications in the 500-800 K range. Outstanding n-type forms of these solid solutions have been developed in the past few years with the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT as high as 1.4. Unfortunately, no comparable performance has been achieved so far with p-type forms of the structure. In this work, we use Li doping on Mg sites in an attempt to enhance and control the concentration of hole carriers. We show that Li as well as Ga is a far more effective p-type dopant in comparison to Na or K. With the increasing content of Li, the electrical conductivity rises rapidly on account of a significantly enhanced density of holes. While the Seebeck coefficient decreases concomitantly, the power factor retains robust values supported by a rather high mobility of holes. Theoretical calculations indicate that Mg2Si0.3Sn0.7 intrinsically possesses the almost convergent double valence band structure (the light and heavy band), and Li doping retains a low density of states (DOS) on the top of the valence band, contrary to the Ga doping at the sites of Si/Sn. Low temperature specific heat capacity studies attest to a low DOS effective mass in Li-doped samples and consequently their larger hole mobility. The overall effect is a large power factor of Li-doped solid solutions. Although the thermal conductivity increases as more Li is incorporated in the structure, the enhanced carrier density effectively shifts the onset of intrinsic excitations (bipolar effect) to higher temperatures, and the beneficial role of phonon Umklapp processes as the primary limiting factor to the lattice thermal conductivity is thus extended. The final outcome is the figure of merit ZT ∼ 0.5 at 750 K for x = 0.07. This represents a 30% improvement in the figure of merit of p-type Mg2Si1-xSnx solid solutions over the literature values. Hence, designing low DOS near Fermi level EF for given carrier pockets can serve as an effective approach to optimize the PF and thus ZT value. PMID:25178356

  12. Kondo effect and thermoelectric transport in CePd3Be x.

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    Gumeniuk, Roman; Schnelle, Walter; Kvashnina, Kristina O; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2016-04-27

    The physical properties of the series CePd3Be x ([Formula: see text]) have been studied. Introducing Be into CePd3 results in a drastic reduction of the Seebeck coefficient from 100 μV K(-1) at 300 K to  -2 μV K(-1), respectively. Paramagnetism of Ce(3+) free ions and metallic conduction dominate the physical properties. A structural transition at x  =  0.25 is accompanied by a significant lowering of the Kondo temperature and leads to a successive suppression of the thermoelectric performance of CePd3Be x with increasing x. PMID:27009024

  13. Anisotropic Effects on the Thermoelectric Properties of Highly Oriented Electrodeposited Bi2Te3 Films.

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    Manzano, Cristina V; Abad, Begoña; Muñoz Rojo, Miguel; Koh, Yee Rui; Hodson, Stephen L; Lopez Martinez, Antonio M; Xu, Xianfan; Shakouri, Ali; Sands, Timothy D; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2016-01-01

    Highly oriented [1 1 0] Bi2Te3 films were obtained by pulsed electrodeposition. The structure, composition, and morphology of these films were characterized. The thermoelectric figure of merit (zT), both parallel and perpendicular to the substrate surface, were determined by measuring the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity in each direction. At 300 K, the in-plane and out-of-plane figure of merits of these Bi2Te3 films were (5.6 ± 1.2)·10(-2) and (10.4 ± 2.6)·10(-2), respectively. PMID:26776726

  14. Anisotropic Effects on the Thermoelectric Properties of Highly Oriented Electrodeposited Bi2Te3 Films

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    Manzano, Cristina V.; Abad, Begoña; Muñoz Rojo, Miguel; Koh, Yee Rui; Hodson, Stephen L.; Lopez Martinez, Antonio M.; Xu, Xianfan; Shakouri, Ali; Sands, Timothy D.; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2016-01-01

    Highly oriented [1 1 0] Bi2Te3 films were obtained by pulsed electrodeposition. The structure, composition, and morphology of these films were characterized. The thermoelectric figure of merit (zT), both parallel and perpendicular to the substrate surface, were determined by measuring the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity in each direction. At 300 K, the in-plane and out-of-plane figure of merits of these Bi2Te3 films were (5.6 ± 1.2)·10−2 and (10.4 ± 2.6)·10−2, respectively. PMID:26776726

  15. Photo-transport properties of Pb{sub 2}CrO{sub 5} single crystals

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    Mondal, P. S.; Okazaki, R. Taniguchi, H.; Terasaki, I.

    2014-11-21

    We report photo-thermoelectric transport phenomena in Pb{sub 2}CrO{sub 5} single crystals. Without illumination, this material exhibits an insulating behavior characterized by an activation-type temperature variation of the electrical conductivity. The Seebeck coefficient contrastingly shows a crossover from high-temperature insulating to low-temperature metallic behavior, which is attributed to degenerate carriers in a donor level. We have found that under illumination, both the conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient increase in magnitude with increasing photon flux density in the degenerate-conduction regime. This result is difficult to understand within a simple photo-doping effect, which usually leads to a decrease in the Seebeck coefficient under illumination. The observed phenomenon is discussed in terms of a two-carrier contribution to the transport properties.

  16. Deposition and investigation of lanthanum cerium hexaboride thin films

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    Kuzanyan, A. S.; Harutyunyan, S. R.; Vardanyan, V. O.; Badalyan, G. R.; Petrosyan, V. A.; Kuzanyan, V. S.; Petrosyan, S. I.; Karapetyan, V. E.; Wood, K. S.; Wu, H.-D.; Gulian, A. M.

    2006-09-01

    Thin films of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride, the promising thermoelectric material for low-temperature applications, are deposited on various substrates by the electron-beam evaporation, pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering. The influence of the deposition conditions on the films X-ray characteristics, composition, microstructure and physical properties, such as the resistivity and Seebeck coefficient, is studied. The preferred (100) orientation of all films is obtained from XRD traces. In the range of 780-800 °C deposition temperature the highest intensity of diffractions peaks and the highest degree of the preferred orientation are observed. The temperature dependence of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of films are investigated in the temperature range of 4-300 K. The features appropriate to Kondo effect in the dependences ρ( T) and S( T) are detected at temperatures below 20 K. Interplay between the value of the Seebeck coefficient, metallic parameters and Kondo scattering of investigated films is discussed.

  17. A study of transport properties in Cu and P doped ZnSb

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    Valset, K.; Song, X.; Finstad, T. G.

    2015-01-28

    ZnSb samples have been doped with copper and phosphorus and sintered at 798 K. Electronic transport properties are interpreted as being influenced by an impurity band close to the valence band. At low Cu dopant concentrations, this impurity band degrades the thermoelectric properties as the Seebeck coefficient and effective mass are reduced. At carrier concentrations above 1 × 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3}, the Seebeck coefficient in Cu doped samples can be described by a single parabolic band.

  18. High thermoelectric figure of merit in nanocrystalline polyaniline at low temperatures

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, Ashok E-mail: okram@csr.res.in; Kuo, Yung-Kang; Okram, Gunadhor Singh E-mail: okram@csr.res.in

    2014-09-29

    Thermoelectric coolers with figure of merit (ZT) close to unity at low temperatures are the need of the hour with new advances in high temperature superconductors, superconducting microelectronic circuits, quantum computers, and photonics. Here, we demonstrate that the conducting polymer polyaniline (Pani) doped with camphor sulfonic acid synthesized in semi-crystalline nanostructures, possesses a giant Seebeck effect at low temperatures. The resulting enormously large Seebeck coefficient (up to 0.6 V/K) combined with an intrinsically low electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity give rise to a ZT = 0.77 at 45 K and ZT = 2.17 at 17 K.

  19. Implications of nanostructuring on the thermoelectric properties in half-Heusler alloys

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    Bhardwaj, A.; Misra, D. K.; Pulikkotil, J. J.; Auluck, S.; Dhar, A.; Budhani, R. C.

    2012-09-01

    High energy ball milled Zr0.25Hf0.75NiSn alloys subjected to spark plasma sintering show an enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit in comparison with its normal bulk material synthesized by arc-melting process. The enhancement is due to increase in Seebeck coefficient with simultaneous decrease in thermal conductivity which follows due to increase in the cell volume. Theoretical calculations find that volume expansion facilitates band narrowing effects leading to high Seebeck coefficient and that decreasing orbital overlap which results in weak bonding leads to dampening the phonon propagation in addition to the interface scattering of phonons from phase boundaries.

  20. Electrical and thermal transport through low densified copper doped PbSe for thermoelectric application

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    Gayner, Chhatrasal; Malik, Iram; Das, Malay K.; Kar, Kamal K.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, Cu doped PbSe is successfully synthesized by solid state reaction. Theinfluence of porosity on thermal and electrical transport in Cu doped PbSe is investigated in this study. Low densified material significantly scatters the electrons as well as phonons through the high number of scattering sites (like pores, cracks, disorder, etc). As a result, the drastic reduction in thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity isnoticed. Additionally, Seebeck coefficient enhances in a low densified materials. Furthermore, Pb1-xCuxSe (x ˜ 0 to 0.06) has high Seebeck coefficient due to the energy filtering effect and lower charge carrier concentration.

  1. Modern Thermocouple Experiment.

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    Chang, K. N.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Describes a thermocouple circuit used to measure Joule heating as well as Peltier heating and cooling for a copper-Constantan metallic junction. Shows how the Seebeck effect from a thermocouple can monitor the temperature condition of a junction with regard to input power and Peltier effect. (Author/GA)

  2. Chemotherapy Effects

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    ... saved articles window. My Saved Articles » My ACS » Chemotherapy Side Effects Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medicines that can cause side ... on the side effects most commonly caused by chemotherapy, this is a good place to start. Managing ...

  3. The Effect of Structural Vacancies on the Thermoelectric Properties of (Cu2Te)1-x(Ga2Te3)x

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    Ye, Zuxin; Cho, Jung Y; Tessema, Misle; Salvador, James R.; Waldo, Richard; Wang, Hsin; Cai, Wei

    2013-01-01

    We have studied the effects of structural vacancies on the thermoelectric properties of the ternary compounds (Cu2Te)1-x(Ga2Te3)x (x = 0.5, 0.55, 0.571, 0.6, 0.625, 0.667 and 0.75), which are solid solutions found in the pseudo-binary phase diagram for Cu2Te and Ga2Te3. This system possesses tunable structural vacancy concentrations. The x= 0.5 phase, CuGaTe2, is nominally devoid of structural vacancies, while the rest of the compounds contain varying amounts of these features, and the volume density of vacancies increases with Ga2Te3 content. The sample with x = 0.5, 0.55, 0.571, 0.6, 0.625 crystallize in the chalcopyrite structure while the x = 0.667 and 0.75 adopt the Ga2Te3 defect zinc blende structure. Strong scattering of heat carrying phonons by structural defects, leads to the reduction of thermal conductivity, which is beneficial to the thermoelectric performance of materials. On the other hand, these defects also scatter charge carriers and reduce the electrical conductivity. All the samples investigated are p-type semiconductors as inferred by the signs of their respective Hall (RH) and Seebeck (S) coefficients. The structural vacancies were found to scatter phonons strongly, while a combination of increased carrier concentration, and vacancies decreases the Hall mobility ( H), degrading the overall thermoelectric performance. The room temperature H drops from 90 cm2/V s for CuGaTe2 to 13 cm2/V s in Cu9Ga11Te21 and 4.6 cm2/V s in CuGa3Te5. The low temperature thermal conductivity decreases significantly with higher Ga2Te3 concentrations (higher vacancy concentration) due to increased point defect scattering which dominate thermal resistance terms. At high temperatures, the dependence of thermal conductivity on the Ga2Te3 content is less significant. The presence of strong Umklapp scattering leads to low thermal conductivity at high temperatures for all samples investigated. The highest ZT among the samples in this study was found for the defect-free CuGaTe2 with ZT ~ 1.0 at 840K.

  4. Effect of sulfur doping on thermoelectric properties of tin selenide - A first principles study

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    Jayaraman, Aditya; Molli, Muralikrishna; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah

    2015-06-01

    In this work we present the thermoelectric properties of tin selenide (SnSe) and sulfur doped tin selenide(SnSe(1-x)Sx, x= 0.125 and 0.25) obtained using first principles calculations. We investigated the electronic band structure using the FP-LAPW method within the sphere of the density functional theory. Thermoelectric properties were calculated using BOLTZTRAP code using the constant relaxation time approximation at three different temperatures 300, 600 and 800 K. Seebeck coefficient (S) was found to decrease with increasing temperature, electrical conductivity (σ/τ) was almost constant in the entire temperature range and thermal conductivity (κ/τ) increased with increasing temperature for all samples. Sulfur doped samples showed enhanced seebeck coefficient, decreased thermal conductivity and decreased electrical conductivity at all temperatures. At 300 K, S increased from 1500 µV/K(SnSe) to 1720μV/K(SnSe0.75S0.25), thermal conductivity decreased from 5 × 1015 W/mKs(SnSe) to 3 × 1015 W/mKs(SnSe0.75S0.25), electrical conductivity decreased from 7 × 1020/Ωms(SnSe) to 5 × 1020 /Ωms(SnSe0.75S0.25). These calculations show that sulfur doped tin selenide exhibit better thermoelectric properties than undoped tin selenide.

  5. Thermoelectric effect due to coupled flow of electrons and phonons: a Landauer approach

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    Siddiqui, Lutfe; Datta, Supriyo

    2010-03-01

    Performance of thermoelectric materials are determined by what is known as the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT= S^2GT/K, where S is the Seebeck coefficient, G is the electronic conductance, and K is the thermal conductance. In order to compete with conventional generators and coolers the thermoelectric devices need to use materials that has a ZT>3. Yet the materials that have been employed in thermoelectric devices so far have not shown a ZT value greater than 1. Current research direction involves tailoring the electronic and phonon transport properties using nanostructured materials and also using coupled flow of electrons and phonons, namely, phonon drag to improve Seebeck coefficient. Consequently, a theoretical model that treats electrons and phonons in the common framework can, in the least, assist creative use of these different electronic and phonon transport engineering approaches. With this in mind we present a unified model based on Landauer approach that treats electrons and phonons on an equal footing irrespective of whether the flows are coupled or decoupled.

  6. Thermal Effects.

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    Talmage, Sylvia S.; Coutant, Charles C.

    1978-01-01

    Presents a literature review of the effect of temperature on the biosphere water, covering publications of 1976-77. This review includes the effects of temperature on growth, production, and embryonic and larval development. A list of 401 references is also presented. (HM)

  7. Thermal effects

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    Talmage, S.S.; Coutant, C.C.

    1980-06-01

    Literature dealing with the following topics was reviewed: effects of power plant once-through cooling on aquatic systems; site studies; producers - effects on growth and production; consumers; decomposers; diseases and parasites; and beneficial uses of power plant condenser cooling water. (DAD)

  8. Gauging Effectiveness

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    Foord, Kathleen A.; Haar, Jean M.

    2012-01-01

    Books by education experts and speakers at national professional conferences have inspired many school leaders to initiate professional learning communities (PLCs). Sustaining them effectively to raise student achievement is another matter. How can one know whether a PLC is moving toward a desired outcome? Measuring effectiveness requires an…

  9. Thermal effects

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    Cravens, J.B.; Harrelson, M.E.; Talmage, S.S.

    1983-06-01

    A literature review of studies dealing with thermal effects on aquatic systems is presented. Site studies are discussed, along with biochemical reaction studies, the effects of temperature on the growth of organisms, and the interaction of temperature and other stresses. (JMT)

  10. Study of Interesting Solidification Phenomena on the Ground and in Space (MEPHISTO)

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    Alexander, J. Iwan D.; Favier, J.-J.; Garandet, J.-P.

    1999-01-01

    Real-time Seebeck voltage variations in a Sn-Bi melt during directional solidification in the MEPHISTO spaceflight experiment flown on the USMP-3 mission, have been correlated with well-characterized thruster firings and an Orbiter Main System (OMS) burn. The Seebeck voltage measurement is related to the response of the instantaneous average melt composition at the melt-crystal interface. This allowed us to make a direct comparison of numerical simulations with the experimentally obtained Seebeck signals. Based on the results of preflight and real-time computations, several well-defined thruster firing events were programmed to occur at specific times during the experiment. In particular, we simulated the effects of the thruster firings on melt and crystal composition in a directionally solidifying Sn-Bi alloy. The relative accelerations produced by the firings were simulated by impulsive accelerations of the same magnitude, duration and orientation as the requested firings. A comparison of the simulation results with the Seebeck signal indicates that there is a good agreement between the two. This unique opportunity allows us to make the first quantitative characterization of actual g-jitter effects on an actual crystal growth experiment and to calibrate our models of g-jitter effects on crystal growth.

  11. Study of Interesting Solidification Phenomena on the Ground and in Space (MEPHISTO)

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    Favier, J.-J.; Iwan, J.; Alexander, D.; Garandet, J.-P.

    1998-01-01

    Real-time Seebeck voltage variations in a Sn-Bi melt during directional solidification in the MEPHISTO spaceflight experiment flown on the USMP-3 mission, can be correlated with well characterized thruster firings and an Orbiter Main System (OMS) burn. The Seebeck voltage measurement is related to the response of the instantaneous average melt composition at the melt-crystal interface. This allowed us to make a direct comparison of numerical simulations with the experimentally obtained Seebeck signals. Based on the results of preflight and real-time computations, several well-defined thruster firing events were programmed to occur at specific times during the experiment. In particular, we simulated the effects of the thruster firings on melt and crystal composition in a directionally solidifying Sn-Bi alloy. The relative accelerations produced by the firings were simulated by impulsive accelerations of the same magnitude, duration and orientation as the requested firings. A comparison of the simulation results with the Seebeck signal indicates that there is a good agreement between the two. This unique opportunity allows us, for the first time, to quantitatively characterize actual g-jitter effects on an actual crystal growth experiment and to properly calibrate our models of g-jitter effects on crystal growth.

  12. Effective Schools Require Effective Principals

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    LaPointe, Michelle; Davis, Stephen H.

    2006-01-01

    At long last, scholars and policy makers have come to realize what most school administrators have known for years--that effective schools require both outstanding teachers and strong leaders. Although there is considerable research about the characteristics of effective school leaders and the strategies principals can use to help manage…

  13. Placebo Effect

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    ... doing it. Similar effects of changes in brain chemistry have been found in studies of pain and ... experience benefit with placebo treatment. Why should brain chemistry change when pa- tients are convinced they are ...

  14. Side Effects

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    ... if you can treat mild side effects with home remedies or over-the-counter medications. In some cases, ... can also cause nausea, vomiting, gas, or diarrhea. Home remedies include: Instead of three big meals, eat smallee ...

  15. Health Effects

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    ... Chapter . Additional information regarding the health effects of climate change and references to supporting literature can be found ... globalchange.gov/engage/activities-products/NCA3/technical-inputs . Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health ...

  16. Measuring effectiveness.

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    Stegenga, Jacob

    2015-12-01

    Measuring the effectiveness of medical interventions faces three epistemological challenges: the choice of good measuring instruments, the use of appropriate analytic measures, and the use of a reliable method of extrapolating measures from an experimental context to a more general context. In practice each of these challenges contributes to overestimating the effectiveness of medical interventions. These challenges suggest the need for corrective normative principles. The instruments employed in clinical research should measure patient-relevant and disease-specific parameters, and should not be sensitive to parameters that are only indirectly relevant. Effectiveness always should be measured and reported in absolute terms (using measures such as 'absolute risk reduction'), and only sometimes should effectiveness also be measured and reported in relative terms (using measures such as 'relative risk reduction')-employment of relative measures promotes an informal fallacy akin to the base-rate fallacy, which can be exploited to exaggerate claims of effectiveness. Finally, extrapolating from research settings to clinical settings should more rigorously take into account possible ways in which the intervention in question can fail to be effective in a target population. PMID:26199055

  17. Effects and Effectiveness of Telemedicine

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    Grigsby, Jim; Kaehny, Margaret M.; Sandberg, Elliot J.; Schlenker, Robert E.; Shaughnessy, Peter W.

    1995-01-01

    The use of telemedicine has recently undergone rapid growth and proliferation. Although the feasibility of many applications has been tested for nearly 30 years, data concerning the costs, effects, and effectiveness of telemedicine are limited. Consequently, the development of a strategy for coverage, payment, and utilization policy has been hindered. Telemedicine continues to expand, and pressure for policy development increases in the context of Federal budget cuts and major changes in health service financing. This article reviews the literature on the effects and medical effectiveness of telemedicine. It concludes with several recommendations for research, followed by a discussion of several specific questions, the answers to which might have a bearing on policy development. PMID:10153466

  18. Tectonomagnetic effects

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    Johnston, M.

    1978-01-01

    We know that earthquakes result from the sudden release of elastic strain, the end product, most likely, of a long period of gradual stress accumulation in the crust. At the U.S Geological Survey, our magnetic fields studies have two main directions. First, a determination of the magnetic behavior accompanying shallow earthquakes (seismomagnetic effects). Second, a long-term monitoring of the magnetic field in the vicinity of an active fault to detect magnetic changes due to general tectonic activity, particularly that which ultimately leads to earthquakes. These magnetic changes are generally termed "tectonomagnetic effects." 

  19. Physiological effects

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    Pearcy, R.W.; Bjoerkman, O.

    1983-01-01

    This chapter examines the effects of CO/sub 2/ on plants at the physiological level. The authors examine the potential effects of elevated CO/sub 2/ in concert with water, temperature, light, and salinity. They also examine plant allometric growth as it is affected by CO/sub 2/. The relationships between CO/sub 2/ uptake and temperature are examined in some detail. Stomatal function as it is now known is discussed, along with changes in water use efficiency correlated with increased levels of CO/sub 2/. Future research needs are identified. 71 references, 8 figures.

  20. Effect of substrate on the atomic structure and physical properties of thermoelectric Ca3Co4O9 thin films

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    Qiao, Q.; Gulec, A.; Paulauskas, T.; Kolesnik, S.; Dabrowski, B.; Ozdemir, M.; Boyraz, C.; Mazumdar, D.; Gupta, A.; Klie, R. F.

    2011-08-01

    The incommensurately layered cobalt oxide Ca3Co4O9 exhibits an unusually high Seebeck coefficient as a polycrystalline bulk material, making it ideally suited for many high temperature thermoelectric applications. In this paper, we investigate properties of Ca3Co4O9 thin films grown on cubic perovskite SrTiO3, LaAlO3, and (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 substrates and on hexagonal Al2O3 (sapphire) substrates using the pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate strain-free growth of films, irrespective of the substrate. However, depending on the lattice and symmetry mismatch, defect-free growth of the hexagonal CoO2 layer is stabilized only after a critical thickness and, in general, we observe the formation of a stable Ca2CoO3 buffer layer near the substrate-film interface. Beyond this critical thickness, a large concentration of CoO2 stacking faults is observed, possibly due to weak interlayer interaction in this layered material. We propose that these stacking faults have a significant impact on the Seebeck coefficient and we report higher values in thinner Ca3Co4O9 films due to additional phonon scattering sites, necessary for improved thermoelectric properties.

  1. Effective Consumerism.

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    Daugherty, Mabel

    This module, consisting of materials for use in conducting a consumer education mini-course, deals with effective consumerism. Covered in the individual lessons are the following topics: being prepared with information (sources of consumer information and subscription forms); evaluating warranties and service contracts; evaluating advertising and

  2. Communicating Effectively

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    The seventh module of the EPEC-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology) Self-Study: Cultural Considerations When Caring for African Americans explores communication issues pertinent to African Americans with cancer and their health care providers, discusses strategies for culturally sensitive communication, and presents the SPIKES protocol, a practical framework for effective communication.

  3. Sleeper Effects

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    Maurer, Daphne; Mondloch, Catherine J.; Lewis, Terri L.

    2007-01-01

    Early experience preserves and refines many capabilities that emerge prenatally. Here we describe another role that it plays--establishing the neural substrate for capabilities that emerge at a much later point in development. The evidence comes from sleeper effects: permanent deficits when early experience was absent in capabilities that normally…

  4. Effective Consumerism.

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    Daugherty, Mabel

    This module, consisting of materials for use in conducting a consumer education mini-course, deals with effective consumerism. Covered in the individual lessons are the following topics: being prepared with information (sources of consumer information and subscription forms); evaluating warranties and service contracts; evaluating advertising and…

  5. Magnetic-Field Dependence of Thermoelectric Properties of Sintered Bi90Sb10 Alloy

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    Murata, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Komine, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the thermoelectric properties and dimensionless figure of merit ( ZT) of a sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy were experimentally and theoretically evaluated. The Bi-Sb alloy was synthesized in a quartz ampule using the melting method, and the resultant ingot was then ground via ball milling. A sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy with a particle size in the range of several to several tens of micrometers was prepared using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. The magnetic-field dependence of the electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity were experimentally evaluated at temperatures of 77-300 K for magnetic fields of up to 2.9 T. The results showed that ZT increased by 37% at 300 K under a 2.5-T magnetic field. A theoretical calculation of the magneto-Seebeck coefficient based on the Boltzmann equation with a relaxation time approximation was also performed. Hence, the experimental result for the magneto-Seebeck coefficient of the Bi90Sb10 alloy at 300 K was qualitatively and quantitatively explained. Specifically, the carrier scattering mechanism was shown to be acoustic phonon potential scattering and the carrier mobility ratio between the L- and T-points was found to be 3.3, which corresponds to the characteristics of a single crystal. It was concluded that the effect of the magnetic field on the Seebeck coefficient was demonstrated accurately using the theoretical calculation model.

  6. Convergence of valence bands for high thermoelectric performance for p-type InN

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    Li, Hai-Zhu; Li, Ruo-Ping; Liu, Jun-Hui; Huang, Ming-Ju

    2015-12-01

    Band engineering to converge the bands to achieve high valley degeneracy is one of effective approaches for designing ideal thermoelectric materials. Convergence of many valleys in the valence band may lead to a high Seebeck coefficient, and induce promising thermoelectric performance of p-type InN. In the current work, we have systematically investigated the electronic structure and thermoelectric performance of wurtzite InN by using the density functional theory combined with semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. Form the results, it can be found that intrinsic InN has a large Seebeck coefficient (254 μV/K) and the largest value of ZeT is 0.77. The transport properties of p-type InN are better than that of n-type one at the optimum carrier concentration, which mainly due to the large Seebeck coefficient for p-type InN, although the electrical conductivity of n-type InN is larger than that of p-type one. We found that the larger Seebeck coefficient for p-type InN may originate from the large valley degeneracy in the valence band. Moreover, the low minimum lattice thermal conductivity for InN is one key factor to become a good thermoelectric material. Therefore, p-type InN could be a potential material for further applications in the thermoelectric area.

  7. Magnetic-Field Dependence of Thermoelectric Properties of Sintered Bi90Sb10 Alloy

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    Murata, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Komine, Takashi

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the thermoelectric properties and dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of a sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy were experimentally and theoretically evaluated. The Bi-Sb alloy was synthesized in a quartz ampule using the melting method, and the resultant ingot was then ground via ball milling. A sintered Bi90Sb10 alloy with a particle size in the range of several to several tens of micrometers was prepared using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. The magnetic-field dependence of the electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity were experimentally evaluated at temperatures of 77-300 K for magnetic fields of up to 2.9 T. The results showed that ZT increased by 37% at 300 K under a 2.5-T magnetic field. A theoretical calculation of the magneto-Seebeck coefficient based on the Boltzmann equation with a relaxation time approximation was also performed. Hence, the experimental result for the magneto-Seebeck coefficient of the Bi90Sb10 alloy at 300 K was qualitatively and quantitatively explained. Specifically, the carrier scattering mechanism was shown to be acoustic phonon potential scattering and the carrier mobility ratio between the L- and T-points was found to be 3.3, which corresponds to the characteristics of a single crystal. It was concluded that the effect of the magnetic field on the Seebeck coefficient was demonstrated accurately using the theoretical calculation model.

  8. High temperature experimental characterization of microscale thermoelectric effects

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    Favaloro, Tela

    Thermoelectric devices have been employed for many years as a reliable energy conversion technology for applications ranging from the cooling of sensors or charge coupled devices to the direct conversion of heat into electricity for remote power generation. However, its relatively low conversion efficiency has limited the implementation of thermoelectric materials for large scale cooling and waste heat recovery applications. Recent advances in semiconductor growth technology have enabled the precise and selective engineering of material properties to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit and thus the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. Accurate characterization at the intended operational temperature of novel thermoelectric materials is a crucial component of the optimization process in order to fundamentally understand material behavior and evaluate performance. The objective of this work is to provide the tools necessary to characterize high efficiency bulk and thin-film materials for thermoelectric energy conversion. The techniques developed here are not bound to specific material or devices, but can be generalized to any material system. Thermoreflectance imaging microscopy has proven to be invaluable for device thermometry owing to its high spatial and temporal resolutions. It has been utilized in this work to create two-dimensional temperature profiles of thermoelectric devices during operation used for performance analysis of novel materials, identification of defects, and visualization of high speed transients in a high-temperature imaging thermostat. We report the development of a high temperature imaging thermostat capable of high speed transient thermoelectric characterization. In addition, we present a noninvasive method for thermoreflectance coefficient calibration ideally suited for vacuum and thus high temperature employment. This is the first analysis of the thermoreflectance coefficient of commonly used metals at high-temperatures. High temperature vacuum thermostats are designed and fabricated with optical imaging capability and interchangeable measurement stages for various electrical and thermoelectric characterizations. We demonstrate the simultaneous measurement of in-plane electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of thin-film or bulk thermoelectric materials. Furthermore, we utilize high-speed circuitry to implement the transient Harman technique and directly determine the cross-plane figure of merit of thin film thermoelectric materials at high temperatures. Transient measurements on thin film devices are subject to complications from the growth substrate, non-ideal contacts and other detrimental thermal and electrical effects. A strategy is presented for optimizing device geometry to mitigate the impact of these parasitics. This design enabled us to determine the cross-plane thermoelectric material properties in a single high temperature measurement of a 25mum InGaAs thin film with embedded ErAs (0.2%) nanoparticles using the bipolar transient Harman technique in conjunction with thermoreflectance thermal imaging. This approach eliminates discrepancies and potential device degradation from the multiple measurements necessary to obtain individual material parameters. Finite element method simulations are used to analyze non-uniform current and temperature distributions over the device area and determine the three dimensional current path for accurate extraction of material properties from the thermal images. Results match with independent measurements of thermoelectric material properties for the same material composition, validating this approach. We apply high magnification thermoreflectance imaging to create temperature maps of vanadium dioxide nanobeams and examine electro-thermal energy conversion along the nanobeam length. The metal to insulator transition of strongly correlated materials is subject to strong lattice coupling which brings about the unique one-dimensional alignment of metal-insulator domains along nanobeams. Many studies have investigated the effects of stress on the metal to insulator transition and hence the phase boundary, but few have directly examined the temperature profile across the metal-insulating interface. Here, thermoreflectance microscopy reveals the underlying behavior of single-crystalline VO2 nanobeams in the phase coexisting regime. We directly observe highly localized alternating Peltier heating and cooling as well as Joule heating concentrated at the domain interfaces, indicating the significance of the domain walls and band offsets. Moreover, we are able to elucidate strain accumulation along the nanobeam and distinguish between two insulating phases of VO 2 through detection of the opposite polarity of their respective thermoreflectance coefficients.

  9. System Effectiveness

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    Powell, Danny H; Elwood Jr, Robert H

    2011-01-01

    An effective risk assessment system is needed to address the threat posed by an active or passive insider who, acting alone or in collusion, could attempt diversion or theft of nuclear material. It is critical that a nuclear facility conduct a thorough self-assessment of the material protection, control, and accountability (MPC&A) system to evaluate system effectiveness. Self-assessment involves vulnerability analysis and performance testing of the MPC&A system. The process should lead to confirmation that mitigating features of the system effectively minimize the threat, or it could lead to the conclusion that system improvements or upgrades are necessary to achieve acceptable protection against the threat. Analysis of the MPC&A system is necessary to understand the limits and vulnerabilities of the system to internal threats. Self-assessment helps the facility be prepared to respond to internal threats and reduce the risk of theft or diversion of nuclear material. MSET is a self-assessment or inspection tool utilizing probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) methodology to calculate the system effectiveness of a nuclear facility's MPC&A system. MSET analyzes the effectiveness of an MPC&A system based on defined performance metrics for MPC&A functions based on U.S. and international best practices and regulations. A facility's MC&A system can be evaluated at a point in time and reevaluated after upgrades are implemented or after other system changes occur. The total system or specific subareas within the system can be evaluated. Areas of potential performance improvement or system upgrade can be assessed to determine where the most beneficial and cost-effective improvements should be made. Analyses of risk importance factors show that sustainability is essential for optimal performance. The analyses reveal where performance degradation has the greatest detrimental impact on total system risk and where performance improvements have the greatest reduction in system risk. The risk importance factors show the amount of risk reduction achievable with potential upgrades and the amount of risk reduction actually achieved after upgrades are completed. Applying the risk assessment tool gives support to budget prioritization by showing where budget support levels must be sustained for MC&A functions most important to risk. Results of the risk assessment are also useful in supporting funding justifications for system improvements that significantly reduce system risk.

  10. Blazhko Effect

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    Teays, Terry

    1996-01-01

    The cause of the Blazhko effect, the long-term modulation of the light and radial velocity curves of some RR Lyr stars, is still not understood. The observational characteristics of the Blazhko effect are discussed. Some preliminary results are presented from two recent campaigns to observe RR Lyr, using the International Ultraviolet Explorer along with ground-based spectroscopy and photometry, throughout a pulsation cycle, at a variety of Blazhko phases. A set of ultraviolet light curves have been generated from low dispersion IUE spectra. In addition, the (visual) light curves from IUE's Fine Error Sensor are analyzed using the Fourier decomposition technique. The values of the parameters Psi(sub 21) and R(sub 21) at different Blazhko phases of RR Lyr span the range of values found for non-Blazhko variables of similar period.

  11. Zeeman Effect

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    Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    The splitting of a spectral line into two, three or more components, that occurs when the source of that line lies within a magnetic field. This phenomenon is named after the Dutch physicist, Pieter Zeeman (1865-1943), who discovered the effect in the laboratory, in 1896. The separation of the components of a line is proportional to the strength of the magnetic field and the number of components,...

  12. Erosion Effects

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    2003-01-01

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    The impact crater in this THEMIS image is a model illustration to the effects of erosion on Mars. The degraded crater rim and several landslides observed in crater walls is evidence to the mass wasting of materials. Layering in crater walls also suggests the presence of materials that erode at varying rates.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 31.6, Longitude 44.3 East (315.7 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

  13. Kondo effect and thermoelectric transport in CePd3Be x

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    Gumeniuk, Roman; Schnelle, Walter; Kvashnina, Kristina O.; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    The physical properties of the series CePd3Be x (0≤slant x≤slant 0.47 ) have been studied. Introducing Be into CePd3 results in a drastic reduction of the Seebeck coefficient from 100 μV K-1 at 300 K to  -2 μV K-1, respectively. Paramagnetism of Ce3+ free ions and metallic conduction dominate the physical properties. A structural transition at x  =  0.25 is accompanied by a significant lowering of the Kondo temperature and leads to a successive suppression of the thermoelectric performance of CePd3Be x with increasing x.

  14. Quenched phonon drag in silicon nanowires reveals significant effect in the bulk at room temperature.

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    Sadhu, Jyothi; Tian, Hongxiang; Ma, Jun; Azeredo, Bruno; Kim, Junhwan; Balasundaram, Karthik; Zhang, Chen; Li, Xiuling; Ferreira, P M; Sinha, S

    2015-05-13

    Existing theory and data cannot quantify the contribution of phonon drag to the Seebeck coefficient (S) in semiconductors at room temperature. We show that this is possible through comparative measurements between nanowires and the bulk. Phonon boundary scattering completely quenches phonon drag in silicon nanowires enabling quantification of its contribution to S in bulk silicon in the range 25-500 K. The contribution is surprisingly large (∼34%) at 300 K even at doping of ∼3 × 10(19) cm(-3). Our results contradict the notion that phonon drag is negligible in degenerate semiconductors at temperatures relevant for thermoelectric energy conversion. A revised theory of electron-phonon momentum exchange that accounts for a phonon mean free path spectrum agrees well with the data. PMID:25831487

  15. Pseudo-direct bandgap transitions in silicon nanocrystals: effects on optoelectronics and thermoelectrics.

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    Singh, Vivek; Yu, Yixuan; Sun, Qi-C; Korgel, Brian; Nagpal, Prashant

    2014-12-21

    While silicon nanostructures are extensively used in electronics, the indirect bandgap of silicon poses challenges for optoelectronic applications like photovoltaics and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Here, we show that size-dependent pseudo-direct bandgap transitions in silicon nanocrystals dominate the interactions between (photoexcited) charge carriers and phonons, and hence the optoelectronic properties of silicon nanocrystals. Direct measurements of the electronic density of states (DOS) for different sized silicon nanocrystals reveal that these pseudo-direct transitions, likely arising from the nanocrystal surface, can couple with the quantum-confined silicon states. Moreover, we demonstrate that since these transitions determine the interactions of charge carriers with phonons, they change the light emission, absorption, charge carrier diffusion and phonon drag (Seebeck coefficient) in nanoscaled silicon semiconductors. Therefore, these results can have important implications for the design of optoelectronics and thermoelectric devices based on nanostructured silicon. PMID:25367148

  16. Microbial effects

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    Lamborg, M.R.; Hardy, R.W.F.; Paul, E.A.

    1983-01-01

    The postulated doubling of atmospheric CO/sub 2/ is not likely to have direct effect on soil microbial activity because during the growing season, the concentration of CO/sub 2/ in the soil atmosphere is already ten to fifty times higher than existing atmospheric CO/sub 2/. Based on all available experimental information, it is estimated that a doubling of atmospheric CO/sub 2/ will cause an increase in primary productivity of 10 to 40% depending on locale. The increase in biomass will, in turn, produce a limitation of available soil nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus. Increased organic carbon together with nitrogen and/or phosphorus limitation will result in a preferential increase in nitrogen fixation and mycorrhizal activities as the expedient means for supplying required nutrients to sustain the predicted increase in primary productivity. Therefore, increased emphasis should be placed on fundamental research related to soil microbiology with special reference to nitrogen-fixing, nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria, and to the mycorrhizal fungi. 111 references, 2 figures.

  17. Effect of sintering temperature on thermoelectric properties of La-doped SrTiO 3 ceramics prepared by sol-gel process and spark plasma sintering

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    Shang, Peng-Peng; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Li, Jing-Feng; Ma, Ning

    2010-08-01

    Single-phase polycrystalline La 0.08Sr 0.92TiO 3 ceramics were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) using sol-gel-derived powders. The La 0.08Sr 0.92TiO 3 bulks had highly relative density (˜92%), and the grain size of the samples obviously grew from 300 nm to 3 μm when the SPS temperature increased from 1203 to 1473 K. The electrical conductivity increased with SPS-processing temperature owing to the increase of relative density, grain size, and oxygen vacancies due to the reducing atmosphere of SPS. The absolute value of Seebeck coefficient increased as the SPS temperature increased from 1203 to 1373 K, and then decreased by further increasing SPS temperature to 1473 K. The sample SPSed at 1373 K had the largest absolute value of Seebeck coefficient of 196 μVK -1 at 679 K. Sol-gel process and SPS can significantly decrease the thermal conductivity of SrTiO 3 based ceramics, whose lowest value was reduced to 1.19 Wm -1k -1 at 773 K in the sample SPSed at 1203 K. The maximum ZT value of 0.08 was obtained at 679 K for the sample SPSed at 1473 K.

  18. Effects of Mev Si Ions and Thermal Annealing on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of SiO2/SiO2+Ge Multi-nanolayer thin Films

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    Budak, S.; Alim, M. A.; Bhattacharjee, S.; Muntele, C.

    Thermoelectric generator devices have been prepared from 200 alternating layers of SiO2/SiO2+Ge superlattice films using DC/RF magnetron sputtering. The 5 MeV Si ionsbombardmenthasbeen performed using the AAMU Pelletron ion beam accelerator to formquantum dots and / or quantum clusters in the multi-layer superlattice thin films to decrease the cross-plane thermal conductivity, increase the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient and increase the cross-plane electrical conductivity to increase the figure of merit, ZT. The fabricated devices have been annealed at the different temperatures to tailor the thermoelectric and optical properties of the superlattice thin film systems. While the temperature increased, the Seebeck coefficient continued to increase and reached the maximum value of -25 μV/K at the fluenceof 5x1013 ions/cm2. The decrease in resistivity has been seen between the fluence of 1x1013 ions/cm2 and 5x1013 ions/cm2. Transport properties like Hall coefficient, density and mobility did not change at all fluences. Impedance spectroscopy has been used to characterize the multi-junction thermoelectric devices. The loci obtained in the C*-plane for these data indicate non-Debye type relaxation displaying the presence of the depression parameter.

  19. Effectiveness Update: Academic Programs Transfer Effectiveness Measures.

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    Austin Community Coll., TX.

    This document is a compilation of reports that outline various institutional effectiveness measures and present assessment results and data at Austin Community College (ACC) (Texas). The College Effectiveness Update reports include Academic Programs Transfer Effectiveness Measures, Workforce Education Effectiveness Measures, Developmental…

  20. Spin caloritronics

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    Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Saitoh, Eiji; van Wees, Bart J.

    2012-05-01

    Spintronics is about the coupled electron spin and charge transport in condensed-matter structures and devices. The recently invigorated field of spin caloritronics focuses on the interaction of spins with heat currents, motivated by newly discovered physical effects and strategies to improve existing thermoelectric devices. Here we give an overview of our understanding and the experimental state-of-the-art concerning the coupling of spin, charge and heat currents in magnetic thin films and nanostructures. Known phenomena are classified either as independent electron (such as spin-dependent Seebeck) effects in metals that can be understood by a model of two parallel spin-transport channels with different thermoelectric properties, or as collective (such as spin Seebeck) effects, caused by spin waves, that also exist in insulating ferromagnets. The search to find applications -- for example heat sensors and waste heat recyclers -- is on.

  1. Lanthanide Contraction Effect In Magnetic Thermoelectric Materials Of Rare Earth-doped Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca2Co2O8

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    Sutjahja, Inge Magdalena; Akbar, Taufik; Nugroho, Agung

    2010-12-01

    We report in this paper the result of synthesis and crystal structure characterization of magnetic thermoelectric materials of rare-earth-doped Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca2Co2O8, namely Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca1.9RE0.1Co2O8 (RE = La, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Ho). Single phase samples have been prepared by solid state reaction process using precursors of Bi2O3, PbO, CaCO3, RE2O3, and Co3O4. The precursors were pulverized, calcinated, and sintered in air at various temperatures for several hours. Analysis of XRD data shows that Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca1.9RE0.1Co2O8 compound is a layered system consisting of an alternate stack of CoO2 layer and Bi2Sr2O4 block along the c-axis. The misfit structure along b-direction is revealed from the difference of the b-axis length belonging to two sublattices, namely hexagonal CdI2-type CoO2 layer and rock-salt (RS) NaCl-type Bi2Sr2O4 block, while they possess the common a- and c-axis lattice parameters and β angles. The overall crystal structure parameters (a, b, and c) increases with type of doping from La to Ho, namely by decreasing the ionic radii of rare-earth ion. We discuss this phenomenon in terms of the lanthanide contraction, an effect commonly found in the rare-earth compound, results from poor shielding of nuclear charge by 4f electrons. In addition, the values of b-lattice parameters in these rare-earth doped samples are almost the same with those belongs to undoped parent compound (Bi1.5Pb0.5Sr2Co2O8) and its related Y-doped (Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca1.9Y0.1Co2O8) samples, while the c-values reduced significantly in rare-earth doped samples, with opposite trend with those of variation of a-axis length. Morevover, the misfit degree in rare-earth doped compound is higher in compared to parent compound and Y-doped samples. We argue that these structural changes induced by rare-earth doping may provide information for the variation of electronic structure of Co-ions (Co3+ and Co4+), in particular their different spin states of low-spin, intermediate-spin, and high-spin. This, in turn, will affect the thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficient) of the system.

  2. The effect of Ag addition on electrical properties of the thermoelectric compound Ca 3Co 4O 9

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    Mikami, M.; Ando, N.; Funahashi, R.

    2005-07-01

    Ca 3Co 4O 9/Ag composites incorporating different amounts of Ag were synthesized by solid-state reaction. Scanning electron microscopy revealed Ag particles dispersed among and combined with Ca 3Co 4O 9 grains several times larger in size. The electrical resistivity ( ρ) of the composites is favorably lower than that of Ca 3Co 4O 9 alone and decreases with increasing Ag content. It can thus be inferred that the highly conductive Ag particles between the oxide grains contribute to the reduction of ρ. Although minimal in smaller amounts, the addition of Ag also seems to have a negative impact on the Seebeck coefficient ( S) of the composites due to its poor S. Since the reduction of ρ is more significant than the degradation of S, the power factor is found to be improved by the addition of 10 wt% Ag.

  3. The effect of titanium diboride addition on the thermoelectric properties of β-FeSi 2 semiconductors

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    Cai, K. F.; Mueller, E.; Drasar, C.; Stiewe, C.

    2004-08-01

    β-FeSi 2-TiB 2 composites with various amounts of TiB 2, from 0 up to 30 vol%, were prepared by hot pressing. The electrical and thermal conductivities, and the Seebeck coefficient were measured as a function of temperature. The results show that the thermal and electrical transport behavior of the composites is different as the volume fraction of TiB 2 is below and above about 0.255. A 5 vol% TiB 2 added sample has higher figure of merit than one without TiB 2 for temperatures above 650 K. The influence of an additional phase, ɛ-FeSi, formed during the hot pressing, on the thermoelectric properties of the β-FeSi 2-TiB 2 composites was also discussed.

  4. Peltier cooling and onsager reciprocity in ferromagnetic thin films.

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    Avery, A D; Zink, B L

    2013-09-20

    We present direct measurements of the Peltier effect as a function of temperature from 77 to 325 K in Ni, Ni(80)Fe(20), and Fe thin films made using a suspended Si-N membrane structure. Measurement of the Seebeck effect in the same films allows us to directly test predictions of Onsager reciprocity between the Peltier and Seebeck effects. The Peltier coefficient Π is negative for both Ni and Ni(80)Fe(20) films and positive for the Fe film. The Fe film also exhibits a peak associated with the magnon drag Peltier effect. The observation of magnon drag in the Fe film verifies that the coupling between the phonon, magnon, and electron systems in the film is the same whether driven by heat current or charge current. The excellent agreement between Π values predicted using the experimentally determined Seebeck coefficient for these films and measured values offers direct experimental confirmation of the Onsager reciprocity between these thermoelectric effects in ferromagnetic thin films near room temperature. PMID:24093285

  5. Enhanced thermoelectric performance of CuGaTe2 based composites incorporated with graphite nanosheets

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    Zhang, Jian; Qin, Xiaoying; Li, Di; Liu, Yongfei; Li, Yuanyue; Song, Chunjun; Xin, Hongxing; Zhu, Xiaoguang

    2016-02-01

    CuGaTe2 based composites incorporated with graphite nanosheets (GNs) CuGaTe2/x G (G = GNs, 0 ≤ x ≤ 3.04 vol. %) were prepared, and the thermoelectric properties of the composites were studied from 300 to 875 K. The results show that the incorporation of GNs into the CuGaTe2 matrix can enhance the Seebeck coefficient and power factor over the whole temperature range investigated due to energy filtering effects, and the reduction of thermal conductivity below 750 K owing to interface scattering. Although the resistivity increases, energy filtering significantly raises the Seebeck component, and the overall effect on power factor is positive. The sample with 2.28 vol. % GNs had the largest ZT value, reaching 0.93 at 873 K, which is a ˜21% improvement on pure CuGaTe2.

  6. Heat transport between antiferromagnetic insulators and normal metals

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    Brataas, Arne; Skarsvâg, Hans; Tveten, Erlend G.; Løhaugen Fjærbu, Eirik

    2015-11-01

    Antiferromagnetic insulators can become active spintronics components by controlling and detecting their dynamics via spin currents in adjacent metals. This cross talk occurs via spin transfer and spin pumping, phenomena that have been predicted to be as strong in antiferromagnets as in ferromagnets. Here, we demonstrate that a temperature gradient drives a significant heat flow from magnons in antiferromagnetic insulators to electrons in adjacent normal metals. The same coefficients as in the spin-transfer and spin-pumping processes also determine the thermal conductance. However, in contrast to ferromagnets, the heat is not transferred via a spin Seebeck effect which is absent in antiferromagnetic insulator-normal metal systems. Instead, the heat is proportional to a large staggered spin Seebeck effect.

  7. Enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit in n-type Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 by using Nb doping

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    Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Ryu, Byungki; Park, Hee Jung; Lee, Kimoon; Roh, Jong Wook; Kim, Sang Il; Hwang, Sungwoo; Choi, Soon-Mok; Kim, Jong-Young; Lee, Jeong Hoon; Lim, Jae-Hong; Kim, Sung Wng

    2016-01-01

    Doping with foreign atom has been shown to be an effective way to enhance the dimensionless figure of merit ZT of Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric raw materials. Herein, we report that doping with Nb is effective in enhancing the Seebeck coefficient of n-type Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 polycrystalline bulks. Considering compensation of the Seebeck coefficient due to decrease of the electrical conductivity in Nb-doped compositions, the absolute value of Seebeck coefficient rather increased benefiting from an enhancement of the density of states (DOS) effective mass m* from 1.09 m 0 (Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3) to 1.21 m 0 - 1.27 m 0 (Cu0.008Bi2- x Nb x Te2.7Se0.3) due to a DOS engineering effect. The values of ZT were 0.84 at 300 K and 0.86 at 320 K for Cu0.008Bi1.99Nb0.01Te2.7Se0.3. This compositional tuning approach highlights the possibility of further enhancement of ZT for n-type Bi2Te3-based compounds by using a combination of nanostructuring technologies to reduce the thermal conductivity.

  8. New Concept of Laboratory Exercise on Temperature Measurements Using Thermocouple

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    Slavata, Oldřich; Souček, Pavel; Holub, Jan

    2013-09-01

    The proposed exercise is focused on the measurement of temperature using thermocouple, students acquire theoretical knowledge of the Seebeck effect, the design and application of thermocouples including the differences between their various types. The students measure the voltage at the thermocouple by various methods: directly with a compensation box, using operational amplifiers and USB module. The exercise explains also general principles of low voltage measurements, error compensation and uncertainty evaluation.

  9. Thermoelectric Properties of Lanthanum Sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, R.; Parker, J. B.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, L. D.; Danielson, L.; Raag, V.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes measurement of Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect in gamma-phase lanthanum sulfide with composition of La3-x S4. Results of study, part of search for high-temperature thermoelectric energy-conversion materials, indicate this sulfide behaves like extrinsic semiconductor over temperature range of 300 to 1,400 K, with degenerate carrier concentration controlled by stoichiometric ratio of La to S.

  10. Conduction mechanism in boron carbide

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    Wood, C.; Emin, D.

    1984-01-01

    Electrical conductivity, Seebeck-coefficient, and Hall-effect measurements have been made on single-phase boron carbides, B(1-x)C(x), in the compositional range from 0.1 to 0.2 X, and between room temperature and 1273 K. The results indicate that the predominant conduction mechanism is small-polaron hopping between carbon atoms at geometrically inequivalent sites.

  11. Treatment Side-Effects

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    ... Medical Information » Living With » Treatment Side-Effects Treatment Side-Effects If your treatment plan involves chemotherapy you may experience physical, emotional, and/or psychological side effects related to this treatment. Unfortunately, while chemotherapy kills ...

  12. Lunar Dust Biological Effects

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    Jones, L.; Jacques, S.; Rask, J. C.; Tranfield, E.; Taylor, L.; Kerschmann, R.; Loftus, D. J.

    2008-07-01

    We are investigating the biological effects of lunar dust collected during the Apollo missions to understand potential skin effects, inhalation toxicity, and ocular effects that may result from long duration human habitation of the Moon.

  13. Spincaloric properties of epitaxial Co2MnSi /MgO /Co2MnSi magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Geisler, Benjamin; Kratzer, Peter

    2015-10-01

    The electronic transport and spincaloric properties of epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions with half-metallic Co2MnSi Heusler electrodes, MgO tunneling barriers, and different interface terminations are investigated by using first-principles calculations. An approach to spincaloric properties is presented that circumvents the linear response approximation inherent in the Seebeck coefficient and compared to the method of Sivan and Imry. This approach supports two different temperatures in the two electrodes and provides the exact current and/or voltage response of the system. Moreover, it accounts for temperature-dependent chemical potentials in the electrodes and finite-bias effects. We find that especially the former are important for obtaining qualitatively correct results, even if the variations of the chemical potentials are small. It is shown how the spincaloric properties can be tailored by the choice of the growth conditions. We find a large effective and spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient of -65 μ V /K at room temperature for the purely Co-terminated interface. We suggest to use such interfaces in thermally operated magnetoresistive random access memory modules, which exploit the magneto-Seebeck effect, to maximize the thermally induced readout voltage.

  14. New methodology for the thermal characterization of thermoelectric liquids.

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    Touati, Karim; Depriester, Michael; Kuriakose, Maju; Sahraoui, Abdelhak Hadj

    2015-09-01

    A new and accurate method for the thermal characterization of thermoelectric liquids is proposed. The experiment is based on a self-generated voltage due to the Seebeck effect. This voltage is provided by the sample when one of its two faces is thermally excited using a modulated laser. The sample used is tetradodecylammonium nitrate salt/1-octanol mixture, with high Seebeck coefficient. The thermal properties of the used sample (thermal diffusivity, effusivity, and conductivity) are found and compared to those obtained by other photothermal techniques. In addition to this, a study of the electrolyte thermal parameters with the variation of tetradodecylammonium nitrate concentration was also carried out. This new method is promising due to its accuracy and its simplicity. PMID:26429468

  15. Calculations of thermoelectric properties: Mg2Si under uniaxial [110] strains versus (110)-oriented thin film

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    Balout, Hilal; Boulet, Pascal; Record, Marie-Christine

    2015-08-01

    Investigations of the electronic properties and transport properties of Mg2Si under uniaxial [110] strain have been performed by using first-principle density-functional and Boltzmann's transport theories. The effect of compressive and tensile uniaxial strains has been studied by changing the γ angle of the conventional cell from ± 1° to ± 4°. We show that, the Seebeck property of the constrained bulk lattice at high temperature, when plotted with respect to the charge carrier concentrations, is similar to that of the (110) thin film at low temperature. This behaviour is evidenced when superimposing the Seebeck coefficient curves of both materials by shifting down the S curve of the constrained structure by about 150 K with respect to the temperature.

  16. High temperature transport properties of thermoelectric CaMnO{sub 3−δ} — Indication of strongly interacting small polarons

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    Schrade, M. Finstad, T. G.; Kabir, R.; Li, S.; Norby, T.

    2014-03-14

    The conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of CaMnO{sub 3−δ} have been studied at temperatures up to 1000 °C and in atmospheres with controlled oxygen partial pressure. Both transport coefficients were varied in situ by the reversible formation of oxygen vacancies up to δ = 0.15. The charge carrier concentration was calculated using a defect chemical model. The Seebeck coefficient could be approximated by Heikes' formula, while the conductivity shows a maximum at a molar charge carrier concentration of 0.25. These results were interpreted as a signature of strong electronic correlation effects, and it was concluded that charge transport in CaMnO{sub 3−δ} occurs via strongly interacting small polarons. General prospects for strongly correlated materials as potential candidates for high temperature thermoelectric power generation were discussed.

  17. Alloys Fabricated by Gas Atomization and Hot Extrusion

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    Madavali, Babu; Kim, Hyo-Seob; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2014-06-01

    In this research, n-type (Bi2Te3)1- x (Bi2Se3) x -based thermoelectric (TE) materials were produced through a gas atomization process, and subsequently hot extruded with an extrusion ratio of 10:1 at 400 °C. The effect of chemical composition on TE properties was investigated. The microstructure of all extruded bars showed a homogeneous and fine distribution of grains due to the dynamic recrystallization during the hot extrusion process. With increasing Bi2Te3 content, from 0.85 to 0.90, both electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient values were increased. The maximum figure of merit ( ZT) 0.673 was obtained at room temperature for (Bi2Te3)0.90(Bi2Se3)0.10 alloys due to them exhibiting higher seebeck coefficient and lower thermal conductivity than other compositions.

  18. Thin-film growth of the quasi-one-dimensional metal Li0.9Mo6O17

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    Cote, Alexandra; Moshfeghyeganeh, Saeed; Cohn, Joshua L.; Neumeier, John J.

    2015-03-01

    Attempts to grow epitaxial thin films of Li0.9Mo6O17 by pulsed-laser deposition will be discussed. Single crystals of this quasi-one-dimensional (q1D) metal exhibit highly anisotropic Seebeck coefficients with ?S =Sc -Sb ~ 200 ? V/K near 450 K (the b axis corresponds to the most conducting, q1D chain direction). Suitably oriented thin films could enable possible applications in energy detection using the transverse Seebeck effect. X-ray diffraction results will be presented for films grown from a polycrystalline target on several substrates under a narrow range of temperature and pressure conditions. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences Grant DE-FG02-12ER46888 (Univ. Miami) and the National Science Foundation under Grant DMR-0907036 (Mont. St. Univ.)

  19. [Adverse effects of marijuana].

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    Mallaret, Michel; Dal'Bo-Rohrer, Dominique; Demattis, Maurice

    2005-01-15

    When admitted in an emergency unit, young patients often present acute neurological effects of smoked marijuana. Other chronic adverse effects of marijuana are probably underestimated: postural syncope, arteritis, chronic bronchitis, amnesia. Marijuana may trigger a myocardial infarction and have a vasospastic effect. Marijuana has impairing effects on driving ability. Smoked marijuana is a potential respiratory tract carcinogen. PMID:15801396

  20. On Effect Size

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    Kelley, Ken; Preacher, Kristopher J.

    2012-01-01

    The call for researchers to report and interpret effect sizes and their corresponding confidence intervals has never been stronger. However, there is confusion in the literature on the definition of effect size, and consequently the term is used inconsistently. We propose a definition for effect size, discuss 3 facets of effect size (dimension,…

  1. Improving School Effectiveness.

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    MacBeath, John, Ed.; Mortimore, Peter, Ed.

    School effectiveness is an issue that has preoccupied researchers and policymakers for 3 decades. To study how ineffective schools become effective and what constitutes an effective school, the Improving School Effectiveness Project was carried out in Scotland from 1995 to 1997. This project forms the basis of discussion in this book, which has 11

  2. Gravitational Casimir effect.

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    Quach, James Q

    2015-02-27

    We derive the gravitonic Casimir effect with nonidealized boundary conditions. This allows the quantification of the gravitonic contribution to the Casimir effect from real bodies. We quantify the meagerness of the gravitonic Casimir effect in ordinary matter. We also quantify the enhanced effect produced by the speculated Heisenberg-Couloumb (HC) effect in superconductors, thereby providing a test for the validity of the HC theory, and, consequently, the existence of gravitons. PMID:25768749

  3. On effect size.

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    Kelley, Ken; Preacher, Kristopher J

    2012-06-01

    The call for researchers to report and interpret effect sizes and their corresponding confidence intervals has never been stronger. However, there is confusion in the literature on the definition of effect size, and consequently the term is used inconsistently. We propose a definition for effect size, discuss 3 facets of effect size (dimension, measure/index, and value), outline 10 corollaries that follow from our definition, and review ideal qualities of effect sizes. Our definition of effect size is general and subsumes many existing definitions of effect size. We define effect size as a quantitative reflection of the magnitude of some phenomenon that is used for the purpose of addressing a question of interest. Our definition of effect size is purposely more inclusive than the way many have defined and conceptualized effect size, and it is unique with regard to linking effect size to a question of interest. Additionally, we review some important developments in the effect size literature and discuss the importance of accompanying an effect size with an interval estimate that acknowledges the uncertainty with which the population value of the effect size has been estimated. We hope that this article will facilitate discussion and improve the practice of reporting and interpreting effect sizes. PMID:22545595

  4. Thermomagnetic transport properties of ferromagnetic MnBi

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    Boona, Stephen; Heremans, Joseph

    Spin-dependent transport phenomena such as the spin Seebeck effect and magnon drag offer intriguing new possibilities for tuning the thermoelectric properties of magnetically ordered materials. One particularly interesting approach is to examine magnetic materials that are expected to display large intrinsic spin orbit coupling, such as MnBi. In spite of this material's popularity as a candidate for rare-earth free permanent magnets, no studies have been published so far concerning its Seebeck or Nernst coefficients. This talk will discuss our recent measurements of the thermomagnetic properties of high purity polycrystalline MnBi between 2K and 385K and in magnetic fields up to 7T. Our measurements reveal the existence of a substantial anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) from 382K down to the spin reorientation temperature of 90K, while the other transport phenomena show relatively weak magnetic field dependence at all temperatures. We also observe that the Seebeck and ANE coefficients display strikingly similar temperature dependence, with the former peaking at approximately -10 μV/K and the latter at approximately -2.5 μV/K/T, hinting at the important role of spin-dependent processes in determining the transport properties of this material.

  5. Preparation of Bi2Te3/Nano-SiC Composite Thermoelectric Films by Electrodeposition

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    Wang, Yilin; Zhang, Jingyi; Shen, Zhengwu; Yang, Mengqian; Liu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Wei

    2015-06-01

    Bi2Te3/nano-SiC composite thermoelectric films were prepared by electrodeposition in a nitric acid bath. The effects of SiC concentration and annealing treatment on the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of the films were investigated. The morphology, composition, and structure of the films were studied by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The results showed that SiC nano-particles in electrodeposited Bi2Te3/nano-SiC composite films have readily apparent effects on the crystal orientation of the Bi2Te3 matrix and the morphology of the electrodeposited composite films. For nano-SiC particle concentrations <2 g/L the Seebeck coefficients of as-deposited films decrease with increasing nano-SiC particle concentration and decrease further after annealing treatment. Improvement in electrical conductivity compensated for the decrease in Seebeck coefficient and resulted in an enhanced power factor. Addition of nano-SiC particles to the composite films introduces more interfaces, which endows the composite films with lower electrical resistivity.

  6. Analysis of high-temperature thermoelectric properties of p-type CoSb3 within a two-valence-band and two-conduction-band model

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    Kajikawa, Y.

    2014-05-01

    Experimental data on the thermoelectric properties of p-type CoSb3 reported by Caillat et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 80, 4442 (1996)] have been analyzed, assuming not only a pair of the first valence (v1) and the first conduction (c1) bands but also the second valence (v2) and the second conduction (c2) bands. By taking into account the excitation of carriers into the v2 and the c2 bands, the behavior of the Hall coefficient as well as that of the Seebeck coefficient at high temperatures is well explained. By taking into account the nonparabolicity of the v1 band, the temperature dependence of mobility is well explained with assuming scattering due to acoustic phonons, nonpolar and polar optical phonons, and ionized impurities. Furthermore, various material parameters of CoSb3, such as the band-gap energy, effective masses, and deformation potentials, have been deduced from fitting the calculation to the experimental data on the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient, the mobility, and the Seebeck coefficient. Among them, the band-gap energy and the effective mass of the v1 band have been corrected from the original values estimated by Caillat et al. In addition, it is shown that the experimental data on the hole-concentration dependences of both the room-temperature Seebeck coefficient and the cyclotron mass are well reproduced by the theoretical calculation using the deduced values for the nonparabolic v1 band.

  7. Solid-Liquid Interface Characterization Hardware: Advanced Technology Development (ATD)

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    Peters, Palmer N.; Sisk, R. C.; Sen, S.; Kaukler, W. F.; Curreri, Peter A.; Wang, F. C.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    This ATD has the goal of enabling the integration of three separate measurement techniques to characterize the solid-liquid interface of directionally solidified materials in real-time. Arrays of film-based metal thermocouple elements are under development along with compact Seebeck furnaces suitable for interfacing with separately developed X-ray Transmission Microscopes. Results of applying film arrays to furnace profiling are shown, demonstrating their ability to identify a previously undetected hardware flaw in the development of a second-generation compact furnace. Results of real-time furnace profiling also confirmed that the compact furnace design effectively isolates the temperature profiles in two halves of the furnace, a necessary feature. This isolation had only been inferred previously from the characteristics of Seebeck data reported. Results from a 24-thermocouple array successfully monitoring heating and isothermal cooling of a tin sample are shown. The importance of non-intrusion by the arrays, as well as furnace design, on the profiling of temperature gradients is illustrated with example measurements. Further developments underway for effectively combining all three measurements are assessed in terms of improved x-ray transmission, increased magnification, integral arrays with minimum intrusion, integral scales for velocity measurements and other features being incorporated into the third generation Seebeck furnace under construction.

  8. The Hydrophobic Effect.

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    Huque, Entazul M.

    1989-01-01

    Discusses the physical basis and current understanding of hydrophobic effects. The thermodynamic background of the effects, hydrophobic hydration, and hydrophobic interactions are described. Four existing controversies are outlined. (YP)

  9. Medications and Side Effects

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    ... medication to fully work. You might feel some side effects of your medication before your feel the benefits – ... such as sleepiness, anxiety or headache) is a side effect or a symptom of your illness. Many side ...

  10. Side Effects (Management)

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    ... cancer care is relieving side effects, called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. It is important ... treat them. To learn about the symptoms and management of the long-term side effects of cancer ...

  11. Stormwater BMP Effectiveness Toolkit

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    US EPA has identified the effectiveness of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) as a priority research need. Effective protection of biotic integrity requires that processes maintaining the diversity of physical habitats be protected. Methods are needed to evaluate the e...

  12. Memory effects in turbulence

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    Hinze, J. O.

    1979-01-01

    Experimental investigations of the wake flow of a hemisphere and cylinder show that such memory effects can be substantial and have a significant influence on momentum transport. Memory effects are described in terms of suitable memory functions.

  13. Effective Schools Research.

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    Levine, Daniel U.; Lezotte, Lawrence W.

    Research studies that have focused on identifying the characteristics or correlates of elementary and secondary schools that are unusually effective are reviewed, concentrating on the "effective schools" movement. Research on effective schools supports the conclusion that they rank high on certain characteristics frequently referred to as…

  14. Effective Teachers of Literacy.

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    Medwell, Jane; Wray, David; Poulson, Louise; Fox, Richard

    A study was commissioned to help the Teacher Training Agency and teachers in England to understand more clearly how effective teachers help children to become literate. Research aims were to: identify the key factors of what effective teachers know, understand, and do that enables them to put effective literacy teaching into practice; identify the…

  15. Effects of Nuclear Weapons.

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    Sartori, Leo

    1983-01-01

    Fundamental principles governing nuclear explosions and their effects are discussed, including three components of a nuclear explosion (thermal radiation, shock wave, nuclear radiation). Describes how effects of these components depend on the weapon's yield, its height of burst, and distance of detonation point. Includes effects of three

  16. Special Effects Activity Guide.

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    Boxer, Jennifer; Valenta, Carol

    This guide accompanies "Special Effects," a 40-minute IMAX film and "Special Effects II", a multimedia, interactive traveling exhibit designed by the California Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit focuses on the underlying scientific and technical processes of special effects from the earliest motion picture to state-of-the-art digital…

  17. Effects of Nuclear Weapons.

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    Sartori, Leo

    1983-01-01

    Fundamental principles governing nuclear explosions and their effects are discussed, including three components of a nuclear explosion (thermal radiation, shock wave, nuclear radiation). Describes how effects of these components depend on the weapon's yield, its height of burst, and distance of detonation point. Includes effects of three…

  18. Andexanet: Effectively Reversing Anticoagulation.

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    Lippi, Giuseppe; Sanchis-Gomar, Fabian; Favaloro, Emmanuel J

    2016-06-01

    Despite direct oral anticoagulants becoming a mainstay of anticoagulant therapy, the effective, timely, and safe reversal of their anticoagulant effect remains challenging. Emerging evidence attests that andexanet, a recombinant and inactive variant of native factor X (FXa), competitively inhibits and counteracts the anticoagulant effect of many inhibitors of native activated FXa. PMID:27048885

  19. Charge transport and thermoelectric properties of double-filled Nd1- z Yb z Fe4- x Co x Sb12 skutterudites

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    Shin, Dong-Kil; Kim, Il-Ho; Jang, Kyung-Wook; Choi, Soon-Mok; Lee, Soonil; Seo, Won-Seon

    2016-04-01

    p-Type Nd1- z Yb z Fe4- x Co x Sb12 ( z = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and x = 0, 0.5, 1.0) skutterudites were synthesized by using encapsulated melting and hot pressing. The effects of Nd/Yb double filling and Co substitution for Fe (charge compensation) on the microstructure, the charge transport, and the thermoelectric properties of the skutterudite specimens were investigated. All specimens were transformed to the skutterudite phase by the annealing process, and a few secondary phases such as marcasite FeSb2 were formed together with the skutterudite phase, although their formation was suppressed with increasing Co content. The lattice constant changed with the filling ratio of Nd/Yb and Fe/Co substitution, which meant that the double filling of Nd/Yb and the substitution of Co for Fe were successfully performed. All specimens showed p-type conduction at temperatures ranging from 323 K to 823 K and exhibited degenerate semiconductor characteristics, in which the electrical conductivity decreased and the Seebeck coefficient increased with increasing temperature. The Seebeck coefficient increased with increasing Nd and Co contents due to the decreased carrier concentration while the electrical conductivity and the thermal conductivity decreased. The maximum Seebeck coefficient was obtained at temperatures in the range from 723 K to 823 K, and the thermal conductivity significantly increased at temperatures above 623 K due to bipolar conduction. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, showed maximum values at temperatures ranging from 723 K to 823 K due to the decrease in the Seebeck coefficient (or the decrease in the power factor) and the increase in the thermal conductivity at high temperatures. The maximum ZT = 0.81 was obtained for Nd0.75Yb0.25Fe4Sb12 at 823 K and for Nd0.75Yb0.25Fe3CoSb12 at 723 K.

  20. Magnetic and electronic properties of misfit-layered cobalt oxide (Ca1-δ OH)xCoO2

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    Shizuya, Mitsuyuki; Isobe, Masaaki; Takayama-Muromachi, Eiji

    2007-07-01

    The magnetic and electronic properties of non- and hole-doped samples of misfit-layered cobalt oxide (Ca1-δOH)xCoO2 were investigated using the data obtained from measurements of the magnetization, specific heat, resistivity, and Seebeck coefficient. A Curie-Weiss-like behavior was observed for all samples. In a highly doped sample, a magnetic transition at 13K and metamagnetism, due to long-range antiferromagnetic ordering, were observed. This long-range ordering coexists with a nonordered paramagnetic moment, most likely enhanced by ferromagnetic fluctuations. Large Sommerfeld constants, γ =32 and 46mJmol-1K-2, were obtained from the specific heat of the doped samples. This indicates that a large effective mass of the carriers exists in the hole-doped phase of this compound. The observation of both the finite value of γ and the semiconducting resistivity indicates that the carrier is localized by the Anderson localization mechanism. The Seebeck coefficient decreases with hole doping. In low temperature, the Seebeck coefficients for the doped samples exhibit abrupt enhancements with decreasing temperature, which implies an existence of pseudogap.

  1. Thermoelectric Properties of Sintered and Textured Nd-Substituted Ca3Co4O9 Ceramics

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    Prevel, Marlène; Reddy, Eddula Sudhakar; Perez, Olivier; Kobayashi, Wataru; Terasaki, Ichiro; Goupil, Christophe; Noudem, Jacques Guillaume

    2007-10-01

    We present the results of low- and high-temperature measurements, from 5 to 800 K, of the electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power of polycrystalline and c-axis-oriented textured samples of Ca3-zNdzCo4O9 (0≤ z≤ 0.9). Crystallographic structure, microstructure and texture analyses of the samples have also been carried out. The substitution of the lighter rare-earth large ionic Nd for Ca results in an increase in the Seebeck coefficient. However, the resistivity of the samples also increases accordingly. In addition, the Hall effect of the polycrystalline Ca3-zNdzCo4O9 sample was studied in the 50-300 K interval. This measurement showed that the variation of Seebeck coefficient and resistivity are caused by a decrease in carrier concentration with Nd content. The decomposition temperatures of the samples with Nd content were observed to increase to values beyond the melting point of Ag, the technically important contact material for the fabrication of thermoelectric modules. The studies on the thermoforged samples indicate that the electrical resistivity of the textured samples decreased by 2.5-fold as compared with that of the conventional sintered samples. The increase in the decomposition temperature and the high Seebeck coefficient with low resistivity in thermoforged samples make the Nd-doped Ca3Co4O9 oxide as one of the candidate materials for high-temperature thermoelectric modules.

  2. Codoping in SnTe: Enhancement of Thermoelectric Performance through Synergy of Resonance Levels and Band Convergence.

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    Tan, Gangjian; Shi, Fengyuan; Hao, Shiqiang; Chi, Hang; Zhao, Li-Dong; Uher, Ctirad; Wolverton, Chris; Dravid, Vinayak P; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2015-04-22

    We report a significant enhancement of the thermoelectric performance of p-type SnTe over a broad temperature plateau with a peak ZT value of ∼1.4 at 923 K through In/Cd codoping and a CdS nanostructuring approach. Indium and cadmium play different but complementary roles in modifying the valence band structure of SnTe. Specifically, In-doping introduces resonant levels inside the valence bands, leading to a considerably improved Seebeck coefficient at low temperature. Cd-doping, however, increases the Seebeck coefficient of SnTe remarkably in the mid- to high-temperature region via a convergence of the light and heavy hole bands and an enlargement of the band gap. Combining the two dopants in SnTe yields enhanced Seebeck coefficient and power factor over a wide temperature range due to the synergy of resonance levels and valence band convergence, as demonstrated by the Pisarenko plot and supported by first-principles band structure calculations. Moreover, these codoped samples can be hierarchically structured on all scales (atomic point defects by doping, nanoscale precipitations by CdS nanostructuring, and mesoscale grains by SPS treatment) to achieve highly effective phonon scattering leading to strongly reduced thermal conductivities. In addition to the high maximum ZT the resultant large average ZT of ∼0.8 between 300 and 923 K makes SnTe an attractive p-type material for high-temperature thermoelectric power generation. PMID:25856499

  3. Preparation and thermoelectric properties of A8IIB16IIIB30IV clathrate compounds

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    Kuznetsov, V. L.; Kuznetsova, L. A.; Kaliazin, A. E.; Rowe, D. M.

    2000-06-01

    Polycrystalline samples of clathrate compounds Ba8Ga16Si30, Ba8Ga16Ge30, Ba8Ga16Sn30, and Sr8Ga16Ge30 were prepared by direct melting and characterized using X-ray powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis. The Ge- and Si-based clathrates melt congruently, whereas Ba8Ga16Sn30 melts incongruently. At room temperature the Ge- and Si-based clathrates possess a moderate negative Seebeck coefficient and a high electron concentration in the range of 71020-91020 cm-3 while Ba8Ga16Sn30 exhibits substantially lower electron concentration of 2.21019 cm-3. The Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity were measured over the range 100-870 K. The temperature dependence of transport properties of the clathrates is typical for heavily doped semiconductors. The transport properties were analyzed using a standard semiconductor transport model. There is a good agreement between the assumed model and experimental temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in the extrinsic conductivity range for all studied clathrates apart from Ba8Ga16Ge30. The calculated effective masses of the clathrates range from 0.9 to 3 of the free electron mass. The estimated ZT values are 0.7 for Ba8Ga16Ge30 at 700 K and 0.87 for Ba8Ga16Si30 at 870 K. The potential for thermoelectric applications of these materials is assessed.

  4. Deposition and investigation of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride thin films

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    Kuzanyan, A.S. . E-mail: akuzan@ipr.sci.am; Harutyunyan, S.R.; Vardanyan, V.O.; Badalyan, G.R.; Petrosyan, V.A.; Kuzanyan, V.S.; Petrosyan, S.I.; Karapetyan, V.E.; Wood, K.S.; Wu, H.-D.

    2006-09-15

    Thin films of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride, the promising thermoelectric material for low-temperature applications, are deposited on various substrates by the electron-beam evaporation, pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering. The influence of the deposition conditions on the films X-ray characteristics, composition, microstructure and physical properties, such as the resistivity and Seebeck coefficient, is studied. The preferred (100) orientation of all films is obtained from XRD traces. In the range of 780-800 deg. C deposition temperature the highest intensity of diffractions peaks and the highest degree of the preferred orientation are observed. The temperature dependence of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of films are investigated in the temperature range of 4-300 K. The features appropriate to Kondo effect in the dependences {rho}(T) and S(T) are detected at temperatures below 20 K. Interplay between the value of the Seebeck coefficient, metallic parameters and Kondo scattering of investigated films is discussed. - Graphical abstract: Kondo scattering in (La,Ce)B{sub 6} films: temperature dependence of the resistivity of (La,Ce)B{sub 6} films on various substrates and the ceramics La{sub 0.99}Ce{sub 0.01}B{sub 6}.

  5. A note on the electrochemical nature of the thermoelectric power

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    Apertet, Y.; Ouerdane, H.; Goupil, C.; Lecoeur, Ph.

    2016-04-01

    While thermoelectric transport theory is well established and widely applied, it is not always clear in the literature whether the Seebeck coefficient, which is a measure of the strength of the mutual interaction between electric charge transport and heat transport, is to be related to the gradient of the system's chemical potential or to the gradient of its electrochemical potential. The present article aims to clarify the thermodynamic definition of the thermoelectric coupling. First, we recall how the Seebeck coefficient is experimentally determined. We then turn to the analysis of the relationship between the thermoelectric power and the relevant potentials in the thermoelectric system: As the definitions of the chemical and electrochemical potentials are clarified, we show that, with a proper consideration of each potential, one may derive the Seebeck coefficient of a non-degenerate semiconductor without the need to introduce a contact potential as seen sometimes in the literature. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the phenomenological expression of the electrical current resulting from thermoelectric effects may be directly obtained from the drift-diffusion equation.

  6. Characterization and optimization of polycrystalline Si70%Ge30% for surface micromachined thermopiles in human body applications

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    Wang, Ziyang; Fiorini, Paolo; Leonov, Vladimir; Van Hoof, Chris

    2009-09-01

    This paper presents the material characterization methods, characterization results and the optimization scheme for polycrystalline Si70%Ge30% (poly-SiGe) from the perspective of its application in a surface micromachined thermopile. Due to its comparative advantages, such as lower thermal conductivity and ease of processing, over other materials, poly-SiGe is chosen to fabricate a surface micromachined thermopile and eventually a wearable thermoelectric generator (TEG) to be used on a human body. To enable optimal design of advanced thermocouple microstructures, poly-SiGe sample materials prepared by two different techniques, namely low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) with in situ doping and rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition (RTCVD) with ion implantation, have been characterized. Relevant material properties, including electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity and specific contact resistance, have been reported. For the determination of thermal conductivity, a novel surface-micromachined test structure based on the Seebeck effect is designed, fabricated and measured. Compared to the traditional test structures, it is more advantageous for sample materials with a relatively large Seebeck coefficient, such as poly-SiGe. Based on the characterization results, a further optimization scheme is suggested to allow independent respective optimization of the figure of merit and the specific contact resistance.

  7. The Fragility of Thermoelectric Power Factor in Cross-Plane Superlattices in the Presence of Nonidealities: A Quantum Transport Simulation Approach

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    Thesberg, M.; Pourfath, M.; Neophytou, N.; Kosina, H.

    2016-03-01

    Energy filtering has been put forth as a promising method for achieving large thermoelectric power factors in thermoelectric materials through Seebeck coefficient improvement. Materials with embedded potential barriers, such as cross-plane superlattices, provide energy filtering, in addition to low thermal conductivity, and could potentially achieve high figure of merit. Although there exist many theoretical works demonstrating Seebeck coefficient and power factor gains in idealized structures, experimental support has been scant. In most cases, the electrical conductivity is drastically reduced due to the presence of barriers. In this work, using quantum-mechanical simulations based on the nonequilibrium Green's function method, we show that, although power factor improvements can theoretically be observed in optimized superlattices (as pointed out in previous studies), different types of deviations from the ideal potential profiles of the barriers degrade the performance, some nonidealities being so significant as to negate all power factor gains. Specifically, the effect of tunneling due to thin barriers could be especially detrimental to the Seebeck coefficient and power factor. Our results could partially explain why significant power factor improvements in superlattices and other energy-filtering nanostructures mainly fail to be realized, despite theoretical predictions.

  8. Allee effects in ants.

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    Luque, Gloria M; Giraud, Tatiana; Courchamp, Franck

    2013-09-01

    1. Allee effects occur when the aggregation of individuals result in mutually beneficial intraspecific interactions whereby individual fitness, or per capita growth rate, increases with the number of individuals. Allee effects are common in social species due to their cooperative behaviours, such as breeding, feeding or defence. Allee effects have important implications for many aspects of basic and applied ecology. Over the past decades, the study of Allee effects has influenced population dynamics, community ecology, endangered species management and invasion biology. 2. Despite the fact that cooperation is the basis of their social structure, Allee effects have received little attention among eusocial insects. Extreme cooperation is common, and reproductive specialization of individuals occurs due to division of labour. These life-history traits suggest that the potential contribution of each caste to reproduction and survival may be differential and nonadditive. 3. We studied Allee effects in the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). In this species, many queens and workers are present in colonies, which allowed us to explore the differential effects of castes on the presence of Allee effects. In the laboratory, we measured brood production and individual survival in experimental colonies that differed in the initial numbers of queens and workers.4. Our results highlight the differential effect of queens and workers on survival and productivity. We found three positive density-dependent relationships indicative of component Allee effects at the colony level: both workers and queens had a positive effect on the productivity of the other caste, and queens had a positive effect on worker survivorship. 5. Our experimental results suggest a potential positive feedback between worker and queen abundance, which may have contributed to the evolution of large colony sizes. Our study provides the first evidence of Allee effects in eusocial insects and highlights the need to consider castes separately in population dynamics. Division of labour and differential reproductive rates are factors that should be integrated into the study of Allee effects. PMID:23672650

  9. The butterfly effect of the "butterfly effect".

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    Dooley, Kevin J

    2009-07-01

    The "Butterfly Effect" metaphor states with variance that the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas. This metaphor has become part of the common vernacular of Western culture. In this paper I discuss the origins of the metaphor, examine its current usage within popular culture, and present an argument as to why it is popular. I propose that the metaphor is a type of semantic attractor, a narrative device with invariant meaning but audience-specific contextualization. Finally I address whether the Butterfly Effect metaphor is a good example of itself. PMID:19527619

  10. Side Effects of Hormone Therapy

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  11. Thermally Driven Josephson Effect

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    Penanen, Konstantin; Chui, Talso

    2008-01-01

    A concept is proposed of the thermally driven Josephson effect in superfluid helium. Heretofore, the Josephson effect in a superfluid has been recognized as an oscillatory flow that arises in response to a steady pressure difference between two superfluid reservoirs separated by an array of submicron-sized orifices, which act in unison as a single Josephson junction. Analogously, the thermally driven Josephson effect is an oscillatory flow that arises in response to a steady temperature difference. The thermally driven Josephson effect is partly a consequence of a quantum- mechanical effect known as the fountain effect, in which a temperature difference in a superfluid is accompanied by a pressure difference. The thermally driven Josephson effect may have significance for the development of a high-resolution gyroscope based on the Josephson effect in a superfluid: If the pressure-driven Josephson effect were used, then the fluid on the high-pressure side would become depleted, necessitating periodic interruption of operation to reverse the pressure difference. If the thermally driven Josephson effect were used, there would be no net flow and so the oscillatory flow could be maintained indefinitely by maintaining the required slightly different temperatures on both sides of the junction.

  12. Enhanced magnetocaloric effect material

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    Lewis, Laura J. H.

    2006-07-18

    A magnetocaloric effect heterostructure having a core layer of a magnetostructural material with a giant magnetocaloric effect having a magnetic transition temperature equal to or greater than 150 K, and a constricting material layer coated on at least one surface of the magnetocaloric material core layer. The constricting material layer may enhance the magnetocaloric effect by restriction of volume changes of the core layer during application of a magnetic field to the heterostructure. A magnetocaloric effect heterostructure powder comprising a plurality of core particles of a magnetostructural material with a giant magnetocaloric effect having a magnetic transition temperature equal to or greater than 150 K, wherein each of the core particles is encapsulated within a coating of a constricting material is also disclosed. A method for enhancing the magnetocaloric effect within a giant magnetocaloric material including the step of coating a surface of the magnetocaloric material with a constricting material is disclosed.

  13. Atomic lighthouse effect.

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    Máximo, C E; Kaiser, R; Courteille, Ph W; Bachelard, R

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the deflection of light by a cold atomic cloud when the light-matter interaction is locally tuned via the Zeeman effect using magnetic field gradients. This "lighthouse" effect is strongest in the single-scattering regime, where deviation of the incident field is largest. For optically dense samples, the deviation is reduced by collective effects, as the increase in linewidth leads to a decrease in magnetic field efficiency. PMID:25401364

  14. Photon Thermal Hall Effect.

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    Ben-Abdallah, P

    2016-02-26

    A near-field thermal Hall effect (i.e., Righi-Leduc effect) in networks of magneto-optical particles placed in a constant magnetic field is predicted. This many-body effect is related to a symmetry breaking in the system induced by the magnetic field, which gives rise to preferential channels for the heat transport by near-field interaction thanks to the particle's anisotropy tuning. PMID:26967417

  15. Photon Thermal Hall Effect

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    Ben-Abdallah, P.

    2016-02-01

    A near-field thermal Hall effect (i.e., Righi-Leduc effect) in networks of magneto-optical particles placed in a constant magnetic field is predicted. This many-body effect is related to a symmetry breaking in the system induced by the magnetic field, which gives rise to preferential channels for the heat transport by near-field interaction thanks to the particle's anisotropy tuning.

  16. Dynamic ground effects

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    Paulson, John W., Jr.; Kemmerly, Guy T.; Gilbert, William P.

    1990-01-01

    A research program is underway at the NASA Langley Research Center to study the effect of rate of descent on ground effects. A series of powered models were tested in the Vortex Research Facility under conditions with rate of descent and in the 14 x 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel under identical conditions but without rate of descent. These results indicate that the rate of descent can have a significant impact on ground effects particularly if vectored or reversed thrust is used.

  17. Rectenna related atmospheric effects

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    Lee, J.

    1980-01-01

    Possible meteorological effects arising from the existence and operations of a solar power satellite (SPS) system rectenna are examined. Analysis and model simulations in some chosen site situations and meteorological conditions indicate that the meteorological effects of the construction and operation of a rectenna are small, particularly outside the boundary of the structure. From weather and climate points of view, installation of an SPS rectenna seems likely to have effects comparable with those due to other nonindustrial land use changes covering the same area. The absorption and scattering of microwave radiation in the troposphere would have negligible atmospheric effects.

  18. Volcanic effects on climate

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    Robock, Alan

    1991-01-01

    Volcanic eruptions which inject large amounts of sulfur-rich gas into the stratosphere produce dust veils which last years and cool the earth's surface. At the same time, these dust veils absorb enough solar radiation to warm the stratosphere. Since these temperature changes at the earth's surface and in the stratosphere are both in the opposite direction of hypothesized effects from greenhouse gases, they act to delay and mask the detection of greenhouse effects on the climate system. Tantalizing recent research results have suggested regional effects of volcanic eruptions, including effects on El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). In addition, a large portion of the global climate change of the past 100 years may be due to the effects of volcanoes, but a definite answer is not yet clear. While effects of several years were demonstrated with both data studies and numerical models, long-term effects, while found in climate model calculations, await confirmation with more realistic models. Extremely large explosive prehistoric eruptions may have produced severe weather and climate effects, sometimes called a 'volcanic winter'. Complete understanding of the above effects of volcanoes is hampered by inadequacies of data sets on volcanic dust veils and on climate change. Space observations can play an increasingly important role in an observing program in the future. The effects of volcanoes are not adequately separated from ENSO events, and climate modeling of the effects of volcanoes is in its infancy. Specific suggestions are made for future work to improve the knowledge of this important component of the climate system.

  19. Giant thermoelectric effect in graphene-based topological insulators with heavy adatoms and nanopores.

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    Chang, Po-Hao; Bahramy, Mohammad Saeed; Nagaosa, Naoto; Nikolić, Branislav K

    2014-07-01

    Designing thermoelectric materials with high figure of merit ZT = S(2)GT/Ktot requires fulfilling three often irreconcilable conditions, that is, the high electrical conductance G, small thermal conductance Ktot, and high Seebeck coefficient S. Nanostructuring is one of the promising ways to achieve this goal as it can substantially suppress lattice contribution to Ktot. However, it may also unfavorably influence the electronic transport in an uncontrollable way. Here, we theoretically demonstrate that this issue can be ideally solved by fabricating graphene nanoribbons with heavy adatoms and nanopores. The adatoms locally enhance spin-orbit coupling in graphene thereby converting it into a two-dimensional topological insulator with a band gap in the bulk and robust helical edge states, which carry electrical current and generate a highly optimized power factor S(2)G per helical conducting channel due to narrow boxcar-function-shaped electronic transmission (surpassing even the Mahan-Sofo limit obtained for delta-function-shaped electronic transmission). Concurrently, the array of nanopores impedes the lattice thermal conduction through the bulk. Using quantum transport simulations coupled with first-principles electronic and phononic band structure calculations, the thermoelectric figure of merit is found to reach its maximum ZT ≃ 3 at low temperatures T ≃ 40 K. This paves a way to design high-ZT materials by exploiting the nontrivial topology of electronic states through nanostructuring. PMID:24932511

  20. Magnetothermoelectric effects in Fe1+dTe1-xSex

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    Matusiak, Marcin; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina; Conder, Kazimierz

    2012-12-01

    We report resistivity as well as the Hall, Seebeck and Nernst coefficients data for Fe1+dTe1-xSex single crystals with x = 0, 0.38, and 0.40. In the parent compound Fe1.04Te we observe at TN = 61 K a sudden change of all quantities studied, which can be described to the Fermi surface reconstruction due to onset of the antiferromagnetic order. Two very closely doped samples: Fe1.01Te0.62Se0.38 (Se38) and Fe1.01Te0.60Se0.40 (Se40) are superconductors with Tc = 13.4 K and 13.9 K, respectively. There are no evident magnetic transitions in either Se38 or Se40. Properties of these two single crystals are almost identical at high temperatures, but start to diverge below T ≈ 80 K. Perhaps we see the onset of scattering that might be a related to changes in short range magnetic correlations caused by selenium doping.

  1. Cardiovascular Effects Of Weightlessness

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    Sandler, Harold

    1992-01-01

    NASA technical memorandum presents study of effects of weightlessness and simulations upon cardiovascular systems of humans and animals. Reviews research up to year 1987 in United States and Soviet space programs on such topics as physiological changes induced by weightlessness in outer space and by subsequent return to Earth gravity and also reviews deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest on ground.

  2. Primacy Effects in Attributions.

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    McAndrew, Francis T.

    Previous research has suggested the existence of a primacy effect in the attribution of ability. To test if the primacy effect occurs in situations where specific cues about the person and nature of the test materials are lacking or greatly reduced, college students corrected a multiple-choice test in which a phantom stimulus person correctly…

  3. Presenting Food Science Effectively

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    Winter, Carl K.

    2016-01-01

    While the need to present food science information effectively is viewed as a critical competency for food scientists by the Institute of Food Technologists, most food scientists may not receive adequate training in this area. Effective presentations combine both scientific content and delivery mechanisms that demonstrate presenter enthusiasm for

  4. Radiation effects in space

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    Fry, R.J.M.

    1987-07-01

    As more people spend more time in space, and the return to the moon and exploratory missions are considered, the risks require continuing examination. The effects of microgravity and radiation are two potential risks in space. These risks increase with increasing mission duration. This document considers the risk of radiation effects in space workers and explorers. 17 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  5. Developing Effective Managers.

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    Roberts, T.J.

    In this introductory work, the main principles on which British companies are basing management development programs are presented, and stages in assuring a supply of effective managerial talent are set forth: stages in assuring a supply of effective managerial t"lent are set forth: program planning based on clear objectives and communication;…

  6. Effective Appraisal Systems.

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    Winsor, Jerry L.

    An examination of the goals of an effective employee appraisal system of an effective employee evaluation procedure is the focus of this paper.The paper discusses the purposes of the appraisal system and its objectivity (or lack of it), the selection of items to be judged, the standards for judging the performance of an employee, and the person…

  7. Tomography with mirage effect

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    Jeanneau, P.; Bertrand, L.; Forget, B. C.; Fournier, D.

    1999-03-01

    We have designed an experimental set-up that allows us to obtain thermal images of small samples by associating the mirage effect with the tomographic techniques. Spectroscopic features, surface effects and thermal diffusivity changes have been used to illustrate the feasibility of the method.

  8. Overview of atmospheric effects

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    Rote, D. M.

    1980-07-01

    Effluents from the transportation system are the major cause of Satellite Power System related atmospheric effects. These effects are discussed and include inadvertent weather modification, air quality degradation, compositional changes in the stratosphere and mesosphere, formation of noctilucent clouds, plasma density changes, airglow enhancements, and changes in composition and dynamics of the plasmasphere and magnetosphere.

  9. Correlational effect size benchmarks.

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    Bosco, Frank A; Aguinis, Herman; Singh, Kulraj; Field, James G; Pierce, Charles A

    2015-03-01

    Effect size information is essential for the scientific enterprise and plays an increasingly central role in the scientific process. We extracted 147,328 correlations and developed a hierarchical taxonomy of variables reported in Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology from 1980 to 2010 to produce empirical effect size benchmarks at the omnibus level, for 20 common research domains, and for an even finer grained level of generality. Results indicate that the usual interpretation and classification of effect sizes as small, medium, and large bear almost no resemblance to findings in the field, because distributions of effect sizes exhibit tertile partitions at values approximately one-half to one-third those intuited by Cohen (1988). Our results offer information that can be used for research planning and design purposes, such as producing better informed non-nil hypotheses and estimating statistical power and planning sample size accordingly. We also offer information useful for understanding the relative importance of the effect sizes found in a particular study in relationship to others and which research domains have advanced more or less, given that larger effect sizes indicate a better understanding of a phenomenon. Also, our study offers information about research domains for which the investigation of moderating effects may be more fruitful and provide information that is likely to facilitate the implementation of Bayesian analysis. Finally, our study offers information that practitioners can use to evaluate the relative effectiveness of various types of interventions. PMID:25314367

  10. The polarized EMC effect

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    W. Bentz; I. C. Cloet; A. W. Thomas

    2007-02-01

    We calculate both the spin independent and spin dependent nuclear structure functions in an effective quark theory. The nucleon is described as a composite quark-diquark state, and the nucleus is treated in the mean field approximation. We predict a sizable polarized EMC effect, which could be confirmed in future experiments.

  11. The Kaye Effect

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    Binder, J. M.; Landig, A. J.

    2009-01-01

    The International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT) is a worldwide, annual competition for secondary school students. This is our solution to problem number 10, "The Kaye effect", as presented in the final round of the 21st IYPT in Trogir, Croatia. The Kaye effect occurs when a thin stream of shampoo or a different adequate non-Newtonian liquid…

  12. The Kaye Effect

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    Binder, J. M.; Landig, A. J.

    2009-01-01

    The International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT) is a worldwide, annual competition for secondary school students. This is our solution to problem number 10, "The Kaye effect", as presented in the final round of the 21st IYPT in Trogir, Croatia. The Kaye effect occurs when a thin stream of shampoo or a different adequate non-Newtonian liquid

  13. Presenting Food Science Effectively

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    Winter, Carl K.

    2016-01-01

    While the need to present food science information effectively is viewed as a critical competency for food scientists by the Institute of Food Technologists, most food scientists may not receive adequate training in this area. Effective presentations combine both scientific content and delivery mechanisms that demonstrate presenter enthusiasm for…

  14. Improving Teacher Effectiveness.

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    Stewart, Twyla; And Others

    A group of three conference papers, all dealing with ways to improve teacher effectiveness, is presented in this document. The first paper, "Improving Teacher Effectiveness" (Twyla Stewart), describes the efforts of the Center for Academic Interinstitutional Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles. The program focuses on helping…

  15. Defining Effective Teaching

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    Layne, L.

    2012-01-01

    The author looks at the meaning of specific terminology commonly used in student surveys: "effective teaching." The research seeks to determine if there is a difference in how "effective teaching" is defined by those taking student surveys and those interpreting the results. To investigate this difference, a sample group of professors and students…

  16. A ''Voice Inversion Effect?''

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    Bedard, Catherine; Belin, Pascal

    2004-01-01

    Voice is the carrier of speech but is also an ''auditory face'' rich in information on the speaker's identity and affective state. Three experiments explored the possibility of a ''voice inversion effect,'' by analogy to the classical ''face inversion effect,'' which could support the hypothesis of a voice-specific module. Experiment 1 consisted…

  17. Effective Family Problem Solving.

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    Blechman, Elaine A.; McEnroe, Michael J.

    1985-01-01

    Effective family problem solving was studied in 97 families of elementary-school-aged children with definite- and indefinite-solution tasks. Incentive and task independence were manipulated. It was found that definitions of effective problem solving based on directly observed measures of group interaction were more valid than definitions based on…

  18. Bulk Topological Proximity Effect

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    Hsieh, Timothy H.; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Balents, Leon; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2016-02-01

    Existing proximity effects stem from systems with a local order parameter, such as a local magnetic moment or a local superconducting pairing amplitude. Here, we demonstrate that despite lacking a local order parameter, topological phases also may give rise to a proximity effect of a distinctively inverted nature. We focus on a general construction in which a topological phase is extensively coupled to a second system, and we argue that, in many cases, the inverse topological order will be induced on the second system. To support our arguments, we rigorously establish this "bulk topological proximity effect" for all gapped free-fermion topological phases and representative integrable models of interacting topological phases. We present a terrace construction which illustrates the phenomenological consequences of this proximity effect. Finally, we discuss generalizations beyond our framework, including how intrinsic topological order may also exhibit this effect.

  19. Bulk Topological Proximity Effect.

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    Hsieh, Timothy H; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Balents, Leon; Hughes, Taylor L

    2016-02-26

    Existing proximity effects stem from systems with a local order parameter, such as a local magnetic moment or a local superconducting pairing amplitude. Here, we demonstrate that despite lacking a local order parameter, topological phases also may give rise to a proximity effect of a distinctively inverted nature. We focus on a general construction in which a topological phase is extensively coupled to a second system, and we argue that, in many cases, the inverse topological order will be induced on the second system. To support our arguments, we rigorously establish this "bulk topological proximity effect" for all gapped free-fermion topological phases and representative integrable models of interacting topological phases. We present a terrace construction which illustrates the phenomenological consequences of this proximity effect. Finally, we discuss generalizations beyond our framework, including how intrinsic topological order may also exhibit this effect. PMID:26967436

  20. PLEIOTROPIC EFFECTS OF STATINS

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    Liao, James K.; Laufs, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Statins are potent inhibitors of cholesterol biosynthesis. In clinical trials, statins are beneficial in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. However, the overall benefits observed with statins appear to be greater than what might be expected from changes in lipid levels alone, suggesting effects beyond cholesterol lowering. Indeed, recent studies indicate that some of the cholesterol-independent or “pleiotropic” effects of statins involve improving endothelial function, enhancing the stability of atherosclerotic plaques, decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation, and inhibiting the thrombogenic response. Furthermore, statins have beneficial extrahepatic effects on the immune system, CNS, and bone. Many of these pleiotropic effects are mediated by inhibition of isoprenoids, which serve as lipid attachments for intracellular signaling molecules. In particular, inhibition of small GTP-binding proteins, Rho, Ras, and Rac, whose proper membrane localization and function are dependent on isoprenylation, may play an important role in mediating the pleiotropic effects of statins. PMID:15822172

  1. Nonlocal Anomalous Hall Effect

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    Zhang, Steven S.-L.; Vignale, Giovanni

    2016-04-01

    The anomalous Hall (AH) effect is deemed to be a unique transport property of ferromagnetic metals, caused by the concerted action of spin polarization and spin-orbit coupling. Nevertheless, recent experiments have shown that the effect also occurs in a nonmagnetic metal (Pt) in contact with a magnetic insulator [yttrium iron garnet (YIG)], even when precautions are taken to ensure that there is no induced magnetization in the metal. We propose a theory of this effect based on the combined action of spin-dependent scattering from the magnetic interface and the spin-Hall effect in the bulk of the metal. At variance with previous theories, we predict the effect to be of first order in the spin-orbit coupling, just as the conventional anomalous Hall effect—the only difference being the spatial separation of the spin-orbit interaction and the magnetization. For this reason we name this effect the nonlocal anomalous Hall effect and predict that its sign will be determined by the sign of the spin-Hall angle in the metal. The AH conductivity that we calculate from our theory is in order of magnitude agreement with the measured values in Pt /YIG structures.

  2. Use of effective dose.

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    Harrison, J D; Balonov, M; Martin, C J; Ortiz Lopez, P; Menzel, H-G; Simmonds, J R; Smith-Bindman, R; Wakeford, R

    2016-06-01

    International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Publication 103 provided a detailed explanation of the purpose and use of effective dose and equivalent dose to individual organs and tissues. Effective dose has proven to be a valuable and robust quantity for use in the implementation of protection principles. However, questions have arisen regarding practical applications, and a Task Group has been set up to consider issues of concern. This paper focusses on two key proposals developed by the Task Group that are under consideration by ICRP: (1) confusion will be avoided if equivalent dose is no longer used as a protection quantity, but regarded as an intermediate step in the calculation of effective dose. It would be more appropriate for limits for the avoidance of deterministic effects to the hands and feet, lens of the eye, and skin, to be set in terms of the quantity, absorbed dose (Gy) rather than equivalent dose (Sv). (2) Effective dose is in widespread use in medical practice as a measure of risk, thereby going beyond its intended purpose. While doses incurred at low levels of exposure may be measured or assessed with reasonable reliability, health effects have not been demonstrated reliably at such levels but are inferred. However, bearing in mind the uncertainties associated with risk projection to low doses or low dose rates, it may be considered reasonable to use effective dose as a rough indicator of possible risk, with the additional consideration of variation in risk with age, sex and population group. PMID:26980800

  3. Bustling argon: biological effect

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    2013-01-01

    Argon is a noble gas in group 18 of the periodic table. Certificated to exist in air atmosphere merely one century ago, discovery of argon shows interesting stories of researching and exploring. It was assumed to have no chemical activity. However, argon indeed present its biological effect on mammals. Narcotic effect of argon in diving operation and neur-protective function of argon in cerebral injury demonstrate that argon has crucial effect and be concentrated on is necessary. Furthermore, consider to be harmless to human, argon clinical application in therapy would be another option. PMID:24088583

  4. Improving engineering effectiveness

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    Fiero, J. D.

    1985-01-01

    Methodologies to improve engineering productivity were investigated. The rocky road to improving engineering effectiveness is reviewed utilizing a specific semiconductor engineering organization as a case study. The organization had a performance problem regarding new product introductions. With the help of this consultant as a change agent the engineering team used a systems approach to through variables that were effecting their output significantly. Critical factors for improving this engineering organization's effectiveness and the roles/responsibilities of management, the individual engineers and the internal consultant are discussed.

  5. From effective interactions to effective operators

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    Stetcu, Ionel; Barrett, Bruce R.; Navratil, Petr

    2004-10-01

    One of the most successful approaches to the nuclear structure of light nuclei is the no-core shell model (NCSM), which describes with very good precision the observed nuclear spectra. In its framework, by means of the Lee Suzuki procedure one derives effective interactions in finite model spaces starting from realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) potentials; the low-lying energy spectrum is then obtain through the diagonalization of the ab initio effective interactions in large, translationally invariant, many-body basis. In addition to energy levels, one has to obtain good description of the nuclear wave functions; the latter can be tested by computing observables and transition strengths. With a few exceptions, transition strengths and expectation values of observables have been obtained using bare operators restricted to the model space. We have started recently to apply the Lee-Suzuki procedure to general operators and performed tests in restricted model spaces. In this work, we compute expectation values of selected scalar observables and electromagnetic transition strengths using realistic wave functions for nuclei in the p shell. I.S. and B.R.B acknowledge partial support by NFS grants PHY0070858 and PHY0244389. The work was performed in part under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-Eng-48. P.N. received support from LDRD contract 04-ERD-058.

  6. Strategies for Effective Outsourcing.

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    Moneta, Larry; Dillon, William L.

    2001-01-01

    Emphasizes strategies that can be employed for effective outsourcing in higher education settings. Several models of outsourcing are identified and described, and examples of institutions using each model are provided. (GCP)

  7. Side Effects of Chemotherapy

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    ... About Prostate Cancer About the Prostate Risk Factors Prevention Symptoms Early Detection & Screening Living With Prostate Cancer Newly Diagnosed Treatment Options Side Effects Recurrence Advanced Disease Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Helpful Resources Patient Support ...

  8. Pulmonary effects of firefighting.

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    Scannell, C H; Balmes, J R

    1995-01-01

    The authors examine the acute and chronic effects of exposure to smoke among firefighters and look at mortality studies for the risk of death due to nonmalignant respiratory disease and lung cancer. PMID:8903749

  9. Evaluating teaching effectiveness.

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    Kirschling, J M; Fields, J; Imle, M; Mowery, M; Tanner, C A; Perrin, N; Stewart, B J

    1995-12-01

    Major reform in nursing education is underway, with increased emphasis being placed on the importance of the teacher-student relationship. An instrument for evaluation of teaching effectiveness, developed at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing, attempts to capture the student's perception of the quality of the teacher-student relationship as well as other salient aspects of teaching practices. The evaluation tool contains 26 items evaluating teaching effectiveness and 14 items that evaluate the course. The teaching effectiveness items yield five scales including: knowledge and expertise, facilitative teaching methods, communication style, use of own experiences, and feedback. Psychometric testing has been completed and there is evidence of construct validity in relation to teaching effectiveness and internal consistency reliability for the five scales. PMID:8583255

  10. Conditions for Effectiveness.

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    Wright, Jeannette T.

    1988-01-01

    The most effective college presidents are those whose leadership styles are dominant, decisive, and when appropriate, autocratic. The president has to believe profoundly in the intrinsic value of the college. (Author/MSE)

  11. Cytogenetic effects of cyclamates

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    Jemison, E.W.; Brown, K.; Rivers, B.; Knight, R.

    1984-01-01

    PHA-stimulated human peripheral lymphocytes were used as a model system for assessing the in vitro effects of calcium cyclamate. Techniques of autoradiography, cytological staining, cell counting, liquid scintillation and karyotyping were used to study the cytogenetic damage and biochemical effects of calcium cyclamate when assayed in 24 hour intervals for 96 hours. The cells were exposed to 10(-2) and 10(-3) molar concentrations of calcium cyclamate in TC 199 medium with fetal calf serum and antibiotics. It was noted that the addition of cyclamate increased mitotic rate of lymphocyte cells in cultures. It was determined that calcium cyclamate impaired the synthesis of deoxribonunucleic acid (as depicted by decreased incorporation of tritiated thymidine), reduced grain counts in autoradiographs and increased chromosome aberrations in cyclamate treated PHA stimulated peripheral blood lymphocytes in vitro. Morphological changes and growth rates showed significant effects. These studies indicate that calcium cyclamate has variable significant effects on leucocytes growth and chromosome morphology.

  12. Coefficients of Effective Length.

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    Edwards, Roger H.

    1981-01-01

    Under certain conditions, a validity Coefficient of Effective Length (CEL) can produce highly misleading results. A modified coefficent is suggested for use when empirical studies indicate that underlying assumptions have been violated. (Author/BW)

  13. [Genetic effects of radiation].

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    Nakamura, Nori

    2012-03-01

    This paper is a short review of genetic effect of radiation. This includes methods and results of a large-scale genetic study on specific loci in mice and of various studies in the offspring of atomic-bomb survivors. As for the latter, there is no results obtained which suggest the effect of parental exposure to radiation. Further, in recent years, studies are conducted to the offspring born to parents who were survivors of childhood cancers. In several reports, the mean gonad dose is quite large whereas in most instances, the results do not indicate genetic effect following parental exposure to radiation. Possible reasons for the difficulties in detecting genetic effect of radiation are discussed. PMID:22514926

  14. Health Effects of Tsunamis

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    ... Tsunamis Health Effects Food & Water Safety Food Safety Water Quality Sanitation & Hygiene Diseases & Health Concerns Information for Clinicians Response & ... waters can pose health risks such as contaminated water and food supplies. Loss of shelter leaves people vulnerable to insect ...

  15. [Aminoglycosides, their ototoxic effect].

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    de la Rosa-Gálvez, A; Jáuregui-Renaud, K; Hernández-Goribar, M

    1998-01-01

    The aminoglycosides are broad-spectrum antibiotics especially effective against many strains of gramnegative bacteria. Since streptomycin was used for tuberculosis treatment, the toxic side effects of such antibiotics were identified. The kidney and the inner ear are affected. The nephrotoxicity is usually reversible, while the chronic ototoxicity is irreversible. Within the inner ear, it is the cochlear and vestibular sensory epithelium that is damaged. A toxic mechanism in which an interference with mitochondrial protein synthesis is central has been inferred. During the last fifty years, risk factors for aminoglycoside-induced-ototoxicity have been identified, including a genetically transmitted hypersensitivity to the ototoxic effect. Although several strategies to prevent the damage have been proposed, today it is not rare that patients suffer permanent loss of hearing and loss of balance due to aminoglycoside toxicity. This review gives a brief background of aminoglycoside ototoxicity, some strategies to prevent it, and the therapeutic use of the vestibulo-toxic effect. PMID:9927776

  16. The extraterrestrial Casimir Effect

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    Storti, Riccardo C.

    2011-09-01

    Application of the Electro-Gravi-Magnetic (EGM) Photon radiation method to the Casimir Effect (CE), suggests that the experimentally verified (terrestrially) neutrally charged Parallel-Plate configuration force, may differ within extraterrestrial gravitational environments from the gravitationally independent formulation by Casimir. Consequently, the derivation presented herein implies that a gravitationally dependent CE may become an important design factor in nanotechnology for extraterrestrial applications (ignoring finite conductivity + temperature effects and evading the requirement for Casimir Force corrections due to surface roughness).

  17. Systemic effects of biomaterials.

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    Black, J

    1984-01-01

    Evaluation of the host response to implanted biomaterials usually focuses on the implant site tissue response. This may lead to erroneous conclusions in the same way that examination of battles outside of their historic context does. A broader view discloses a variety of possible and actual systemic effects of carcinogenic, metabolic, immunological and bacteriological nature. Recognition of these effects in patients is hampered by a lack of epidemiological studies. PMID:6375744

  18. Effects of periodic discharges

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    Ford, F. E.

    1977-01-01

    Periodic capacity checks are assessed as well as the effects of periodic discharges on the cycle life and the performance of cells during the cycle life. Topics discussed include the effect of the amount of electrolyte on cell capacity at 35 C; battery design for spacecraft; electrolyte starvation theory; battery separator degradation; negative electrode stability; voltage regulation; operating temperatures; and integration of reconditioning systems using microprocessors.

  19. Quantum zeno effect

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    Petrosky, T.; Tasaki, S.; Prigogine, I.

    1990-12-01

    Misra and Sudarshan pointed out, based on the quantum measurement theory, that repeated measurements lead to a slowing down of the transition, which they called the quantum Zeno effect. Recently, Itano, Heinzen, Bollinger and Wineland have reported that they succeeded in observing that effect. We show that the results of Itano et al. can be recovered through conventional quantum mechanics and do not involve a repeated reduction of the wave function

  20. Secondary pool boiling effects

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    Kruse, C.; Tsubaki, A.; Zuhlke, C.; Anderson, T.; Alexander, D.; Gogos, G.; Ndao, S.

    2016-02-01

    A pool boiling phenomenon referred to as secondary boiling effects is discussed. Based on the experimental trends, a mechanism is proposed that identifies the parameters that lead to this phenomenon. Secondary boiling effects refer to a distinct decrease in the wall superheat temperature near the critical heat flux due to a significant increase in the heat transfer coefficient. Recent pool boiling heat transfer experiments using femtosecond laser processed Inconel, stainless steel, and copper multiscale surfaces consistently displayed secondary boiling effects, which were found to be a result of both temperature drop along the microstructures and nucleation characteristic length scales. The temperature drop is a function of microstructure height and thermal conductivity. An increased microstructure height and a decreased thermal conductivity result in a significant temperature drop along the microstructures. This temperature drop becomes more pronounced at higher heat fluxes and along with the right nucleation characteristic length scales results in a change of the boiling dynamics. Nucleation spreads from the bottom of the microstructure valleys to the top of the microstructures, resulting in a decreased surface superheat with an increasing heat flux. This decrease in the wall superheat at higher heat fluxes is reflected by a "hook back" of the traditional boiling curve and is thus referred to as secondary boiling effects. In addition, a boiling hysteresis during increasing and decreasing heat flux develops due to the secondary boiling effects. This hysteresis further validates the existence of secondary boiling effects.

  1. The Mesoscopic Photovoltaic Effect

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    Bartolo, Robert Ernest

    1995-01-01

    We have studied a photovoltaic (PV) effect in submicron Au wires and rings in which a dc voltage, V _{dc}, is generated in response to microwave radiation. The lack of inversion symmetry in these small disordered systems allows for a non-linear response, analogous to a small rectifier, in which V _{dc} is proportional to the microwave power. At low temperatures the PV effect exhibits oscillations similar to the quantum interference effects present in the now extensively studied conductance measurements. We have observed pronounced Aharonov-Bohm oscillations of the mesoscopic PV effect in Au rings with diameters ranging from d = 3300-5700 A for temperatures T~ 4 K. The effects of dephasing due to the high frequency (microwave) field have also been observed, where the Aharonov-Bohm oscillations are quenched for microwave field strengths E_{ac}~ 5.0 V/m. The suppression of the Aharonov-Bohm oscillations as a function of temperature (T = 14-15 K) was also studied and found to be much weaker than expected. We also report the observation of an anomalous PV signal due to the presence of superconducting contacts which has been attributed to the inverse Josephson effect.

  2. Neurotoxic effects of caulerpenyne.

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    Brunelli, M; Garcia-Gil, M; Mozzachiodi, R; Roberto, M; Scuri, R; Traina, G; Zaccardi, M L

    2000-08-01

    1. In this paper the authors tested the effect of caulerpenyne (CYN), a sesquiterpene synthesized by the green alga Caulerpa taxifolia onto the central nervous system of the leech Hirudo medicinalis. Investigations have been performed with three different approaches: neuroethological, electrophysiological and neurochemical techniques. 2. CYN application mimics the effect of a nociceptive stimulation (brushing), eliciting a clear-cut potentiation of the animal swim response to the test stimulus (non associative learning process such as sensitization). This effect is similar to that one induced by the endogenous neurotransmitter serotonin (5HT). 3. CYN strongly reduces the after-hyperpolarization (AHP) recorded from T sensory neurons. This effect overlaps that one produced by 5HT, but it is not affected by the serotonergic antagonist methysergide. 4. The decrease of AHP amplitude due to CYN application is observed also in presence of apamin, a blocking agent of Ca++-dependent K+ channels, suggesting that CYN is acting through the inhibition of the Na+/K+ electrogenic pump. 5. The depression of the AHP driven by CYN is not prevented by application of MDL 12330A, an adenylate cyclase inhibitor. On the other hand MDL 12330A counteracts the reduction of AHP due to 5HT application. 6. Incubation of the leech central nervous system with CYN induces the phosphorylation of proteins of 29, 50, 66 and 100 kDa. This pattern of phosphorylation is similar to that one elicited by 5HT treatment. 7. The data demonstrate that CYN exerts remarkable effects on leech neurons by acting onto specific molecular targets such as the Na+/K+ ATPase. This effect may influence important neural integrative functions and may explain the sensitizing action produced by the toxin on swim induction. Finally, caulerpenyne does not act through the pathways involved in the 5HT action, and its effect is not mediated by the second messenger cyclic AMP. The mechanism of action of CYN are still under investigations. PMID:11041536

  3. Spin Hall effects

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    Sinova, Jairo; Valenzuela, Sergio O.; Wunderlich, J.; Back, C. H.; Jungwirth, T.

    2015-10-01

    Spin Hall effects are a collection of relativistic spin-orbit coupling phenomena in which electrical currents can generate transverse spin currents and vice versa. Despite being observed only a decade ago, these effects are already ubiquitous within spintronics, as standard spin-current generators and detectors. Here the theoretical and experimental results that have established this subfield of spintronics are reviewed. The focus is on the results that have converged to give us the current understanding of the phenomena, which has evolved from a qualitative to a more quantitative measurement of spin currents and their associated spin accumulation. Within the experimental framework, optical-, transport-, and magnetization-dynamics-based measurements are reviewed and linked to both phenomenological and microscopic theories of the effect. Within the theoretical framework, the basic mechanisms in both the extrinsic and intrinsic regimes are reviewed, which are linked to the mechanisms present in their closely related phenomenon in ferromagnets, the anomalous Hall effect. Also reviewed is the connection to the phenomenological treatment based on spin-diffusion equations applicable to certain regimes, as well as the spin-pumping theory of spin generation used in many measurements of the spin Hall angle. A further connection to the spin-current-generating spin Hall effect to the inverse spin galvanic effect is given, in which an electrical current induces a nonequilibrium spin polarization. This effect often accompanies the spin Hall effect since they share common microscopic origins. Both can exhibit the same symmetries when present in structures comprising ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic layers through their induced current-driven spin torques or induced voltages. Although a short chronological overview of the evolution of the spin Hall effect field and the resolution of some early controversies is given, the main body of this review is structured from a pedagogical point of view, focusing on well-established and accepted physics. In such a young field, there remains much to be understood and explored, hence some of the future challenges and opportunities of this rapidly evolving area of spintronics are outlined.

  4. Pleiotropic effects of statins.

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    Kavalipati, Narasaraju; Shah, Jay; Ramakrishan, Ananthraman; Vasnawala, Hardik

    2015-01-01

    Statins or 3-hydroxy-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors not only prevents the synthesis of cholesterol biosynthesis but also inhibits the synthesis of essential isoprenoid intermediates such as farnesyl pyrophosphate, geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate, isopentanyl adenosine, dolichols and polyisoprenoid side chains of ubiquinone, heme A, and nuclear lamins. These isoprenoid intermediates are required for activation of various intracellular/signaling proteins- small guanosine triphosphate bound protein Ras and Ras-like proteins like Rho, Rab, Rac, Ral, or Rap which plays an indispensible role in multiple cellular processes. Reduction of circulating isoprenoids intermediates as a result of HMG CoA reductase inhibition by statins prevents activation of these signalling proteins. Hence, the multiple effects of statins such as antiinflammatory effects, antioxidant effects, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory effects, plaque stability, normalization of sympathetic outflow, and prevention of platelet aggregation are due to reduction of circulating isoprenoids and hence inactivation of signalling proteins. These multiple lipid-independent effects of statins termed as statin pleiotropy would potentially open floodgates for research in multiple treatment domains catching attentions of researchers and clinician across the globe. PMID:26425463

  5. Mitochondrial threshold effects.

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    Rossignol, Rodrigue; Faustin, Benjamin; Rocher, Christophe; Malgat, Monique; Mazat, Jean-Pierre; Letellier, Thierry

    2003-01-01

    The study of mitochondrial diseases has revealed dramatic variability in the phenotypic presentation of mitochondrial genetic defects. To attempt to understand this variability, different authors have studied energy metabolism in transmitochondrial cell lines carrying different proportions of various pathogenic mutations in their mitochondrial DNA. The same kinds of experiments have been performed on isolated mitochondria and on tissue biopsies taken from patients with mitochondrial diseases. The results have shown that, in most cases, phenotypic manifestation of the genetic defect occurs only when a threshold level is exceeded, and this phenomenon has been named the 'phenotypic threshold effect'. Subsequently, several authors showed that it was possible to inhibit considerably the activity of a respiratory chain complex, up to a critical value, without affecting the rate of mitochondrial respiration or ATP synthesis. This phenomenon was called the 'biochemical threshold effect'. More recently, quantitative analysis of the effects of various mutations in mitochondrial DNA on the rate of mitochondrial protein synthesis has revealed the existence of a 'translational threshold effect'. In this review these different mitochondrial threshold effects are discussed, along with their molecular bases and the roles that they play in the presentation of mitochondrial diseases. PMID:12467494

  6. Pleiotropic effects of statins

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    Kavalipati, Narasaraju; Shah, Jay; Ramakrishan, Ananthraman; Vasnawala, Hardik

    2015-01-01

    Statins or 3-hydroxy-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors not only prevents the synthesis of cholesterol biosynthesis but also inhibits the synthesis of essential isoprenoid intermediates such as farnesyl pyrophosphate, geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate, isopentanyl adenosine, dolichols and polyisoprenoid side chains of ubiquinone, heme A, and nuclear lamins. These isoprenoid intermediates are required for activation of various intracellular/signaling proteins- small guanosine triphosphate bound protein Ras and Ras-like proteins like Rho, Rab, Rac, Ral, or Rap which plays an indispensible role in multiple cellular processes. Reduction of circulating isoprenoids intermediates as a result of HMG CoA reductase inhibition by statins prevents activation of these signalling proteins. Hence, the multiple effects of statins such as antiinflammatory effects, antioxidant effects, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory effects, plaque stability, normalization of sympathetic outflow, and prevention of platelet aggregation are due to reduction of circulating isoprenoids and hence inactivation of signalling proteins. These multiple lipid-independent effects of statins termed as statin pleiotropy would potentially open floodgates for research in multiple treatment domains catching attentions of researchers and clinician across the globe. PMID:26425463

  7. Simulating effects based operations

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    McKeever, William E., Jr.; Walter, Martin J.; Gilmour, Duane A.; Hanna, James P.

    2005-05-01

    Effects based operations (EBO) are proving to be a vital part of current concepts of operations in military missions and consequently need to be an integral part of current generation wargames. EBO is an approach to planning, executing and assessing military operations that focuses on obtaining a desired strategic outcome or "effect" on the adversary instead of merely attacking targets or simply dealing with objectives. Alternatively, the emphasis of conventional wargames is focused on attrition based modeling and is incapable of assessing effects and their contribution to the overall mission objectives. The focus of this paper is the integration of an EBO modeling scheme [1] within a force-on-force simulator. In this paper, the authors review the EBO modeling capability and describe its" integration within the wargame; including the integration of center of gravity (COG) models, the realization of indirect and cascading effects, the impact of the COG models on simulation control files, and the use of COG models to link the simulation commander with assets. A simple scenario demonstrating indirect and cascading effects is described and the results are presented.

  8. Temperature effects on electrophoresis.

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    Rogacs, Anita; Santiago, Juan G

    2013-05-21

    We present a model capturing the important contributors to the effects of temperature on the observable electrophoretic mobilities of small ions, and on solution conductivity and pH. Our temperature model includes relations for temperature-dependent viscosity, ionic strength corrections, degree of ionization (pK), and ion solvation effects on mobility. We incorporate thermophysical data for water viscosity, temperature-dependence of the Onsager-Fuoss model for finite ionic strength effects on mobility, temperature-dependence of the extended Debye-Huckel theory for correction of ionic activity, the Clarke-Glew approach and tabulated thermodynamic quantities of ionization reaction for acid dissociation constants as a function of temperature, and species-specific, empirically evaluated correction terms for temperature-dependence of Stokes' radii. We incorporated our model into a MATLAB-based simulation tool we named Simulation of Temperature Effects on ElectroPhoresis (STEEP). We validated our model using conductivity and pH measurements across a temperature variation of 25-70 °C for a set of electrolytes routinely used in electrophoresis. The model accurately captures electrolyte solution pH and conductivity, including important effects not captured by simple Walden-type relations. PMID:23627294

  9. A "voice inversion effect?".

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    Bédard, Catherine; Belin, Pascal

    2004-07-01

    Voice is the carrier of speech but is also an "auditory face" rich in information on the speaker's identity and affective state. Three experiments explored the possibility of a "voice inversion effect," by analogy to the classical "face inversion effect," which could support the hypothesis of a voice-specific module. Experiment 1 consisted of a gender identification task on two syllables pronounced by 90 speakers (boys, girls, men, and women). Experiment 2 consisted of a speaker discrimination task on pairs of syllables (8 men and 8 women). Experiment 3 consisted of an instrument discrimination task on pairs of melodies (8 string and 8 wind instruments). In all three experiments, stimuli were presented in 4 conditions: (1) no inversion; (2) temporal inversion (e.g., backwards speech); (3) frequency inversion centered around 4000 Hz; and (4) around 2500 Hz. Results indicated a significant decrease in performance caused by sound inversion, with a much stronger effect for frequency than for temporal inversion. Interestingly, although frequency inversion markedly affected timbre for both voices and instruments, subjects' performance was still above chance. However, performance at instrument discrimination was much higher than for voices, preventing comparison of inversion effects for voices vs. non-vocal stimuli. Additional experiments will be necessary to conclude on the existence of a possible "voice inversion effect." PMID:15177788

  10. Alerting effects of light.

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    Cajochen, Christian

    2007-12-01

    Light exerts powerful non-visual effects on a wide range of biological functions and behavior. In humans, light is intuitively linked with an alert or wakeful state. Compared to the effects of light on human circadian rhythms, little attention has been paid to its acute alerting action. Here I summarize studies from the past two decades, which have defined and quantified the dose (illuminance levels), exposure duration, timing and wavelength of light needed to evoke alerting responses in humans, as well as their temporal relationship to light-induced changes in endocrinological and electrophysiological sequelae of alertness. Furthermore, neuroanatomical and neurophysiological findings from animal studies elucidating a potential role of light in the regulation of sleep/wake states are discussed. A brief outlook of promising clinical and non-clinical applications of lights' alerting properties will be given, and its involvement in the design of more effective lighting at home and in the workplace will be considered. PMID:17936041

  11. Effective Documentation Tools

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    Sleboda, Claire

    1997-01-01

    Quality assurance programs provide a very effective means to monitor and evaluate medical care. Quality assurance involves: (1) Identify a problem; (2) Determine the source and nature of the problem; (3) Develop policies and methods to effect improvement; (4) Implement those polices; (5) Monitor the methods applied; and (6) Evaluate their effectiveness. Because this definition of quality assurance so closely resembles the Nursing Process, the health unit staff was able to use their knowledge of the nursing process to develop many forms which improve the quality of patient care. These forms include the NASA DFRC Service Report, the occupational injury form (Incident Report), the patient survey (Pre-hospital Evaluation/Care Report), the Laboratory Log Sheet, the 911 Run Sheet, and the Patient Assessment Stamp. Examples and steps which are followed to generate these reports are described.

  12. Cyclone vibration effects

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    Gray, D.C.; Tillery, M.I.

    1981-09-01

    A Government Accounting Office review of coal mine dust sampling procedures recommended studies be performed to determine accuracy and precision of dust measurements taken with current equipment. The effects of vibration on the 10-mm Dorr-Oliver nylon cyclone run at a flow rate of 2 L/min were investigated. A total of 271 samples were taken during 95 tests. All tests lasted about 7 h each and were performed inside a 19 l capacity aerosol chamber. Coal dust concentrations of about 2 mg/m/SUP/3 in air and a respirable fraction of 25-30% were used. The effects of a variety of vibration frequencies and stroke lengths were tested in two modes (horizontal and vertical). At most frequencies and stroke lengths, vibration was found to have an insignificant effect on cyclone performance.

  13. Security effectiveness review (SER)

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    Kouprianova, I.; Ek, D.; Showalter, R.; Bergman, M.

    1998-08-01

    As part of the on-going DOE/Russian MPC and A activities at the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) and in order to provide a basis for planning MPC and A enhancements, an expedient method to review the effectiveness of the MPC and A system has been adopted. These reviews involve the identification of appropriate and cost-effective enhancements of facilities at IPPE. This effort requires a process that is thorough but far less intensive than a traditional vulnerability assessment. The SER results in a quick assessment of current and needed enhancements. The process requires preparation and coordination between US and Russian analysts before, during, and after information gathering at the facilities in order that the analysis is accurate, effective, and mutually agreeable. The goal of this paper is to discuss the SER process, including the objectives, time scale, and lessons learned at IPPE.

  14. The quantum sweeper effect

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    Grössing, G.; Fussy, S.; Mesa Pascasio, J.; Schwabl, H.

    2015-07-01

    We show that during stochastic beam attenuation in double slit experiments, there appear unexpected new effects for transmission factors below a ≤ 10-4, which can eventually be observed with the aid of weak measurement techniques. These are denoted as quantum sweeper effects, which are characterized by the bunching together of low counting rate particles within very narrow spatial domains. We employ a “superclassical” modeling procedure which we have previously shown to produce predictions identical with those of standard quantum theory. Thus it is demonstrated that in reaching down to ever weaker channel intensities, the nonlinear nature of the probability density currents becomes ever more important. We finally show that the resulting unexpected effects nevertheless implicitly also exist in standard quantum mechanics.

  15. Quantum Zeno effect

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    Petrosky, T.; Tasaki, S.; Prigogine, I.

    1991-01-01

    In 1977, Misra and Sudarshan showed, based on the quantum measurement theory, that an unstable particle will never be found to decay when it is continuously observed. They called it the quantum Zeno effect (or paradox). More generally the quantum Zeno effect is associated to the inhibition of transitions by frequent measurements. This possibility has attracted much interest over the last years. Recently, Itano, Heinzen, Bollinger and Wineland have reported that they succeeded in observing the quantum Zeno effect. This would indeed be an important step towards the understanding of the role of the observer in quantum mechanics. However, in the present paper, we will show that their results can be recovered through conventional quantum mechanics and do not involve a repeated reduction (or collapse) of the wave function.

  16. Effective Nutritional Supplement Combinations

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    Cooke, Matt; Cribb, Paul J.

    Few supplement combinations that are marketed to athletes are supported by scientific evidence of their effectiveness. Quite often, under the rigor of scientific investigation, the patented combination fails to provide any greater benefit than a group given the active (generic) ingredient. The focus of this chapter is supplement combinations and dosing strategies that are effective at promoting an acute physiological response that may improve/enhance exercise performance or influence chronic adaptations desired from training. In recent years, there has been a particular focus on two nutritional ergogenic aids—creatine monohydrate and protein/amino acids—in combination with specific nutrients in an effort to augment or add to their already established independent ergogenic effects. These combinations and others are discussed in this chapter.

  17. Transgenerational genetic effects

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    Nelson, Vicki R; Nadeau, Joseph H

    2012-01-01

    Since Mendel, studies of phenotypic variation and disease risk have emphasized associations between genotype and phenotype among affected individuals in families and populations. Although this paradigm has led to important insights into the molecular basis for many traits and diseases, most of the genetic variants that control the inheritance of these conditions continue to elude detection. Recent studies suggest an alternative mode of inheritance where genetic variants that are present in one generation affect phenotypes in subsequent generations, thereby decoupling the conventional relations between genotype and phenotype, and perhaps, contributing to missing heritability. Under some conditions, these transgenerational genetic effects can be as frequent and strong as conventional inheritance, and can persist for multiple generations. Growing evidence suggests that RNA mediates these heritable epigenetic changes. The primary challenge now is to identify the molecular basis for these effects, characterize mechanisms and determine whether transgenerational genetic effects occur in humans. PMID:22122083

  18. Aviation noise effects

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    Newman, J. S.; Beattie, K. R.

    1985-03-01

    This report summarizes the effects of aviation noise in many areas, ranging from human annoyance to impact on real estate values. It also synthesizes the findings of literature on several topics. Included in the literature were many original studies carried out under FAA and other Federal funding over the past two decades. Efforts have been made to present the critical findings and conclusions of pertinent research, providing, when possible, a bottom line conclusion, criterion or perspective. Issues related to aviation noise are highlighted, and current policy is presented. Specific topic addressed include: annoyance; Hearing and hearing loss; noise metrics; human response to noise; speech interference; sleep interference; non-auditory health effects of noise; effects of noise on wild and domesticated animals; low frequency acoustical energy; impulsive noise; time of day weightings; noise contours; land use compatibility; and real estate values. This document is designed for a variety of users, from the individual completely unfamiliar with aviation noise to experts in the field.

  19. Relative age effect: implications for effective practice.

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    Andronikos, Georgios; Elumaro, Adeboye Israel; Westbury, Tony; Martindale, Russell J J

    2016-06-01

    Physical and psychological differences related to birthdate amongst athletes of the same selection year have been characterised as the "relative age effects" (RAEs). RAEs have been identified in a variety of sports, both at youth and adult level, and are linked with dropout of athletes and a reduction of the talent pool. This study examined the existence, mechanisms and possible solutions to RAEs using qualitative methodology. Seven experts in the field of talent identification and development were interviewed. Inductive analysis of the data showed that, while there was mixed evidence for the existence of RAEs across sports, the eradication of RAEs was attributed to controllable features of the development environment. The factors reported included the structure of "categories" used to group athletes within the sport (e.g. age, weight, size, skills), recognition and prioritisation of long-term development over "short term win focus." Education of relevant parties (e.g. coaches, scouts, clubs) about RAEs and the nature of "talent" within a long-term context was suggested, along with careful consideration of the structure of the development environment (e.g. delayed selection, provision for late developers, focus on skills not results, use of challenge). Implications for research and practice are discussed. PMID:26417709

  20. Habituation of reinforcer effectiveness

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    Lloyd, David R.; Medina, Douglas J.; Hawk, Larry W.; Fosco, Whitney D.; Richards, Jerry B.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we propose an integrative model of habituation of reinforcer effectiveness (HRE) that links behavioral- and neural-based explanations of reinforcement. We argue that HRE is a fundamental property of reinforcing stimuli. Most reinforcement models implicitly suggest that the effectiveness of a reinforcer is stable across repeated presentations. In contrast, an HRE approach predicts decreased effectiveness due to repeated presentation. We argue that repeated presentation of reinforcing stimuli decreases their effectiveness and that these decreases are described by the behavioral characteristics of habituation (McSweeney and Murphy, 2009; Rankin etal., 2009). We describe a neural model that postulates a positive association between dopamine neurotransmission and HRE. We present evidence that stimulant drugs, which artificially increase dopamine neurotransmission, disrupt (slow) normally occurring HRE and also provide evidence that stimulant drugs have differential effects on operant responding maintained by reinforcers with rapid vs. slow HRE rates. We hypothesize that abnormal HRE due to genetic and/or environmental factors may underlie some behavioral disorders. For example, recent research indicates that slow-HRE is predictive of obesity. In contrast ADHD may reflect “accelerated-HRE.” Consideration of HRE is important for the development of effective reinforcement-based treatments. Finally, we point out that most of the reinforcing stimuli that regulate daily behavior are non-consumable environmental/social reinforcers which have rapid-HRE. The almost exclusive use of consumable reinforcers with slow-HRE in pre-clinical studies with animals may have caused the importance of HRE to be overlooked. Further study of reinforcing stimuli with rapid-HRE is needed in order to understand how habituation and reinforcement interact and regulate behavior. PMID:24409128

  1. Aharonov-Bohm effect revisited

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    Eskin, Gregory

    2015-04-01

    Aharonov-Bohm effect is a quantum mechanical phenomenon that attracted the attention of many physicists and mathematicians since the publication of the seminal paper of Aharonov and Bohm [1] in 1959. We consider different types of Aharonov-Bohm effects such as the magnetic AB effect, electric AB effect, combined electromagnetic AB effect, AB effect for the Schrödinger equations with Yang-Mills potentials, and the gravitational analog of AB effect. We shall describe different approaches to prove the AB effect based on the inverse scattering problems, the inverse boundary value problems in the presence of obstacles, spectral asymptotics, and the direct proofs of the AB effect.

  2. Quantum spin Hall effect.

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    Bernevig, B Andrei; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2006-03-17

    The quantum Hall liquid is a novel state of matter with profound emergent properties such as fractional charge and statistics. The existence of the quantum Hall effect requires breaking of the time reversal symmetry caused by an external magnetic field. In this work, we predict a quantized spin Hall effect in the absence of any magnetic field, where the intrinsic spin Hall conductance is quantized in units of 2(e/4pi). The degenerate quantum Landau levels are created by the spin-orbit coupling in conventional semiconductors in the presence of a strain gradient. This new state of matter has many profound correlated properties described by a topological field theory. PMID:16605772

  3. Quantum Spin Hall Effect

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    Bernevig, B.Andrei; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-01-15

    The quantum Hall liquid is a novel state of matter with profound emergent properties such as fractional charge and statistics. Existence of the quantum Hall effect requires breaking of the time reversal symmetry caused by an external magnetic field. In this work, we predict a quantized spin Hall effect in the absence of any magnetic field, where the intrinsic spin Hall conductance is quantized in units of 2 e/4{pi}. The degenerate quantum Landau levels are created by the spin-orbit coupling in conventional semiconductors in the presence of a strain gradient. This new state of matter has many profound correlated properties described by a topological field theory.

  4. Photostimulated even acoustoelectric effect

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    Shmelev, G. M.; Shon, N. Kh.; Tsurkan, G. I.

    1985-02-01

    Photostimulated photogalvanic (PG) and acoustogalvanic (AG) currents in a semiconductor placed in the field of two linearly polarized electromagnetic waves with frequencies Omega sub 1 = 2Omega sub 2 are analyzed. These currents affect the probability of electron scattering and the HF acoustic flux field. Under specified double laser illumination the system comprising an electron gas and photons becomes noncentrosymmetric, which leads to the PG and AG effects. The AG effect represents a contribution to the acoustoelectric current that is linear according to intensity and even according to the acoustic wave vector.

  5. Anticancer effects of fucoidan.

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    Senthilkumar, Kalimuthu; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2014-01-01

    Recently, there has been an increased interest in the pharmacologically active natural compounds isolated and used for remedies of various kinds of diseases, including cancer. The great deal of interest has been developed to isolate bioactive compounds from marine resources because of their numerous health beneficial effects. Among marine resources, marine algae are valuable sources of structurally diverse bioactive compounds. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide derived from brown seaweeds and has been used as an ingredient in some dietary supplement products. Fucoidan has various biological activities including antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and antitumor activities. So this chapter deals with anticancer effects of fucoidan. PMID:25081084

  6. Effective Temperature of Mutations

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    Derényi, Imre; Szöllősi, Gergely J.

    2015-02-01

    Biological macromolecules experience two seemingly very different types of noise acting on different time scales: (i) point mutations corresponding to changes in molecular sequence and (ii) thermal fluctuations. Examining the secondary structures of a large number of microRNA precursor sequences and model lattice proteins, we show that the effects of single point mutations are statistically indistinguishable from those of an increase in temperature by a few tens of kelvins. The existence of such an effective mutational temperature establishes a quantitative connection between robustness to genetic (mutational) and environmental (thermal) perturbations.

  7. Contamination effects study

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1988-01-01

    The in-situ optical surface measurement system is a facility designed to study the deleterious effects of particulate materials on the surface reflectivities of optical materials in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV). This arrangement is designed to simulate the on-orbit effects of contamination and degradation of optical surfaces. This simulation is accomplished through the use of non-coherent VUV sources illuminating optical surfaces located in a high vacuum chamber. Several sources of contamination are employed. The reflectivity is measured both at the specular reflection as well as at two scattered positions, forward and reverse. The system components are described and an operating procedure is given.

  8. Thermal Generation of Spin Current in an Antiferromagnet

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    Seki, S.; Ideue, T.; Kubota, M.; Kozuka, Y.; Takagi, R.; Nakamura, M.; Kaneko, Y.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect has been investigated for a uniaxial antiferromagnetic insulator Cr2O3 , characterized by a spin-flop transition under magnetic field along the c axis. We have found that a temperature gradient applied normal to the Cr2O3 /Pt interface induces inverse spin Hall voltage of spin-current origin in Pt, whose magnitude turns out to be always proportional to magnetization in Cr2O3 . The possible contribution of the anomalous Nernst effect is confirmed to be negligibly small. The above results establish that an antiferromagnetic spin wave can be an effective carrier of spin current.

  9. Contaminant effects on fisheries

    SciTech Connect

    Cairns, V.W.; Hodson, P.V.; Nriagu, J.O.

    1984-01-01

    These proceedings collect papers on the effects of water pollution on fish and fisheries. Topics include: monitoring lead pollution in fish, metallothionein and acclimation to heavy metals in fish, modeling approaches, appraising the status of fisheries, and assessing the health of aquatic ecosystems.

  10. Effect of New Technologies.

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    Social and Labour Bulletin, 1983

    1983-01-01

    This series of articles cites a variety of sources and synthesizes a number of studies on the effects of new technologies on the world of work and on social and economic life in general. These studies are related to several industrial nations and are also concerned with the new information-oriented society. (SSH)

  11. Effects of New Technologies.

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    Social and Labour Bulletin, 1983

    1983-01-01

    This group of articles studies the effects of microelectronics technologies on the world of work and on the social and economic life in general. These studies are related to several industrial nations and are also concerned with the international division of labor. (SSH)

  12. Using Your Library Effectively.

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    Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN.

    This collection of materials for a three-hour instructional program for young people and adults in the effective use of the public library includes an introduction to the program, a teaching guide for the librarian, a packet of materials for students, and a summary of 90 evaluations of the program as it was presented at two area libraries and

  13. Developing Effective Training Programs.

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    Wagonhurst, Carole

    2002-01-01

    Focusing on research administrators, discusses how an effective training program improves employee performance by including comprehensive needs assessment, employing appropriate training methodologies, and anticipating factors beyond the actual training event that influence the transfer of skills from the training environment to the work…

  14. Contamination Effects Test Facility

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    Shaw, C. G.; Thornton, M. M.; Mullen, C. R.

    1987-01-01

    A test facility has been developed for in-situ measurement of the thermo-optical and electrical effects of molecular contamination deposited on sensitive spacecraft surfaces. The Contamination Effects Test Facility (CETF) consists of three separate vacuum chambers interconnected by gate valves through which test sample surfaces may be moved as needed by various vacuum manipulators. Deposition of contamination occurs in one chamber, where surface electrical properties can also be measured. In the second chamber, a wide range of thermo-optical properties can be measured by use of a unique ellipsoidal-mirror reflectometer. The third chamber maintains a vacuum environment around the test sample while the chamber is transported to facilities for solar ultraviolet (UV), electron, and proton irradiation of the sample at orbital intensities. By keeping atmosphere away from the contaminated surface at all times during the effects measurement and irradiation stages, the CETF provides a more realistic space simulation that avoids the possible effects of oxygen and water on the thermo-optical or electrical properties of the contaminant deposits. For testing of the volatile species produced by rocket propulsion systems, which are condensible only at cryogenic temperatures, continual vacuum capability precludes rapid icing due to atmospheric water vapor.

  15. Effective Free Surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yapalparvi, Ramesh; Protas, Bartosz

    2010-11-01

    In this investigation we introduce the concept of an "effective free surface" arising as a solution of time--averaged equations in the presence of free boundaries. This work is motivated by applications of optimization theory to problems involving free surfaces, such as droplets impinging on the weld pool surface in welding processes. In such problems the time--dependent governing equations lead to technical difficulties, many of which are alleviated when methods of optimization are applied to a steady problem with effective free surfaces. The corresponding equations are obtained by performing the Reynolds decomposition and averaging of the time--dependent free--boundary equations based on the volume--of--fluid (VoF) formalism. We identify the terms representing the average effect of fluctuating free boundaries which, in analogy with the Reynolds stresses in classical turbulence models, need to be modelled and propose some simple algebraic closures for these terms. We argue that effective free boundaries can be computed using methods of shape optimization and present some results.

  16. Space Environmental Effects Knowledgebase

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    Wood, B. E.

    2007-01-01

    This report describes the results of an NRA funded program entitled Space Environmental Effects Knowledgebase that received funding through a NASA NRA (NRA8-31) and was monitored by personnel in the NASA Space Environmental Effects (SEE) Program. The NASA Project number was 02029. The Satellite Contamination and Materials Outgassing Knowledgebase (SCMOK) was created as a part of the earlier NRA8-20. One of the previous tasks and part of the previously developed Knowledgebase was to accumulate data from facilities using QCMs to measure the outgassing data for satellite materials. The main object of this current program was to increase the number of material outgassing datasets from 250 up to approximately 500. As a part of this effort, a round-robin series of materials outgassing measurements program was also executed that allowed comparison of the results for the same materials tested in 10 different test facilities. Other programs tasks included obtaining datasets or information packages for 1) optical effects of contaminants on optical surfaces, thermal radiators, and sensor systems and 2) space environmental effects data and incorporating these data into the already existing NASA/SEE Knowledgebase.

  17. The offline production effect.

    PubMed

    Jamieson, Randall K; Spear, Jackie

    2014-03-01

    People remember words they say aloud better than ones they do not, a result called the production effect. The standing explanation for the production effect is that producing a word renders it distinctive in memory and thus memorable at test. Whereas it is now clear that motoric production benefits remembering over nonproduction, and that more intense motoric production benefits remembering to a greater extent than less intense motoric production, there has been no comparison of the memorial benefit conferred by motoric versus imagined production. One reason for the gap is that the standard production-by-vocalization procedure confounds the analysis. To make the comparison, we used a production-by-typing procedure and tested memory for words that people typed, imagined typing, and did not type. Whereas participants remembered the words that they typed and imagined typing better than words that they did not, they remembered the words they typed better than the ones they imagined typing; an advantage that was consistent over tests of recognition memory and source discrimination. We conclude that motoric production is a sufficient and facilitative (but not a necessary) condition to observe the production effect. We explain our results by a sensory feedback account of the production effect and sketch a computational framework to implement that approach. PMID:24364810

  18. Marijuana: respiratory tract effects.

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    Owen, Kelly P; Sutter, Mark E; Albertson, Timothy E

    2014-02-01

    Marijuana is the most commonly used drug of abuse in the USA. It is commonly abused through inhalation and therefore has effects on the lung that are similar to tobacco smoke, including increased cough, sputum production, hyperinflation, and upper lobe emphysematous changes. However, at this time, it does not appear that marijuana smoke contributes to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Marijuana can have multiple physiologic effects such as tachycardia, peripheral vasodilatation, behavioral and emotional changes, and possible prolonged cognitive impairment. The carcinogenic effects of marijuana are unclear at this time. Studies are mixed on the ability of marijuana smoke to increase the risk for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and cervical cancer. Some studies show that marijuana is protective for development of malignancy. Marijuana smoke has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the immune system. Components of cannabis are under investigation as treatment for autoimmune diseases and malignancy. As marijuana becomes legalized in many states for medical and recreational use, other forms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been developed, such as food products and beverages. As most research on marijuana at this time has been on whole marijuana smoke, rather than THC, it is difficult to determine if the currently available data is applicable to these newer products. PMID:23715638

  19. Educator Effectiveness Administrative Manual

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    Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2014

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this manual is to provide guidance in the evaluation of educators, highlight critical components of effectiveness training, and offer opportunities for professional growth. The term "educator" includes teachers, all professional and temporary professional employees, education specialists, and school administrators/principals.…

  20. Courtside: Private Effects?

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    Zirkel, Perry A.

    2004-01-01

    After being accused of sexually harassing a student, a high school math teacher in New York was suspended with pay pending an impartial hearing. The district allowed the teacher to return to his classroom to collect his personal effects, which he had kept in boxes, desk drawers, and three filing cabinets, one of which was locked. He did not…

  1. Creating an Effective Newsletter

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    Shackelford, Ray; Griffis, Kurt

    2006-01-01

    Newsletters are an important resource or form of media. They offer a cost-effective way to keep people informed, as well as to promote events and programs. Production of a newsletter makes an excellent project, relevant to real-world communication, for technology students. This article presents an activity on how to create a short newsletter. The…

  2. Reporting Research Results Effectively

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    Volkwein, J. Fredericks

    2010-01-01

    Assessment research is at its best when it packages research results and data so that they can be digested by multiple audiences. Too many assessment researchers spend all their efforts planning and executing the research project with little attention to closing the loop at the end. If assessment findings are not communicated effectively, the…

  3. The Negative Repetition Effect

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    Mulligan, Neil W.; Peterson, Daniel J.

    2013-01-01

    A fundamental property of human memory is that repetition enhances memory. Peterson and Mulligan (2012) recently documented a surprising "negative repetition effect," in which participants who studied a list of cue-target pairs twice recalled fewer targets than a group who studied the pairs only once. Words within a pair rhymed, and…

  4. Facilitating Online Discussions Effectively

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    Rovai, Alfred P.

    2007-01-01

    This article presents a synthesis of the theoretical and research literature on facilitating asynchronous online discussions effectively. Online courses need to be designed so that they provide motivation for students to engage in productive discussions and clearly describe what is expected, perhaps in the form of a discussion rubric.…

  5. Effectively Communicating Qualitative Research

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    Ponterotto, Joseph G.; Grieger, Ingrid

    2007-01-01

    This article is a guide for counseling researchers wishing to communicate the methods and results of their qualitative research to varied audiences. The authors posit that the first step in effectively communicating qualitative research is the development of strong qualitative research skills. To this end, the authors review a process model for…

  6. Effects of Anesthesia

    MedlinePlus

    ... Regional Anesthesia The potential side effects of regional anesthesia (such as an epidural or spinal block, in which an anesthetic is injected in ... days after the procedure if some of the spinal fluid leaks out. Minor back ... was injected. Serious but rare complications include: Pneumothorax – ...

  7. Effective Nonverbal Communication.

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    Parratt, Smitty

    1995-01-01

    Discusses the importance of understanding nonverbal communication in enhancing the personal and work relationships of interpreters and increasing their effectiveness in meeting the needs of customers. Discusses the mystique of body language, cultural variation in the use of gestures, the stages of an encounter, interpreting gesture clusters, and…

  8. The Effective, Efficient Professor.

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    Felder, Richard M.

    2002-01-01

    Presents a succinct overview of the book "The Effective, Efficient Professor" (P. Wankat) that presents a wealth of strategies and techniques for successful faculty members. Sections of the book focus on time management, teaching, students, and scholarship and service. Includes some practical tips from the book ranging from instructional…

  9. Effective Thinking Outdoors.

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    Hyde, Rod

    1997-01-01

    Effective Thinking Outdoors (ETO) is an organization that teaches thinking skills and strategies via significant outdoor experiences. Identifies the three elements of thinking as creativity, play, and persistence; presents a graphic depiction of the problem-solving process and aims; and describes an ETO exercise, determining old routes of travel…

  10. Effective Classroom Management

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    Mansor, Azlin Norhaini; Eng, Wong Kim; Rasul, Mohamad Sattar; Hamzah, Mohd Izham Mohd; Hamid, Aida Hanim A.

    2012-01-01

    This paper attempts to explore and identify the characteristics of an effective teacher who teaches English as a second language to 10 year old students from different ethnics, various social economic background and multi-level language ability, at a private primary school in Malaysia. The study focused on classroom management using a case study…

  11. Cardiovascular effects of alcohol.

    PubMed Central

    Davidson, D M

    1989-01-01

    The effects of alcohol on the heart include modification of the risk of coronary artery disease, the development of alcoholic cardiomyopathy, exacerbation of conduction disorders, atrial and ventricular dysrhythmias, and an increased risk of hypertension, hemorrhagic stroke, infectious endocarditis, and fetal heart abnormalities. PMID:2686174

  12. Tips for Effective Management

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    Supple, Kevin F.

    2009-01-01

    School business officials' days are filled with numbers and reports--audits, balance sheets, check registers, financial statements, journal entries, vouchers, and warrant reports, just to name a few. Those are all important tools that school business officers use to manage the financial resources of the district effectively. However, they are also…

  13. Commentary: Expanding on Effectiveness

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    Pelham, William E., Jr.; Massetti, Greta M.

    2003-01-01

    Atkins, Graczyk, Frazier, and Abdul-Adil (2003) make the point that there have been three limitations of mental health services for children and families in low-income, urban settings: (a) accessibility; (b) effectiveness; and (c) sustainability. Their article focuses extensively on improving access and addressing issues of sustainability in…

  14. Alexandrite effect spectropyrometer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Yan

    2006-08-01

    Alexandrite crystal is commonly used for making alexandrite laser, and it also has a less-known phenomenon called the alexandrite effect that refers to the color change between different light sources. A novel spectropyrometer for temperature measurement of a radiating body utilizing the alexandrite effect is introduced. The alexandrite effect method for temperature measurement is based on the relationship between the temperature of blackbody and the hue-angle in the CIELAB color space. The alexandrite effect spectropyrometer consists of an optical probe, a spectrometer, a computer, and an alexandrite filter. It measures the spectral power distribution of a radiating body through the alexandrite filter, calculates the hue-angle, and determines the temperature. The spectropyrometer is suitable for temperature measurement of any radiating body with or without spectral lines in its spectral power distribution from 1000 K to 100000 K. The spectropyrometer is particularly useful for high to ultrahigh temperature measurement of any radiating bodies with spectral line emissions, such as electric arcs and discharges, plasmas, and high temperature flames.

  15. Multiplying Your Effectiveness.

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    Juchartz, Donald D.

    1978-01-01

    From his extension experience in Wayne County, Michigan, the third most populous county in the nation, the author offers some principles to consider in enhancing staff and program effectiveness: resource assessment, staff utilization, program funding, time management, and program visibility. (MF)

  16. BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF MANGANESE

    EPA Science Inventory

    The biological effects of manganese were studied in a town on the coast of Dalmatia in which a ferromanganese plant has been operating since before World War II. The study focused on the question of whether the exposure to manganese can cause a higher incidence of respiratory dis...

  17. Assessing Library Effectiveness.

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    Shaughnessy, Thomas W.

    1990-01-01

    Discusses the current emphasis on assessment of library effectiveness and describes several assessment techniques. It is argued that, by encouraging staff to develop an attitude of self-assessment based on their ability to add value to library services, the assessment phenomenon can be used to improve the overall quality of libraries. (11…

  18. Explaining Charter School Effectiveness

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    Angrist, Joshua D.; Pathak, Parag A.; Walters, Christopher R.

    2012-01-01

    This study uses entrance lotteries to explore heterogeneity in the achievement effects of charter schools across demographic groups and between urban and non-urban areas in Massachusetts. The authors develop a framework for interpreting this heterogeneity using both student- and school-level explanatory variables. (Contains 4 tables.)

  19. What Effective Schools Do

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    West, Martin R.; Gabrieli, Christopher F. O.; Finn, Amy S.; Kraft, Matthew A.; Gabrieli, John D. E.

    2014-01-01

    Research has been showing that the most important development in K-12 education over the past decade has been the emergence of a growing number of urban schools that have been convincingly shown to have dramatic positive effects on the achievement of disadvantaged students. Those with the strongest evidence of success are oversubscribed charter…

  20. Effective Educational Environments.

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    Stockard, Jean; Mayberry, Maralee

    The existing knowledge of the school environment is reviewed in this book, with a focus on its impact on educational effectiveness and student achievement. Chapter 1 examines how the composition of educational groups affect learning; chapter 2 focuses on the learning climate and cultures--the norms and values that characterize learning…