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  1. Seebeck effect in electrolytes.

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    Chikina, I; Shikin, V; Varlamov, A A

    2012-07-01

    We study Seebeck effect in liquid electrolytes, starting from its simple neutral analog--thermodiffusion (so-called Ludwig-Soret or Soret effect). It is observed that when two or more subsystems of mobile particles are subjected to the temperature gradient, various types of them respond to it differently. In the case when these fractions, with different mobility parameters (Soret coefficients), are oppositely charged (a case typical for electrolytes), the nonhomogeneous internal electric field is generated. The latter field prevents these fractions from space separation and determines the intensity of the appearing Seebeck effect.

  2. Picosecond Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Kimling, Johannes; Choi, Gyung-Min; Brangham, Jack T.; Matalla-Wagner, Tristan; Huebner, Torsten; Kuschel, Timo; Yang, Fengyuan; Cahill, David G.

    2017-02-01

    We report time-resolved magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in normal metal /Y3Fe5 O12 bilayers driven by an interfacial temperature difference between electrons and magnons. The measured time evolution of spin accumulation induced by laser excitation indicates transfer of angular momentum across normal metal /Y3Fe5 O12 interfaces on a picosecond time scale, too short for contributions from a bulk temperature gradient in an yttrium iron garnet. The product of spin-mixing conductance and the interfacial spin Seebeck coefficient determined is of the order of 108 A m-2 K-1 .

  3. Paramagnetic spin seebeck effect.

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    Wu, Stephen M; Pearson, John E; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2015-05-08

    We report the observation of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in paramagnetic insulators. By using a microscale on-chip local heater, we generate a large thermal gradient confined to the chip surface without a large increase in the total sample temperature. Using this technique at low temperatures (<20  K), we resolve the paramagnetic spin Seebeck effect in the insulating paramagnets Gd3Ga5O12 (gadolinium gallium garnet) and DyScO3 (DSO), using either W or Pt as the spin detector layer. By taking advantage of the strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy of DSO, we eliminate contributions from the Nernst effect in W or Pt, which produces a phenomenologically similar signal.

  4. Paramagnetic Spin Seebeck Effect

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

    2015-05-01

    We report the observation of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in paramagnetic insulators. By using a microscale on-chip local heater, we generate a large thermal gradient confined to the chip surface without a large increase in the total sample temperature. Using this technique at low temperatures (<20 K ), we resolve the paramagnetic spin Seebeck effect in the insulating paramagnets Gd3Ga5O12 (gadolinium gallium garnet) and DyScO3 (DSO), using either W or Pt as the spin detector layer. By taking advantage of the strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy of DSO, we eliminate contributions from the Nernst effect in W or Pt, which produces a phenomenologically similar signal.

  5. Picosecond Spin Seebeck Effect.

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    Kimling, Johannes; Choi, Gyung-Min; Brangham, Jack T; Matalla-Wagner, Tristan; Huebner, Torsten; Kuschel, Timo; Yang, Fengyuan; Cahill, David G

    2017-02-03

    We report time-resolved magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in normal metal/Y_{3}Fe_{5}O_{12} bilayers driven by an interfacial temperature difference between electrons and magnons. The measured time evolution of spin accumulation induced by laser excitation indicates transfer of angular momentum across normal metal/Y_{3}Fe_{5}O_{12} interfaces on a picosecond time scale, too short for contributions from a bulk temperature gradient in an yttrium iron garnet. The product of spin-mixing conductance and the interfacial spin Seebeck coefficient determined is of the order of 10^{8}  A m^{-2} K^{-1}.

  6. 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

    2016-03-03

    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) (30nm)/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 (>9T) 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.

  7. 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

    2016-03-04

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Theory of the spin Seebeck effect.

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    Adachi, Hiroto; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2013-03-01

    The spin Seebeck effect refers to the generation of a spin voltage caused by a temperature gradient in a ferromagnet, which enables the thermal injection of spin currents from the ferromagnet into an attached nonmagnetic metal over a macroscopic scale of several millimeters. The inverse spin Hall effect converts the injected spin current into a transverse charge voltage, thereby producing electromotive force as in the conventional charge Seebeck device. Recent theoretical and experimental efforts have shown that the magnon and phonon degrees of freedom play crucial roles in the spin Seebeck effect. In this paper, we present the theoretical basis for understanding the spin Seebeck effect and briefly discuss other thermal spin effects.

  12. Seebeck effect in magnetic tunnel junctions.

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    Walter, Marvin; Walowski, Jakob; Zbarsky, Vladyslav; Münzenberg, Markus; Schäfers, Markus; Ebke, Daniel; Reiss, Günter; Thomas, Andy; Peretzki, Patrick; Seibt, Michael; Moodera, Jagadeesh S; Czerner, Michael; Bachmann, Michael; Heiliger, Christian

    2011-10-01

    Creating temperature gradients in magnetic nanostructures has resulted in a new research direction, that is, the combination of magneto- and thermoelectric effects. Here, we demonstrate the observation of one important effect of this class: the magneto-Seebeck effect. It is observed when a magnetic configuration changes the charge-based Seebeck coefficient. In particular, the Seebeck coefficient changes during the transition from a parallel to an antiparallel magnetic configuration in a tunnel junction. In this respect, it is the analogue to the tunnelling magnetoresistance. The Seebeck coefficients in parallel and antiparallel configurations are of the order of the voltages known from the charge-Seebeck effect. The size and sign of the effect can be controlled by the composition of the electrodes' atomic layers adjacent to the barrier and the temperature. The geometric centre of the electronic density of states relative to the Fermi level determines the size of the Seebeck effect. Experimentally, we realized 8.8% magneto-Seebeck effect, which results from a voltage change of about -8.7 μV K⁻¹ from the antiparallel to the parallel direction close to the predicted value of -12.1 μV K⁻¹. In contrast to the spin-Seebeck effect, it can be measured as a voltage change directly without conversion of a spin current.

  13. 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

    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.

  14. Evidence for a magnetic Seebeck effect.

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    Brechet, Sylvain D; Vetro, Francesco A; Papa, Elisa; Barnes, Stewart E; Ansermet, Jean-Philippe

    2013-08-23

    The irreversible thermodynamics of a continuous medium with magnetic dipoles predicts that a temperature gradient in the presence of magnetization waves induces a magnetic induction field, which is the magnetic analog of the Seebeck effect. This thermal gradient modulates the precession and relaxation. The magnetic Seebeck effect implies that magnetization waves propagating in the direction of the temperature gradient and the external magnetic induction field are less attenuated, while magnetization waves propagating in the opposite direction are more attenuated.

  15. Observation of the spin Seebeck effect.

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    Uchida, K; Takahashi, S; Harii, K; Ieda, J; Koshibae, W; Ando, K; Maekawa, S; Saitoh, E

    2008-10-09

    The generation of electric voltage by placing a conductor in a temperature gradient is called the Seebeck effect. Its efficiency is represented by the Seebeck coefficient, S, which is defined as the ratio of the generated electric voltage to the temperature difference, and is determined by the scattering rate and the density of the conduction electrons. The effect can be exploited, for example, in thermal electric-power generators and for temperature sensing, by connecting two conductors with different Seebeck coefficients, a device called a thermocouple. Here we report the observation of the thermal generation of driving power, or voltage, for electron spin: the spin Seebeck effect. Using a recently developed spin-detection technique that involves the spin Hall effect, we measure the spin voltage generated from a temperature gradient in a metallic magnet. This thermally induced spin voltage persists even at distances far from the sample ends, and spins can be extracted from every position on the magnet simply by attaching a metal. The spin Seebeck effect observed here is directly applicable to the production of spin-voltage generators, which are crucial for driving spintronic devices. The spin Seebeck effect allows us to pass a pure spin current, a flow of electron spins without electric currents, over a long distance. These innovative capabilities will invigorate spintronics research.

  16. 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.

  17. Spin pumping and spin Seebeck effect

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    Saitoh, Eiji

    2012-02-01

    Utilization of a spin current, a flow of electrons' spins in a solid, is the key technology in spintronics that will allow the achievement of efficient magnetic memories and computing devices. In this technology, generation and detection of spin currents are necessary. Here, we review inverse spin-Hall effect and spin-current-generation phenomena recently discovered both in metals and insulators: inverse spin-Hall effect, spin pumping, and spin Seebeck effect. (1)Spin pumping and spin torque in a Mott insulator system We found that spin pumping and spin torque effects appear also at an interface between Pt and an insulator YIG.. This means that we can connect a spin current carried by conduction electrons and a spin-wave spin current flowing in insulators. We demonstrate electric signal transmission by using these effects and interconversion of the spin currents [1]. (2) Spin Seebeck effect We have observed, by using the inverse spin-Hall effect [2], spin voltage generation from a heat current in a NiFe, named the spin-Seebeck effect [3]. Surprisingly, spin-Seebeck effect was found to appear even in insulators [4], a situation completely different from conventional charge Seebeck effect. The result implies an important role of elementary excitation in solids beside charge in the spin Seebeck effect. In the talk, we review the recent progress of the research on this effect. This research is collaboration with K. Ando, K. Uchida, Y. Kajiwara, S. Maekawa, G. E. W. Bauer, S. Takahashi, and J. Ieda. [4pt] [1] Y. Kajiwara and E. Saitoh et al. Nature 464 (2010) 262. [0pt] [2] E. Saitoh et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 (2006) 182509. [0pt] [3] K. Uchida and E. Saitoh et al., Nature 455 (2008)778. [0pt] [4] K. Uchida and E. Saitoh et al.,Nature materials 9 (2010) 894 - 897.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    2015-08-28

    We investigate the origin of the spin Seebeck effect in yttrium iron garnet (YIG) samples for film thicknesses from 20 nm to 50  μm 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.)

  5. Seebeck effect at the atomic scale.

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    Lee, Eui-Sup; Cho, Sanghee; Lyeo, Ho-Ki; Kim, Yong-Hyun

    2014-04-04

    The atomic variations of electronic wave functions at the surface and electron scattering near a defect have been detected unprecedentedly by tracing thermoelectric voltages given a temperature bias [Cho et al., Nat. Mater. 12, 913 (2013)]. Because thermoelectricity, or the Seebeck effect, is associated with heat-induced electron diffusion, how the thermoelectric signal is related to the atomic-scale wave functions and what the role of the temperature is at such a length scale remain very unclear. Here we show that coherent electron and heat transport through a pointlike contact produces an atomic Seebeck effect, which is described by the mesoscopic Seebeck coefficient multiplied by an effective temperature drop at the interface. The mesoscopic Seebeck coefficient is approximately proportional to the logarithmic energy derivative of local density of states at the Fermi energy. We deduced that the effective temperature drop at the tip-sample junction could vary at a subangstrom scale depending on atom-to-atom interaction at the interface. A computer-based simulation method of thermoelectric images is proposed, and a point defect in graphene was identified by comparing experiment and the simulation of thermoelectric imaging.

  6. Spin Seebeck effect in a weak ferromagnet

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    Arboleda, Juan David; Arnache Olmos, Oscar; Aguirre, Myriam Haydee; Ramos, Rafael; Anadon, Alberto; Ibarra, Manuel Ricardo

    2016-06-01

    We report the observation of room temperature spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in a weak ferromagnetic normal spinel Zinc Ferrite (ZFO). Despite the weak ferromagnetic behavior, the measurements of the SSE in ZFO show a thermoelectric voltage response comparable with the reported values for other ferromagnetic materials. Our results suggest that SSE might possibly originate from the surface magnetization of the ZFO.

  7. Seebeck Effect at the Atomic Scale

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    Lee, Eui-Sup; Cho, Sanghee; Lyeo, Ho-Ki; Kim, Yong-Hyun

    2014-04-01

    The atomic variations of electronic wave functions at the surface and electron scattering near a defect have been detected unprecedentedly by tracing thermoelectric voltages given a temperature bias [Cho et al., Nat. Mater. 12, 913 (2013)]. Because thermoelectricity, or the Seebeck effect, is associated with heat-induced electron diffusion, how the thermoelectric signal is related to the atomic-scale wave functions and what the role of the temperature is at such a length scale remain very unclear. Here we show that coherent electron and heat transport through a pointlike contact produces an atomic Seebeck effect, which is described by the mesoscopic Seebeck coefficient multiplied by an effective temperature drop at the interface. The mesoscopic Seebeck coefficient is approximately proportional to the logarithmic energy derivative of local density of states at the Fermi energy. We deduced that the effective temperature drop at the tip-sample junction could vary at a subangstrom scale depending on atom-to-atom interaction at the interface. A computer-based simulation method of thermoelectric images is proposed, and a point defect in graphene was identified by comparing experiment and the simulation of thermoelectric imaging.

  8. Magnon Polarons in the Spin Seebeck Effect.

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    Kikkawa, Takashi; Shen, Ka; Flebus, Benedetta; Duine, Rembert A; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Qiu, Zhiyong; Bauer, Gerrit E W; Saitoh, Eiji

    2016-11-11

    Sharp structures in the magnetic field-dependent spin Seebeck effect (SSE) voltages of Pt/Y_{3}Fe_{5}O_{12} at low temperatures are attributed to the magnon-phonon interaction. Experimental results are well reproduced by a Boltzmann theory that includes magnetoelastic coupling. The SSE anomalies coincide with magnetic fields tuned to the threshold of magnon-polaron formation. The effect gives insight into the relative quality of the lattice and magnetization dynamics.

  9. Magnon Polarons in the Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Kikkawa, Takashi; Shen, Ka; Flebus, Benedetta; Duine, Rembert A.; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Qiu, Zhiyong; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Saitoh, Eiji

    2016-11-01

    Sharp structures in the magnetic field-dependent spin Seebeck effect (SSE) voltages of Pt /Y3Fe5 O12 at low temperatures are attributed to the magnon-phonon interaction. Experimental results are well reproduced by a Boltzmann theory that includes magnetoelastic coupling. The SSE anomalies coincide with magnetic fields tuned to the threshold of magnon-polaron formation. The effect gives insight into the relative quality of the lattice and magnetization dynamics.

  10. Magnons, Spin Current and Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2012-02-01

    When metals and semiconductors are placed in a temperature gradient, the electric voltage is generated. This mechanism to convert heat into electricity, the so-called Seebeck effect, has attracted much attention recently as the mechanism for utilizing wasted heat energy. [1]. Ferromagnetic insulators are good conductors of spin current, i.e., the flow of electron spins [2]. When they are placed in a temperature gradient, generated are magnons, spin current and the spin voltage [3], i.e., spin accumulation. Once the spin voltage is converted into the electric voltage by inverse spin Hall effect in attached metal films such as Pt, the electric voltage is obtained from heat energy [4-5]. This is called the spin Seebeck effect. Here, we present the linear-response theory of spin Seebeck effect based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem [6-8] and discuss a variety of the devices. [4pt] [1] S. Maekawa et al, Physics of Transition Metal Oxides (Springer, 2004). [0pt] [2] S. Maekawa: Nature Materials 8, 777 (2009). [0pt] [3] Concept in Spin Electronics, eds. S. Maekawa (Oxford University Press, 2006). [0pt] [4] K. Uchida et al., Nature 455, 778 (2008). [0pt] [5] K. Uchida et al., Nature Materials 9, 894 (2010) [0pt] [6] H. Adachi et al., APL 97, 252506 (2010) and Phys. Rev. B 83, 094410 (2011). [0pt] [7] J. Ohe et al., Phys. Rev. B (2011) [0pt] [8] K. Uchida et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 104419 (2010).

  11. Magnetic equivalent of the Seebeck effect

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    Brechet, Sylvain

    Spin caloritonics seeks to investigate the effect of a thermal gradient on the electronic charge and spin degrees of freedom. In a conductor, a thermal gradient leads a transport of the conduction electrons that in turn generate an electric field along the temperature gradient, which is the well-known Seebeck effect. In an insulator, there are no conduction electrons. Thus no electronic charge transport takes place. However, the electronic spins can reorient themselves in the presence of a temperature gradient as they precess around an external field oriented along the temperature gradient. In fact, the temperature gradient generates a magnetic induction field in the plane orthogonal to the temperature gradient. The effect is the magnetic analog of the Seebeck effect and is thus refered to as the magnetic Seebeck effect. It has been observed for the propagation of spin waves along and against a temperature gradient in a YIG slab. The propagation of spin waves against the temperature gradient lead to a positive thermal damping and the propagation along the temperature gradient leads to the opposite effect, namely a negative thermal damping. Thus, the magnetic Seebeck effect generate of heat driven spin torque that can generate a positive or a negative thermal damping. The magnetic Seebeck effect has been recently established using a fundamental variational approach. In many experimental situations, the system can be treated as a classical continuum with magnetisation on the scale of interest where the quantum fluctuations average out and the underlying microscopic structure is smoothed out. For the propagation of magnetisation waves in a stationary state, the system is slightly out of equilibrium but the magnetic kinetic energy is constant. In such a case, the action of the system is a functional of the magnetisation and the magnetisation current. Since the magnetisation is a function of the temperature, the action variation yields an explicit expression for the

  12. Spin Seebeck effect at microwave frequencies

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    Schreier, Michael; Kramer, Franz; Huebl, Hans; Geprägs, Stephan; Gross, Rudolf; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Noack, Timo; Langner, Thomas; Serga, Alexander A.; Hillebrands, Burkard; Vasyuchka, Vitaliy I.

    2016-06-01

    We experimentally study the transient voltage response of yttrium iron garnet/platinum bilayer samples subject to periodic heating up to gigahertz frequencies. We observe an intrinsic cutoff frequency of the induced thermopower voltage, which characteristically depends on the thickness of the yttrium iron garnet film. The cutoff frequency reaches values of up to 350 MHz in a 50-nm-thick yttrium iron garnet film, but drops to below 1 MHz for several-micrometer-thick films. These data corroborate the notion that the magnon spectrum responsible for the spin current emission in the spin Seebeck effect can be shaped by tuning the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer.

  13. Spin Seebeck Effect in a Compensated Ferrimagnet

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    Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Geprägs, S.; Kehlberger, A.; Schulz, T.; Mix, C.; Della Coletta, F.; Meyer, S.; Kamra, A.; Jakob, G.; Althammer, M.; Huebl, H.; Gross, R.; Kläui, M.

    2015-03-01

    Thermal gradients allow for driving pure spin currents in electrically insulating magnetic materials. In magnetic insulator/normal metal heterostructures, such thermally driven spin currents can be electrically detected via the inverse spin Hall effect in the normal metal, in so-called spin Seebeck effect (SSE) experiments. We have fabricated Gadolinium Iron Garnet/Platinum (GdIG/Pt) thin film heterostructures, and measured the spin Seebeck effect in these samples as a function of temperature. We observe two sign changes as a function of T in the SSE signal. The first sign change occurs around the GdIG magnetic compensation temperature, and can be straightforwardly understood in terms of the reorientation of the iron sublattice magnetizations at this temperature. The second, more gradual SSE sign change takes place around the ordering temperature of the Gd magnetic sublattice, suggesting that the thermally driven spin current is mainly determined by the Gd sublattice at low T. Our results thus show that the SSE spin currents do not simply replicate the effective magnetization of the magnetic insulator, but rather reflect a complex interplay of magnetic sublattice properties.

  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. 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

    2015-06-25

    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.

  16. 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

  17. All-oxide spin Seebeck effects

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    Qiu, Zhiyong; Hou, Dazhi; Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-08-01

    We report the observation of longitudinal spin Seebeck effects (LSSEs) in an all-oxide bilayer system comprising an IrO2 film and an Y3Fe5O12 film. Spin currents, which are generated by a temperature gradient across the IrO2/Y3Fe5O12 interface, were detected as a voltage via the inverse spin Hall effect in the conductive IrO2 layer. This voltage is proportional to the magnitude of the temperature gradient; its magnetic field dependence is consistent with the characteristics of LSSEs. This demonstration may lead to the realization of low-cost, stable, transparent spin-current-driven thermoelectric devices.

  18. 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.

  19. Photo-Seebeck effect in polycrystalline ZnO

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    Horikawa, Ayaka; Igarashi, Taichi; Terasaki, Ichiro; Okazaki, Ryuji

    2015-09-01

    We have measured the Seebeck coefficient and the resistance under light illumination of 365 nm in a ceramic sample of ZnO at 100, 150, and 200 K, and have analyzed the photo-Seebeck coefficient and the photoconductivity using a two-layer model. We have evaluated the photo-doped carrier concentration from the magnitude of the photo-Seebeck coefficient to be of the order of 1019 cm-3, as is similar to the case of thin-film and single-crystal samples. The photo-doping effects are compared among ceramic, single crystal, and thin-film samples.

  20. Giant Seebeck effect in pure fullerene thin films

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    Kojima, Hirotaka; Abe, Ryo; Ito, Mitsuhiro; Tomatsu, Yasuyuki; Fujiwara, Fumiya; Matsubara, Ryosuke; Yoshimoto, Noriyuki; Nakamura, Masakazu

    2015-12-01

    The small thermal conductivity of molecular solids is beneficial for their thermoelectric applications. If Seebeck coefficients were sufficiently large to compensate for the relatively small electrical conductivity, these materials would be promising candidates for thermoelectric devices. In this work, the thermoelectric properties of C60 were studied by in situ measurements under ultrahigh vacuum after the deposition of a pure C60 thin film. An exceptionally large Seebeck coefficient of more than 150 mV/K was observed as a steady-state thermoelectromotive force. Even considering several extreme but realistic conditions, conventional semiclassical thermoelectric theories cannot explain this giant Seebeck effect.

  1. Theory of phonon-driven spin Seebeck effect

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    Adachi, Hiroto; Ohe, Jun-Ichiro; Takahashi, Saburo; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2012-02-01

    Spin Seebeck effect refers to a thermal spin injection occurring over millimeter scales from a ferromagnet into an attached nonmagnetic metal [Uchida et al., Nature 455, 778 (2008)]. We discuss the importance of the phonon-drag process in the spin Seebeck effect. Our theory of phonon-drag spin Seebeck effect [Adachi et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 252506 (2010)] explains simultaneously the local nature of the spin Seebeck effect [Jaworski et al., Nature Materials 9, 898 (2010); Uchida et al., Nature Materials 10, 737 (2011)] and the signal enhancement at low temperatures [Jaworski et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 186601 (2011)]. We also discuss the difference between our approach and that developed in Xiao et al., Phys. Rev. B 81, 214418 (2010).

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2015-09-01

    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.

  4. 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

    2015-09-23

    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.

  5. Spin Seebeck Effect Signals from Antiferromagnets

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    Prakash, Arati; Brangham, Jack; Yang, Fengyuan; Heremans, Joseph

    The Longitudinal Spin Seebeck Effect (LSSE), in which a heat current stimulates spin propagation across an interface between a magnetic material and a normal metal, is well established and observed in ferromagnetic systems. Data have been presented indicating that antiferromagnetic systems could also give rise to LSSE signals. We report here on LSSE signal measured on the Pt/NiO/YIG structure, where NiO is an antiferromagnet. This system is reported to exhibit antiferromagnonic transport. We explore the dependence of the signal on the thickness of the NiO and YIG layers. We also report its temperature dependence, which was not explored before. The results are interpreted in terms of the temperature dependence of the magnon density of states. It appears that magnon modes with energies below about 40 K are most involved in the process, as was the case to the LSSE on YIG itself. Preliminary results using other antiferromagnets and other inverse spin-Hall layers look promising and will also be reported Work supported by ARO- MURI W911NF-14-1-0016.

  6. Photo-Seebeck Effect in ZnO

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    Okazaki, Ryuji; Horikawa, Ayaka; Yasui, Yukio; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2012-11-01

    We examine how the photo-induced carriers contribute the thermoelectric transport, i.e., the nature of the photo-Seebeck effect, in the wide-gap oxide semiconductor ZnO for the first time. We measure the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient with illuminating light. The light illumination considerably changes the Seebeck coefficient as well as the conductivity, which is sensitive to the photon energy of the illuminated light. By using a simple parallel-circuit model, we evaluate the contributions of the photo-induced carriers to the conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient, whose relationship shows a remarkable resemblance to that in doped semiconductors. Our results also demonstrate that the light illumination increases both the carrier concentration and the mobility, which can be compared with impurity-doping case for ZnO. Future prospects for thermoelectrics using light are discussed.

  7. 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

    2012-07-11

    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.

  8. Seebeck effects in two-dimensional spin transistors

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    Alomar, M. I.; Serra, Llorenç; Sánchez, David

    2015-02-01

    We consider a spin-orbit-coupled two-dimensional electron system under the influence of a thermal gradient externally applied to two attached reservoirs. We discuss the generated voltage bias (charge Seebeck effect), spin bias (spin Seebeck effect), and magnetization-dependent thermopower (magneto-Seebeck effect) in the ballistic regime of transport at linear response. We find that the charge thermopower is an oscillating function of both the spin-orbit strength and the quantum well width. We also observe that it is always negative for normal leads. We carefully compare the exact results for the linear response coefficients and a Sommerfeld approximation. When the contacts are ferromagnetic, we calculate the spin-resolved Seebeck coefficient for parallel and antiparallel magnetization configuration. Remarkably, the thermopower can change its sign by tuning the Fermi energy. This effect disappears when the Rashba coupling is absent. Additionally, we determine the magneto-Seebeck ratio, which shows dramatic changes in the presence of a the Rashba potential.

  9. Gigantic enhancement of spin Seebeck effect by phonon drag

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    Adachi, Hiroto; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Ohe, Jun-Ichiro; Takahashi, Saburo; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2011-03-01

    We investigate both theoretically and experimentally a gigantic enhancement of the spin Seebeck effect [K. Uchida et al., Nature 455, 778 (2008); C. M. Jaworski et al., Nature Mater. 9, 898 (2010); K. Uchida et al., Nature Mater. 9, 894 (2010)] in a prototypical magnet La Y2 Fe 5 O12 at low temperatures. Our theoretical analysis sheds light on the important role of phonons; the spin Seebeck effect is enormously enhanced by nonequilibrium phonons that drag the low-lying spin excitations. We further argue that this scenario gives a clue to understand the observation of the spin Seebeck effect that is unaccompanied by a global spin current, and predict that the substrate condition affects the observed signal.

  10. Spin-Seebeck Effect in III-V Based Semiconductors

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    Jaworski, Christopher M.; Myers, Roberto C.; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2012-02-01

    The spin-Seebeck effect has now been observed in metals^1 (NiFe), semiconductors^2 (GaMnAs), and insulators^3 (YIG). It consists of a thermally generated spin distribution that is phonon driven. Here we extend our measurements of the spin-Seebeck effect to other group III-V based magnetic semiconductors and present measurements of conventional thermomagnetic and galvanomagnetic properties as well as the spin-Seebeck effect. Work supported by the National Science Foundation, NSF-CBET-1133589 1. K. Uchida, et al., Nature 455 778 (2008) 2. C.M. Jaworski et al., Nature Materials 8 898 (2010), Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 186601 (2011) 3. K. Uchida, et al., Nature Materials 8 893 (2010)

  11. Spin-seebeck effect: a phonon driven spin distribution.

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

    2011-05-06

    Here we report on measurements of the spin-Seebeck effect in GaMnAs over an extended temperature range alongside the thermal conductivity, specific heat, magnetization, and thermoelectric power. The amplitude of the spin-Seebeck effect in GaMnAs scales with the thermal conductivity of the GaAs substrate and the phonon-drag contribution to the thermoelectric power of the GaMnAs, demonstrating that phonons drive the spin redistribution. A phenomenological model involving phonon-magnon drag explains the spatial and temperature dependence of the measured spin distribution.

  12. Photo-Seebeck effect in ZnS

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    Shiraishi, Yuuka; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    To explore the thermoelectric transport nature of photo-excited carriers, the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient are measured under ultraviolet illumination in the wide-gap semiconductor ZnS near room temperature. The conductivity increases linearly as against the photon flux density with little dependence on temperature, indicating the conduction under illumination is mostly governed by the photo-doped carriers. We have found that, in high contrast to the temperature-insensitive photoconductivity, the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient is dramatically varied by illumination, which is unexplained from a simple photo-doping effect for one majority carrier. Such a distinct difference in the transport quantities is rather understood within a two-carrier model, in which only the Seebeck coefficient is strongly affected by photo-excited minority carriers. The present result is also compared with earlier reports of the photo-Hall experiments to discuss the underlying photo-transport mechanism.

  13. 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.

  14. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect free from the proximity Nernst effect.

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    Kikkawa, T; Uchida, K; Shiomi, Y; Qiu, Z; Hou, D; Tian, D; Nakayama, H; Jin, X-F; Saitoh, E

    2013-02-08

    This Letter provides evidence for intrinsic longitudinal spin Seebeck effects (LSSEs) that are free from the anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) caused by an extrinsic proximity effect. We report the observation of LSSEs in Au/Y(3)Fe(5)O(12) (YIG) and Pt/Cu/YIG systems, showing that the LSSE appears even when the mechanism of the proximity ANE is clearly removed. In the conventional Pt/YIG structure, furthermore, we separate the LSSE from the ANE by comparing the voltages in different magnetization and temperature-gradient configurations; the ANE contamination was found to be negligibly small even in the Pt/YIG structure.

  15. Intrinsic spin Seebeck effect in Au/YIG.

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    Qu, D; Huang, S Y; Hu, Jun; Wu, Ruqian; Chien, C L

    2013-02-08

    The acute magnetic proximity effects in Pt/YIG compromise the suitability of Pt as a spin current detector. We show that Au/YIG, with no anomalous Hall effect and a negligible magnetoresistance, allows the measurements of the intrinsic spin Seebeck effect with a magnitude much smaller than that in Pt/YIG. The experiment results are consistent with the spin polarized density functional calculations for Pt with a sizable and Au with a negligible magnetic moment near the interface with YIG.

  16. Magnetic field control of the spin Seebeck effect

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    Ritzmann, Ulrike; Hinzke, Denise; Kehlberger, Andreas; Guo, Er-Jia; Kläui, Mathias; Nowak, Ulrich

    2015-11-01

    The origin of the suppression of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect by applied magnetic fields is studied. We perform numerical simulations of the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation of motion for an atomistic spin model and calculate the magnon accumulation in linear temperature gradients for different strengths of applied magnetic fields and different length scales of the temperature gradient. We observe a decrease of the magnon accumulation with increasing magnetic field and we reveal that the origin of this effect is a field dependent change of the frequency distribution of the propagating magnons. With increasing field the magnonic spin currents are reduced due to a suppression of parts of the frequency spectrum. By comparison with measurements of the magnetic field dependent longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in YIG thin films with various thicknesses, we find qualitative agreement between our model and the experimental data, demonstrating the importance of this effect for experimental systems.

  17. Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics of the Longitudinal Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Basso, Vittorio; Ferraro, Elena; Sola, Alessandro; Magni, Alessandro; Kuepferling, Michaela; Pasquale, Massimo

    In this paper we employ non equilibrium thermodynamics of fluxes and forces to describe magnetization and heat transport. By the theory we are able to identify the thermodynamic driving force of the magnetization current as the gradient of the effective field ▿H*. This definition permits to define the spin Seebeck coefficient ɛM which relates ▿H* and the temperature gradient ▿T. By applying the theory to the geometry of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect we are able to obtain the optimal conditions for generating large magnetization currents. Furthermore, by using the results of recent experiments, we obtain an order of magnitude for the value of ɛM ∼ 10-2 TK-1 for yttrium iron garnet (Y3Fe5O12).

  18. 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.

    2015-05-01

    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 SSSE coefficient of 2.8 × 10 - 7 V K-1.

  19. Influence of interface condition on spin-Seebeck effects

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    Qiu, Z.; Hou, D.; Uchida, K.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-04-01

    The longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect (LSSE) has been investigated for Pt/yttrium iron garnet (YIG) bilayer systems. The magnitude of the voltage induced by the LSSE is found to be sensitive to the Pt/YIG interface condition. We observed a large LSSE voltage in a Pt/YIG system with a better crystalline interface, while the voltage decays steeply when an amorphous layer is introduced at the interface artificially.

  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. Spin-current Seebeck effect in quantum dot systems.

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    Yang, Zhi-Cheng; Sun, Qing-Feng; Xie, X C

    2014-01-29

    We first bring up the concept of the spin-current Seebeck effect based on a recent experiment (Vera-Marun et al 2012 Nature Phys. 8 313), and investigate the spin-current Seebeck effect in quantum dot (QD) systems. Our results show that the spin-current Seebeck coefficient S is sensitive to different polarization states of the QD, and therefore can be used to detect the polarization state of the QD and monitor the transitions between different polarization states of the QD. The intradot Coulomb interaction can greatly enhance S due to the stronger polarization of the QD. By using the parameters for a typical QD whose intradot Coulomb interaction U is one order of magnitude larger than the linewidth Γ, we demonstrate that the maximum value of S can be enhanced by a factor of 80. On the other hand, for a QD whose Coulomb interaction is negligible, we show that one can still obtain a large S by applying an external magnetic field.

  2. Theory of magnon-driven spin Seebeck effect

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    Xiao, Jiang; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Uchida, Ken-Chi; Saitoh, Eiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2010-06-01

    The spin Seebeck effect is a spin-motive force generated by a temperature gradient in a ferromagnet that can be detected via normal metal contacts through the inverse spin Hall effect [K. Uchida , Nature (London) 455, 778 (2008)]. We explain this effect by spin pumping at the contact that is proportional to the spin-mixing conductance of the interface, the inverse of a temperature-dependent magnetic coherence volume, and the difference between the magnon temperature in the ferromagnet and the electron temperature in the normal metal [D. J. Sanders and D. Walton, Phys. Rev. B 15, 1489 (1977)].

  3. Domain Wall Motion by the Magnonic Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Hinzke, D.; Nowak, U.

    2011-07-01

    The recently discovered spin Seebeck effect refers to a spin current induced by a temperature gradient in a ferromagnetic material. It combines spin degrees of freedom with caloric properties, opening the door for the invention of new, spin caloritronic devices. Using spin model simulations as well as an innovative, multiscale micromagnetic framework we show that magnonic spin currents caused by temperature gradients lead to spin transfer torque effects, which can drag a domain wall in a ferromagnetic nanostructure towards the hotter part of the wire. This effect opens new perspectives for the control and manipulation of domain structures.

  4. Domain wall motion by the magnonic spin Seebeck effect.

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    Hinzke, D; Nowak, U

    2011-07-08

    The recently discovered spin Seebeck effect refers to a spin current induced by a temperature gradient in a ferromagnetic material. It combines spin degrees of freedom with caloric properties, opening the door for the invention of new, spin caloritronic devices. Using spin model simulations as well as an innovative, multiscale micromagnetic framework we show that magnonic spin currents caused by temperature gradients lead to spin transfer torque effects, which can drag a domain wall in a ferromagnetic nanostructure towards the hotter part of the wire. This effect opens new perspectives for the control and manipulation of domain structures.

  5. Enhanced thermoelectric performance and anomalous seebeck effects in topological insulators.

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    Xu, Yong; Gan, Zhongxue; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2014-06-06

    Improving the thermoelectric figure of merit zT is one of the greatest challenges in material science. The recent discovery of topological insulators (TIs) offers new promise in this prospect. In this work, we demonstrate theoretically that zT is strongly size dependent in TIs, and the size parameter can be tuned to enhance zT to be significantly greater than 1. Furthermore, we show that the lifetime of the edge states in TIs is strongly energy dependent, leading to large and anomalous Seebeck effects with an opposite sign to the Hall effect. These striking properties make TIs a promising material for thermoelectric science and technology.

  6. Charging of heated colloidal particles using the electrolyte Seebeck effect.

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    Majee, Arghya; Würger, Alois

    2012-03-16

    We propose a novel actuation mechanism for colloids, which is based on the Seebeck effect of the electrolyte solution: Laser heating of a nonionic particle accumulates in its vicinity a net charge Q, which is proportional to the excess temperature at the particle surface. The corresponding long-range thermoelectric field E is proportional to 1/r(2) provides a tool for controlled interactions with nearby beads or with additional molecular solutes. An external field E(ext) drags the thermocharged particle at a velocity that depends on its size and absorption properties; the latter point could be particularly relevant for separating carbon nanotubes according to their electronic band structure.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Tailoring of Seebeck coefficient with surface roughness effects in silicon sub-50-nm films.

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    Kumar, Manoj; Bagga, Anjana; Neeleshwar, S

    2012-01-01

    The effect of surface roughness on the Seebeck coefficient in the sub-50-nm scale silicon ultra thin films is investigated theoretically using nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. For systematic studies, the surface roughness is modelled by varying thickness periodically with square wave profile characterized by two parameters: amplitude (A 0) and wavelength (λ). Since high Seebeck coefficient is obtained if the temperature difference between the ends of device produces higher currents and higher induced voltages, we investigate how the generated current and induced voltage is affected with increasing A 0 and λ. The theoretical investigations show that pseudoperiodicity of the device structure gives rise to two effects: firstly the threshold energy at which the transmission of current starts is shifted towards higher energy sides and secondly transmission spectra of current possess pseudobands and pseudogaps. The width of the pseudobands and their occupancies determine the total generated current. It is found that current decreases with increasing A 0 but shows a complicated trend with λ. The trends of threshold energy determine the trends of Seebeck voltage with roughness parameters. The increase in threshold energy makes the current flow in higher energy levels. Thus, the Seebeck voltage, i.e. voltage required to nullify this current, increases. Increase in Seebeck voltage results in increase in Seebeck coefficient. We find that threshold energy increases with increasing A 0 and frequency (1/λ). Hence, Seebeck voltage and Seebeck coefficient increase vice versa. It is observed that Seebeck coefficient is tuneable with surface roughness parameters.

  10. 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.

  11. Transverse Spin Seebeck Effect on YIG/Pt

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    Prakash, Arati; Boona, Stephen; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph

    2015-03-01

    The existence of the longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect (LSSE) is well established and supported by theory. Much more controversial is the nature of the signals observed in the transverse spin-Seebeck (TSSE) geometry, where the heat current (x) is orthogonal to the direction of spin current propagation (y). TSSE has been described as simply non-local thermal spin-injection, but questions remain about the fact that the effect is observed at macroscopic length scales. To explore possible explanations for the observed TSSE signals, we report data from new TSSE measurements on the YIG/Pt system. The system studied has multiple Pt strips deposited in series upon bulk single crystals of YIG. We investigate the TSSE coefficient as a function of four variables: (1) sample temperature; (2) magnitude of the temperature gradient; (3) position of Pt strips along x; and (4) width of Pt strips along x. We consider nonlinear effects and the role of magnon density in the interpretation of our results. Work supported by the ARO- MURI Grant W911NF-14-1-0016 and NSF MRSEC program, Grant No. DMR 1420451.

  12. 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}.

  13. Field-effect-modulated Seebeck coefficient in organic semiconductors.

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    Pernstich, K P; Rössner, B; Batlogg, B

    2008-04-01

    Central to the operation of organic electronic and optoelectronic devices is the transport of charge and energy in the organic semiconductor, and to understand the nature and dynamics of charge carriers is at the focus of intense research efforts. As a basic transport property of solids, the Seebeck coefficient S provides deep insight as it is given by the entropy transported by thermally excited charge carriers and involves in the simplest case only electronic contributions where the transported entropy is determined by details of the band structure and scattering events. We have succeeded for the first time to measure the temperature- and carrier-density-dependent thermopower in single crystals and thin films of two prototypical organic semiconductors by a controlled modulation of the chemical potential in a field-effect geometry. Surprisingly, we find the Seebeck coefficient to be well within the range of the electronic contribution in conventional inorganic semiconductors, highlighting the similarity of transport mechanisms in organic and inorganic semiconductors. Charge and entropy transport is best described as band-like transport of quasiparticles that are subjected to scattering, with exponentially distributed in-gap trap states, and without further contributions to S.

  14. Thermal Conductance and Seebeck Effect in Mesoscopic Systems

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    Aly, Arafa H.; El-Gawaad, N. S. Abd

    2015-11-01

    In this work, thermoelectric transport through a saddle-point potential is discussed with an emphasis on the effects of the chemical potential and temperature. In particular, the thermal conductance and the Seebeck coefficient are calculated for two-dimensional systems of a constriction defined by a saddle-point potential. The solution as a function of temperature and chemical potential has been investigated. The Peltier coefficient and thermal transport in a quantum point contact (QPC), under the influence of external fields and different temperatures, are presented. Also, the oscillations of the Peltier coefficient in external fields are obtained. Numerical calculations of the Peltier coefficient are performed at different applied voltages, amplitudes, and temperatures. Moreover, a method is proposed for measuring the sub-band energies and spin-splitting energies in a bottle-neck of the constriction. For weak non-linearities, the charge and entropy currents across a QPC are expanded as a series in powers of the applied bias voltage and the temperature difference. Expansions of the Seebeck voltage in terms of the temperature difference and the Peltier heat in terms of the current are obtained.

  15. Magneto-Seebeck effect in magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Ning, Keyu; Liu, Houfang; Ju, Zhenyi; Fang, Chi; Wan, Caihua; Cheng, Jinglei; Liu, Xiao; Li, Linsen; Feng, Jiafeng; Wei, Hongxiang; Han, Xiufeng; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2017-01-01

    As one invigorated filed of spin caloritronics combining with spin, charge and heat current, the magneto-Seebeck effect has been experimentally and theoretically studied in spin tunneling thin films and nanostructures. Here we analyze the tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect in magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular anisotropy (p-MTJs) under various measurement temperatures. The large tunnel magneto-Seebeck (TMS) ratio up to -838.8% for p-MTJs at 200 K is achieved, with Seebeck coefficient S in parallel and antiparallel states of 6.7 mV/K and 62.9 mV/K, respectively. The temperature dependence of the tunnel magneto-Seebeck can be attributed to the contributing transmission function and electron states at the interface between CoFeB electrode and MgO barrier.

  16. The effect of the band edges on the Seebeck coefficient.

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    Sonntag, Joachim

    2010-06-16

    The classical thermopower formulae generally applied for the calculation of the Seebeck coefficient S are argued to be incomplete. S can be separated into two different contributions, a scattering term, S(0), and a thermodynamic term, ΔS, representing the additional change of the electrochemical potential μ with temperature T caused by 'non-scattering' effects, for instance, the band edge shift with T. On the basis of this separation into S(0) and ΔS, it is shown that shifts of the band edges with T lead to an additional contribution to the classical thermopower formulae. This separation provides the basis for an interpretation of positive thermopowers measured for many metals. Positive thermopower is expected if the energy of the conduction band edge increases with T and if this effect overcompensates for the influence of the energy dependent conductivity, σ(E). Using experimental thermopower data, the band edge shifts are determined for a series of liquid normal metals.

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

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    Geprägs, Stephan; Kehlberger, Andreas; Della Coletta, Francesco; 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

    2016-02-04

    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.

  18. Critical suppression of spin Seebeck effect by magnetic fields

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    Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Daimon, Shunsuke; Qiu, Zhiyong; Shiomi, Yuki; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-08-01

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in Pt /Y3Fe5O12(YIG ) junction systems has been investigated at various magnetic fields and temperatures. We found that the LSSE voltage in a Pt/YIG-slab system is suppressed by applying high magnetic fields and this suppression is critically enhanced at low temperatures. The field-induced suppression of the LSSE in the Pt/YIG-slab system is too large at around room temperature to be explained simply by considering the effect of the Zeeman gap in magnon excitation. This result requires us to introduce a magnon-frequency-dependent mechanism into the scenario of LSSE; low-frequency magnons dominantly contribute to the LSSE. The magnetic field dependence of the LSSE voltage was observed to change by changing the thickness of YIG, suggesting that the thermospin conversion by the low-frequency magnons is suppressed in thin YIG films due to the long characteristic lengths of such magnons.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Microscopic origin of subthermal magnons and the spin Seebeck effect

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    Diniz, I.; Costa, A. T.

    2016-05-01

    Recent experimental evidence points to low-energy magnons as the primary contributors to the spin Seebeck effect. This spectral dependence is puzzling since it is not observed on other thermocurrents in the same material. Here, we argue that the physical origin of this behavior is the magnon-magnon scattering mediated by phonons, in a process which conserves the number of magnons. To assess the importance and features of this kind of scattering, we derive the effective magnon-phonon interaction from a microscopic model, including band energy, a screened electron-electron interaction and the electron-phonon interaction. Unlike higher order magnon-only scattering, we find that the coupling with phonons induce a scattering which is very small for low-energy (or subthermal) magnons but increases sharply above a certain energy—rendering magnons above this energy poor spin-current transporters.

  2. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of the spin Seebeck and spin Peltier effects

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    Basso, Vittorio; Ferraro, Elena; Magni, Alessandro; Sola, Alessandro; Kuepferling, Michaela; Pasquale, Massimo

    2016-05-01

    We study the problem of magnetization and heat currents and their associated thermodynamic forces in a magnetic system by focusing on the magnetization transport in ferromagnetic insulators like YIG. The resulting theory is applied to the longitudinal spin Seebeck and spin Peltier effects. By focusing on the specific geometry with one Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) layer and one Pt layer, we obtain the optimal conditions for generating large magnetization currents into Pt or large temperature effects in YIG. The theoretical predictions are compared with experiments from the literature permitting to derive the values of the thermomagnetic coefficients of YIG: the magnetization diffusion length lM˜0.4 μ m and the absolute thermomagnetic power coefficient ɛM˜10-2TK-1 .

  3. 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

    2014-08-20

    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.

  4. 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

  5. Nonlinear thermokinetic phenomena due to the Seebeck effect.

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    Sugioka, Hideyuki

    2014-07-22

    We propose a novel mechanism to produce nonlinear thermokinetic vortex flows around a circular cylinder with ideally high thermal conductivity in an electrolyte. That is, the nonlinear thermokinetic slip velocity, which is proportional to the square of the temperature gradient [∇(T)0(2)], is derived based on the electrolyte Seebeck effect, heat conduction equation, and Helmholtz–Smoluchowski formula. Different from conventional linear thermokinetic theory, our theory predicts that the inversion of the temperature gradient does not change the direction of the thermokinetic flows and thus a Janus particle using this phenomenon can move to the both hotter and colder regions in a temperature gradient field by changing the direction of its dielectric end. Our findings bridge the gap between the electro- and thermo-kinetic phenomena and provide an integrated physical viewpoint for the interface science.

  6. 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.

  7. Spectral characteristics of time resolved magnonic spin Seebeck effect

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

    2015-09-28

    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.

  8. Mechanism of the two sign changes in the spin Seebeck effect of a compensated ferrimagnet

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    Ohnuma, Yuichi; Adachi, Hiroto; Saitoh, Eiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    Spin Seebeck effect is the mechanism of thermal spin injection from a precessing ferromagnet into an attached paramagnetic metal [Uchida et al., Nature 455, 778 (2008)]. We have theoretically investigated the spin Seebeck effect in compensated ferrimagnets [Ohnuma et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 014423 (2013)] and predicted that the sign of the spin Seebeck signal changes at the compensation temperature, which is recently confirmed by an experiment [Geprägs et al., arXiv:1405.4971 (2014)]. Interestingly, the experiment found another sign change at a lower temperature. Here we explain its origin by taking account of sublattice dependence of the exchange coupling at the ferrimagnet/paramagnet interface.

  9. Interplay of Peltier and Seebeck Effects in Nanoscale Nonlocal Spin Valves

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    Bakker, F. L.; Slachter, A.; Adam, J.-P.; van Wees, B. J.

    2010-09-01

    We have experimentally studied the role of thermoelectric effects in nanoscale nonlocal spin valve devices. A finite element thermoelectric model is developed to calculate the generated Seebeck voltages due to Peltier and Joule heating in the devices. By measuring the first, second, and third harmonic voltage response nonlocally, the model is experimentally examined. The results indicate that the combination of Peltier and Seebeck effects contributes significantly to the nonlocal baseline resistance. Moreover, we found that the second and third harmonic response signals can be attributed to Joule heating and temperature dependencies of both the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity.

  10. Interplay of Peltier and Seebeck effects in nanoscale nonlocal spin valves.

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    Bakker, F L; Slachter, A; Adam, J-P; van Wees, B J

    2010-09-24

    We have experimentally studied the role of thermoelectric effects in nanoscale nonlocal spin valve devices. A finite element thermoelectric model is developed to calculate the generated Seebeck voltages due to Peltier and Joule heating in the devices. By measuring the first, second, and third harmonic voltage response nonlocally, the model is experimentally examined. The results indicate that the combination of Peltier and Seebeck effects contributes significantly to the nonlocal baseline resistance. Moreover, we found that the second and third harmonic response signals can be attributed to Joule heating and temperature dependencies of both the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity.

  11. 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.

  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. Thermoelectric coating based on the spin Seebeck effect

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    Kirihara, Akihiro; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Kajiwara, Yosuke; Ishida, Masahiko; Nakamura, Yasunobu; Manako, Takashi; Kohmoto, Shigeru; Saitoh, Eiji; Yorozu, Shinichi

    2012-02-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) technologies have been drawing great interest, since they can directly generate electricity from thermal energy that is available in various places. However, their complicated module structure, which is based on a number of thermocouples, still makes it difficult to fabricate large-area TE devices at low cost. In this work, we show a novel concept based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) called TE coating, which is characterized by a simple film structure, convenient scaling capability, and easy fabrication. We fabricated a TE-coating film with a bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi:YIG) by a highly productive spin-coating-based process on a nonmagnetic substrate, and demonstrated the SSE-induced TE conversion. The TE-coating layer amounts to only 0.01 % of the total sample thickness, suggesting that such an ultrathin magnetic film can work as a useful thermal-energy collector. This new concept may enable us to implement low-cost and large-area TE functions on various objects, opening opportunities for innovative energy harvesting applications.

  14. Long-range spin Seebeck effect and acoustic spin pumping.

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    Uchida, K; Adachi, H; An, T; Ota, T; Toda, M; Hillebrands, B; Maekawa, S; Saitoh, E

    2011-10-01

    Imagine that a metallic wire is attached to a part of a large insulator, which itself exhibits no magnetization. It seems impossible for electrons in the wire to register where the wire is positioned on the insulator. Here we found that, using a Ni₈₁Fe₁₉/Pt bilayer wire on an insulating sapphire plate, electrons in the wire recognize their position on the sapphire. Under a temperature gradient in the sapphire, surprisingly, the voltage generated in the Pt layer is shown to reflect the wire position, although the wire is isolated both electrically and magnetically. This non-local voltage is due to the coupling of spins and phonons: the only possible carrier of information in this system. We demonstrate this coupling by directly injecting sound waves, which realizes the acoustic spin pumping. Our finding provides a persuasive answer to the long-range nature of the spin Seebeck effect, and it opens the door to 'acoustic spintronics' in which sound waves are exploited for constructing spin-based devices.

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

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

    2015-03-01

    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 SC and the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient SS strongly depend on the geometrical contact between the GNR and the leads. In our previous work, SC 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, SC 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 SS 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. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. 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.

  20. Acupuncture needles and the Seebeck effect: do temperature gradients produce electrostimulation?

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    Cohen, M; Kwok, G; Cosic, I

    1997-01-01

    Acupuncture may act through modifying bioelectric events and this may occur through different mechanisms including the application of external currents. According to the Seebeck effect which produces a potential difference when a temperature gradient is placed across a conductor, the physical properties of acupuncture needles may produce internal currents due to the temperature gradient across the needle when placed insitu. Such currents were detected when needles were differentially heated and these currents were found to be in the range capable of producing biological effects. The traditional design of acupuncture needles and traditional needle manipulations seem to maintain a temperature gradient across the needle and thus enhance the Seebeck effect.

  1. The Effect of Binding Groups on the Seebeck Coefficient of Phenyl Derivative Molecular Junctions

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    Chang, William; Mai, Chengkang; Kotiuga, Michele; Urban, Jeffrey; Neaton, Jeffrey; Bazan, Gui; Segalman, Rachel

    2013-03-01

    Thermoelectrics currently suffer from low efficiencies due to inverse coupling of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, limiting the power factor. Decoupling of these two physical properties has previously been demonstrated in molecular junctions. Using an STM break junction measurement technique, we demonstrate the effect that the direct binding group Au-C has on the Seebeck coefficient. Phenyl derivative molecules with an Au-C direct binding group show a significantly lower Seebeck coefficient than molecules with an Au-S binding group. This lower Seebeck coefficient is explained by theoretical calculations as a broadening in the transmission function due to the direct bonding group. This demonstrates the importance of the metal-molecule interface and binding group selection in tuning the transmission function, and the resultant conductance and Seebeck coefficient. This result will lend further insight in rational design for molecules with higher power factors. We would like to acknowledge support from Office of Naval Research - ONR/AFOSR BAA 10-026

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

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

    2015-03-01

    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, Sc, and the Nernst coefficient, Nc, oscillate as a function of EF, where EF 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 Sc is [ln2 /(1/2 +|n |)] for EF > 0. For the case EF < 0, the values of the peaks are negative, but the absolute values of the first five peaks are the same as those for EF > 0. The 6th peak of Sc 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 Nc 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 EF=-12 , 10 , 28 meV , and Nernst coefficient at EF=-7 , 10 meV are robust against the temperature.

  3. 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.

  4. Photo-Seebeck effect in tetragonal PbO single crystals

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

    2013-11-01

    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.

  5. Nonlinear Seebeck and Peltier effects in quantum point contacts

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    Çipilolu, M. A.; Turgut, S.; Tomak, M.

    2004-09-01

    The charge and entropy currents across a quantum point contact are expanded as a series in powers of the applied bias voltage and the temperature difference. After that, the expansions of the Seebeck voltage in temperature difference and the Peltier heat in current are obtained. With a suitable choice of the average temperature and chemical potential, the lowest order nonlinear term in both cases appear to be of third order. The behavior of the third-order coefficients in both cases are then investigated for different contact parameters.

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

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

    2015-05-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Spin Seebeck effect through antiferromagnetic NiO

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    Prakash, Arati; Brangham, Jack; Yang, Fengyuan; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2016-07-01

    We report temperature-dependent spin Seebeck measurements on Pt/YIG bilayers and Pt/NiO/YIG trilayers, where YIG (yttrium iron garnet, Y3F e5O12 ) is an insulating ferrimagnet and NiO is an antiferromagnet at low temperatures. The thickness of the NiO layer is varied from 0 to 10 nm. In the Pt/YIG bilayers, the temperature gradient applied to the YIG stimulates dynamic spin injection into the Pt, which generates an inverse spin Hall voltage in the Pt. The presence of a NiO layer dampens the spin injection exponentially with a decay length of 2 ± 0.6 nm at 180 K. The decay length increases with temperature and shows a maximum of 5.5 ± 0.8 nm at 360 K. The temperature dependence of the amplitude of the spin Seebeck signal without NiO shows a broad maximum of 6.5 ± 0.5 μV/K at 20 K. In the presence of NiO, the maximum shifts sharply to higher temperatures, likely correlated to the increase in decay length. This implies that NiO is most transparent to magnon propagation near the paramagnet-antiferromagnet transition. We do not see the enhancement in spin current driven into Pt reported in other papers when 1-2 nm NiO layers are sandwiched between Pt and YIG.

  9. Thermoelectric performance of spin Seebeck effect in Fe3O4/Pt-based thin film heterostructures

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    Ramos, R.; Anadón, A.; Lucas, I.; Uchida, K.; Algarabel, P. A.; Morellón, L.; Aguirre, M. H.; Saitoh, E.; Ibarra, M. R.

    2016-10-01

    We report a systematic study on the thermoelectric performance of spin Seebeck devices based on Fe3O4/Pt junction systems. We explore two types of device geometries: a spin Hall thermopile and spin Seebeck multilayer structures. The spin Hall thermopile increases the sensitivity of the spin Seebeck effect, while the increase in the sample internal resistance has a detrimental effect on the output power. We found that the spin Seebeck multilayers can overcome this limitation since the multilayers exhibit the enhancement of the thermoelectric voltage and the reduction of the internal resistance simultaneously, therefore resulting in significant power enhancement. This result demonstrates that the multilayer structures are useful for improving the thermoelectric performance of the spin Seebeck effect.

  10. Absence of the Thermal Hall Effect in Anomalous Nernst and Spin Seebeck Effects.

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    Chen, Yi-Jia; Huang, Ssu-Yen

    2016-12-09

    The anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) and the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in spin caloritronics are two of the most important mechanisms to manipulate the spin-polarized current and pure spin current by thermal excitation. While the ANE in ferromagnetic metals and the SSE in magnetic insulators have been extensively studied, a recent theoretical work suggests that the signals from the thermal Hall effect (THE) have field dependences indistinguishable from, and may even overwhelm, those of the ANE and SSE. Therefore, it is vital to investigate the contribution of the THE in the ANE and SSE. In this work, we systematically study the THE in a ferromagnetic metal, Permalloy (Py), and magnetic insulator, an yttrium iron garnet (YIG), by using different Seebeck coefficients between electrodes and contact wires. Our results demonstrate that the contribution of the THE by the thermal couple effect in the Py and YIG is negligibly small if one includes the thickness dependence of the Seebeck coefficient. Thus, the spin-polarized current in the ANE and the pure spin current in the SSE remain indispensable for exploring spin caloritronics phenomena.

  11. Absence of the Thermal Hall Effect in Anomalous Nernst and Spin Seebeck Effects

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    Chen, Yi-Jia; Huang, Ssu-Yen

    2016-12-01

    The anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) and the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in spin caloritronics are two of the most important mechanisms to manipulate the spin-polarized current and pure spin current by thermal excitation. While the ANE in ferromagnetic metals and the SSE in magnetic insulators have been extensively studied, a recent theoretical work suggests that the signals from the thermal Hall effect (THE) have field dependences indistinguishable from, and may even overwhelm, those of the ANE and SSE. Therefore, it is vital to investigate the contribution of the THE in the ANE and SSE. In this work, we systematically study the THE in a ferromagnetic metal, Permalloy (Py), and magnetic insulator, an yttrium iron garnet (YIG), by using different Seebeck coefficients between electrodes and contact wires. Our results demonstrate that the contribution of the THE by the thermal couple effect in the Py and YIG is negligibly small if one includes the thickness dependence of the Seebeck coefficient. Thus, the spin-polarized current in the ANE and the pure spin current in the SSE remain indispensable for exploring spin caloritronics phenomena.

  12. Giant Seebeck effect in Ge-doped SnSe

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    Gharsallah, M.; Serrano-Sánchez, F.; Nemes, N. M.; Mompeán, F. J.; Martínez, J. L.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.; Elhalouani, F.; Alonso, J. A.

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric materials may contribute in the near future as new alternative sources of sustainable energy. Unprecedented thermoelectric properties in p-type SnSe single crystals have been recently reported, accompanied by extremely low thermal conductivity in polycrystalline samples. In order to enhance thermoelectric efficiency through proper tuning of this material we report a full structural characterization and evaluation of the thermoelectric properties of novel Ge-doped SnSe prepared by a straightforward arc-melting method, which yields nanostructured polycrystalline samples. Ge does not dope the system in the sense of donating carriers, yet the electrical properties show a semiconductor behavior with resistivity values higher than that of the parent compound, as a consequence of nanostructuration, whereas the Seebeck coefficient is higher and thermal conductivity lower, favorable to a better ZT figure of merit. PMID:27251233

  13. Giant Seebeck effect in Ge-doped SnSe.

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    Gharsallah, M; Serrano-Sánchez, F; Nemes, N M; Mompeán, F J; Martínez, J L; Fernández-Díaz, M T; Elhalouani, F; Alonso, J A

    2016-06-02

    Thermoelectric materials may contribute in the near future as new alternative sources of sustainable energy. Unprecedented thermoelectric properties in p-type SnSe single crystals have been recently reported, accompanied by extremely low thermal conductivity in polycrystalline samples. In order to enhance thermoelectric efficiency through proper tuning of this material we report a full structural characterization and evaluation of the thermoelectric properties of novel Ge-doped SnSe prepared by a straightforward arc-melting method, which yields nanostructured polycrystalline samples. Ge does not dope the system in the sense of donating carriers, yet the electrical properties show a semiconductor behavior with resistivity values higher than that of the parent compound, as a consequence of nanostructuration, whereas the Seebeck coefficient is higher and thermal conductivity lower, favorable to a better ZT figure of merit.

  14. Giant Seebeck effect in Ge-doped SnSe

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    Gharsallah, M.; Serrano-Sánchez, F.; Nemes, N. M.; Mompeán, F. J.; Martínez, J. L.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.; Elhalouani, F.; Alonso, J. A.

    2016-06-01

    Thermoelectric materials may contribute in the near future as new alternative sources of sustainable energy. Unprecedented thermoelectric properties in p-type SnSe single crystals have been recently reported, accompanied by extremely low thermal conductivity in polycrystalline samples. In order to enhance thermoelectric efficiency through proper tuning of this material we report a full structural characterization and evaluation of the thermoelectric properties of novel Ge-doped SnSe prepared by a straightforward arc-melting method, which yields nanostructured polycrystalline samples. Ge does not dope the system in the sense of donating carriers, yet the electrical properties show a semiconductor behavior with resistivity values higher than that of the parent compound, as a consequence of nanostructuration, whereas the Seebeck coefficient is higher and thermal conductivity lower, favorable to a better ZT figure of merit.

  15. Absence of anomalous Nernst effect in spin Seebeck effect of Pt/YIG

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    Miao, B. F.; Huang, S. Y.; Qu, D.; Chien, C. L.

    2016-01-15

    The Pt/YIG structure has been widely used to study spin Seebeck effect (SSE), inverse spin Hall effect, and other pure spin current phenomena. However, the magnetic proximity effect in Pt when in contact with YIG, and the potential anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) may compromise the spin current phenomena in Pt/YIG. By inserting a Cu layer of various thicknesses between Pt and YIG, we have separated the signals from the SSE and that of the ANE. It is demonstrated that the thermal voltage in Pt/YIG mainly comes from spin current due to the longitudinal SSE with negligible contribution from the ANE.

  16. Absence of anomalous Nernst effect in spin Seebeck effect of Pt/YIG

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    Miao, B. F.; Huang, S. Y.; Qu, D.; Chien, C. L.

    2016-01-01

    The Pt/YIG structure has been widely used to study spin Seebeck effect (SSE), inverse spin Hall effect, and other pure spin current phenomena. However, the magnetic proximity effect in Pt when in contact with YIG, and the potential anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) may compromise the spin current phenomena in Pt/YIG. By inserting a Cu layer of various thicknesses between Pt and YIG, we have separated the signals from the SSE and that of the ANE. It is demonstrated that the thermal voltage in Pt/YIG mainly comes from spin current due to the longitudinal SSE with negligible contribution from the ANE.

  17. 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.

  18. Transverse spin Seebeck effect versus anomalous and planar Nernst effects in Permalloy thin films.

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    Schmid, M; Srichandan, S; Meier, D; Kuschel, T; Schmalhorst, J-M; Vogel, M; Reiss, G; Strunk, C; Back, C H

    2013-11-01

    Transverse magnetothermoelectric effects are studied in Permalloy thin films grown on MgO and GaAs substrates and compared to those grown on suspended SiN(x) membranes. The transverse voltage along platinum strips patterned on top of the Permalloy films is measured versus the external magnetic field as a function of the angle and temperature gradients. After the identification of the contribution of the planar and anomalous Nernst effects, we find an upper limit for the transverse spin Seebeck effect, which is several orders of magnitude smaller than previously reported.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    2015-03-10

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Unconventional scaling and significant enhancement of the spin Seebeck effect in multilayers

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    Ramos, R.; Kikkawa, T.; Aguirre, M. H.; Lucas, I.; Anadón, A.; Oyake, T.; Uchida, K.; Adachi, H.; Shiomi, J.; Algarabel, P. A.; Morellón, L.; Maekawa, S.; Saitoh, E.; Ibarra, M. R.

    2015-12-01

    Spin Seebeck effects (SSEs) have been investigated in highly crystalline magnetic multilayer [Fe3O4/Pt] n films. Voltage as well as power generated by the SSE were found to be significantly enhanced with increasing the number of layers n . This voltage enhancement defies the simple understanding of the SSE and suggests that spin current flowing between the magnetic layers in the thickness direction plays an important role in multilayer SSE systems and the observed voltage enhancement.

  7. Quasianalytical treatment of the spin Seebeck effect on the Na2 molecule

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    Lefkidis, G.; Reyes, S. A.

    2016-10-01

    We present a method to calculate from first principles the spin Seebeck effect on finite systems. Our method, which is suited for all ab initio, quantum-chemistry-based results, is demonstrated quasianalytically on the Na2 dimer. To this end we start from the analytical solutions of the many-body wave function for the minimal Na2 molecule and propagate it numerically in time using the Liouville-von Neumann equation of motion. The system is coupled to two baths with different temperatures, described with a Lindblad superoperator. We mainly focus on the concept of how to divide any operator into several spatially localized contributions and show that the spatial localization of the virtual excitations (i.e., splitting of the ladder operators into two sets of localized operators with different eigenbases) is the underlying reason for the spin Seebeck effect. Last but not least, we analyze the entanglement of the system and find that the maxima of the Laplacian of the negativity coincide with the change of the direction of the spin Seebeck effect.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Observation of inverse spin Hall effect in ferromagnetic FePt alloys using spin Seebeck effect

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    Seki, Takeshi Takanashi, Koki; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Kikkawa, Takashi; Qiu, Zhiyong; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-08-31

    We experimentally observed the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) of ferromagnetic FePt alloys. Spin Seebeck effect due to the temperature gradient generated the spin current (J{sub s}) in the FePt|Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YIG) structure, and J{sub s} was injected from YIG to FePt and converted to the charge current through ISHE of FePt. The significant difference in magnetization switching fields for FePt and YIG led to the clear separation of the voltage of ISHE from that of anomalous Nernst effect in FePt. We also investigated the effect of ordering of FePt crystal structure on the magnitude of ISHE voltage in FePt.

  11. Observation of inverse spin Hall effect in ferromagnetic FePt alloys using spin Seebeck effect

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    Seki, Takeshi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Kikkawa, Takashi; Qiu, Zhiyong; Saitoh, Eiji; Takanashi, Koki

    2015-08-01

    We experimentally observed the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) of ferromagnetic FePt alloys. Spin Seebeck effect due to the temperature gradient generated the spin current (Js) in the FePt|Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) structure, and Js was injected from YIG to FePt and converted to the charge current through ISHE of FePt. The significant difference in magnetization switching fields for FePt and YIG led to the clear separation of the voltage of ISHE from that of anomalous Nernst effect in FePt. We also investigated the effect of ordering of FePt crystal structure on the magnitude of ISHE voltage in FePt.

  12. 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.

  13. Low-Temperature Seebeck Coefficients for Polaron-Driven Thermoelectric Effect in Organic Polymers.

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    de Oliveira Neto, Pedro Henrique; da Silva Filho, Demétrio A; Roncaratti, Luiz F; Acioli, Paulo H; E Silva, Geraldo Magela

    2016-07-14

    We report the results of electronic structure coupled to molecular dynamics simulations on organic polymers subject to a temperature gradient at low-temperature regimes. The temperature gradient is introduced using a Langevin-type dynamics corrected for quantum effects, which are very important in these systems. Under this condition we were able to determine that in these no-impurity systems the Seebeck coefficient is in the range of 1-3 μV/K. These results are in good agreement with reported experimental results under the same low-temperature conditions.

  14. Spin Seebeck effect in insulating epitaxial γ-Fe2O3 thin films

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    Jiménez-Cavero, P.; Lucas, I.; Anadón, A.; Ramos, R.; Niizeki, T.; Aguirre, M. H.; Algarabel, P. A.; Uchida, K.; Ibarra, M. R.; Saitoh, E.; Morellón, L.

    2017-02-01

    We report the fabrication of high crystal quality epitaxial thin films of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), a classic ferrimagnetic insulating iron oxide. Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) measurements in γ-Fe2O3/Pt bilayers as a function of sample preparation conditions and temperature yield a SSE coefficient of 0.5(1) μV/K at room temperature. Dependence on temperature allows us to estimate the magnon diffusion length in maghemite to be in the range of tens of nanometers, in good agreement with that of conducting iron oxide magnetite (Fe3O4), establishing the relevance of spin currents of magnonic origin in magnetic iron oxides.

  15. Strong spin Seebeck effect in Kondo T-shaped double quantum dots.

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    Wójcik, K P; Weymann, I

    2017-02-08

    We investigate, taking a theoretical approach, the thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties of a T-shaped double quantum dot strongly coupled to two ferromagnetic leads, focusing on the transport regime in which the system exhibits the two-stage Kondo effect. We study the dependence of the (spin) Seebeck coefficient, the corresponding power factor and the figure of merit on temperature, leads' spin polarization and dot level position. We show that the thermal conductance fulfills a modified Wiedemann-Franz law, also in the regime of suppression of subsequent stages of the Kondo effect by the exchange field resulting from the presence of ferromagnets. Moreover, we demonstrate that the spin thermopower is enhanced at temperatures corresponding to the second stage of Kondo screening. Very interestingly, the spin-thermoelectric response of the system is found to be highly sensitive to the spin polarization of the leads. In some cases spin polarization of the order of 1% is sufficient for a strong spin Seebeck effect to occur. This is explained as a consequence of the interplay between the two-stage Kondo effect and the exchange field induced in the double quantum dot. Due to the possibility of tuning the exchange field by the choice of gate voltage, the spin thermopower may also be tuned to be maximal for desired spin polarization of the leads. All calculations are performed with the aid of the numerical renormalization group technique.

  16. 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.

  17. Strong spin Seebeck effect in Kondo T-shaped double quantum dots

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    Wójcik, K. P.; Weymann, I.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate, taking a theoretical approach, the thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties of a T-shaped double quantum dot strongly coupled to two ferromagnetic leads, focusing on the transport regime in which the system exhibits the two-stage Kondo effect. We study the dependence of the (spin) Seebeck coefficient, the corresponding power factor and the figure of merit on temperature, leads’ spin polarization and dot level position. We show that the thermal conductance fulfills a modified Wiedemann-Franz law, also in the regime of suppression of subsequent stages of the Kondo effect by the exchange field resulting from the presence of ferromagnets. Moreover, we demonstrate that the spin thermopower is enhanced at temperatures corresponding to the second stage of Kondo screening. Very interestingly, the spin-thermoelectric response of the system is found to be highly sensitive to the spin polarization of the leads. In some cases spin polarization of the order of 1% is sufficient for a strong spin Seebeck effect to occur. This is explained as a consequence of the interplay between the two-stage Kondo effect and the exchange field induced in the double quantum dot. Due to the possibility of tuning the exchange field by the choice of gate voltage, the spin thermopower may also be tuned to be maximal for desired spin polarization of the leads. All calculations are performed with the aid of the numerical renormalization group technique.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Influence of Thomson effect on the resultant local Seebeck coefficient in thermoelectric composite materials

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    Yamashita, Osamu; Odahara, Hirotaka; Ochi, Takahiro; Satou, Kouji

    2009-01-01

    The resultant local Seebeck coefficient α R (= α S- α T) at the interface of a thermoelement has not yet been measured, although it is an important factor governing the thermoelectric efficiency, where α S is the local Seebeck coefficient and α T is the one caused by the Thomson effect. It is shown in this paper that α S, α T, and α R of the p- and n-type Cu/Bi Te/Cu composites are obtained analytically and experimentally on the assumption that the local temperature of the composite on which the temperature difference Δ T is imposed varies linearly with changes in position along the composite. They were indeed estimated as a function of position from the local experimental data of R,Δ I,Δ T, and V generated by applying an additional current of ± I to the composite, where R is the electrical resistance and Δ I is a current generated by the composite. As a result, it was found that the absolute values of α S at the hot interface of the p- and n-type composites are approximately 1.5 and 1.4 times higher than their lowest values in the middle region of the composite, respectively, while those of α T are less than 8% of α S all over the composite and are so small that the relation α R≈ α S can be held. We thus succeeded in measuring α R at the interfaces of the composite.

  2. Enhancement of spin-Seebeck effect by inserting ultra-thin Fe70Cu30 interlayer

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

    2015-02-01

    We report the longitudinal spin-Seebeck effects (LSSEs) for Pt/Fe70Cu30/BiY2Fe5O12 (BiYIG) and Pt/BiYIG devices. The LSSE voltage was found to be enhanced by inserting an ultra-thin Fe70Cu30 interlayer. This enhancement decays sharply with increasing the Fe70Cu30 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 Fe70Cu30 interlayer. Combined with control experiments using Pt/Fe70Cu30 devices, we conclude that the enhancement of the LSSE voltage in the Pt/Fe70Cu30/BiYIG devices is attributed to the improvement of the spin-mixing conductance at the Pt/BiYIG interfaces.

  3. Electric gating induced bandgaps and enhanced Seebeck effect in zigzag bilayer graphene ribbons

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    Vu, Thanh-Tra; Tran, Van-Truong

    2016-08-01

    We theoretically investigate the effect of a transverse electric field generated by side gates and a vertical electric field generated by top/back gates on energy bands and transport properties of zigzag bilayer graphene ribbons (Bernal stacking). Using atomistic tight binding calculations and Green’s function formalism we demonstrate that a bandgap is opened when either field is applied and even enlarged under simultaneous influence of the two fields. Interestingly, although vertical electric fields are widely used to control the bandgap in bilayer graphene, here we show that transverse fields exhibit a more positive effect in terms of modulating a larger range of bandgap and retaining good electrical conductance. The Seebeck effect is also demonstrated to be enhanced strongly—by about 13 times for a zigzag bilayer graphene ribbon with 16 chain lines. These results may motivate new designs of devices made of bilayer graphene ribbons using electric gates.

  4. Reconstruction of an effective magnon mean free path distribution from spin Seebeck measurements in thin films

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    Chavez-Angel, E.; Zarate, R. A.; Fuentes, S.; Guo, E. J.; Kläui, M.; Jakob, G.

    2017-01-01

    A thorough understanding of the mean-free-path (MFP) distribution of the energy carriers is crucial to engineer and tune the transport properties of materials. In this context, a significant body of work has investigated the phonon and electron MFP distribution, however, similar studies of the magnon MFP distribution have not been carried out so far. In this work, we used thickness-dependence measurements of the longitudinal spin Seebeck (LSSE) effect of yttrium iron garnet films to reconstruct the cumulative distribution of a SSE related effective magnon MFP. By using the experimental data reported by (Guo et al 2016 Phys. Rev. X 6 031012), we adapted the phonon MFP reconstruction algorithm proposed by (Minnich 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 205901) and apply it to magnons. The reconstruction showed that magnons with different MFP contribute in different manner to the total LSSE and the effective magnon MFP distribution spreads far beyond their typical averaged values.

  5. 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.

  6. Field-effect modulation of Seebeck coefficient in single PbSe nanowires.

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    Liang, Wenjie; Hochbaum, Allon I; Fardy, Melissa; Rabin, Oded; Zhang, Minjuan; Yang, Peidong

    2009-04-01

    In this Letter, we present a novel strategy to control the thermoelectric properties of individual PbSe nanowires. Using a field-effect gated device, we were able to tune the Seebeck coefficient of single PbSe nanowires from 64 to 193 microV x K(-1). This direct electrical field control of sigma and S suggests a powerful strategy for optimizing ZT in thermoelectric devices. These results represent the first demonstration of field-effect modulation of the thermoelectric figure of merit in a single semiconductor nanowire. This novel strategy for thermoelectric property modulation could prove especially important in optimizing the thermoelectric properties of semiconductors where reproducible doping is difficult to achieve.

  7. Spin rectification in thermally driven XXZ spin chain via the spin-Seebeck effect

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    Thingna, Juzar; Wang, Jian-Sheng

    2013-11-01

    We study the phenomenon of spin-current rectification in a one-dimensional XXZ spin chain in the presence of a thermal drive. In our model a pure spin current is generated by a temperature difference between two harmonic heat baths which in turn creates a spin voltage via the spin-Seebeck effect. Along with a local spin-current operator definition and the nonequilibrium modified Redfield solution we study the spin-rectification ratio as a function of system size and external magnetic field. Intriguing effects are observed at low temperatures such as oscillations with system size and high range of tunability with external magnetic field making magnetic insulators, which are well described by the XXZ model, ideal candidates to build spin devices based on rectification.

  8. Effect of the magnon dispersion on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in yttrium iron garnets

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    Jin, Hyungyu; Boona, Stephen R.; Yang, Zihao; Myers, Roberto C.; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2015-08-01

    We study the temperature dependence of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in an yttrium iron garnet Y3F e5O12 (YIG)/Pt system for samples of different thicknesses. In this system, the thermal spin torque is magnon driven. The LSSE signal peaks at a specific temperature that depends on the YIG sample thickness. We also observe freeze-out of the LSSE signal at high magnetic fields, which we attribute to the opening of an energy gap in the magnon dispersion. We observe partial freeze-out of the LSSE signal even at room temperature, where kBT is much larger than the gap. This suggests that a subset of the magnon population with an energy below kBTC (TC˜40 K ) contributes disproportionately to the LSSE; at temperatures above TC, we label these magnons subthermal magnons. The T dependence of the LSSE at temperatures below the maximum is interpreted in terms of an empirical model that ascribes most of the temperature dependence to that of the thermally driven magnon flux, which is related to the details of the magnon dispersion.

  9. 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.

  10. Seebeck effect influence on joule heat evolution in electrically conductive silicate materials

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    Fiala, Lukáš; Medved, Igor; Maděra, Jiří; Černý, Robert

    2016-07-01

    In general, silicate building materials are non-conductive matters that are not able to evolve heat when they are subjected to an external voltage. However, the electrical conductivity can be increased by addition of electrically conductive admixtures in appropriate amount which leads to generation of conductive paths in materials matrix. Such enhanced materials can evolve Joule heat and are utilizable as a core of self-heating or snow-melting systems. In this paper, Joule heat evolution together with Seebeck effect in electrically conductive silicate materials was taken into consideration and the model based on heat equation with included influence of DC electric field was proposed. Besides, a modeling example of heating element was carried out on FEM basis and time development of temperature in chosen surface points was expressed in order to declare ability of such system to be applicable.

  11. 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

    2016-04-21

    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.

  12. Hot-Carrier Seebeck Effect: Diffusion and Remote Detection of Hot Carriers in Graphene

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    Sierra, Juan F.; Neumann, Ingmar; Costache, Marius V.; Valenzuela, Sergio O.

    2015-06-01

    We investigate hot carrier propagation across graphene using an electrical nonlocal injection/detection method. The device consists of a monolayer graphene flake contacted by multiple metal leads. Using two remote leads for electrical heating, we generate a carrier temperature gradient that results in a measurable thermoelectric voltage VNL across the remaining (detector) leads. Due to the nonlocal character of the measurement, VNL is exclusively due to the Seebeck effect. Remarkably, a departure from the ordinary relationship between Joule power P and VNL, VNL ~ P, becomes readily apparent at low temperatures, representing a fingerprint of hot-carrier dominated thermoelectricity. By studying VNL as a function of bias, we directly determine the carrier temperature and the characteristic cooling length for hot-carrier propagation, which are key parameters for a variety of new applications that rely on hot-carrier transport.

  13. Hot-Carrier Seebeck Effect: Diffusion and Remote Detection of Hot Carriers in Graphene.

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    Sierra, Juan F; Neumann, Ingmar; Costache, Marius V; Valenzuela, Sergio O

    2015-06-10

    We investigate hot carrier propagation across graphene using an electrical nonlocal injection/detection method. The device consists of a monolayer graphene flake contacted by multiple metal leads. Using two remote leads for electrical heating, we generate a carrier temperature gradient that results in a measurable thermoelectric voltage V(NL) across the remaining (detector) leads. Due to the nonlocal character of the measurement, V(NL) is exclusively due to the Seebeck effect. Remarkably, a departure from the ordinary relationship between Joule power P and V(NL), V(NL) ∼ P, becomes readily apparent at low temperatures, representing a fingerprint of hot-carrier dominated thermoelectricity. By studying V(NL) as a function of bias, we directly determine the carrier temperature and the characteristic cooling length for hot-carrier propagation, which are key parameters for a variety of new applications that rely on hot-carrier transport.

  14. 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.

  15. Determination of the amount of Peroxy in granite rock using the Seebeck Effect

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    Tregloan-Reed, J. J.; Tarnas, J.; Plante, Z.; Freund, F. T.

    2015-12-01

    We present a series of laboratory experiments which provide evidence for peroxy defects in granite, coupled with a determination of the peroxy defect concentration. When peroxy defects are activated they become defect electrons (positive holes) in the oxygen anion sub-lattice. This in essence converts the granite sample to a p-type semiconductor. Our preliminary results of the thermoelectric (Seebeck) effect for granite show that positive charge carriers are being generated (positive gradient: see Figure) in the granite sample and that the concentration of peroxy defects in the granite sample is 1137 ± 20 ppm. The Seebeck coefficient (α) is the gradient between the voltage (V) and the temperature (T), such that α = V /T . One end of the granite sample was placed in a furnace and heated. At 300ºC the peroxy defect spins decouple, while at 430ºC the peroxy defects dissociate, producing positive holes. When the positive holes are activated their mobility increases and they move towards the cool end of the granite sample through diffusion. This induces a potential difference linked to a thermal gradient between the two ends of the sample. We then fitted the coefficients of two first order polynomials and a point of inflection using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm. This was done to statistically estimate the uncertainties in the coefficients from a Bayesian statistical analysis. The best fit and corresponding standarderror of the reflection point was found to be 426 ± 5ºC. This is in excellent agreement to values, around 430ºC, found in the literature. We then find α = 18.50 ± 0.18 μV K-1 above 426 ± 5ºC, which equates to a carrier concentration of 1.16 × 1020 cm-3 compared to the carrier concentrations of heavily doped semiconductors, which are on the order of 1021 cm-3. This then gives a peroxy defect concentration of 1137 ± 20 ppm.

  16. Investigation of the off-diagonal Seebeck effect and Peltier effect on textured YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ

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    He, Z. H.; Zhong, F. Q.; Luo, Y. Y.; Wu, M.; Gavalek, W.; Liang, K. F.; Fung, P. C. W.

    1997-08-01

    Both of the off-diagonal Seebeck effect and the off-diagonal Peltier effect were investigated with the use of the same textured sample YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (Y-123) and the same experimental setup. The reliability of the measurement is studied by applying different heat-conductive mediums. The flatness of both of the sample and the heat-conducting block, and the matching between them are found very important for the reduction of the heat resistance. The annealing effect on the Sxz is also studied and found in accordance with that studied by the thermoelectric power.

  17. Complete Suppression of Longitudinal Spin Seebeck Effect by Frozen Magnetization Dynamics in Y3Fe5O12

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    Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Daimon, Shunsuke; Saitoh, Eiji

    2016-06-01

    The spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in a Pt-film/Y3Fe5O12 (YIG)-slab junction system has been investigated at low temperatures and under various magnetic fields in the longitudinal configuration. We found that, by increasing applied magnetic fields, the SSE signal gradually decreases and converges to zero without showing sign reversal. The complete field-induced suppression of the SSE is interpreted in terms of the effect of the Zeeman gap in magnon excitation.

  18. Spectral non-uniform temperature and non-local heat transfer in the spin Seebeck effect.

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    Tikhonov, Konstantin S; Sinova, Jairo; Finkel'stein, Alexander M

    2013-01-01

    Recently discovered spin-dependent thermoelectric effects have merged spin, charge, and thermal physics, known as spin caloritronics, of which the spin Seebeck effect is its most puzzling. Here we present a theory of this effect driven by subthermal non-local phonon heat transfer and spectral non-uniform temperature. The theory explains its non-local behaviour from the fact that phonons that store the energy (thermal) and the phonons that transfer it (subthermal) are located in different parts of the spectrum and have different kinetics. This gives rise to a spectral phonon distribution that deviates from local equilibrium along the substrate and is sensitive to boundary conditions. The theory also predicts a non-magnon origin of the effect in ferromagnetic metals in agreement with observations in recent experiments. Equilibration of the heat flow from the substrate to the Pt probe and backwards leads to a vertical spin current produced by the spin-polarized electrons dragged by the thermal phonons.

  19. Spin Seebeck effect and thermoelectric phenomena in superconducting hybrids with magnetic textures or spin-orbit coupling.

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    Bathen, Marianne Etzelmüller; Linder, Jacob

    2017-01-31

    We theoretically consider the spin Seebeck effect, the charge Seebeck coefficient, and the thermoelectric figure of merit in superconducting hybrid structures including either magnetic textures or intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. We demonstrate that large magnitudes for all these quantities are obtainable in Josephson-based systems with either zero or a small externally applied magnetic field. This provides an alternative to the thermoelectric effects generated in high-field (~1 T) superconducting hybrid systems, which were recently experimentally demonstrated. The systems studied contain either conical ferromagnets, spin-active interfaces, or spin-orbit coupling. We present a framework for calculating the linear thermoelectric response for both spin and charge of a system upon applying temperature and voltage gradients based on quasiclassical theory which allows for arbitrary spin-dependent textures and fields to be conveniently incorporated.

  20. Spin-dependent Seebeck effect in asymmetric four-terminal systems with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Biao; Li, Mengjie; Nakayama, Tsuneyoshi; Li, Baowen

    2015-05-01

    We propose a new type of spin-dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE) emerging from the Rashba spin-orbit coupling in asymmetric four-terminal electron systems. This system generates spin currents or spin voltages along the longitudinal direction parallel to the temperature gradient in the absence of magnetic fields. The remarkable result arises from the breaking of the reflection symmetry along the transverse direction. In the meantime, the SDSE along the transverse direction, the so-called the spin Nernst effect, with spin currents or spin voltages perpendicular to the temperature gradient, can be simultaneously realized in our system. We further find that it is possible to use the temperature differences between four leads to tune the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficients.

  1. Spin Seebeck effect and thermoelectric phenomena in superconducting hybrids with magnetic textures or spin-orbit coupling

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    Bathen, Marianne Etzelmüller; Linder, Jacob

    2017-01-01

    We theoretically consider the spin Seebeck effect, the charge Seebeck coefficient, and the thermoelectric figure of merit in superconducting hybrid structures including either magnetic textures or intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. We demonstrate that large magnitudes for all these quantities are obtainable in Josephson-based systems with either zero or a small externally applied magnetic field. This provides an alternative to the thermoelectric effects generated in high-field (~1 T) superconducting hybrid systems, which were recently experimentally demonstrated. The systems studied contain either conical ferromagnets, spin-active interfaces, or spin-orbit coupling. We present a framework for calculating the linear thermoelectric response for both spin and charge of a system upon applying temperature and voltage gradients based on quasiclassical theory which allows for arbitrary spin-dependent textures and fields to be conveniently incorporated.

  2. Spin Seebeck effect and thermoelectric phenomena in superconducting hybrids with magnetic textures or spin-orbit coupling

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    Bathen, Marianne Etzelmüller; Linder, Jacob

    2017-01-01

    We theoretically consider the spin Seebeck effect, the charge Seebeck coefficient, and the thermoelectric figure of merit in superconducting hybrid structures including either magnetic textures or intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. We demonstrate that large magnitudes for all these quantities are obtainable in Josephson-based systems with either zero or a small externally applied magnetic field. This provides an alternative to the thermoelectric effects generated in high-field (~1 T) superconducting hybrid systems, which were recently experimentally demonstrated. The systems studied contain either conical ferromagnets, spin-active interfaces, or spin-orbit coupling. We present a framework for calculating the linear thermoelectric response for both spin and charge of a system upon applying temperature and voltage gradients based on quasiclassical theory which allows for arbitrary spin-dependent textures and fields to be conveniently incorporated. PMID:28139667

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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

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

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

    2014-03-21

    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.

  5. Charge carrier effective mass and concentration derived from combination of Seebeck coefficient and Te125 NMR measurements in complex tellurides

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    Levin, E. M.

    2016-06-27

    Thermoelectric materials utilize the Seebeck effect to convert heat to electrical energy. The Seebeck coefficient (thermopower), S, depends on the free (mobile) carrier concentration, n, and effective mass, m*, as S ~ m*/n2/3. The carrier concentration in tellurides can be derived from 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation measurements. The NMR spin-lattice relaxation rate, 1/T1, depends on both n and m* as 1/T1~(m*)3/2n (within classical Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics) or as 1/T1~(m*)2n2/3 (within quantum Fermi-Dirac statistics), which challenges the correct determination of the carrier concentration in some materials by NMR. Here it is shown that the combination of the Seebeck coefficientmore » and 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements in complex tellurides provides a unique opportunity to derive the carrier effective mass and then to calculate the carrier concentration. This approach was used to study AgxSbxGe50–2xTe50, well-known GeTe-based high-efficiency tellurium-antimony-germanium-silver thermoelectric materials, where the replacement of Ge by [Ag+Sb] results in significant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. Thus, values of both m* and n derived using this combination show that the enhancement of thermopower can be attributed primarily to an increase of the carrier effective mass and partially to a decrease of the carrier concentration when the [Ag+Sb] content increases.« less

  6. Observation of longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect in cobalt-ferrite epitaxial thin films

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    Niizeki, Tomohiko; Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Oka, Mineto; Suzuki, Kazuya Z.; Yanagihara, Hideto; Kita, Eiji; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-05-15

    The longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect (LSSE) has been investigated in cobalt ferrite (CFO), an exceptionally hard magnetic spinel ferrite. A bilayer of a polycrystalline Pt and an epitaxially-strained CFO(110) exhibiting an in-plane uniaxial anisotropy was prepared by reactive rf sputtering technique. Thermally generated spin voltage in the CFO layer was measured via the inverse spin-Hall effect in the Pt layer. External-magnetic-field (H) dependence of the LSSE voltage (V{sub LSSE}) in the Pt/CFO(110) sample with H ∥ [001] was found to exhibit a hysteresis loop with a high squareness ratio and high coercivity, while that with H∥[11{sup -}0] shows a nearly closed loop, reflecting the different anisotropies induced by the epitaxial strain. The magnitude of V{sub LSSE} has a linear relationship with the temperature difference (ΔT), giving the relatively large V{sub LSSE} /ΔT of about 3 μV/K for CFO(110) which was kept even at zero external field.

  7. Subthermal-magnon-driven longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in yttrium iron garnets (YIG)

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    Jin, Hyungyu; Boona, Stephen; Yang, Zihao; Myers, Roberto; Heremans, Joseph

    2015-03-01

    Since its discovery in 2008, the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) has intrigued many interesting research all around the world, which has led to the birth of a new field of research, called ``spin-caloritronics''. Of the two different experimental configurations used for detecting SSE, the longitudinal geometry (LSSE) seems to be generally accepted. The yttrium iron garnet (YIG) / Pt bilayer structure has been most commonly used for LSSE experiments because absence of electrons in YIG excludes contaminations from other thermomagnetic effects. The dependence of the LSSE on YIG film thickness and on temperature have been reported, but not yet both together. Here we present experimental data on the temperature dependence of LSSE in Pt/YIG below room temperature in systems in which the thickness of YIG varies. Detailed discussion is given on the experimental results, with emphasis on the role of subthermal-magnons in the temperature dependence of LSSE in the YIG/Pt system. Work supported by the AFOSR-MURI #FA9550-10-1-0533 and the ARO-MURI #W911NF-14-1-0016.

  8. Surface sensitivity of the spin Seebeck effect in the Pt/YIG system

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    Aqeel, Aisha; Vera-Marun, Ivan J.; van Wees, Bart J.; Palstra, Thomas T. M.

    2015-03-01

    It is well-known that the surface plays an important role in the spin Seebeck effect (SSE). However the effect of mechanical treatment on the SSE has not been systematically studied yet. Here, we have investigated the influence of the interface quality on the SSE in a bilayer system of platinum and yttrium iron garnet (Pt/YIG). The surfaces of the YIG crystals are modified by different types of mechanical polishing before Pt deposition for different samples. We observed that the magnitude and magnetic field dependence of the SSE is strongly influenced by mechanical treatment of the YIG surface. No definite relation has been found between the SSE response and the sample roughness. However, we observe a direct correlation between the saturation magnetic field (Hsat) of the SSE and the roughness of sample, as the former increases by moving from soft toward coarse particle polishing. The change in the magnitude of Hsat 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.

  9. Observation of longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect in cobalt-ferrite epitaxial thin films

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    Niizeki, Tomohiko; Kikkawa, Takashi; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Oka, Mineto; Suzuki, Kazuya Z.; Yanagihara, Hideto; Kita, Eiji; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-05-01

    The longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect (LSSE) has been investigated in cobalt ferrite (CFO), an exceptionally hard magnetic spinel ferrite. A bilayer of a polycrystalline Pt and an epitaxially-strained CFO(110) exhibiting an in-plane uniaxial anisotropy was prepared by reactive rf sputtering technique. Thermally generated spin voltage in the CFO layer was measured via the inverse spin-Hall effect in the Pt layer. External-magnetic-field (H) dependence of the LSSE voltage (VLSSE) in the Pt/CFO(110) sample with H ∥ [001] was found to exhibit a hysteresis loop with a high squareness ratio and high coercivity, while that with H ∥ [ 1 1 ¯ 0 ] shows a nearly closed loop, reflecting the different anisotropies induced by the epitaxial strain. The magnitude of VLSSE has a linear relationship with the temperature difference (ΔT), giving the relatively large VLSSE /ΔT of about 3 μV/K for CFO(110) which was kept even at zero external field.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    2016-05-01

    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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

    2016-05-04

    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.

  16. 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

    2016-05-04

    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. Lastly, 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.

  17. 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; ...

    2016-05-04

    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, amore » large electromotive force emerges in the direction perpendicular to the in-plane magnetization of yttrium iron garnet. Lastly, 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.« less

  18. 125Te NMR and Seebeck Effect in Bi2Te3 Synthesized from Stoichiometric and Te-Rich Melts

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    Levin, E. M.; Riedemann, T. M.; Howard, A.; ...

    2016-10-14

    Bi2Te3 is a well-known thermoelectric material and, as a new form of quantum matter, a topological insulator. Variation of local chemical composition in Bi2Te3 results in formation of several types of atomic defects, including Bi and Te vacancies and Bi and Te antisite defects; these defects can strongly affect material functionality via generation of free electrons and/or holes. Nonuniform distribution of atomic defects produces electronic inhomogeneity, which can be detected by 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Here we report on 125Te NMR and Seebeck effect (heat to electrical energy conversion) for two single crystalline samples: (#1) grown from stoichiometric compositionmore » by Bridgman technique and (#2) grown out of Te-rich, high temperature flux. The Seebeck coefficients of these samples show p- and n-type conductivity, respectively, arising from different atomic defects. 125Te NMR spectra and spin–lattice relaxation measurements demonstrate that both Bi2Te3 samples are electronically inhomogeneous at the atomic scale, which can be attributed to a different Te environment due to spatial variation of the Bi/Te ratio and formation of atomic defects. In conclusion, correlations between 125Te NMR spectra, spin–lattice relaxation times, the Seebeck coefficients, carrier concentrations, and atomic defects are discussed. Our data demonstrate that 125Te NMR is an effective probe to study antisite defects in Bi2Te3.« less

  19. 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

  20. Spin Seebeck power generators

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    Cahaya, Adam B.; Tretiakov, O. A.; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.

    2014-01-27

    We derive expressions for the efficiency and figure of merit of two spin caloritronic devices based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), i.e., the generation of spin currents by a temperature gradient. The inverse spin Hall effect is conventionally used to detect the SSE and offers advantages for large area applications. We also propose a device that converts spin current into electric one by means of a spin-valve detector, which scales favorably to small sizes and approaches a figure of merit of 0.5 at room temperature.

  1. Spin Seebeck effect in quantum dot side-coupled to topological superconductor

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    Weymann, Ireneusz

    2017-03-01

    The spin-resolved thermoelectric transport properties of a quantum dot coupled to ferromagnetic leads and side-coupled to a topological superconductor wire hosting Majorana zero-energy modes are studied theoretically. The calculations are performed in the linear response regime by using the numerical renormalization group method. It is shown that transport characteristics are determined by the interplay of Kondo correlations, exchange field due to the presence of ferromagnets and the strength of coupling to Majorana wire. These different energy scales are revealed in the behavior of the Seebeck and spin Seebeck coefficients, which exhibit an enhancement for temperatures of the order of the coupling strength to topological wire. Moreover, it is demonstrated that additional sign changes of the thermopower can occur due to the presence of Majorana zero-energy modes. These findings may provide additional fingerprints of the presence of Majorana fermions.

  2. Spin Seebeck effect in quantum dot side-coupled to topological superconductor.

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    Weymann, Ireneusz

    2017-03-08

    The spin-resolved thermoelectric transport properties of a quantum dot coupled to ferromagnetic leads and side-coupled to a topological superconductor wire hosting Majorana zero-energy modes are studied theoretically. The calculations are performed in the linear response regime by using the numerical renormalization group method. It is shown that transport characteristics are determined by the interplay of Kondo correlations, exchange field due to the presence of ferromagnets and the strength of coupling to Majorana wire. These different energy scales are revealed in the behavior of the Seebeck and spin Seebeck coefficients, which exhibit an enhancement for temperatures of the order of the coupling strength to topological wire. Moreover, it is demonstrated that additional sign changes of the thermopower can occur due to the presence of Majorana zero-energy modes. These findings may provide additional fingerprints of the presence of Majorana fermions.

  3. Study of Thermocurrents in ILC cavities via measurements of the Seebeck Effect in niobium, titanium, and stainless steel thermocouples

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    Cooley, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    The goals of Fermilab’s Superconductivity and Radio Frequency Development Department are to engineer, fabricate, and improve superconducting radio frequency (SCRF) cavities in the interest of advancing accelerator technology. Improvement includes exploring possible limitations on cavity performance and mitigating such impediments. This report focuses on investigating and measuring the Seebeck Effect observed in cavity constituents titanium, niobium, and stainless steel arranged in thermocouples. These junctions exist between cavities, helium jackets, and bellows, and their connection can produce a loop of electrical current and magnetic flux spontaneously during cooling. The experimental procedure and results are described and analyzed. Implications relating the results to cavity performance are discussed.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2015-11-14

    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.

  6. Temperature dependences of magnetic anisotropy and longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in Y3Fe5O12

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    Kalappattil, Vijaysankar; Das, Raja; Phan, Manh-Huong; Srikanth, Hariharan

    Spin caloritronics is an emerging, exciting research area in condensed matter owing to its potential use in advanced spintronics devices. Pure spin current without having charge current has been achieved though spin Seebeck effect (SSE). Over the last 7 years SSE has been observed in ferromagnetic metals, insulators, and semiconductors using longitudinal and transverse SSE measurement configurations. In this work, we have carried out an experimental study to understand the effect of magnetic anisotropy on the temperature evolution of longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in a single crystalline yttrium iron garnet (YIG). The effective anisotropy field (HK) and inverse spin Hall (ISH) voltage (VISH) were measured using the radio-frequency transverse susceptibility (TS) and LSSE configuration, respectively. The VISH of a 15 nm Pt strip on (6*2*1 mm) YIG slab with a temperature gradient of 3 K was measured in the temperature range of 120 to 300 K. The observed values of VISH vary from 1 microV for 120 K to 0.5 microV for 300 K, These values fall into the previously reported theoretical and experimental results. The temperature evolution of HKhas been compared with that of VISH to gain better fundamental understanding. Work is supported by ARO through Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0626.

  7. Spin-current Seebeck effect in an interacting quantum dot: Atomic approximation for the Anderson impurity model

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    Ramos, E.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.; Siqueira, E. C.; Figueira, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    We study the spin-current Seebeck effect through an immersed gate defined quantum dot, employing the U-finite atomic method for the single impurity Anderson model. Our description qualitatively confirms some of the results obtained by an earlier Hartree-Fock work, but as our calculation includes the Kondo effect, some new features will appear in the spin-current Seebeck effect S, which as a function of the gate voltage present an oscillatory shape. At intermediate temperatures, our results show a three zero structure and at low temperatures, our results are governed by the emergence of the Kondo peak in the transmittance, which defines the behavior of the shape of the S coefficient as a function of the parameters of the model. The oscillatory behavior obtained by the Hartree-Fock approximation reproduces the shape obtained by us in a non-interacting system (U=0). The S sign is sensitive to different polarization of the quantum dot, and as a consequence the device could be employed to experimentally detect the polarization states of the system. Our results also confirm that the large increase of S upon increasing U, obtained by the mean field approximation, is correct only for low temperatures. We also discuss the role of the Kondo peak in defining the behavior of the spin thermopower at low temperatures.

  8. Investigation of the timescale of the spin-Seebeck effect in yttrium iron garnet from pico to nanoseconds

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    Jamison, John; Yang, Zihao; Myers, Roberto

    We investigate the timescale of the spin-Seebeck effect (SSE) in yttrium iron garnet (YIG) by exciting transient thermal gradients with 150-fs laser heating pulses. The transient thermal gradient generates a spin current which is measured by a Pt top contact via the inverse spin Hall-effect (ISHE). A pulse selection system is used to lower the repetition rate of the laser to low frequencies (e.g. 10 kHz) such that the transient thermal gradient decays completely before the arrival of the next pulse. Lock-in detection, referenced at the laser repetition rate, is used to measure ISHE as a function of magnetic field, verifying that SSE is generated from the individual ultrafast laser pulses. Next, utilizing an optical delay line we vary the time delay between two equal fluence pulses. The correlated ISHE signal is measured with lock-in detection as a function of delay time with 0.1 ps resolution out to 1 ns to examine the characteristic decay times of the ultrafast laser pulse induced spin-Seebeck effect. Work supported by ARO MURI W911NF-14-1-0016.

  9. Effect of silicide/silicon hetero-junction structure on thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient.

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    Choi, Wonchul; Park, Young-Sam; Hyun, Younghoon; Zyung, Taehyoung; Kim, Jaehyeon; Kim, Soojung; Jeon, Hyojin; Shin, Mincheol; Jang, Moongyu

    2013-12-01

    We fabricated a thermoelectric device with a silicide/silicon laminated hetero-structure by using RF sputtering and rapid thermal annealing. The device was observed to have Ohmic characteristics by I-V measurement. The temperature differences and Seebeck coefficients of the proposed silicide/silicon laminated and bulk structure were measured. The laminated thermoelectric device shows suppression of heat flow from the hot to cold side. This is supported by the theory that the atomic mass difference between silicide and silicon creates a scattering center for phonons. The major impact of our work is that phonon transmission is suppressed at the interface between silicide and silicon without degrading electrical conductivity. The estimated thermal conductivity of the 3-layer laminated device is 126.2 +/- 3.7 W/m. K. Thus, by using the 3-layer laminated structure, thermal conductivity is reduced by around 16% compared to bulk silicon. However, the Seebeck coefficient of the thermoelectric device is degraded compared to that of bulk silicon. It is understood that electrical conductivity is improved by using silicide as a scattering center.

  10. Spin Seebeck insulator.

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    Uchida, K; Xiao, J; Adachi, H; Ohe, J; Takahashi, S; Ieda, J; Ota, T; Kajiwara, Y; Umezawa, H; Kawai, H; Bauer, G E W; Maekawa, S; Saitoh, E

    2010-11-01

    Thermoelectric generation is an essential function in future energy-saving technologies. However, it has so far been an exclusive feature of electric conductors, a situation which limits its application; conduction electrons are often problematic in the thermal design of devices. Here we report electric voltage generation from heat flowing in an insulator. We reveal that, despite the absence of conduction electrons, the magnetic insulator LaY(2)Fe(5)O(12) can convert a heat flow into a spin voltage. Attached Pt films can then transform this spin voltage into an electric voltage as a result of the inverse spin Hall effect. The experimental results require us to introduce a thermally activated interface spin exchange between LaY(2)Fe(5)O(12) and Pt. Our findings extend the range of potential materials for thermoelectric applications and provide a crucial piece of information for understanding the physics of the spin Seebeck effect.

  11. 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; Wang, Xue-Feng; Feng, Jin-Fu

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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; Wang, Xue-Feng; Feng, Jin-Fu

    2015-01-01

    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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

    2015-05-28

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Temperature-controlled colossal magnetoresistance and perfect spin Seebeck effect in hybrid graphene/boron nitride nanoribbons.

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    Zhu, Lin; Li, Ruimin; Yao, Kailun

    2017-02-01

    Thermal spin transport properties of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride nanoribbon heterojunctions have been investigated using density functional theory calculations combined with the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's function approach. The results showed that the perfect spin Seebeck effect and analogy negative differential thermoelectric resistance occurred in the device under a temperature difference without a gate or bias voltage. An intriguing thermally induced colossal magnetoresistance without gate regulation was also observed, which can be switched between a positive and negative value with temperature control. It was also found that the unit number of zigzag graphene nanoribbons and boron nitride nanoribbons can tune the electronic band structure and the energy gap of the heterostructure, and then modulate the thermal spin transport properties. The results suggest that graphene and hexagonal boron nitride nanoribbon heterostructures may have potential applications in graphene-based nanodevices.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Influence of Thickness and Interface on the Low-Temperature Enhancement of the Spin Seebeck Effect in YIG Films

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    Guo, Er-Jia; Cramer, Joel; Kehlberger, Andreas; Ferguson, Ciaran A.; MacLaren, Donald A.; Jakob, Gerhard; Kläui, Mathias

    2016-07-01

    The temperature-dependent longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in heavy metal (HM )/Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) hybrid structures is investigated as a function of YIG film thickness, magnetic field strength, and different HM detection materials. The LSSE signal shows a large enhancement with reductions in temperature, leading to a pronounced peak at low temperatures. We find that the LSSE peak temperature strongly depends on the film thickness as well as on the magnetic field. Our result can be well explained in the framework of magnon-driven LSSE by taking into account the temperature-dependent effective propagation length of thermally excited magnons in the bulk of the material. We further demonstrate that the LSSE peak is significantly shifted by changing the interface coupling to an adjacent detection layer, revealing a more complex behavior beyond the currently discussed bulk effect. By direct microscopic imaging of the interface, we correlate the observed temperature dependence with the interface structure between the YIG and the adjacent metal layer. Our results highlight the role of interface effects on the temperature-dependent LSSE in HM/YIG system, suggesting that the temperature-dependent spin current transparency strikingly relies on the interface conditions.

  4. 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.

  5. Colossal Seebeck effect enhanced by quasi-ballistic phonons dragging massive electrons in FeSb2.

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    Takahashi, H; Okazaki, R; Ishiwata, S; Taniguchi, H; Okutani, A; Hagiwara, M; Terasaki, I

    2016-09-06

    Phonon transport is an essential property of thermoelectric materials. Although the phonon carries heat, which reduces the thermoelectric efficiency, it contributes positively to the Seebeck coefficient S through the phonon-drag effect, as typified by the high-purity semiconductors, which show fairly large S at cryogenic temperatures. Although such a large S is attractive in terms of Peltier cooling, a clear guiding principle for designing thermoelectric materials enriched by the phonon-drag effect remains to be established. Here we demonstrate that a correlated semiconductor, FeSb2, is a promising thermoelectric material featuring quasi-ballistic phonons dragging d electrons with large effective mass. By changing the sample size within the sub-millimetre order for high-purity single crystals, we succeed in substantially increasing S to as much as -27 mV K(-1) at low temperatures. Our results exemplify a strategy for exploring phonon-drag-based thermoelectric materials, the performance of which can be maximized by combining heavy electrons with ballistic phonons.

  6. Colossal Seebeck effect enhanced by quasi-ballistic phonons dragging massive electrons in FeSb2

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    Takahashi, H.; Okazaki, R.; Ishiwata, S.; Taniguchi, H.; Okutani, A.; Hagiwara, M.; Terasaki, I.

    2016-09-01

    Phonon transport is an essential property of thermoelectric materials. Although the phonon carries heat, which reduces the thermoelectric efficiency, it contributes positively to the Seebeck coefficient S through the phonon-drag effect, as typified by the high-purity semiconductors, which show fairly large S at cryogenic temperatures. Although such a large S is attractive in terms of Peltier cooling, a clear guiding principle for designing thermoelectric materials enriched by the phonon-drag effect remains to be established. Here we demonstrate that a correlated semiconductor, FeSb2, is a promising thermoelectric material featuring quasi-ballistic phonons dragging d electrons with large effective mass. By changing the sample size within the sub-millimetre order for high-purity single crystals, we succeed in substantially increasing S to as much as -27 mV K-1 at low temperatures. Our results exemplify a strategy for exploring phonon-drag-based thermoelectric materials, the performance of which can be maximized by combining heavy electrons with ballistic phonons.

  7. Colossal Seebeck effect enhanced by quasi-ballistic phonons dragging massive electrons in FeSb2

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    Takahashi, H.; Okazaki, R.; Ishiwata, S.; Taniguchi, H.; Okutani, A.; Hagiwara, M.; Terasaki, I.

    2016-01-01

    Phonon transport is an essential property of thermoelectric materials. Although the phonon carries heat, which reduces the thermoelectric efficiency, it contributes positively to the Seebeck coefficient S through the phonon-drag effect, as typified by the high-purity semiconductors, which show fairly large S at cryogenic temperatures. Although such a large S is attractive in terms of Peltier cooling, a clear guiding principle for designing thermoelectric materials enriched by the phonon-drag effect remains to be established. Here we demonstrate that a correlated semiconductor, FeSb2, is a promising thermoelectric material featuring quasi-ballistic phonons dragging d electrons with large effective mass. By changing the sample size within the sub-millimetre order for high-purity single crystals, we succeed in substantially increasing S to as much as −27 mV K−1 at low temperatures. Our results exemplify a strategy for exploring phonon-drag-based thermoelectric materials, the performance of which can be maximized by combining heavy electrons with ballistic phonons. PMID:27597055

  8. 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

  9. Charge carrier effective mass and concentration derived from combination of Seebeck coefficient and 125Te NMR measurements in complex tellurides

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    Levin, E. M.

    2016-06-01

    Thermoelectric materials utilize the Seebeck effect to convert heat to electrical energy. The Seebeck coefficient (thermopower), S , depends on the free (mobile) carrier concentration, n , and effective mass, m*, as S ˜m*/n2 /3 . The carrier concentration in tellurides can be derived from 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation measurements. The NMR spin-lattice relaxation rate, 1 /T1 , depends on both n and m* as 1 /T1˜(m*)3/2n (within classical Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics) or as 1 /T1˜(m*)2n2 /3 (within quantum Fermi-Dirac statistics), which challenges the correct determination of the carrier concentration in some materials by NMR. Here it is shown that the combination of the Seebeck coefficient and 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements in complex tellurides provides a unique opportunity to derive the carrier effective mass and then to calculate the carrier concentration. This approach was used to study A gxS bxG e50-2xT e50 , well-known GeTe-based high-efficiency tellurium-antimony-germanium-silver thermoelectric materials, where the replacement of Ge by [Ag+Sb] results in significant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. Values of both m* and n derived using this combination show that the enhancement of thermopower can be attributed primarily to an increase of the carrier effective mass and partially to a decrease of the carrier concentration when the [Ag+Sb] content increases.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Time-resolved measurement of the tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect in a single magnetic tunnel junction.

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    Boehnke, Alexander; Walter, Marvin; Roschewsky, Niklas; Eggebrecht, Tim; Drewello, Volker; Rott, Karsten; Münzenberg, Markus; Thomas, Andy; Reiss, Günter

    2013-06-01

    Recently, several groups have reported spin-dependent thermoelectric effects in magnetic tunnel junctions. In this paper, we present a setup for time-resolved measurements of thermovoltages and thermocurrents of a single micro- to nanometer-scaled tunnel junction. An electrically modulated diode laser is used to create a temperature gradient across the tunnel junction layer stack. This laser modulation technique enables the recording of time-dependent thermovoltage signals with a temporal resolution only limited by the preamplifier for the thermovoltage. So far, time-dependent thermovoltage could not be interpreted. Now, with the setup presented in this paper, it is possible to distinguish different Seebeck voltage contributions to the overall measured voltage signal in the μs time regime. A model circuit is developed that explains those voltage contributions on different sample types. Further, it will be shown that a voltage signal arising from the magnetic tunnel junction can only be observed when the laser spot is directly centered on top of the magnetic tunnel junction, which allows a lateral separation of the effects.

  13. 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

    2015-05-22

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Influence of surface states and size effects on the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistance of Bi1-xSbx nanowire arrays.

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    Cassinelli, M; Müller, S; Voss, K-O; Trautmann, C; Völklein, F; Gooth, J; Nielsch, K; Toimil-Molares, M E

    2017-03-02

    The Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistance of Bi1-xSbx nanowire arrays electrodeposited in etched ion-track membranes have been investigated as a function of wire diameter (40-750 nm) and composition (0 ≤ x ≤ 1). The experimental data reveal a non-monotonic dependence between thermopower and wire diameter for three different compositions. Thus, the thermopower values decrease with decreasing wire diameter, exhibiting a minimum around ∼60 nm. This non-monotonic dependence of the Seebeck coefficient is attributed to the interplay of surface and bulk states. On the one hand, the metallic properties of the surface states can contribute to decreasing the thermopower of the nanostructure with increasing surface-to-volume ratio. On the other hand, for wires thinner than ∼60 nm, the relative increase of the thermopower can be tentatively attributed to the presence of quantum-size effects on both surface and bulk states. These measurements contribute to a better understanding of the interplay between bulk and surface states in nanostructures, and indicate that the decrease of Seebeck coefficient with decreasing diameter caused by the presence of surfaces states can possibly be overcome for even thinner nanowires.

  16. 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.

  17. Strain-induced electronic band convergence: effect on the Seebeck coefficient of Mg2Si for thermoelectric applications.

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    Balout, H; Boulet, P; Record, M-C

    2017-04-01

    The present theoretical study, performed using density-functional theory and Boltzmann transport theory formalisms, shows that under 2.246 % isotropic tensile strain, the two energy-lowest conduction bands of Mg2Si overlap. The two, threefold-degenerated orbitals become a unique, sixfold-degenerated orbital. It is demonstrated that such degeneracy implies an increase of the Seebeck coefficient, of the electrical conductivity, of the power factor, and in fine of the figure of merit.

  18. 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

    2015-04-15

    This paper reports Seebeck effects driven by both surface polarization difference and entropy difference by using intramolecular charge-transfer states in n-type and p-type conjugated polymers, namely IIDT and IIDDT, based on vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices. Large Seebeck coefficients of -898 V/K and 1300 V/K from are observed from n-type IIDT p-type IIDDT, respectively, when the charge-transfer states are generated by a white light illumination of 100 mW/cm2. Simultaneously, electrical conductivities are increased from almost insulating states in dark condition to conducting states under photoexcitation in both n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT devices. We find that the intramolecular charge-transfer states can largely enhance Seebeck effects in the n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT devices driven by both surface polarization difference and entropy difference. Furthermore, the Seebeck effects can be shifted between polarization and entropy regimes when electrical conductivities are changed. This reveals a new concept to develop Seebeck effects by controlling polarization and entropy regimes based on charge-transfer states in vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices.

  19. 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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    2015-04-15

    This paper reports Seebeck effects driven by both surface polarization difference and entropy difference by using intramolecular charge-transfer states in n-type and p-type conjugated polymers, namely IIDT and IIDDT, based on vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices. Large Seebeck coefficients of -898 V/K and 1300 V/K from are observed from n-type IIDT p-type IIDDT, respectively, when the charge-transfer states are generated by a white light illumination of 100 mW/cm2. Simultaneously, electrical conductivities are increased from almost insulating states in dark condition to conducting states under photoexcitation in both n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT devices. We find that the intramolecular charge-transfer states canmore » largely enhance Seebeck effects in the n-type IIDT and p-type IIDDT devices driven by both surface polarization difference and entropy difference. Furthermore, the Seebeck effects can be shifted between polarization and entropy regimes when electrical conductivities are changed. This reveals a new concept to develop Seebeck effects by controlling polarization and entropy regimes based on charge-transfer states in vertical conductor/polymer/conductor thin-film devices.« less

  20. 125Te NMR and Seebeck Effect in Bi2Te3 Synthesized from Stoichiometric and Te-Rich Melts

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    Levin, E. M.; Riedemann, T. M.; Howard, A.; Jo, N. H.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Lograsso, T. A.

    2016-10-14

    Bi2Te3 is a well-known thermoelectric material and, as a new form of quantum matter, a topological insulator. Variation of local chemical composition in Bi2Te3 results in formation of several types of atomic defects, including Bi and Te vacancies and Bi and Te antisite defects; these defects can strongly affect material functionality via generation of free electrons and/or holes. Nonuniform distribution of atomic defects produces electronic inhomogeneity, which can be detected by 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Here we report on 125Te NMR and Seebeck effect (heat to electrical energy conversion) for two single crystalline samples: (#1) grown from stoichiometric composition by Bridgman technique and (#2) grown out of Te-rich, high temperature flux. The Seebeck coefficients of these samples show p- and n-type conductivity, respectively, arising from different atomic defects. 125Te NMR spectra and spin–lattice relaxation measurements demonstrate that both Bi2Te3 samples are electronically inhomogeneous at the atomic scale, which can be attributed to a different Te environment due to spatial variation of the Bi/Te ratio and formation of atomic defects. In conclusion, correlations between 125Te NMR spectra, spin–lattice relaxation times, the Seebeck coefficients, carrier concentrations, and atomic defects are discussed. Our data demonstrate that 125Te NMR is an effective probe to study antisite defects in Bi2Te3.

  1. ac current generation in chiral magnetic insulators and Skyrmion motion induced by the spin Seebeck effect.

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    Lin, Shi-Zeng; Batista, Cristian D; Reichhardt, Charles; Saxena, Avadh

    2014-05-09

    We show that a temperature gradient induces an ac electric current in multiferroic insulators when the sample is embedded in a circuit. We also show that a thermal gradient can be used to move magnetic Skyrmions in insulating chiral magnets: the induced magnon flow from the hot to the cold region drives the Skyrmions in the opposite direction via a magnonic spin transfer torque. Both results are combined to compute the effect of Skyrmion motion on the ac current generation and demonstrate that Skyrmions in insulators are a promising route for spin caloritronics applications.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2016-03-15

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Influence of surface smoothing on spin Seebeck effect of Ce1Y2Fe5O12 deposited by metal organic decomposition

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    Hirata, Satoshi; Ono, Tatsuyoshi; Amemiya, Yoshiteru; Tabei, Tetsuo; Yokoyama, Shin

    2017-04-01

    Thus far, Bi1Y2Fe5O12 (Bi:YIG) films deposited by metal organic decomposition (MOD) are mainly used for magnetic insulation film of spin Seebeck devices. In order to increase the power conversion efficiency of these devices, we focused on Ce1Y2Fe5O12 (Ce:YIG), which has a larger Faraday rotation than Bi:YIG. Since there has been no report, except for the patent document, concerning the deposition of Ce:YIG films by MOD, we investigated the appropriate annealing temperatures, and we found that Ce:YIG films are crystallized when the annealing temperature is over 800 °C. However, since no electromotive force has been observed, we checked the surface roughness of Ce:YIG films by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Since their surfaces of Ce:YIG films were very rough, it was mechanically polished (MP). Then, an electromotive force of, at most, 11.3 µV was generated. This is the first report concerning the spin Seebeck effect of Ce:YIG deposited by MOD.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Intrinsic surface magnetic anisotropy in Y3Fe5O12 as the origin of low-magnetic-field behavior of the spin Seebeck effect

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    Uchida, Ken-ichi; Ohe, Jun-ichiro; Kikkawa, Takashi; Daimon, Shunsuke; Hou, Dazhi; Qiu, Zhiyong; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-07-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) in a Pt /Y3Fe5O12 (YIG)-slab junction system was found to deviate from a bulk magnetization curve of the YIG slab in a low field range. In this paper, we show that the deviation originates from the difference between surface and bulk magnetization processes in the YIG slab and that it appears even when removing possible extrinsic magnetic anisotropy due to surface roughness and replacing the Pt layer with different materials. This result indicates that the anomalous field dependence of the LSSE is due to an intrinsic magnetic property of the YIG surface. Our numerical calculation based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation shows that the deviation between the LSSE and bulk magnetization curves is qualitatively explained by introducing easy-axis perpendicular magnetic anisotropy near the surface of YIG.

  9. 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.

  10. Charge carrier effective mass and concentration derived from combination of Seebeck coefficient and Te125 NMR measurements in complex tellurides

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    Levin, E. M.

    2016-06-27

    Thermoelectric materials utilize the Seebeck effect to convert heat to electrical energy. The Seebeck coefficient (thermopower), S, depends on the free (mobile) carrier concentration, n, and effective mass, m*, as S ~ m*/n2/3. The carrier concentration in tellurides can be derived from 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation measurements. The NMR spin-lattice relaxation rate, 1/T1, depends on both n and m* as 1/T1~(m*)3/2n (within classical Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics) or as 1/T1~(m*)2n2/3 (within quantum Fermi-Dirac statistics), which challenges the correct determination of the carrier concentration in some materials by NMR. Here it is shown that the combination of the Seebeck coefficient and 125Te NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements in complex tellurides provides a unique opportunity to derive the carrier effective mass and then to calculate the carrier concentration. This approach was used to study AgxSbxGe50–2xTe50, well-known GeTe-based high-efficiency tellurium-antimony-germanium-silver thermoelectric materials, where the replacement of Ge by [Ag+Sb] results in significant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. Thus, values of both m* and n derived using this combination show that the enhancement of thermopower can be attributed primarily to an increase of the carrier effective mass and partially to a decrease of the carrier concentration when the [Ag+Sb] content increases.

  11. Uncertainty analysis for common Seebeck and electrical resistivity measurement systems.

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    Mackey, Jon; Dynys, Frederick; Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2014-08-01

    This work establishes the level of uncertainty for electrical measurements commonly made on thermoelectric samples. The analysis targets measurement systems based on the four probe method. Sources of uncertainty for both electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient were identified and evaluated. Included are reasonable estimates on the magnitude of each source, and cumulative propagation of error. Uncertainty for the Seebeck coefficient includes the cold-finger effect which has been quantified with thermal finite element analysis. The cold-finger effect, which is a result of parasitic heat transfer down the thermocouple probes, leads to an asymmetric over-estimation of the Seebeck coefficient. A silicon germanium thermoelectric sample has been characterized to provide an understanding of the total measurement uncertainty. The electrical resistivity was determined to contain uncertainty of ±7.0% across any measurement temperature. The Seebeck coefficient of the system is +1.0%/-13.1% at high temperature and ±1.0% near room temperature. The power factor has a combined uncertainty of +7.3%/-27.0% at high temperature and ±7.5% near room temperature. These ranges are calculated to be typical values for a general four probe Seebeck and resistivity measurement configuration.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 prepared on gadolinium gallium garnet (001) by metal organic decomposition method

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

    2015-05-01

    Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 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 Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 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 Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 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 Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 films indicates the hysteresis loop with the small coercivity reflecting the magnetization curve. The decrease of LSSE voltage in Nd2BiFe5-xGaxO12 is clearly observed with the decrease of Fe composition.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. The Seebeck coefficient of superionic conductors

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    Mahan, G. D.

    2015-01-01

    We present a theory of the anomalous Seebeck coefficient found in the superionic conductor Cu2Se. 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.

  18. Gamma radiation resistance of spin Seebeck devices

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    Yagmur, A.; Uchida, K.; Ihara, K.; Ioka, I.; Kikkawa, T.; Ono, M.; Endo, J.; Kashiwagi, K.; Nakashima, T.; Kirihara, A.; Ishida, M.; Saitoh, E.

    2016-12-01

    Thermoelectric devices based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) were irradiated with gamma (γ) rays with the total dose of around 3 × 105 Gy in order to investigate the γ-radiation resistance of the devices. To demonstrate this, Pt/Ni0.2Zn0.3Fe2.5O4/Glass and Pt/Bi0.1Y2.9Fe5O12/Gd3Ga5O12 SSE devices were used. We confirmed that the thermoelectric, magnetic, and structural properties of the SSE devices are not affected by the γ-ray irradiation. This result demonstrates that SSE devices are applicable to thermoelectric generation even in high radiation environments.

  19. Comparison of laser-induced and intrinsic tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect in CoFeB /MgAl2O4 and CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Huebner, Torsten; Boehnke, Alexander; Martens, Ulrike; Thomas, Andy; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Reiss, Günter; Münzenberg, Markus; Kuschel, Timo

    2016-06-01

    We present a comparison of the tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect for laser-induced and intrinsic heating. Therefore, Co40Fe40B20 /MgAl2O4 and Co25Fe55B20 /MgO magnetic tunnel junctions have been prepared. The TMS ratio of 3% in case of the MAO MTJ agrees well with ratios found for other barrier materials, while the TMS ratio of 23% of the MgO MTJ emphasizes the influence of the CoFe composition. We find results using the intrinsic method that differ in sign and magnitude in comparison to the results of the laser heating. The intrinsic contributions can alternatively be explained by the Brinkman model and the given junction properties. Especially, we are able to demonstrate that the symmetric contribution is solely influenced by the barrier asymmetry. Thus, we conclude that the symmetry analysis used for the intrinsic method is not suitable to unambiguously identify an intrinsic tunnel magneto-Seebeck effect.

  20. Effect of Synthesis Conditions on Formation, Electrical Properties, and Seebeck Coefficient of p-Type Ca3Co4O9±δ Thermoelectric Ceramics

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    Radhika, T.; Raghu, N.; Powrnami, N.; Jothi Ramalingam, R.; Al-Lohedan, Hamad A.

    2017-01-01

    Ca3Co4O9±δ ceramic powders have been prepared by a solid-state method. The calcination and sintering temperatures and reaction conditions were varied to achieve highly dense materials for thermoelectric applications. The optimized calcination temperature and reaction conditions were derived. X-ray diffraction patterns showed formation of secondary phases for longer calcination duration. The density of the ceramics ranged from 3.2 g cm-3 to 3.4 g cm-3, not varying greatly with the calcination/sintering conditions. The electrical properties and Seebeck coefficient reveal that the density and nonstoichiometry greatly influenced the achievement of good thermoelectric properties. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed fine particles with nanosize, strongly bound together to form metal-rich particle aggregates. Tubular morphology below 50 nm to 100 nm scale was observed in TEM images of as-prepared solid-state Ca3Co4O9±δ . As-prepared samples showed improved electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, suitable for thermoelectric applications.

  1. Effect of Synthesis Conditions on Formation, Electrical Properties, and Seebeck Coefficient of p-Type Ca3Co4O9± δ Thermoelectric Ceramics

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    Radhika, T.; Raghu, N.; Powrnami, N.; Jothi Ramalingam, R.; Al-Lohedan, Hamad A.

    2017-03-01

    Ca3Co4O9± δ ceramic powders have been prepared by a solid-state method. The calcination and sintering temperatures and reaction conditions were varied to achieve highly dense materials for thermoelectric applications. The optimized calcination temperature and reaction conditions were derived. X-ray diffraction patterns showed formation of secondary phases for longer calcination duration. The density of the ceramics ranged from 3.2 g cm-3 to 3.4 g cm-3, not varying greatly with the calcination/sintering conditions. The electrical properties and Seebeck coefficient reveal that the density and nonstoichiometry greatly influenced the achievement of good thermoelectric properties. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed fine particles with nanosize, strongly bound together to form metal-rich particle aggregates. Tubular morphology below 50 nm to 100 nm scale was observed in TEM images of as-prepared solid-state Ca3Co4O9± δ . As-prepared samples showed improved electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, suitable for thermoelectric applications.

  2. Apparatus Tests Thermocouples For Seebeck Inhomogeneity

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    Burkett, Cecil G., Jr.; Bauserman, Willard A., Jr.; West, James W.

    1995-01-01

    Automated apparatus reveals sources of error not revealed in calibration. Computer-controlled apparatus detects and measures Seebeck inhomogeneities in sheathed thermocouples. Measures thermocouple output voltage as function of position of probe along sharp gradient of temperature. Abnormal variations in voltage-versus-position data indicative of Seebeck inhomogeneities. Prototype for development of standard method and equipment for routine acceptance/rejection testing of sheathed thermocouples in industrial and research laboratories.

  3. Optimum design of a nanoscale spin-Seebeck power device.

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    Liao, Tianjun; Lin, Jian; Su, Guozhen; Lin, Bihong; Chen, Jincan

    2015-05-07

    A theoretical model of a nanoscale spin-Seebeck power device (SSPD) is proposed based on the longitudinal spin-Seebeck effect in bilayers made of a ferromagnetic insulator and a normal metal. Expressions for the power output and thermal efficiency of the SSPD are derived analytically. The performance characteristics of the nanoscale SSPD are analyzed using numerical simulation. The maximum power output density and efficiency are calculated numerically. The effect of the spin Hall angle on the performance characteristics of the SSPD is analyzed. The choice of materials and the structure of the device are discussed. The optimum criteria of some key parameters of the SSPD, such as the power output density, efficiency, thickness of the normal metal, and the load resistance, are given. The results obtained here could provide a theoretical basis for the optimal design and operation of nanoscale SSPDs.

  4. How to control spin-Seebeck current in a metal-quantum dot-magnetic insulator junction

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

    2016-09-01

    The control of the spin-Seebeck current is still a challenging task for the development of spin caloritronic devices. Here, we construct a spin-Seebeck device by inserting a quantum dot (QD) between the metal lead and magnetic insulator. Using the slave-particle approach and noncrossing approximation, we find that the spin-Seebeck effect increases significantly when the energy level of the QD locates near the Fermi level of the metal lead due to the enhancement of spin flipping and occurrences of quantum resonance. Since this can be easily realized by applying a gate voltage in experiments, the spin-Seebeck device proposed here can also work as a thermovoltaic transistor. Moreover, the optimal correlation strength and the energy level position of the QD are discussed to maximize the spin-Seebeck current as required for applications in controllable spin caloritronic devices.

  5. Seebeck Coefficient Measured With Differential Heat Pulses

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

    1986-01-01

    Common experimental errors reduced because pulse technique suppresses drifts in thermoelectric measurements. Differential-heat-pulse apparatus measures Seebeck coefficient in semiconductors at temperatures up to 1,900 K. Sample heated to measuring temperature in furnace. Ends of sample then differentially heated a few degrees more by lamps. Differential temperature rise and consequent Seebeck voltage measured via thermocouple leads. Because pulse technique used, errors that often arise from long-term drifts in thermoelectric measurements suppressed. Apparatus works with temperature differences of only few degrees, further increasing accuracy of coefficients obtained.

  6. Apparatus Measures Seebeck Coefficient And Resistivity

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    Zoltan, Leslie D.; Wood, Charles; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Liu, Yixin

    1993-01-01

    Electrical measurements made by four point probes, two of which double as temperature probes. Laboratory apparatus measures both Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivities of candidate thermoelectric materials at temperatures from ambient to 1,300 K. Apparatus makes possible to take both measurements alternately and in rapid succession during same heating cycle, thereby reducing distortion.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles calculations of Seebeck coefficients in a magnetic semiconductor CuFeS2

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    Takaki, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Shimono, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji; Tsujii, Naohito; Mori, Takao

    2017-02-01

    We analyze the Seebeck coefficients of a magnetic semiconductor CuFeS2 using first-principles calculation methods based on density functional theory. The calculated temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in the antiferromagnetic phase reproduces a distinctive behavior in a bulk CuFeS2, such as a peak structure at a low temperature and weak temperature dependence around room temperature. In doped systems, almost linear temperature dependence appears. Despite not including any effect beyond the conventional spin density functional theory in our calculations, the calculated results agree qualitatively with the experimental results. These agreements indicate that the behavior of the Seebeck coefficients in CuFeS2 is mainly determined by its electronic structure.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Large Seebeck coefficient in frustrated doped Mott insulators

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    Arsenault, Louis-François; Shastry, B. Sriram; Sémon, Patrick; Tremblay, André-Marie

    2011-03-01

    Since calculations based on the standard Kubo formula have proven extremely difficult for electric and thermal transport, Shastry and co-workers suggested two novel approximate ways to obtain the thermopower (S) in interacting systems. One method is based on the high-frequency limit. The other, based on ideas of Kelvin, is purely thermodynamical. With these we study the Hubbard model on a 3d FCC lattice, a frustrated lattice. The high dimensionality of the problem justifies the use of dynamical mean field theory (DMFT). CTQMC in the hybridization expansion and the fast IPT are the impurity solver. The Seebeck coefficient is obtained as a function of doping and temperature for different U. Within DMFT, vertex corrections vanish for transports coefficients, hence the bubble suffices. This enables us to further assess how both approximate methods compare with each other and with the DC Kubo approach. At low T, results can be interpreted in terms of effective Fermi temperatures and carrier number.

  14. 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.

  15. Magnetic-doped alloys with very large Seebeck coefficients

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    Sellmeyer, D. J.; Zagarins, J.

    1972-01-01

    Preliminary results of this study show that, based on selection of magnetic solute and nonmagnetic solvent from periodic table, alloys having Seebeck coefficients approaching 100 micron V/K can be obtained.

  16. 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.

  17. Calculation of Phonon Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficient in Cu-Ni Alloy

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    Konishi, Yusuke; Asai, Yoshihiro

    2015-03-01

    In recent years, thermoelectric materials have been attracting a lot of attention because they are expected to be applied for utilization of waste heat. Many kinds of materials are studied for this purpose; semiconductors, alloys, organic materials, etc. In 2010, a giant Peltier effect was observed in a Cu-Ni/Au junction. It is considered that this giant Peltier effect is caused by nano-scale phase separation formed in the sputtering process. Although this material is a great candidate for a thermoelectric material, we need to find the condition for a large thermoelectric coefficient that requires a large Seebeck coefficient, large electric conductivity, and small phonon conductivity. We calculated phonon conductivity in Cu-Ni alloy by using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation and calculated Seebeck coefficients via ab-initio methods.

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

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    Mason, Sarah J.

    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.

  19. Spin Seebeck measurements of current-induced switching in YIG

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    Bartell, Jason; Jermain, Colin; Aradhya, Sriharsha; Wang, Hailong; Buhrman, Robert; Yang, Fengyuan; Ralph, Daniel; Fuchs, Gregory

    Quantifying spin torques generated at the interface between a normal metal (NM) and a ferromagnetic insulator (FI) is an important step in understanding the spin hall effect without charge transport. Measuring magnetization in NM/FI devices is challenging, however, because both magnetoresistive and magneto-optical signals are tiny in thin-film bilayers. We show that a promising alternative measurement approach is the use of picosecond thermal gradients to study spin torques in Pt/Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) bilayers. Recently, we demonstrated the application of heat to stroboscopically transduce a local magnetic moment into an electrical signal via the time resolved anomalous Nernst effect (TRANE) in ferromagnetic metals. Using a similar geometry the spin Seebeck effect of YIG combined with the inverse spin Hall effect of Pt enables measurement of local magnetization. Here we describe our study using this technique to study current-induced switching in Pt/YIG with sub-10 nm thick YIG films We acknowledge support from AFOSR.

  20. 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

    2011-06-29

    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.

  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. Identification of a positive-Seebeck-coefficient exohedral fullerene.

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    Almutlaq, Nasser; Al-Galiby, Qusiy; Bailey, Steven; Lambert, Colin J

    2016-07-14

    If fullerene-based thermoelectricity is to become a viable technology, then fullerenes exhibiting both positive and negative Seebeck coefficients are needed. C60 is known to have a negative Seebeck coefficient and therefore in this paper we address the challenge of identifying a positive-Seebeck-coefficient fullerene. We investigated the thermoelectric properties of single-molecule junctions of the exohedral fullerene C50Cl10 connected to gold electrodes and found that it indeed possesses a positive Seebeck coefficient. Furthermore, in common with C60, the Seebeck coefficient can be increased by placing more than one C50Cl10 in series. For a single C50Cl10, we find S = +8 μV K(-1) and for two C50Cl10's in series we find S = +30 μV K(-1). We also find that the C50Cl10 monomer and dimer have power factors of 0.5 × 10(-5) W m(-1) K(-2) and 6.0 × 10(-5) W m(-1) K(-2) respectively. These results demonstrate that exohedral fullerenes provide a new class of thermoelectric materials with desirable properties, which complement those of all-carbon fullerenes, thereby enabling the boosting of the thermovoltage in all-fullerene tandem structures.

  3. Measurement of Seebeck coefficient using a large thermal gradient

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    Wood, C.; Chmielewski, A.; Zoltan, D.

    1988-01-01

    The integral method of measuring the Seebeck voltage, V(T), has been applied to short rod-shaped samples. In the present method, one end of the sample is held at a fixed temperature and the other end is automatically varied through a temperature T range of interest, up to a maximum temperature of 1000 C. The Seebeck coefficient is then obtained from the slope of the V(T) vs T curve. The method offers simplicity of sample handling and minimal operator involvement.

  4. A high temperature apparatus for measurement of the Seebeck coefficient

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    Iwanaga, Shiho; Toberer, Eric S.; LaLonde, Aaron; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2011-06-15

    A high temperature Seebeck coefficient measurement apparatus with various features to minimize typical sources of error is designed and built. Common sources of temperature and voltage measurement error are described and principles to overcome these are proposed. With these guiding principles, a high temperature Seebeck measurement apparatus with a uniaxial 4-point contact geometry is designed to operate from room temperature to over 1200 K. This instrument design is simple to operate, and suitable for bulk samples with a broad range of physical types and shapes.

  5. Iron Disilicide as High-Temperature Reference Material for Traceable Measurements of Seebeck Coefficient Between 300 K and 800 K

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    Ziolkowski, Pawel; Stiewe, Christian; de Boor, Johannes; Druschke, Ines; Zabrocki, Knud; Edler, Frank; Haupt, Sebastian; König, Jan; Mueller, Eckhard

    2017-01-01

    Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) convert heat to electrical energy by means of the Seebeck effect. The Seebeck coefficient is a central thermoelectric material property, measuring the magnitude of the thermovoltage generated in response to a temperature difference across a thermoelectric material. Precise determination of the Seebeck coefficient provides the basis for reliable performance assessment in materials development in the field of thermoelectrics. For several reasons, measurement uncertainties of up to 14% can often be observed in interlaboratory comparisons of temperature-dependent Seebeck coefficient or in error analyses on currently employed instruments. This is still too high for an industrial benchmark and insufficient for many scientific investigations and technological developments. The TESt (thermoelectric standardization) project was launched in 2011, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), to reduce measurement uncertainties, engineer traceable and precise thermoelectric measurement techniques for materials and TEGs, and develop reference materials (RMs) for temperature-dependent determination of the Seebeck coefficient. We report herein the successful development and qualification of cobalt-doped β-iron disilicide ( β-Fe0.95Co0.05Si2) as a RM for high-temperature thermoelectric metrology. A brief survey on technological processes for manufacturing and machining of samples is presented. Focus is placed on metrological qualification of the iron disilicide, results of an international round-robin test, and final certification as a reference material in accordance with ISO-Guide 35 and the "Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement" by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the national metrology institute of Germany.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Multifold Seebeck increase in RuO2 films by quantum-guided lanthanide dilute alloying

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

    2014-02-01

    Ab initio predictions indicating that alloying RuO2 with La, Eu, or Lu can increase the Seebeck coefficient α manifold due to quantum confinement effects are validated in sputter-deposited La-alloyed RuO2 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.

  9. Observation of spin Seebeck contribution to the transverse thermopower in Ni-Pt and MnBi-Au bulk nanocomposites.

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    Boona, Stephen R; Vandaele, Koen; Boona, Isabel N; McComb, David W; Heremans, Joseph P

    2016-12-12

    Transverse thermoelectric devices produce electric fields perpendicular to an incident heat flux. Classically, this process is driven by the Nernst effect in bulk solids, wherein a magnetic field generates a Lorentz force on thermally excited electrons. The spin Seebeck effect also produces magnetization-dependent transverse electric fields. It is traditionally observed in thin metallic films deposited on electrically insulating ferromagnets, but the films' high resistance limits thermoelectric conversion efficiency. Combining Nernst and spin Seebeck effect in bulk materials would enable devices with simultaneously large transverse thermopower and low electrical resistance. Here we demonstrate experimentally that this is possible in composites of conducting ferromagnets (Ni or MnBi) containing metallic nanoparticles with strong spin-orbit interactions (Pt or Au). These materials display positive shifts in transverse thermopower attributable to inverse spin Hall electric fields in the nanoparticles. This more than doubles the power output of the Ni-Pt materials, establishing proof of principle that the spin Seebeck effect persists in bulk nanocomposites.

  10. Observation of spin Seebeck contribution to the transverse thermopower in Ni-Pt and MnBi-Au bulk nanocomposites

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    Boona, Stephen R.; Vandaele, Koen; Boona, Isabel N.; McComb, David W.; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2016-12-01

    Transverse thermoelectric devices produce electric fields perpendicular to an incident heat flux. Classically, this process is driven by the Nernst effect in bulk solids, wherein a magnetic field generates a Lorentz force on thermally excited electrons. The spin Seebeck effect also produces magnetization-dependent transverse electric fields. It is traditionally observed in thin metallic films deposited on electrically insulating ferromagnets, but the films' high resistance limits thermoelectric conversion efficiency. Combining Nernst and spin Seebeck effect in bulk materials would enable devices with simultaneously large transverse thermopower and low electrical resistance. Here we demonstrate experimentally that this is possible in composites of conducting ferromagnets (Ni or MnBi) containing metallic nanoparticles with strong spin-orbit interactions (Pt or Au). These materials display positive shifts in transverse thermopower attributable to inverse spin Hall electric fields in the nanoparticles. This more than doubles the power output of the Ni-Pt materials, establishing proof of principle that the spin Seebeck effect persists in bulk nanocomposites.

  11. Observation of spin Seebeck contribution to the transverse thermopower in Ni-Pt and MnBi-Au bulk nanocomposites

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    Boona, Stephen R.; Vandaele, Koen; Boona, Isabel N.; McComb, David W.; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2016-01-01

    Transverse thermoelectric devices produce electric fields perpendicular to an incident heat flux. Classically, this process is driven by the Nernst effect in bulk solids, wherein a magnetic field generates a Lorentz force on thermally excited electrons. The spin Seebeck effect also produces magnetization-dependent transverse electric fields. It is traditionally observed in thin metallic films deposited on electrically insulating ferromagnets, but the films' high resistance limits thermoelectric conversion efficiency. Combining Nernst and spin Seebeck effect in bulk materials would enable devices with simultaneously large transverse thermopower and low electrical resistance. Here we demonstrate experimentally that this is possible in composites of conducting ferromagnets (Ni or MnBi) containing metallic nanoparticles with strong spin–orbit interactions (Pt or Au). These materials display positive shifts in transverse thermopower attributable to inverse spin Hall electric fields in the nanoparticles. This more than doubles the power output of the Ni-Pt materials, establishing proof of principle that the spin Seebeck effect persists in bulk nanocomposites. PMID:27941927

  12. The Seebeck Coefficient and Phonon Drag in Silicon

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    Mahan, Gerald; Lindsay, Lucas R.; Broido, David

    2014-12-29

    We present a theory of the phonon-drag Seebeck coe cient in nondegenerate semiconductors, and apply it to silicon for temperatures 30 < T < 300K. Our calculation uses only parameters from the literature, and previous calculations of the phonon lifetime. We nd excellent agreement with the measurements of Geballe and Hull [Phys.Rev. 98, 940 (1955)]. The phonon-drag term dominates at low temperature, and shows an important dependence on the dimensions of the experimental sample.

  13. Exploration of thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and Lorenz number deviations in Ni-Fe alloy films

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    Zink, B. L.; Avery, A. D.; Sultan, R.; Bassett, D.; Cotteril, G.

    2011-03-01

    As electronic and spintronic systems continue to shrink, exploration of the fundamental physics affecting thermal transport in prospective materials becomes increasingly essential. For example, the potential use of spin-torque driven domain wall motion in ferromagnetic nanowires as a memory element requires application of large current densities to these tiny structures. The resulting heating could have both helpful and harmful effects, and is in general not yet well-understood. This is partly due to a gap in the fundamental knowledge of thermal properties of nanoscale systems that is due to the challenging nature of the necessary measurements. We have recently developed a micromachined thermal isolation platform that allows measurement of thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and thermopower (or Seebeck effect) in thin film systems. In this talk we present our recent data on thermal conductivity, resistivity, and Seebeck coefficient, for Ni-Fe alloy films with thicknesses varying from 25-100 nm. We compare our results to the predictions of the Wiedemann-Franz law and discuss variations represented by deviations from the Sommerfeld value of the Lorenz number, and conclude with our plans to extend the technique to yet smaller structures. We thank the NRI-WIN and the NSF CAREER program for support.

  14. Anomalous enhancement of Seebeck coefficients of the graphene/hexagonal boron nitride composites

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    Nakamura, Jun; Akaishi, Akira

    2016-11-01

    Thermoelectric devices convert heat energy to electric power. The dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, is used as a standard criterion for efficiency of thermoelectric conversion. This criterion requires a high Seebeck coefficient, a high electric conductivity, and a low thermal conductivity. In this regard, PbTe, BiTe, and their alloys consisting of relatively heavier elements have been found to show higher values of ZT. In this paper, we focus on the potential of graphene-based composites as thermoelectric materials. Graphene was considered to be a disadvantageous material because of its extremely high thermal conductance and relatively low Seebeck coefficient. However, it has been reported recently that a structural modulation is an effective way of raising the thermoelectric ability of graphene. We introduce the recent progress in the design of graphene-based materials for thermoelectric devices. In particular, we provide a focused investigation of our recent progress regarding the thermopower enhancement in nanoarchitectonics, superlattices, and composites consisting of graphene and hexagonal BN nanoribbons. It has been shown that low-dimensional modulations are effective ways of obtaining a high thermoelectric performance of graphene-based materials.

  15. Cross-Plane Seebeck Coefficient Measurement of Misfit Layered Compounds (SnSe)n(TiSe2)n (n = 1,3,4,5).

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    Li, Zhen; Bauers, Sage R; Poudel, Nirakar; Hamann, Danielle; Wang, Xiaoming; Choi, David S; Esfarjani, Keivan; Shi, Li; Johnson, David C; Cronin, Stephen B

    2017-03-08

    We report cross-plane thermoelectric measurements of misfit layered compounds (SnSe)n(TiSe2)n (n = 1,3,4,5), approximately 50 nm thick. Metal resistance thermometers are fabricated on the top and bottom of the (SnSe)n(TiSe2)n material to measure the temperature difference and heat transport through the material directly. By varying the number of layers in a supercell, n, we vary the interface density while maintaining a constant global stoichiometry. The Seebeck coefficient measured across the (SnSe)n(TiSe2)n samples was found to depend strongly on the number of layers in the supercell (n). When n decreases from 5 to 1, the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient decreases from -31 to -2.5 μV/K, while the cross-plane effective thermal conductivity decreases by a factor of 2, due to increased interfacial phonon scattering. The cross-plane Seebeck coefficients of the (SnSe)n(TiSe2)n are very different from the in-plane Seebeck coefficients, which are higher in magnitude and less sensitive to the number of layers in a supercell, n. We believe this difference is due to the different carrier types in the n-SnSe and p-TiSe2 layers and the effect of tunneling on the cross-plane transport.

  16. Thermocyclic stability of candidate Seebeck coefficient standard reference materials at high temperature

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    Martin, Joshua; Wong-Ng, Winnie; Caillat, Thierry; Yonenaga, I.; Green, Martin L.

    2014-05-01

    The Seebeck coefficient is the most widely measured property specific to thermoelectric materials. There is currently no consensus on measurement protocols, and researchers employ a variety of techniques to measure the Seebeck coefficient. The implementation of standardized measurement protocols and the use of reliable Seebeck Coefficient Standard Reference Materials (SRMs®) will allow the accurate interlaboratory comparison and validation of materials data, thereby accelerating the development and commercialization of more efficient thermoelectric materials and devices. To enable members of the thermoelectric materials community the means to calibrate Seebeck coefficient measurement equipment, NIST certified SRM® 3451 "Low Temperature Seebeck Coefficient Standard (10 K to 390 K)". Due to different practical requirements in instrumentation, sample contact methodology, and thermal stability, a complementary SRM® is required for the high temperature regime (300 K to 900 K). The principal requirement of a SRM® for the Seebeck coefficient at high temperature is thermocyclic stability. We therefore characterized the thermocyclic behavior of the Seebeck coefficient for a series of candidate materials: constantan, p-type single crystal SiGe, and p-type polycrystalline SiGe, by measuring the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient as a function of 10 sequential thermal cycles, between 300 K and 900 K. We employed multiple regression analysis to interpolate and analyze the thermocyclic variability in the measurement curves.

  17. Seebeck coefficient in correlated low-dimensional organic metals

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    Shahbazi, M.; Bourbonnais, C.

    2016-11-01

    We study the influence of inelastic electron-electron scattering on the temperature variation of the Seebeck coefficient in the normal phase of quasi-one-dimensional organic superconductors. The theory is based on the numerical solution of the semiclassical Boltzmann equation for which the collision integral equation is solved with the aid of the renormalization-group method for the electronic umklapp scattering vertex. We show that the one-loop renormalization-group flow of momentum and temperature-dependent umklapp scattering, in the presence of nesting alterations of the Fermi surface, introduce electron-hole asymmetry in the energy dependence of the anisotropic scattering time. This is responsible for the enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient with respect to the band T -linear prediction and even its sign reversal around the quantum critical point of the phase diagram, namely, where the interplay between antiferromagnetism and superconductivity and also the strength of spin fluctuations are the strongest. A comparison of the results with available data on low-dimensional organic superconductors is presented and critically discussed.

  18. 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.

  19. Design of spin-Seebeck diode with spin semiconductors

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    Zhang, Zhao-Qian; Yang, Yu-Rong; Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Ruqian

    2016-12-01

    We report a new design of spin-Seebeck diode using two-dimensional spin semiconductors such as sawtooth-like (ST) silicence nanoribbons (SiNRs), to generate unidirectional spin currents with a temperature gradient. ST SiNRs have subbands with opposite spins across the Fermi level and hence the flow of thermally excited carriers may produce a net spin current but not charge current. Moreover, we found that even-width ST SiNRs display a remarkable negative differential thermoelectric resistance due to a charge-current compensation mechanism. In contrast, odd-width ST SiNRs manifest features of a thermoelectric diode and can be used to produce both charge and spin currents with temperature gradient. These findings can be extended to other spin semiconductors and open the door for designs of new materials and spin caloritronic devices.

  20. Design of spin-Seebeck diode with spin semiconductors.

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    Zhang, Zhao-Qian; Yang, Yu-Rong; Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Ruqian

    2016-12-16

    We report a new design of spin-Seebeck diode using two-dimensional spin semiconductors such as sawtooth-like (ST) silicence nanoribbons (SiNRs), to generate unidirectional spin currents with a temperature gradient. ST SiNRs have subbands with opposite spins across the Fermi level and hence the flow of thermally excited carriers may produce a net spin current but not charge current. Moreover, we found that even-width ST SiNRs display a remarkable negative differential thermoelectric resistance due to a charge-current compensation mechanism. In contrast, odd-width ST SiNRs manifest features of a thermoelectric diode and can be used to produce both charge and spin currents with temperature gradient. These findings can be extended to other spin semiconductors and open the door for designs of new materials and spin caloritronic devices.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A new method for simultaneous measurement of Seebeck coefficient and resistivity

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    He, Xu; Yang, Junyou; Jiang, Qinghui; Luo, Yubo; Zhang, Dan; Zhou, Zhiwei; Ren, Yangyang; Li, Xin; Xin, Jiwu; Hou, Jingdi

    2016-12-01

    A new method has been proposed and verified to measure the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of a sample in the paper. Different from the conventional method for Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurement, the new method adopts a four-point configuration to measure both the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity. It can well identify the inhomogeneity of the sample by simply comparing the four Seebeck coefficients of different probe combinations, and it is more accurate and appropriate to take the average value of the four Seebeck coefficients as the measured result of the Seebeck coefficient of the sample than that measured by the two-point method. Furthermore, the four-point configuration makes it also very convenient to measure the resistivity by using the Van der Pauw method. The validity of this method has been verified with both the constantan alloy and p-type Bi2Te3 semiconductor samples, and the measurement results are in good agreement with those obtained by commercial available equipment.

  4. A new method for simultaneous measurement of Seebeck coefficient and resistivity.

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    He, Xu; Yang, Junyou; Jiang, Qinghui; Luo, Yubo; Zhang, Dan; Zhou, Zhiwei; Ren, Yangyang; Li, Xin; Xin, Jiwu; Hou, Jingdi

    2016-12-01

    A new method has been proposed and verified to measure the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of a sample in the paper. Different from the conventional method for Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurement, the new method adopts a four-point configuration to measure both the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity. It can well identify the inhomogeneity of the sample by simply comparing the four Seebeck coefficients of different probe combinations, and it is more accurate and appropriate to take the average value of the four Seebeck coefficients as the measured result of the Seebeck coefficient of the sample than that measured by the two-point method. Furthermore, the four-point configuration makes it also very convenient to measure the resistivity by using the Van der Pauw method. The validity of this method has been verified with both the constantan alloy and p-type Bi2Te3 semiconductor samples, and the measurement results are in good agreement with those obtained by commercial available equipment.

  5. A hot probe setup for the measurement of Seebeck coefficient of thin wires and thin films using integral method.

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    Kumar, S R Sarath; Kasiviswanathan, S

    2008-02-01

    An experimental setup is developed for the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient of thin wires and thin films in the temperature range of 300-650 K. The setup makes use of the integral method for measuring the Seebeck voltage across the sample. Two pointed copper rods with in-built thermocouples serve as hot and cold probes as well as leads for measuring the Seebeck voltage. The setup employs localized heating and enables easy sample loading using a spring loaded mounting system and is fully automated. Test measurements are made on a constantan wire and indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film for illustration. The Seebeck voltage obtained for constantan wire is in agreement with the NIST data for copper constantan couple with an error of 1%. The calculated carrier concentration of ITO film from the Seebeck coefficient measurement is comparable with that obtained by electrical transport measurements. The error in the Seebeck coefficient is estimated to be within 3%.

  6. A hot probe setup for the measurement of Seebeck coefficient of thin wires and thin films using integral method

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    Sarath Kumar, S. R.; Kasiviswanathan, S.

    2008-02-01

    An experimental setup is developed for the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient of thin wires and thin films in the temperature range of 300-650K. The setup makes use of the integral method for measuring the Seebeck voltage across the sample. Two pointed copper rods with in-built thermocouples serve as hot and cold probes as well as leads for measuring the Seebeck voltage. The setup employs localized heating and enables easy sample loading using a spring loaded mounting system and is fully automated. Test measurements are made on a constantan wire and indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film for illustration. The Seebeck voltage obtained for constantan wire is in agreement with the NIST data for copper constantan couple with an error of 1%. The calculated carrier concentration of ITO film from the Seebeck coefficient measurement is comparable with that obtained by electrical transport measurements. The error in the Seebeck coefficient is estimated to be within 3%.

  7. 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)

  8. Absolute Seebeck Coefficient Measurements of Thermoelectric Thin Films

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    Mason, Sarah; Avery, Azure; Basset, Dain; Zink, Barry

    2014-03-01

    Significant advancements in thermoelectric device efficiencies are possible through size reduction to the nanoscale. Quantities that determine a material's efficiency, such as thermopower, or Seebeck coefficient, S, are influenced by the measurement apparatus, so that measuring a thermally generated voltage gives, dV/dT =Ssample -Slead . If accurate values of, Slead, are available, simple subtraction provides Ssample. This is rarely the case in measurements using micromachined 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 T using a micromachined thermal isolation platform consisting of a suspended, patterned SiN membrane. By measuring a series of thicknesses of metallic films up to the infinitely thick thin film limit, in which the thermopower is no longer increasing with thickness, but still not at bulk values, we are able to show the contribution of the leads needed to measure this property. Having a thorough understanding of the background contribution we are able to determine the absolute thermopower of a wide variety of thin films, as well as their thermal and electrical conductivities, on the same sample.

  9. Extreme Seebeck anisotropy in the quasi-one-dimensional metal, Li0.9Mo6O17

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    Cohn, Joshua; Moshfeghyeganeh, Saeed; Dos Santos, Carlos A. M.; Neumeier, John J.

    2014-03-01

    We present resistivity and thermopower measurements in the range 300 K <= T <= 500 K on single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional (q1D) metal, Li0.9Mo6O17 (LiPB) transverse to the q1D metallic chains. Direct electron transfer between the chains of this material is sufficiently weak that inter-chain transport above 400 K is predominated by thermal activation of valence-band states (~ 0 . 14 eV below EF), yielding a large, p-type inter-chain Seebeck coefficient that coexists with n-type metallic behavior confined along the q1D chains. A significant Seebeck anisotropy, ΔS ~= 200 μ V/K, along mutually perpendicular directions gives LiPB potential as a transverse thermoelectric. This anisotropy along with a relatively low inter-chain thermal conductivity (κ ~= 2 W/mK) results in a substantial transverse Peltier effect. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DE-FG02-12ER46888, Univ. Miami), the National Science Foundation (DMR-0907036, Mont. St. Univ.), and in Lorena by the CNPq (301334/2007-2) and FAPESP (2009/14524-6).

  10. 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.

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

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    Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  12. Optoelectronic properties and Seebeck coefficient in SnSe thin films

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    Urmila, K. S.; Namitha, T. A.; Rajani, J.; Philip, R. R.; Pradeep, B.

    2016-09-01

    SnSe thin films of thickness 180 nm have been deposited on glass substrates by reactive evaporation at an optimized substrate temperature of 523 ± 5 K and pressure of 10-5 mbar. The as-prepared SnSe thin films are characterized for their structural, optical and electrical properties by various experimental techniques. The p-type conductivity, near-optimum direct band gap, high absorption coefficient and good photosensitivity of the SnSe thin film indicate its suitability for photovoltaic applications. The optical constants, loss factor, quality factor and optical conductivity of the films are evaluated. The results of Hall and thermoelectric power measurements are correlated to determine the density of states, Fermi energy and effective mass of carriers and are obtained as 2.8 × 1017 cm-3, 0.03 eV and 0.05m 0 respectively. The high Seebeck coefficient ≈ 7863 μV/K, reasonably good power factor ≈ 7.2 × 10-4 W/(m·K2) and thermoelectric figure of merit ≈ 1.2 observed at 42 K suggests that, on further work, the prepared SnSe thin films can also be considered as a possible candidate for cryogenic thermoelectric applications.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Measurement system of the Seebeck coefficient or of the electrical resistivity at high temperature.

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    Rouleau, O; Alleno, E

    2013-10-01

    A high temperature Seebeck coefficient or electrical resistivity apparatus has been designed and fabricated to measure sample with typical size ~10 × 1 × 1 mm(3). It can measure both transport properties from 300 K to 1000 K in argon atmosphere. The sample lies transversely on top of two metallic half-cylinders, which contain heating cartridges and allow temperature and thermal gradient control and reversal. The temperature gradient is measured by two type N thermocouples pressed against the upper surface of the sample. The key feature of this apparatus is the disk-shaped junction of each type N thermocouple which strongly improves the thermal contact with the sample. The Seebeck coefficient is obtained by averaging over two measured values with opposite thermal gradient directions (~±2 K). For the resistivity measurements, the temperature is stabilized and the temperature gradient is actively reduced below 0.2 K to make negligible any spurious thermal voltage. Uncertainties of ~3% for the Seebeck coefficient and 1% for the resistivity were obtained on Ni samples. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity have also been measured on a skutterudite sample as small as ~7 × 1.5 × 0.5 mm(3) with very good agreement with literature.

  17. PHOTOMAGNETOELECTRIC EFFECT OF CDS SINGLE CRYSTALS AND OF BISMUTH ROLLED FOILS. THERMOMAGNETOELECTRIC EFFECT OF CONTACTS BI-CU, GE-CU AND SI-CU.

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    CADMIUM SULFIDES, *BISMUTH, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, SINGLE CRYSTALS, FOILS(MATERIALS), PHOTOCONDUCTIVITY, CHARGE CARRIERS, GERMANIUM, MAGNETIC FIELDS, SEEBECK EFFECT , TEMPERATURE, COPPER, SILICON.

  18. THE EFFECT OF NON-UNIFORM QUANTUM EFFICIENCY ON OPTICAL SYSTEM PERFORMANCE,

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    PHOTOMULTIPLIER TUBES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)), (*PHOTOCATHODES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)), OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, EFFICIENCY, LENSES, SURFACE PROPERTIES, PHOTONS, ABSORPTION, SEEBECK EFFECT , OPTICAL TRACKING, TRACKING TELESCOPES

  19. Seebeck Enhancement Through Miniband Conduction in III-V Semiconductor Superlattices at Low Temperatures

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    Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Sadeghian, Ramin Banan; Bian, Zhixi; Shakouri, Ali

    2012-06-01

    We present theoretically that the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient of InGaAs/InGaAlAs III-V semiconductor superlattices can be significantly enhanced through miniband transport at low temperatures. The miniband dispersion curves are calculated by self-consistently solving the Schrödinger equation with the periodic potential, and the Poisson equation taking into account the charge transfer between the two layers. Boltzmann transport in the relaxation-time approximation is used to calculate the thermoelectric transport properties in the cross-plane direction based on the modified density of states and group velocity. It is found that the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient can be enhanced more than 60% over the bulk values at an equivalent doping level at 80 K when the Fermi level is aligned at an edge of the minibands. Other thermoelectric transport properties are also calculated and discussed to further enhance the thermoelectric power factor.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Electrical Conductivity, Thermal Behavior, and Seebeck Coefficient of Conductive Films for Printed Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems

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    Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Menon, Akanksha K.; Iezzi, Brian; Yee, Shannon K.; Losego, Mark D.; Jur, Jesse S.

    2016-11-01

    Printed electronics is being explored as a rapid, facile means for manufacturing thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that can recover useful electrical energy from waste heat. This work examines the relevant electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, thermovoltage, and Seebeck coefficient of printed films for use in such printed flexible TEGs. The thermoelectric performance of TEGs printed using commercially relevant nickel, silver, and carbon inks is evaluated. The microstructure of the printed films is investigated to better understand why the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are degraded. Thermal conduction is shown to be relatively insensitive to the type of metalized coating and nearly equivalent to that of an uncoated polymer substrate. Of the commercially available conductive ink materials examined, carbon-nickel TEGs are shown to exhibit the highest thermovoltage, with a value of 10.3 μV/K. However, silver-nickel TEGs produced the highest power generation of 14.6 μW [from 31 junctions with temperature difference (Δ T) of 113°C] due to their low electrical resistance. The voltage generated from the silver-nickel TEG was stable under continuous operation at 275°C for 3 h. We have also demonstrated that, after a year of storage in ambient conditions, these devices retain their performance. Notably, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient measured for individual materials were consistent with those measured from actual printed TEG device structures, validating the need for further fundamental materials characterization to accelerate flexible TEG device optimization.

  3. Thermoelectric Effects on the Boundary of Solid and Liquid Phases of Ternary Semiconductors and Alloys of the A-12B-IVC-V13 Type,

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    THERMOELECTRICITY, *SEMICONDUCTORS), (* SEEBECK EFFECT , SEMICONDUCTORS), LIQUIDS, PHASE STUDIES, COPPER COMPOUNDS, GERMANIUM COMPOUNDS, TELLURIDES, SELENIDES, TIN COMPOUNDS, SILVER COMPOUNDS, THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY, USSR

  4. Economical Route to Produce High Seebeck Coefficient Calcium Cobaltate for Bulk Thermoelectric Applications

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    Selig, Jiri; Lin, Sidney; Lin, Hua-Tay; Johnson, D Ray; Wang, Hsin

    2011-01-01

    Phase pure calcium cobaltate (Ca1.24Co1.62O3.86) was prepared by Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis (SHS) followed by a short post heat treatment. Prepared powders were characterized by XRD for phase purity, and SEM for particle size and distribution. Temperature histories at the center and on the surface of reaction pellet during the SHS process were monitored and recorded. Particles size of synthesized powders was reduced using a planetary mill to increase its specific surface area. Electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the prepared power were measured and figure of merit was reported.

  5. Density functional theory of the Seebeck coefficient in the Coulomb blockade regime

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    Yang, Kaike; Perfetto, Enrico; Kurth, Stefan; Stefanucci, Gianluca; D'Agosta, Roberto

    2016-08-01

    The Seebeck coefficient plays a fundamental role in identifying the efficiency of a thermoelectric device. Its theoretical evaluation for atomistic models is routinely based on density functional theory calculations combined with the Landauer-Büttiker approach to quantum transport. This combination, however, suffers from serious drawbacks for devices in the Coulomb blockade regime. We show how to cure the theory through a simple correction in terms of the temperature derivative of the exchange correlation potential. Our results compare well with both rate equations and experimental findings on carbon nanotubes.

  6. Strain effect on electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic SnSe: A first principles study

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    Cuong, Do Duc; Rhim, S. H. Hong, Soon Cheol; Lee, Joo-Hyong

    2015-11-15

    Strain effect on thermoelectricity of orthorhombic SnSe is studied using density function theory. The Seebeck coefficients are obtained by solving Boltzmann Transport equation (BTE) with interpolated band energies. As expected from the crystal structure, calculated Seebeck coefficients are highly anisotropic, and agree well with experiment. Changes in the Seebeck coefficients are presented, when strain is applied along b and c direction with strength from -3% to +3%, where influence by band gaps and band dispersions are significant. Moreover, for compressive strains, the sign change of Seebeck coefficients at particular direction suggests that the bipolar transport is possible for SnSe.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. An instrument for the high temperature measurement of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity

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    Gunes, Murat; Parlak, Mehmet; Ozenbas, Macit

    2014-05-01

    A system for the simultaneous measurement of thermoelectric power and resistivity of one and/or two samples over a temperature range of 300-1000 K in a vacuum chamber is designed and implemented. A sample probe is developed to provide its easy mounting and usage. In addition, two samples can be measured at the same time. Measurement accuracy has been enhanced by beadless thermocouples and micro-heaters that are specifically designed in order to minimize the ‘cold-finger effect’ and to eliminate some possible source of contact, design and measurement errors. A broad range of physical types and shapes of samples, such as bulk, bar or disc, can be measured by a software controlled system. A differential steady-state method has been applied for Seebeck coefficient measurement. Resistivity measurement is conducted with the axial technique of the four-point probe method. Platinum wire and a niobium rod are chosen as the standard samples. The total data error for the Seebeck coefficient and resistivity measurements is estimated to be less than 2.6% and 1%, respectively.

  10. Apparatus for measuring Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of small dimension samples using infrared microscope as temperature sensor

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    Jaafar, W. M. N. Wan; Snyder, J. E.; Min, Gao

    2013-05-01

    An apparatus for measuring the Seebeck coefficient (α) and electrical resistivity (ρ) was designed to operate under an infrared microscope. A unique feature of this apparatus is its capability of measuring α and ρ of small-dimension (sub-millimeter) samples without the need for microfabrication. An essential part of this apparatus is a four-probe assembly that has one heated probe, which combines the hot probe technique with the Van der Pauw method for "simultaneous" measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity. The repeatability of the apparatus was investigated over a temperature range of 40 °C-100 °C using a nickel plate as a standard reference. The results show that the apparatus has an uncertainty of ±4.9% for Seebeck coefficient and ±5.0% for electrical resistivity. The standard deviation of the apparatus against a nickel reference sample is -2.43 μVK-1 (-12.5%) for the Seebeck coefficient and -0.4 μΩ cm (-4.6%) for the electrical resistivity, respectively.

  11. Apparatus for measuring Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of small dimension samples using infrared microscope as temperature sensor.

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    Jaafar, W M N Wan; Snyder, J E; Min, Gao

    2013-05-01

    An apparatus for measuring the Seebeck coefficient (α) and electrical resistivity (ρ) was designed to operate under an infrared microscope. A unique feature of this apparatus is its capability of measuring α and ρ of small-dimension (sub-millimeter) samples without the need for microfabrication. An essential part of this apparatus is a four-probe assembly that has one heated probe, which combines the hot probe technique with the Van der Pauw method for "simultaneous" measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity. The repeatability of the apparatus was investigated over a temperature range of 40 °C-100 °C using a nickel plate as a standard reference. The results show that the apparatus has an uncertainty of ±4.9% for Seebeck coefficient and ±5.0% for electrical resistivity. The standard deviation of the apparatus against a nickel reference sample is -2.43 μVK(-1) (-12.5%) for the Seebeck coefficient and -0.4 μΩ cm (-4.6%) for the electrical resistivity, respectively.

  12. 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

    2016-01-28

    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.

  13. Measurement of the high-temperature Seebeck coefficient of thin films by means of an epitaxially regrown thermometric reference material

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    Ramu, Ashok T.; Mages, Phillip; Zhang, Chong; Imamura, Jeffrey T.; Bowers, John E.

    2012-09-01

    The Seebeck coefficient of a typical thermoelectric material, silicon-doped InGaAs lattice-matched to InP, is measured over a temperature range from 300 K to 550 K. By depositing and patterning a thermometric reference bar of silicon-doped InP adjacent to a bar of the material under test, temperature differences are measured directly. This is in contrast to conventional two-thermocouple techniques that subtract two large temperatures to yield a small temperature difference, a procedure prone to errors. The proposed technique retains the simple instrumentation of two-thermocouple techniques while eliminating the critical dependence of the latter on good thermal contact. The repeatability of the proposed technique is demonstrated to be ±2.6% over three temperature sweeps, while the repeatability of two-thermocouple measurements is about ±5%. The improved repeatability is significant for reliable reporting of the ZT figure of merit, which is proportional to the square of the Seebeck coefficient. The accuracy of the proposed technique depends on the accuracy with which the high-temperature Seebeck coefficient of the reference material may be computed or measured. In this work, the Seebeck coefficient of the reference material, n+ InP, is computed by rigorous solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The accuracy and repeatability of the proposed technique can be systematically improved by scaling, and the method is easily extensible to other material systems currently being investigated for high thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Quantifying the Local Seebeck Coefficient using Scanning Thermoelectric Microscopy (SThEM)

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    Walrath, Jenna; Lin, Yen-Hsiang; Pipe, Kevin; Goldman, Rachel

    2013-03-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices allow reliable solid-state conversion of heat to electricity. The efficiency of a TE device is determined by the figure of merit, ZT, which is sensitive to the Seebeck coefficient, S. A promising alternative to traditional macroscale measurements of S is scanning thermoelectric microscopy (SThEM), which can profile S with nm resolution. In SThEM, an unheated scanning tunneling microscopy tip acts as a high-resolution voltmeter probe to measure the thermally-induced voltage, V, in a heated sample. However, the temperature (T) gradient is not localized to the sample, and the measured V is a convolution of voltages within the region of non-zero temperature gradient. Therefore we have developed a 1D Fourier heat conduction model to predict the T gradient in the tip and to deconvolute the measured V within the sample. This approach enables direct conversion between the measured V and the local S. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-PI0000012. Y.H. Lin and R.S. Goldman are supported in part by the DOE under contract No. DE-FG02-06ER46339.

  18. 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.

    2016-06-01

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. The Strain-Potential Effect of Silver Iodide.

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    SILVER COMPOUNDS, SEEBECK EFFECT ), IODIDES, IMPURITIES, CONCENTRATION(CHEMISTRY), IONS, IONIZATION, IONIZATION POTENTIALS, ELECTRODES, ELECTROLYTES, INTERFACES, MOBILE, DISLOCATIONS, DEFORMATION, CRYSTAL DEFECTS, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, SENSITIVITY, STRAIN GAGES, STRAIN(MECHANICS).

  2. 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

    2010-02-05

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Spin seebeck effect and thermal colossal magnetoresistance in graphene nanoribbon heterojunction.

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    Ni, Yun; Yao, Kailun; Fu, Huahua; Gao, Guoying; Zhu, Sicong; Wang, Shuling

    2013-01-01

    Spin caloritronics devices are very important for future development of low-power-consumption technology. We propose a new spin caloritronics device based on zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR), which is a heterojunction consisting of single-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H) and double-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H2). We predict that spin-up and spin-down currents flowing in opposite directions can be induced by temperature difference instead of external electrical bias. The thermal spin-up current is considerably large and greatly improved compared with previous work in graphene. Moreover, the thermal colossal magnetoresistance is obtained in our research, which could be used to fabricate highly-efficient spin caloritronics MR devices.

  6. 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

  7. Spin-dependent Seebeck effects in graphene-based molecular junctions

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    Li, Jianwei; Wang, Bin; Xu, Fuming; Wei, Yadong; Wang, Jian

    2016-05-01

    We report a first-principles investigation of spin-dependent transport properties in two different graphene-based molecular junctions. By applying different temperatures between two leads without bias voltage, spin-dependent currents are driven which depend on reference temperature T , temperature gradient Δ T , and gate voltage Vg. Moreover, pure spin currents without charge currents can be obtained by adjusting T ,Δ T , and Vg for both molecular junctions. The directions of pure spin currents in these two molecular junctions are opposite, which can be understood by analyzing the transmission coefficients under equilibrium states. Spin thermopower, thermal conductance, and the figure of merit as functions of T ,Vg, and chemical potential μ were also investigated in the linear response regime. Large spin thermopower and spin figure of merit can be obtained by adjusting Vg and μ for each junction, which indicates proper application of spin caloritronic devices of our graphene-based molecular junctions.

  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.

  9. Spin Seebeck Effect and Thermal Colossal Magnetoresistance in Graphene Nanoribbon Heterojunction

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    Ni, Yun; Yao, Kailun; Fu, Huahua; Gao, Guoying; Zhu, Sicong; Wang, Shuling

    2013-01-01

    Spin caloritronics devices are very important for future development of low-power-consumption technology. We propose a new spin caloritronics device based on zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR), which is a heterojunction consisting of single-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H) and double-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H2). We predict that spin-up and spin-down currents flowing in opposite directions can be induced by temperature difference instead of external electrical bias. The thermal spin-up current is considerably large and greatly improved compared with previous work in graphene. Moreover, the thermal colossal magnetoresistance is obtained in our research, which could be used to fabricate highly-efficient spin caloritronics MR devices. PMID:23459307

  10. High-pressure Seebeck coefficients and thermoelectric behaviors of Bi and PbTe measured using a Paris-Edinburgh cell

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    Baker, Jason; Kumar, Ravhi S.; Park, Changyong; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Cornelius, Andrew L.; Velisavljevic, Nenad

    2016-01-01

    A new sample cell assembly design for the Paris-Edinburgh type large-volume press for simultaneous measurements of X-ray diffraction, electrical resistance, Seebeck coefficient and relative changes in the thermal conductance at high pressures has been developed. The feasibility of performing in situ measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal measurements is demonstrated by observing well known solid–solid phase transitions of bismuth (Bi) up to 3 GPa and 450 K. A reversible polarity flip has been observed in the Seebeck coefficient across the Bi-I to Bi-II phase boundary. Also, successful Seebeck coefficient measurements have been performed for the classical high-temperature thermoelectric material PbTe under high pressure and temperature conditions. In addition, the relative change in the thermal conductivity was measured and a relative change in ZT, the dimensionless figure of merit, is described. Furthermore, this new capability enables pressure-induced structural changes to be directly correlated to electrical and thermal properties.

  11. High-pressure Seebeck coefficients and thermoelectric behaviors of Bi and PbTe measured using a Paris-Edinburgh cell

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    Baker, Jason; Kumar, Ravhi S.; Park, Changyong; ...

    2016-01-01

    A new sample cell assembly design for the Paris-Edinburgh type large-volume press for simultaneous measurements of X-ray diffraction, electrical resistance, Seebeck coefficient and relative changes in the thermal conductance at high pressures has been developed. The feasibility of performing in situ measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal measurements is demonstrated by observing well known solid–solid phase transitions of bismuth (Bi) up to 3 GPa and 450 K. A reversible polarity flip has been observed in the Seebeck coefficient across the Bi-I to Bi-II phase boundary. Also, successful Seebeck coefficient measurements have been performed for the classical high-temperature thermoelectric materialmore » PbTe under high pressure and temperature conditions. In addition, the relative change in the thermal conductivity was measured and a relative change in ZT, the dimensionless figure of merit, is described. Furthermore, this new capability enables pressure-induced structural changes to be directly correlated to electrical and thermal properties.« less

  12. 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.

  13. Statistical Analysis of a Round-Robin Measurement Survey of Two Candidate Materials for a Seebeck Coefficient Standard Reference Material.

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    Lu, Z Q J; Lowhorn, N D; Wong-Ng, W; Zhang, W; Thomas, E L; Otani, M; Green, M L; Tran, T N; Caylor, C; Dilley, N R; Downey, A; Edwards, B; Elsner, N; Ghamaty, S; Hogan, T; Jie, Q; Li, Q; Martin, J; Nolas, G; Obara, H; Sharp, J; Venkatasubramanian, R; Willigan, R; Yang, J; Tritt, T

    2009-01-01

    In an effort to develop a Standard Reference Material (SRM™) for Seebeck coefficient, we have conducted a round-robin measurement survey of two candidate materials-undoped Bi2Te3 and Constantan (55 % Cu and 45 % Ni alloy). Measurements were performed in two rounds by twelve laboratories involved in active thermoelectric research using a number of different commercial and custom-built measurement systems and techniques. In this paper we report the detailed statistical analyses on the interlaboratory measurement results and the statistical methodology for analysis of irregularly sampled measurement curves in the interlaboratory study setting. Based on these results, we have selected Bi2Te3 as the prototype standard material. Once available, this SRM will be useful for future interlaboratory data comparison and instrument calibrations.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. The fabrication of thermoelectric La0.95Sr0.05CoO3 nanofibers and Seebeck coefficient measurement.

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    Xu, Weihe; Shi, Yong; Hadim, Hamid

    2010-10-01

    The P-type perovskite oxides La(1-x)Sr(x)CoO(3) are a promising group of complex oxide thermoelectric (TE) materials. The thermoelectric properties of these oxides are expected to be significantly improved when their critical dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale. In this paper, the La(0.95)Sr(0.05)CoO(3) nanofibers, with diameters in the range of approximately 35 nm, were successfully prepared by the electrospinning process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize these thermoelectric nanofibers. A micro-electromechanical (MEMS) tester was designed and fabricated to measure the Seebeck coefficient of the nanofibers. The measured voltage output was as large as 1.7 mV and the obtained Seebeck coefficient of the nanofibers reached 650 microV K(-1).

  17. The Seebeck coefficient of monocrystalline α-SiC and polycrystalline β-SiC measured at 300-533 K

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    Abu-Ageel, N.; Aslam, M.; Ager, R.; Rimai, L.

    2000-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient of polycrystalline icons/Journals/Common/beta" ALT="beta" ALIGN="TOP"/> -SiC films deposited on quartz substrates by laser ablation and of commercially available icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> -SiC wafers is reported in a temperature range of 300-533 K for the first time. The Seebeck emf of icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> -SiC substrates and icons/Journals/Common/beta" ALT="beta" ALIGN="TOP"/> -SiC samples ranges between -9 µV °C-1 and -108 µV °C-1 which is higher than that of commercial Pt thermocouples.

  18. Hall and Seebeck measurements estimate the thickness of a (buried) carrier system: Identifying interface electrons in In-doped SnO{sub 2} films

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

    2015-12-21

    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 SnO{sub 2}, the necessary relation of Seebeck coefficient to volume electron concentration in the range of 3 × 10{sup 17} to 3 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −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 SnO{sub 2} films on sapphire substrates.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3 from first principles and Seebeck local probes

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    Lemal, Sébastien; Nguyen, Ngoc; de Boor, Johannes; ...

    2015-11-16

    In this paper, using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid functional approach for exchange correlation. The ground state is determined to be antiferromagnetic with an atomic magnetic moment of 1.6μB/Fe. The Néel temperature TN is estimated at 6 K, in agreement with experiments which found a paramagnetic state down to 10 K. The ground state is semiconducting, with a small electronic gap of 33meV, also consistent with previous experiments on films. Charge carrier concentrations are estimated from Hall resistance measurements. Themore » Seebeck coefficient is measured and mapped using a scanning probe at room temperature that yields an average value of 38.6μVK-1, slightly lower than the theoretical result. Finally, the theoretical conductivity is analyzed as a function of temperature and concentration of charge carriers.« less

  20. Thermoelectric properties of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3 from first principles and Seebeck local probes

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    Lemal, Sébastien; Nguyen, Ngoc; de Boor, Johannes; Ghosez, Philippe; Varignon, Julien; Klobes, Benedikt; Hermann, Raphaël P.; Verstraete, Matthieu J.

    2015-11-16

    In this paper, using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid functional approach for exchange correlation. The ground state is determined to be antiferromagnetic with an atomic magnetic moment of 1.6μB/Fe. The Néel temperature TN is estimated at 6 K, in agreement with experiments which found a paramagnetic state down to 10 K. The ground state is semiconducting, with a small electronic gap of 33meV, also consistent with previous experiments on films. Charge carrier concentrations are estimated from Hall resistance measurements. The Seebeck coefficient is measured and mapped using a scanning probe at room temperature that yields an average value of 38.6μVK-1, slightly lower than the theoretical result. Finally, the theoretical conductivity is analyzed as a function of temperature and concentration of charge carriers.

  1. Thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of Fe and Fe-Si alloys: Implications for variable Lorenz number

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    Secco, Richard A.

    2017-04-01

    The Wiedemann-Franz Law is often used to calculate the thermal conductivity of Fe from experimental measurements of the electrical conductivity. It is shown by measurements of the Seebeck coefficient (S) of solid and liquid Fe at pressures up to 6 GPa and temperatures up to 2100 K that the Sommerfeld value (L0 = 2.445 × 10-8 W Ω K-2) of the Lorenz number (L) represents more than 99% of the electronic component of the thermal conductivity of Fe. Using experimental values of electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity of Fe, L/L0 is shown to vary by as much as 1.22 in the solid state and 1.32 in the liquid state, signifying a non-negligible phonon component. An expression for the pressure dependence of L at the melting boundary up to 5 GPa is derived for electron-phonon scattering. For Fe-Si alloys, L/L0 varies more than for pure Fe and generally increases with increasing Si and state of disorder. New values for the conductive heat flow in a pure Fe core of Mercury are presented.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Thermal conductivities, electrical resistivities, and Seebeck coefficients of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} superconductors from 80 to 300 K

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

    1993-12-31

    Thermal conductivities, electrical resistivities, and Seebeck coefficients of three polycrystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}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.

  5. Geometric Shape Induced Small Change of Seebeck Coefficient in Bulky Metallic Wires.

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    Li, Gang; Su, Xiaohui; Yang, Fan; Huo, Xiaoye; Zhang, Gengmin; Xu, Shengyong

    2017-02-10

    In this paper, we report the results of slight changes in the thermopower of long W, Mo, Zn, Cu, brass, and Ti wires, that resulted from changes in the wire's diameter or cross-sectional area. The samples used in the tests had a round shape with a diameter that ranged from tens of micron to 2 mm, which was much larger than the corresponding mean free paths of these materials. Nevertheless, a small change in thermopower, at the order of 1-10 nV/K, was repeatedly observed when the wire diameter was changed, or when the cross-sectional area of the wire was altered by mechanical methods, such as grinding or splitting. The results are consistent with previous observations showing that the thermopower in metallic thin film stripes changes with their width, from 100 μm to as little as 70 nm, implying a universal, geometric-boundary-related size effect of thermopower in metal materials, that occurs at the nanometer scale and continuously decreases all the way to the millimeter scale. This effect could be applied in the manufacturing of high-temperature sensors with simple structures.

  6. Geometric Shape Induced Small Change of Seebeck Coefficient in Bulky Metallic Wires

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    Li, Gang; Su, Xiaohui; Yang, Fan; Huo, Xiaoye; Zhang, Gengmin; Xu, Shengyong

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we report the results of slight changes in the thermopower of long W, Mo, Zn, Cu, brass, and Ti wires, that resulted from changes in the wire’s diameter or cross-sectional area. The samples used in the tests had a round shape with a diameter that ranged from tens of micron to 2 mm, which was much larger than the corresponding mean free paths of these materials. Nevertheless, a small change in thermopower, at the order of 1–10 nV/K, was repeatedly observed when the wire diameter was changed, or when the cross-sectional area of the wire was altered by mechanical methods, such as grinding or splitting. The results are consistent with previous observations showing that the thermopower in metallic thin film stripes changes with their width, from 100 μm to as little as 70 nm, implying a universal, geometric-boundary-related size effect of thermopower in metal materials, that occurs at the nanometer scale and continuously decreases all the way to the millimeter scale. This effect could be applied in the manufacturing of high-temperature sensors with simple structures. PMID:28208585

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Peltier effect in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors

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    Logvenov, G. Yu.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Ustinov, A. V.; Huebener, R. P.

    1991-04-01

    The Peltier and Seebeck effects in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors are proportional to the resistivity due to flux motion. Therefore, both effects also show the broadening of the transition regime characteristic for these superconductors. The origin of the Peltier effect is discussed in detail, and the validity of the Thomson relation is confirmed, as expected.

  10. 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.

  11. Thermoelectric effect across the metal-insulator domain walls in VO2 microbeams.

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    Cao, J; Fan, W; Zheng, H; Wu, J

    2009-12-01

    We report on measurements of Seebeck effect in single-crystal VO(2) microbeams across their metal-insulator phase transition. One-dimensionally aligned metal-insulator domain walls were reversibly created and eliminated along single VO(2) beams by varying temperature, which allows for accurate extraction of the net contribution to the Seebeck effect from these domain walls. We observed significantly lower Seebeck coefficient in the metal-insulator coexisting regime than predicted by a linear combination of contributions from the insulator and metal domains. This indicates that the net contribution of the domain walls has an opposite sign from that of the insulator and metal phases separately. Possible origins that may be responsible for this unexpected effect were discussed in the context of complications in this correlated electron material.

  12. Topological Insulator and Thermoelectric Effects

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    Xu, Yong

    The recent discovery of topological insulator (TI) offers new opportunities for the development of thermoelectricity, because many TIs (like Bi2Te3) are excellent thermoelectric materials. In this talk, I will first introduce our theoretical predictions of anomalous Seebeck effect and strong size effect in TI [PRL 112, 226801 (2014)]. Then I will report our recent proof experiments, which find in TI thin films that (i) the hole-type Seebeck effect and the electron-type Hall effect coexist in the same TI sample for all the measured temperatures (up to 300 K), and (ii) the thermoelectric properties depend sensitively on the film thickness. The unconventional phenomena are revealed to be closely related to the topological nature of the material. These findings may inspire new ideas for designing TI-based high-efficiency thermoelectric devices.

  13. Proton irradiation effects on the thermoelectric properties in single-crystalline Bi nanowires

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    Chang, Taehoo; Kim, Jeongmin; Song, Min-Jung; Lee, Wooyoung

    2015-05-15

    The effects of proton irradiation on the thermoelectric properties of Bi nanowires (Bi-NWs) were investigated. Single crystalline Bi-NWs were grown by the on-film formation of nanowires method. The devices based on individual Bi-NWs were irradiated with protons at different energies. The total number of displaced atoms was estimated using the Kinchin-Pease displacement model. The electric conductivity and Seebeck coefficient in the Bi-NW devices were investigated before and after proton irradiation at different temperatures. Although the Seebeck coefficient remained stable at various irradiation energies, the electrical conductivity significantly declined with increasing proton energy up to 40 MeV.

  14. Effects of heat current on magnetization dynamics

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    Vetro, Francesco Antonio; Brechet, Sylvain; Ansermet, Jean-Philippe

    The work is aimed at investigating the interplay between spin dynamics and heat currents in single-crystal Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG). The irreversible thermodynamics for a continuous medium predicts that a thermal gradient, in the presence of magnetization waves, produces a magnetic induction field, thus a magnetic analog of the well-known Seebeck effect. Time-resolved transmission measurements revealed a change in the attenuation of magnetization waves propagating along the thermal gradient when the gradient is reversed. This magnetic damping change can be accounted for by the Magnetic Seebeck effect. In order to characterize this effect further, we have conducted studies on magnetization dynamic in YIG single crystal samples placed in various geometrical configurations, e.g. with YIG disks in which magnetic vortices might be present. Various magnetic resonance schemes were used, e.g. local probes and cavities.

  15. Perfect spin filtering and large spin thermoelectric effects in organic transition-metal molecular junctions.

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    Yang, X F; Liu, Y S; Zhang, X; Zhou, L P; Wang, X F; Chi, F; Feng, J F

    2014-06-21

    We present ab initio studies of spin-polarized transport properties and thermospin effects in cyclopentadienyl-iron molecular junctions. It is found that the spin-up transmission coefficient at the Fermi level shows an odd-even oscillating behaviour, while the spin-down transmission coefficient has an exponential decay with the molecule length. The spin polarization at the Fermi level rapidly tends toward a saturation value close to 100% with the molecule length. This is ascribed to the existence of different orbital states for different spin components at the Fermi level. In addition, we find that the spin-up Seebeck coefficient oscillates between positive and negative values, while the spin-down Seebeck coefficient always has a positive value and monotonically increases with the molecule length. Therefore in some cases, the spin Seebeck coefficient is even larger than the corresponding charge Seebeck effect. Finally, we also provide a possibility of utilizing cyclopentadienyl-iron molecular junctions to achieve the pure spin current without an accompanying charge current at about room temperature.

  16. Phenomenological Spin Transport Theory Driven by Anomalous Nernst Effect

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    Taniguchi, Tomohiro

    2016-07-01

    Several experimental efforts such as material investigation and structure improvement have been made recently to find a large anomalous Nernst effect in ferromagnetic metals. Here, we develop a theory of spin transport driven by the anomalous Nernst effect in a diffusive ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic multilayer. Starting from a phenomenological formula of a spin-dependent electric current, the theoretical formulas of electric voltage and spin torque generated by the anomalous Nernst effect are derived. The magnitude of the electric voltage generated from the spin current via the inverse spin Hall effect is on the order of 0.1 µV for currently available experimental parameter values. The temperature gradient necessary to switch the magnetization is quite larger than the typical experimental value. The separation of the contributions of the Seebeck and transverse spin Seebeck effects is also discussed.

  17. Magnetic Nernst effect

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    Brechet, Sylvain D.; Ansermet, Jean-Philippe

    2015-09-01

    The thermodynamics of irreversible processes in continuous media predicts the existence of a magnetic Nernst effect that results from a magnetic analog to the Seebeck effect in a ferromagnet and magnetophoresis occurring in a paramagnetic electrode in contact with the ferromagnet. Thus, a voltage that has DC and AC components is expected across a Pt electrode as a response to the inhomogeneous magnetic induction field generated by magnetostatic waves of an adjacent YIG slab subject to a temperature gradient. The voltage frequency and dependence on the orientation of the applied magnetic induction field are quite distinct from that of spin pumping.

  18. Peltier effect in doped silicon microchannel plates

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    Pengliang, Ci; Jing, Shi; Fei, Wang; Shaohui, Xu; Zhenya, Yang; Pingxiong, Yang; Lianwei, Wang; Chen, Gao; Chu, Paul K.

    2011-12-01

    The Seebeck coefficient is determined from silicon microchannel plates (Si MCPs) prepared by photo-assisted electrochemical etching at room temperature (25 °C). The coefficient of the sample with a pore size of 5 × 5 μm2, spacing of 1 μm and thickness of about 150 μm is -852 μV/K along the edge of the square pore. After doping with boron and phosphorus, the Seebeck coefficient diminishes to 256 μV/K and -117 μV/K along the edge of the square pore, whereas the electrical resistivity values are 7.5 × 10-3 Ω·cm and 1.9 × 10-3 Ω·cm, respectively. Our data imply that the Seebeck coefficient of the Si MCPs is related to the electrical resistivity and is consistent with that of bulk silicon. Based on the boron and phosphorus doped samples, a simple device is fabricated to connect the two type Si MCPs to evaluate the Peltier effect. When a proper current passes through the device, the Peltier effect is evidently observed. Based on the experimental data and the theoretical calculation, the estimated intrinsic figure of merit ZT of the unicouple device and thermal conductivity of the Si MCPs are 0.007 and 50 W/(m·K), respectively.

  19. 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.

  20. High Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films

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    2013-04-01

    REPORT High Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: We...Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films Report Title ABSTRACT We have prepared thermoelectric...the cross plane Seebeck coefficient and increase the cross plane electrical conductivity to increase the figure of merit. Some optical

  1. Effect of aluminum on the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured PbTe.

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    Zhang, Qinyong; Yang, Siqi; Zhang, Qian; Chen, Shuo; Liu, Weishu; Wang, Hui; Tian, Zhiting; Broido, David; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2013-08-30

    In the present work, the effect of aluminum (Al) on the thermoelectric properties of PbTe is studied. Aluminum doped PbTe samples, fabricated by a ball milling and hot pressing, have Seebeck coefficients between -100 and -200 μV K-1 and electrical conductivities of (3.6-18) × 104 S m-1 at room temperature, which means that Al is an effective donor in PbTe. The first principle calculations clearly show an increase of the density of states close to the Fermi level in the conduction band due to Al doping, which averages up the energy and effective mass of electrons, resulting in enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient. The maximum figure-of-merit ZT of 1.2 is reached at 770 K in the Al0.03PbTe sample.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Effects of Ge substitution on thermoelectric properties of CrSi2

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    Nagai, Hiroki; Takamatsu, Tomohisa; Iijima, Yoshihiko; Hayashi, Kei; Miyazaki, Yuzuru

    2016-11-01

    Polycrystalline Cr(Si1- x Ge x )2 samples were prepared using arc melting and spark plasma sintering methods. Single-phase Cr(Si1- x Ge x )2 samples were obtained for the compositional range of 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.015 and the lattice parameters monotonically increased with x. In the range of single phases, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient increased and decreased with increasing x, respectively. The partial substitution of Ge effectively reduced the thermal conductivity to ˜80%, which resulted in the increase in the ZT of Cr(Si1- x Ge x )2 samples from 0.16 (x = 0) to 0.25 (x = 0.015) at 600 K. From the results of first-principles calculation for transport properties, it can be concluded that the origin of the increase in electrical conductivity and the decrease in Seebeck coefficient of Ge-substituted samples is the decrease in carrier effective mass.

  5. Large and tunable photothermoelectric effect in single-layer MoS2.

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    Buscema, Michele; Barkelid, Maria; Zwiller, Val; van der Zant, Herre S J; Steele, Gary A; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2013-02-13

    We study the photoresponse of single-layer MoS(2) field-effect transistors by scanning photocurrent microscopy. We find that, unlike in many other semiconductors, the photocurrent generation in single-layer MoS(2) is dominated by the photothermoelectric effect and not by the separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs across the Schottky barriers at the MoS(2)/electrode interfaces. We observe a large value for the Seebeck coefficient for single-layer MoS(2) that by an external electric field can be tuned between -4 × 10(2) and -1 × 10(5) μV K(-1). This large and tunable Seebeck coefficient of the single-layer MoS(2) paves the way to new applications of this material such as on-chip thermopower generation and waste thermal energy harvesting.

  6. On the Quantum Hall Effect in mono(bi)-layer graphene

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    Cheremisin, M. V.

    2014-11-01

    Based on a thermodynamic approach, we have calculated the specific resistivity of mono(bi)-layer graphene assumed dissipationless in quantizing magnetic field. The resistivity arises from combination of Peltier and Seebeck effects. The current I causes heating (cooling) at the first (second) sample contacts, due to the Peltier effect. The voltage measured across the sample is equal to the Seebeck thermoemf, and thus provides finite resistivity as I→0. The resistivity is a universal function of the magnetic field, e-h plasma density and temperature, expressed in fundamental units h/e2. At fixed magnetic field the magneto-transport problem is resolved in the vicinity of the Dirac point taking into account the splitting of zeroth Landau level. For mono(bi)- layer graphene the B-dependent splitting of zeroth Landau level is recovered from experimental data.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Application of thermoelectric cooling theory to the characterization of Peltier effect thermal elements

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    Fernandez, N.

    1980-04-01

    A synthesis of the theory of thermoelectric cooling is applied to the practical as well as numerical characterization of cooling systems that work by the Peltier effect. A computerized calculation procedure for determining the coefficient of performance of a Peltier module, given its Seebeck coefficient, its conductivity, its resistance, and its J coefficient of merit, is outlined. An example of application is drawn from the design analysis of a SPACELAB experiment package. Calculation results are in good agreement with test results.

  11. Observation of the planar Nernst effect in permalloy and nickel thin films with in-plane thermal gradients.

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    Avery, A D; Pufall, M R; Zink, B L

    2012-11-09

    We present experimental evidence of a transverse thermopower, or planar Nernst effect, in ferromagnetic metal thin films driven by thermal gradients applied in the plane of the films. Samples of 20 nm thick Ni and Ni(80)Fe(20) were deposited on 500 nm thick suspended Si-N thermal isolation platforms with integrated platinum strips designed originally to allow measurement of thermally generated spin currents (the spin Seebeck effect). The low thermal conductivity of the thin supporting Si-N structure results in an essentially 2D geometry that approaches the zero substrate limit, dramatically reducing the contribution of thermal gradients perpendicular to the sample plane typically found in similar experiments on bulk substrates. The voltage on the platinum strips generated transverse to the applied thermal gradient (V(T)) is linear with increasing ΔT and exhibits a sign reversal on hot and cold sides of the sample. However, V(T) is always even in applied magnetic field and shows a sinθ cosθ angular dependence, both key indicators of the planar Nernst effect. Within the 5 nV estimated error of our experiment there is no evidence of a signal from the spin Seebeck effect, which would have cosθ angular dependence, suggesting a reduced spin Seebeck coefficient in a planar, entirely thin-film geometry.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Composition-dependent charge transport and temperature-dependent density of state effective mass interpreted by temperature-normalized Pisarenko plot in Bi2-xSbxTe3 compounds

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Park, Mi Jin; Tak, Jang-Yeul; Lee, Soonil; Cho, Hyung Koun; Cho, Jun-Young; Park, Chan; Seo, Won-Seon

    2016-10-01

    Composition-dependent charge transport and temperature-dependent density of state effective mass-dependent Seebeck coefficient were investigated in Bi2-xSbxTe3 (x = 1.56-1.68) compounds. The compounds were prepared by the spark plasma sintering of high-energy ball-milled powder. High-temperature Hall measurements revealed that the charge transport in the compounds was governed dominantly by phonon scattering and influenced additionally by alloy scattering depending on the amount of Sb. Contrary effects of Sb content on the Seebeck coefficient were discussed in terms of carrier concentration and density of state effective mass, and it was elucidated by temperature-normalized Pisarenko plot for the first time.

  16. Improved thermoelectric cooling based on the Thomson effect

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Khanna, Raghav; Toberer, Eric S.; Heinz, Nicholas A.; Seifert, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    Traditional thermoelectric cooling relies on the Peltier effect which produces a temperature drop limited by the figure of merit, zT. This cooling limit is not required from classical thermodynamics but can be traced to problems of thermoelectric compatibility. Alternatively, if a thermoelectric cooler can be designed to achieve full thermoelectric compatibility, lower temperature can be achieved even if the zT is low. In such a device the Thomson effect plays an important role. We present the theoretical concept of a "Thomson cooler," for cryogenic cooling which is designed to maintain thermoelectric compatibility and we derive the requirements for the Seebeck coefficient.

  17. Giant Peltier Effect in a Submicron-Sized Cu-Ni/Au Junction with Nanometer-Scale Phase Separation

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    Sugihara, Atsushi; Kodzuka, Masaya; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Yuasa, Shinji; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Ando, Koji; Takanashi, Koki; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Fukushima, Akio

    2010-06-01

    We observed a giant Peltier effect in a submicron Cu-Ni/Au junction. The Peltier coefficient was evaluated to be 480 mV at room temperature from the balance between Joule heating and the Peltier cooling effect in the junction, which is 40 times that expected from the Seebeck coefficients of bulk Au and Cu-Ni alloy. This giant cooling effect lowered the inner temperature of the junction by 160 K. Microstructure analysis with a three-dimensional atom probe suggested that the giant Peltier effect possibly originated from nanometer-scale phase separation in the Cu-Ni layer.

  18. Effects of perfluoroalkylsilane molecular assembly on flow induced voltage generated by doped silicon wafers

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    Satheesh, U.; Prakash, P.; Devaprakasam, D.

    2017-01-01

    We report the effects of surface modifications on (i) Seebeck coefficients and (ii) flow induced voltage generations of the n-type (n-Si) and p-type (p-Si) silicon wafers. The surfaces of n-Si and p-Si wafers were coated with 1H,1H,2H,2H- perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane (FOTS) molecules. The surface modified n-Si and p-Si of size 12 mm×4 mm were mounted on the π/4 angle inclined experimental mount, and nitrogen gas was flown over the inclined surface at the subsonic velocities, 5.3, 10.61, 15.91, 21.22, and 26.52 ms-1 , and the voltage difference between the lead and rear ends of pristine and surface modified n-Si and p-Si was measured. The experimental results and theoretical relations are presented. The flow induced voltage generation is caused by the interplay between the Bernoulli flow and Seebeck effect. The flow-voltage response results show that the half coated and full coated n-Si and p-Si wafers generate more voltage than that of the uncoated at a given velocity. The band theory reveals that the flow of nitrogen gas accumulates charge carriers at the FOTS self assembled monolayer (SAM)—silicon interfaces, which resulted in the more voltage generation by full and half coated ni-Si and p-Si surfaces than that of the pristine surface. The enhanced voltage generations and high sensitivities are caused by an effective increase of the gradient of Fermi Energy (EF) (Seebeck coefficient) due to FOTS SAM coatings. Because of that the FOTS SAM modified n-Si and p-Si are become highly sensitive to nitrogen gas flow.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Field-effect modulation of the thermoelectric characteristics of silicon nanowires on plastic substrates

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    Choi, Jinyong; Jeon, Youngin; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the substantial enhancement of the thermoelectric power factors of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) on plastic substrates achievable by field-effect modulation. The Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity are adjusted by varying the charge carrier concentration via electrical modulation with a gate voltage in the 0 to ±5 range, thus enhancing the power factors from 2.08 to 935 μW K-2 m-1) for n-type SiNWs, and from 453 to 944 μW K-2 m-1) for p-type SiNWs. The electrically modulated thermoelectric characteristics of SiNWs are analyzed and discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. Thermoelectric effects in topological crystalline insulators

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    Rameshti, Babak Zare; Asgari, Reza

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the electrical conductivity and thermoelectric effects in topological crystalline insulators in the presence of short- and long-range impurity interactions. We employ the generalized Boltzmann formalism for anisotropic Fermi surface systems. The conductivity exhibits a local minimum as doping varies owing to the Van Hove singularity in the density of states originated from the saddle point in the surface states' band structure. Suppression of the interband scattering of the charge carriers at high-energy Dirac points results in a maximum in the electrical conductivity. Whenever the Fermi level passes an extremum in the conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient changes sign. In addition, it is revealed that profound thermoelectric effects can be attained around these extrema points.

  4. Specific salt effects on thermophoresis of charged colloids.

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    Eslahian, Kyriakos A; Majee, Arghya; Maskos, Michael; Würger, Alois

    2014-03-28

    We study the Soret effect of charged polystyrene particles as a function of temperature and electrolyte composition. As a main result we find that the Soret coefficient is determined by charge effects, and that non-ionic contributions are small. In view of the well-known electric-double layer interactions, our thermal field-flow fractionation data lead us to the conclusion that the Soret effect originates to a large extent from diffusiophoresis in the salt gradient and from the electrolyte Seebeck effect, both of which show strong specific-ion effects. Moreover, we find that thermophoresis of polystyrene beads is fundamentally different from proteins and aqueous polymer solutions, which show a strong non-ionic contribution.

  5. Spin current draining effect on heat-driven spin transport

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    Xu, Yadong; Yang, Bowen; Tang, Chi; Jiang, Zilong; Shi, Jing; Schneider, Michael; Whig, Renu

    As a non-magnetic heavy metal is attached to a ferromagnet, a vertically flowing heat-driven spin current is converted to a transverse electric voltage, which is known as the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect. If the ferromagnet is a metal, this voltage is also accompanied by voltages from two other sources, i.e. the anomalous Nernst effect in both the ferromagnet and the proximity-induced ferromagnetic boundary layer. In this work, we have investigated these phenomena in NiFe/Cu/heavy metal multilayer structure. By identifying and carefully separating those effects, we find that in this pure spin current circuit the additional spin current drawn by the heavy metal generates another voltage in the ferromagnetic metal via the inverse spin Hall effect. The research was supported by the DOE BES Award #DE-FG02-07ER46351 and DARPA/DMEA under H94003-10-2-1004.

  6. Effect of microstructure on the thermoelectric performance of La1-xSrxCoO3

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    Viskadourakis, Z.; Athanasopoulos, G. I.; Kasotakis, E.; Giapintzakis, J.

    2016-11-01

    We present a case where the microstructure has a profound effect on the thermoelectric properties of oxide compounds. Specifically, we have investigated the effect of different sintering treatments on La1-xSrxCoO3 samples synthesized using the Pechini method. We found that the samples, which are dense and consist of inhomogeneously-mixed grains of different size, exhibit both higher Seebeck coefficient and thermoelectric figure of merit than the samples, which are porous and consist of grains with almost identical size. The enhancement of Seebeck coefficient in the dense samples is attributed to the so-called "energy-filtering" mechanism that is related to the energy barrier of the grain boundary. On the other hand, the thermal conductivity for the porous compounds is significantly reduced in comparison to the dense compounds. It is suggested that a fine-manipulation of grain size ratio combined with a fine-tuning of porosity could considerably enhance the thermoelectric performance of oxides.

  7. A Quantitative Model for the Thermocouple Effect Using Statistical and Quantum Mechanics

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    Bramley, Paul; Clark, Stewart

    2003-09-01

    This paper employs statistical and quantum mechanics to develop a model for the mechanism underlying the Seebeck effect. The conventional view of the equilibrium criterion for valence electrons in a material is that the Fermi Energy should be constant throughout the system. However, this criterion is an approximation and it is shown to be inadequate for thermocouple systems. An improved equilibrium criterion is developed by applying statistical and quantum mechanics to determine the total flow of electrons across an arbitrary boundary within a system. Dynamic equilibrium is then considered to be the situation where the Fermi Energy either side of the boundary is such that the flow of electrons in each direction is the same. This equilibrium criterion is then applied to the conditions along the thermocouple wires and at the junctions in order to generate a model for the Seebeck effect. The equations involved for calculating the electronic structure of a material cannot be solved analytically, so a solution is achieved using numeric models employing CASTEP code running on a Sun Beowulf cluster and iterative algorithms written in the Excel™ VBA language on a PC. The model is used to calculate the EMF versus temperature function for the gold versus platinum thermocouple, which is then compared with established experimental data.

  8. Nano- and Microstructure Engineering: An Effective Method for Creating High Efficiency Magnesium Silicide Based Thermoelectrics.

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    Farahi, Nader; Prabhudev, Sagar; Botton, Gianluigi A; Salvador, James R; Kleinke, Holger

    2016-12-21

    Considering the effect of CO2 emission together with the depletion of fossil fuel resources on future generations, industries in particular the transportation sector are in deep need of a viable solution to follow the environmental regulation to limit the CO2 emission. Thermoelectrics may be a practical choice for recovering the waste heat, provided their conversion energy can be improved. Here, the high temperature thermoelectric properties of high purity Bi doped Mg2(Si,Sn) are presented. The samples Mg2Si1-x-ySnxBiy with x(Sn) ≥ 0.6 and y(Bi) ≥ 0.03 exhibited electrical conductivities and Seebeck coefficients of approximately 1000 Ω(-1) cm(-1) and -200 μV K(-1) at 773 K, respectively, attributable to a combination of band convergence and microstructure engineering through ball mill processing. In addition to the high electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, the thermal conductivity of the solid solutions reached values below 2.5 W m(-1) K(-1) due to highly efficient phonon scattering from mass fluctuation and grain boundary effects. These properties combined for zT values of 1.4 at 773 K with an average zT of 0.9 between 400 and 773 K. The transport properties were both highly reproducible across several measurement systems and were stable with thermal cycling.

  9. PRESSURE TRANSDUCER RESEARCH.

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    PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCERS, PRESSURE), UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS, ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, SEEBECK EFFECT , PRESSURE GAGES, SHOCK WAVES, STRESSES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, NUCLEAR RADIATION.

  10. GROUND POWER THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR INVESTIGATION.

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    GENERATORS), (*THERMOELECTRICITY, SEEBECK EFFECT , MANUFACTURING, MATERIALS, TELLURIUM, STRESSES, COPPER, STAINLESS STEEL, ELECTRON BEAM WELDING, TITANIUM, POWER, TEMPERATURE, LEAD COMPOUNDS, TELLURIDES.

  11. Giant spin-dependent thermoelectric effect in magnetic tunnel junctions.

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    Lin, Weiwei; Hehn, Michel; Chaput, Laurent; Negulescu, Béatrice; Andrieu, Stéphane; Montaigne, François; Mangin, Stéphane

    2012-03-20

    Thermoelectric effects in magnetic nanostructures and the so-called spin caloritronics are attracting much interest. Indeed it provides a new way to control and manipulate spin currents, which are key elements of spin-based electronics. Here we report on a giant magnetothermoelectric effect in a magnetic tunnel junction. The thermovoltage in this geometry can reach 1 mV. Moreover a magnetothermovoltage effect could be measured with ratio similar to the tunnel magnetoresistance ratio. The Seebeck coefficient can then be tuned by changing the relative magnetization orientation of the two magnetic layers in the tunnel junction. Therefore, our experiments extend the range of spintronic devices application to thermoelectricity and provide a crucial piece of information for understanding the physics of thermal spin transport.

  12. Observation of the Spin Peltier Effect for Magnetic Insulators

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    Flipse, J.; Dejene, F. K.; Wagenaar, D.; Bauer, G. E. W.; Youssef, J. Ben; van Wees, B. J.

    2014-07-01

    We report the observation of the spin Peltier effect (SPE) in the ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG), i.e., a heat current generated by a spin current flowing through a platinum (Pt)|YIG interface. The effect can be explained by the spin transfer torque that transforms the spin current in the Pt into a magnon current in the YIG. Via magnon-phonon interactions the magnetic fluctuations modulate the phonon temperature that is detected by a thermopile close to the interface. By finite-element modeling we verify the reciprocity between the spin Peltier and spin Seebeck effect. The observed strong coupling between thermal magnons and phonons in YIG is attractive for nanoscale cooling techniques.

  13. Observation of the spin Peltier effect for magnetic insulators.

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    Flipse, J; Dejene, F K; Wagenaar, D; Bauer, G E W; Ben Youssef, J; van Wees, B J

    2014-07-11

    We report the observation of the spin Peltier effect (SPE) in the ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG), i.e., a heat current generated by a spin current flowing through a platinum (Pt)|YIG interface. The effect can be explained by the spin transfer torque that transforms the spin current in the Pt into a magnon current in the YIG. Via magnon-phonon interactions the magnetic fluctuations modulate the phonon temperature that is detected by a thermopile close to the interface. By finite-element modeling we verify the reciprocity between the spin Peltier and spin Seebeck effect. The observed strong coupling between thermal magnons and phonons in YIG is attractive for nanoscale cooling techniques.

  14. Exploring Electrical and Magnetic Resonances from Coherently Correlated Long-Lived Radical Pairs towards Development of Negative Refractive-Index Materials

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    2011-07-08

    permeability by using radical pairs, (4) mutual coupling between permittivity and permeability, and (5) high Seebeck effect from hybrid metal/polymer...foundation for realizing electromagnetic resonance towards the development of molecular metamaterials. 5. High Seebeck effects have been achieved by...permeability. 5. We discovered a new approach to develop high Seebeck effects by using common metal and conducting polymer materials based on

  15. 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.

  16. High Power Factor and Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of SnTe-AgInTe2: Synergistic Effect of Resonance Level and Valence Band Convergence.

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    Banik, Ananya; Shenoy, U Sandhya; Saha, Sujoy; Waghmare, Umesh V; Biswas, Kanishka

    2016-10-05

    Understanding the basis of electronic transport and developing ideas to improve thermoelectric power factor are essential for production of efficient thermoelectric materials. Here, we report a significantly large thermoelectric power factor of ∼31.4 μW/cm·K(2) at 856 K in Ag and In co-doped SnTe (i.e., SnAgxInxTe1+2x). This is the highest power factor so far reported for SnTe-based material, which arises from the synergistic effects of Ag and In on the electronic structure and the improved electrical transport properties of SnTe. In and Ag play different but complementary roles in modifying the valence band structure of SnTe. In-doping introduces resonance levels inside the valence bands, leading to a significant improvement in the Seebeck coefficient at room temperature. On the other hand, Ag-doping reduces the energy separation between light- and heavy-hole valence bands by widening the principal band gap, which also results in an improved Seebeck coefficient. Additionally, Ag-doping in SnTe enhances the p-type carrier mobility. Co-doping of In and Ag in SnTe yields synergistically enhanced Seebeck coefficient and power factor over a broad temperature range because of the synergy of the introduction of resonance states and convergence of valence bands, which have been confirmed by first-principles density functional theory-based electronic structure calculations. As a consequence, we have achieved an improved thermoelectric figure of merit, zT ≈ 1, in SnAg0.025In0.025Te1.05 at 856 K.

  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. Classical ratchet effects in heterostructures with a lateral periodic potential

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    Olbrich, P.; Karch, J.; Ivchenko, E. L.; Kamann, J.; März, B.; Fehrenbacher, M.; Weiss, D.; Ganichev, S. D.

    2011-04-01

    We study terahertz radiation induced ratchet currents in low dimensional semiconductor structures with a superimposed one-dimensional lateral periodic potential. The periodic potential is produced by etching a grating into the sample surface or depositing metal stripes periodically on the sample top. Microscopically, the photocurrent generation is based on the combined action of the lateral periodic potential, verified by transport measurements, and the in-plane modulated pumping caused by the lateral superlattice. We show that a substantial part of the total current is caused by the polarization-independent Seebeck ratchet effect. In addition, polarization-dependent photocurrents occur, which we interpret in terms of their underlying microscopical mechanisms. As a result, the class of ratchet systems needs to be extended by linear and circular ratchets, sensitive to linear and circular polarizations of the driving electromagnetic force.

  19. 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.

  20. Effects of vibrational anharmonicity on molecular electronic conduction and thermoelectric efficiency

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    Friedman, Hava Meira; Agarwalla, Bijay Kumar; Segal, Dvira

    2017-03-01

    We study inelastic vibration-assisted charge transfer effects in two-site molecular junctions, focusing on signatures of vibrational anharmonicity on the electrical characteristics and the thermoelectric response of the junction. We consider three types of oscillators: harmonic, anharmonic-Morse allowing bond dissociation, and harmonic-quartic, mimicking a confinement potential. Using a quantum master equation method which is perturbative in the electron-vibration interaction, we find that the (inelastic) electrical and thermal conductances can be largely affected by the nature of the vibrational potential. In contrast, the Seebeck coefficient, the thermoelectric figure-of-merit, and the thermoelectric efficiency beyond linear response conceal this information, showing a rather weak sensitivity to vibrational anharmonicity. Our work illustrates that anharmonic (many-body) effects, consequential to the current-voltage characteristics, are of little effect for the thermoelectric performance in the present model.

  1. Thermoelectric effects and topological insulators

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    Xu, Yong

    2016-11-01

    The recent discovery of topological insulators (TIs) offers new opportunities for the development of thermoelectrics, because many TIs (like Bi2Te3) are excellent thermoelectric (TE) materials. In this review, we will first describe the general TE properties of TIs and show that the coexistence of the bulk and boundary states in TIs introduces unusual TE properties, including strong size effects and an anomalous Seebeck effect. Importantly, the TE figure of merit zT of TIs is no longer an intrinsic property, but depends strongly on the geometric size. The geometric parameters of two-dimensional TIs can be tuned to enhance zT to be significantly greater than 1. Then a few proof-of-principle experiments on three-dimensional TIs will be discussed, which observed unconventional TE phenomena that are closely related to the topological nature of the materials. However, current experiments indicate that the metallic surface states, if their advantage of high mobility is not fully utilized, would be detrimental to TE performance. Finally, we provide an outlook for future work on topological materials, which offers great possibilities to discover exotic TE effects and may lead to significant breakthroughs in improving zT. Project supported by the National Thousand-Young-Talents Program, China and Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program, China.

  2. Investigation of transverse Peltier effect on top-seeded melt textureYBa2Cu3O7 - delta

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    He, Z. H.; Ma, Z. G.; Li, Q. Y.; Luo, Y. Y.; Zhang, J. X.; Meng, R. L.; Chu, C. W.

    1996-12-01

    The transverse Peltier effect is investigated on the top-seeded melt texture superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO). By restricting the heat absorbing or evolving on one of the sample's surfaces, the Peltier heat flow is converted into a temperature difference for measurement. The temperature difference is found proportional to the current applied, which is in accordance with the prediction of transverse Peltier effect. Based on a simplified model, the difference of the Seebeck coefficients between the ab plane and the c axis, |Sab-Sc|, is about 35 μV/K. It is in good agreement with that of large single crystal [I. Terasaki, Y. Sato, S. Tajima, S. Miyamoto, and S. Tanaka, Physica C 235-240, 1413 (1994)]. The transverse Peltier effect is verified. This supports the idea that the off-diagonal thermoelectric effect is responsible for the anomalously high laser-induced transient transverse voltage on the oriented YBCO superconducting thin films.

  3. Spin-dependent thermoelectric effects in Fe-C6 doped monolayer MoS2.

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    Zhu, Lin; Zou, Fei; Gao, Guoying; Yao, Kailun

    2017-03-29

    By using the non-equilibrium Green's function with density functional theory, we have studied the thermal spin transport properties of Fe-C6 cluster doped monolayer MoS2. The results show that the device has a perfect Seebeck effect under temperature difference without gate voltage or bias voltage. Moreover, we also find the thermal colossal magnetoresistance effect, which is as high as 10(7)%. The competition between spin up electrons and spin down holes of the parallel spin configuration leads to peculiar behavior of colossal magnetoresistance and thermo-current, which is essential for the design of thermal transistors. These results are useful in future MoS2-based multifunctional spin caloritronic devices.

  4. Spin-dependent thermoelectric effects in graphene-based superconductor junctions

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    Beiranvand, Razieh; Hamzehpour, Hossein

    2017-02-01

    Using the Bogoliubov-de Gennes formalism, we investigate the charge and spin-dependent thermoelectric effects in graphene-based superconductor junctions. The results demonstrate that despite normal-superconductor junctions, there is a temperature-dependent spin thermopower in both the graphene-based ferromagnetic-superconductor and ferromagnetic-Rashba spin-orbit region-superconductor junctions. It is also shown that in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit interaction, the charge and spin-dependent Seebeck coefficients reach their maximum up to 3.5 k B / e and 2.5 k B / e , respectively. Remarkably, these coefficients have a zero-point critical value with respect to the magnetic exchange field and chemical potential. This effect disappears when the Rashba coupling is absent. These results suggest that graphene-based superconductors can be used in spin-caloritronic devices.

  5. Exploring thermoelectric effects and Wiedemann-Franz violation in magnetic nanostructures via micromachined thermal platforms

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    Zink, B. L.; Avery, A. D.; Sultan, Rubina; Bassett, D.; Pufall, M. R.

    2010-04-01

    We describe the development and use of micromachined thermal isolation structures to explore thermoelectric effects in magnetic thin films and nanostructures. These unique measurement techniques allow fundamental studies that will help enable a wide range of spin-caloritronic devices that take advantage of the coupling between heat and magnetic degrees of freedom for useful effects. The thermal platform is capable of measuring thermal conductivity, k, thermopower (Seebeck coefficient), α, and electrical conductivity, σ, all on the same thin film sample. This also allows direct comparison of the measured thermal conductivity of a magnetic thin film to the prediction of the Wiedemann-Franz law based on measured electrical conductivity. In addition to describing the fabrication of the platforms and the basic principles of their operation, we present example data on nickel and nickel-iron alloy thin films, and briefly consider the range of samples that can be measured with both current techniques and future thermal platforms optimized for nanoscale samples.

  6. Photo- and gas-tuned, reversible thermoelectric properties and anomalous photo-thermoelectric effects of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide

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    Suzuki, Kenta; Watanabe, Takuya; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    We report the photo- and gas-controllable properties of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide (Pt/WO3), which is of interest for developing practical applications of WO3 as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a Pt/WO3 thin film generated a thermoelectric power due to the ultraviolet-light-induced band-gap excitation (photochromic (PC) reaction) and/or dark storage in formic acid vapor (gaschromic (GC) reaction) in the absence of O2, resulting from the generation of W5+ ions. After such chromic reactions, the electrical conductivity (σ) is increased, whereas the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient (S) is decreased. The changes in σ and S and their rate of change for consistency increased in the order of: during the PC reaction < during the GC reaction < during simultaneous PC and GC reactions. The opposite behaviors, a decrease in σ and an increase in S, were exhibited by Pt/WO3 in the presence of O2 after dark storage or visible-light irradiation. This reversible cycle could be repeated. Moreover, anomalous, nontrivial photo-thermoelectric effects (a photoconductive effect (photoconductivity, σphoto) and a photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, Sphoto)) were also detected in response to the visible-light irradiation of Pt/WO3 in the absence of O2 after chromic reactions. Under visible-light irradiation, both σphoto and the absolute value of Sphoto are increased. After the irradiation, both values were decreased, that is, σ and the absolute value of S were smaller than σphoto and the absolute value of Sphoto, respectively. These effects are likely to be due to the photoinduced charge carriers and the accumulated electrons in Pt contributing to the increase in σphoto. In addition, electrons are extracted from the W5+ state, decreasing the number of W5+ in HxWO3 and thus contributing to the increase in Sphoto. After light irradiation, the accumulated electrons in Pt are returned to the energetically favorable W

  7. Thermal effects on spin currents in non-local metallic spin valves

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    Hojem, Alex

    The study of non-local spin valves (NLSVs) has recently proven to be a fertile area for both applied and fundamental research in nanomagnetism due to the unique ability to separate charge currents and spin currents. NLSVs may also prove essential for a new class of high-density hard disk read heads due to their favorable scalability. Recent studies have shown thermal effects created by high current densities play a significant role in the response of NLSVs. These thermal effects also provide the opportunity to create a pure spin current from thermal gradients via a mechanism call the spin dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE). Due to the challenges in control and measurement of thermal gradients in nanoscale structures, both the fundamental physics and materials dependencies of thermally-driven spin transport in nanoscale structures remains largely unexplored. In the dissertation I present measurements of thermal and electrical spin injection in nanoscale metallic non-local spin valve (NLSV) structures. Informed by measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity of representative films made using a micromachined Si-N thermal isolation platform, we use simple analytical and finite element thermal models to determine limits on the thermal gradient driving thermal spin injection and calculate the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient that is comparable in terms of the fraction of the absolute Seebeck coefficient to previous results, despite dramatically smaller electrical spin injection signals. Since the small electrical spin signals are likely caused by interfacial effects, we conclude that thermal spin injection is less sensitive to the FM/NM interface, and possibly benefits from the presence of oxidized ferromagnet, which further stimulates interest in thermal spin injection for applications in sensors and pure spin current sources. To investigate contact resistance further we also present work comparing NLSVs with permalloy oxide contacts and devices with

  8. Observation of pure inverse spin Hall effect in ferromagnetic metals via ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic exchange-bias structures

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    Wu, H.; Wan, C. H.; Yuan, Z. H.; Zhang, X.; Jiang, J.; Zhang, Q. T.; Wen, Z. C.; Han, X. F.

    2015-08-01

    We report that the spin current generated by the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in yttrium iron garnet (YIG) can be detected by a ferromagnetic metal (NiFe). By using the ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FM/AFM) exchange bias structure (NiFe/IrMn), the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) and planar Nernst effect (PNE) of NiFe can be unambiguously separated, allowing us to observe a pure ISHE signal. After eliminating the in-plane temperature gradient in NiFe, we can even observe a pure ISHE signal without PNE from NiFe itself. It is worth noting that a large spin Hall angle (0.098) of NiFe is obtained, which is comparable with Pt. This work provides a kind of FM/AFM exchange bias structure to detect the spin current by charge signals, and highlights that ISHE in ferromagnetic metals can be used in spintronic research and applications.

  9. Comment on "Unexpected size effect in the thermopower of thin-film stripes" [J. Appl. Phys. 110, 083709 (2011)

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    Szakmany, Gergo P.; Orlov, Alexei O.; Bernstein, Gary H.; Porod, Wolfgang

    2014-06-01

    In a recent article, Sun et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 110, 083709 (2011)] claim to measure a size-dependent thermoelectric effect in a micron-scale single-metal thermocouple. In this Comment, we demonstrate that the observed phenomenon is not due to a size-dependent Seebeck effect as claimed, but is rather wire-size-dependent heat transport that causes unequal heating at the bonding pads. As a result, the bonding pads are at two different temperatures, and the observed voltage corresponds to a thermoelectric effect of a parasitic thermocouple formed between their metal structure and the bonding-pad wires. We provide simulations and suggest a control experiment based on their structure that supports our contention that the observation depends on width-dependent heat transport in the wires.

  10. Annealing effects on the structural and electrical transport properties of n-type Bi 2Te 2.7Se 0.3 thin films deposited by flash evaporation

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    Duan, Xingkai; Jiang, Yuezhen

    2010-10-01

    N-type Bi 2Te 2.7Se 0.3 thermoelectric thin films with thickness 800 nm have been deposited on glass substrates by flash evaporation method at 473 K. Annealing effects on the thermoelectric properties of Bi 2Te 2.7Se 0.3 thin films were examined in the temperature range 373-573 K. The structures, morphology and chemical composition of the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. Thermoelectric properties of the thin films have been evaluated by measurements of the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient at 300 K. The Hall coefficients were measured at room temperature by the Van der Pauw method. The carrier concentration and mobility were calculated from the Hall coefficient. The films thickness of the annealed samples was measured by ellipsometer. When annealed at 473 K, the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient are 2.7 mΩ cm and -180 μV/K, respectively. The maximum of thermoelectric power factor is enhanced to 12 μW/cm K 2.

  11. Enhancement of thermospin effect in ZGNRs via p-n co-doping on edge

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    Pan, Ting-Ting; Wang, Xue-Feng; Zhai, Ming-Xing; Liu, Yu-Shen; Wu, Jian-Chun; Xu, Chen

    2016-10-01

    Electronic and thermoelectric properties are studied for ferromagnetic zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) co-doped by a pair of boron and nitrogen atoms on one edge. In case of the 1st nearest neighbor co-doping, the two dopants are partly neutralized by each other and the corresponding impurity states approach to the Fermi energy symmetrically from high and low energies. As a result, the electronic properties are effectively manipulated and the conductances of different spin show opposite behaviours. Over a large range from zero temperature to higher-than-room temperature, the system shows a strong spin thermopower with a spin Seebeck coefficient much bigger than the charge one. These findings suggest that doped ZGNRs can be promising materials for spintronic and thermospintronic devices.

  12. Effects of K-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Yoo, Mi Duk; Park, Chan; Lee, Chang Hoon; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2016-09-01

    The effects of K-doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe (x = 0 to 0.08) have been investigated. The compounds were synthesized by a one-step solid-state reaction method and consolidated by a spark plasma sintering process. As the amount of K-doping was increased, the electrical and thermal conductivities increased while the Seebeck coefficient decreased due to increasing hole concentration. A ZT value of 0.69 was obtained for the compound K0.01Bi0.99CuOTe at 700 K, to the best of our knowledge the highest value reported for this material system. The origin of this enhanced ZT is discussed in terms of the density of states effective mass estimated by a single parabolic band model and electronic structures calculated based on density functional theory.

  13. 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.

  14. 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%.

  15. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  17. Effect of Element Substitution at V site on Thermoelectric Properties of Aurivillius Phase Bi2VO5.5

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    Kohri, Hitoshi; Yagasaki, Takayoshi

    2016-10-01

    Thermoelectric oxides are suitable at the high temperature range because of chemical stability. Aurivillius compounds are bismuth layered oxides, and known as oxygen ion conductors. The Aurivillius compounds consist of Perovskite layers and Bi-O layers. It is expected that nano-layered structure shows high Seebeck coefficients due to the quantum confinement of carriers in Perovskite layers. It was reported that the Seebeck coefficient of hot pressed specimens for Aurivillius phase Bi2VO5.5 was a high value of -28.3 mVK-1 at 1010 K, and the electrical resistivity of one was also a high value of 0.033 Ωm at 1010 K. In this paper, the effect of element substitution at the V site on thermoelectric properties of Aurivillius phase Bi2VO5.5 was investigated. Bi2V1- x M x O5.5 (M = Cr, Mo, W x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2) were prepared by solid-state reaction. The electrical resistivity of Cr-substituted specimens were indicated at larger values than the ones for unsubstituted specimens over the measurement temperature range. The resistivity above 800 K was reduced by substitution of W or Mo. W as a substituted element was effective for reducing the thermal conductivity of Bi2VO5.5. The maximum value of the dimensionless figure of merit ZT was 0.05 at 799 K for Bi2V0.8Mo0.2O5.5 and at 902 K for Bi2V0.8W0.1O5.5. The maximum ZT of an unsubstituted sample was 0.02 at 993 K. From these results, it was found that tungsten or molybdenum substitution was effective to improve ZT for Aurivillius phase Bi2VO5.5.

  18. Exploring the doping effects of copper on thermoelectric properties of lead selenide

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    Gayner, Chhatrasal; Sharma, Raghunandan; Mallik, Iram; Das, Malay K.; Kar, Kamal K.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we have explored the effect of dopant concentration (copper (Cu)) on the thermoelectric performance of Cu doped lead selenide (Pb1-x Cu x Se (0  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.1)). With increasing the dopant concentration, sign inversion of majority charge carriers takes place for x  ⩾  0.04 due to the donor behaviour of Cu in the P-type pristine PbSe. The room temperature Seebeck coefficients of Pb1-x Cu x Se with x  =  0.01, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08 are observed to be 233, 337, -473.7, -392.5 and  -257.6 μV K-1, respectively as compared to that of 186.4 μV K-1 of the pristine PbSe. This increment in Seebeck coefficient is the result of low carrier concentration and is not related to the resonance states created by Cu dopant. At room temperature, the lattice thermal conductivity of pristine PbSe is 0.52 W m-1 K-1 while for Cu doped PbSe, it varies from 0.8 to 1.1 W m-1 K-1. Finally, with ZT of ~0.59 and power factor of ~700 at 500 K, Pb0.98Cu0.02Se exhibits the highest thermoelectric performance among the studied Pb1-x Cu x Se systems. Owing to the high ZT and power factor, a single thermoelement of Pb0.98Cu0.02Se exhibits thermovoltage of  >100 mV at a temperature gradient of 200 °C.

  19. Improvement of thermoelectric performance of single-wall carbon nanotubes by heavy doping: Effect of one-dimensional band multiplicity

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    Hayashi, Daisuke; Nakai, Yusuke; Kyakuno, Haruka; Yamamoto, Takahiro; Miyata, Yasumitsu; Yanagi, Kazuhiro; Maniwa, Yutaka

    2016-12-01

    Doped single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films were prepared and their Seebeck coefficient (S) and electrical resistivity (ρ) were investigated as functions of carrier density. For heavy doping, a second maximum of S (S = 35 µV/K) was discovered, with its corresponding power factor, P = 85 µW/(m·K2), 6 times that of the first maximum for lightly doped films. Calculations for zigzag SWCNTs suggest that the thermoelectric performance can be effectively improved by controlling the multiplicity of the one-dimensional band and tuning the carrier density. This provides a new strategy for achieving higher performance at a lower cost than using high-purity semiconducting SWCNTs.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  1. Thermoelectric Materials at 300k.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    Thermoelectric power generation, *Peltier effect, *Semiconductors, Thermoelectricity, Seebeck effect , Tellurides, Selenides, Antimonides, Thermal conductivity, Air conditioning equipment, Bismuth compounds, Band theory of solids

  2. Properties of Alloys of Zirconium and Niobium Carbides in Their Homogeneity Domain,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    ZIRCONIUM COMPOUNDS, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES), (*NIOBIUM COMPOUNDS, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES), (*REFRACTORY MATERIALS, CARBIDES), ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, HALL EFFECT, MAGNETIC PROPERTIES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, SEEBECK EFFECT , USSR

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  5. Effects of Mn Substitution on the Thermoelectric Properties and Thermal Excitations of the Electron-doped Perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Okuda, Tetsuji; Hata, Hiroto; Eto, Takahiro; Sobaru, Shogo; Oda, Ryosuke; Kaji, Hiroki; Nishina, Kousuke; Kuwahara, Hideki; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kajimoto, Ryoichi

    2016-09-01

    We studied how Mn substitution affects the thermoelectric properties and thermal excitations of the electron-doped perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3 by measuring its electrical and thermal transport properties, magnetization, specific heat, and inelastic neutron scattering. Slight Mn substitution with the lattice defects enhanced the Seebeck coefficient, perhaps because of coupling between itinerant electrons and localized spins or between itinerant electrons and local lattice distortion around Mn3+ ions, while it enhanced anharmonic lattice vibrations, which effectively suppressed thermal conductivity in a state of high electrical conductivity. Consequently, slight Mn substitution increased the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit for Sr1-xLaxTiO3 near room temperature.

  6. SELECTED ARTICLES.

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    TUNGSTEN, *THERMIONIC EMISSION), (*SODIUM, IONIZATION), (*POTASSIUM, IONIZATION), (*MOLYBDENUM, *SECONDARY EMISSION), SINGLE CRYSTALS, CATHODES, SEEBECK EFFECT , EMISSIVITY, ION BOMBARDMENT, CESIUM, VACUUM, MASS SPECTROSCOPY, FLAME SPRAYING, OXYGEN, USSR

  7. LIGHTWEIGHT HIGH-POWER THERMOELECTRIC MODULE DEVELOPMENT.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    THERMOELECTRICITY, MODULES(ELECTRONICS), SEEBECK EFFECT , LEAD(METAL), TELLURIUM, DIFFUSION BONDING, METALLURGY, THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY, TEST METHODS, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS), MANUFACTURING.

  8. Electrical Power Requirements.

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    POWER SUPPLIES, TEST METHODS), ARMY EQUIPMENT, BATTERY COMPONENTS, ELECTRIC BATTERIES, VEHICLES, GENERATORS, FUEL CELLS, SEEBECK EFFECT , TEST EQUIPMENT, ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY, DATA PROCESSING

  9. ROLE OF THE NETWORK FORMER IN SEMICONDUCTING OXIDE GLASSES.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, *GLASS), (*ELECTRICAL NETWORKS, GLASS), ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES, SEEBECK EFFECT , BORATES, PHOSPHATES, ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, X RAY DIFFRACTION, ANNEALING, OXIDATION, OXIDES, ELECTRODES, VANADIUM

  10. Study of Magnetic Alloys: Critical Phenomena.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    MAGNETIC ALLOYS, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES), ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, SEEBECK EFFECT , MAGNETIC PROPERTIES, ALUMINUM ALLOYS, COBALT ALLOYS, GADOLINIUM ALLOYS, GOLD ALLOYS, IRON ALLOYS, NICKEL ALLOYS, PALLADIUM ALLOYS, PLATINUM ALLOYS, RHODIUM ALLOYS

  11. The Development and Application of Nondestructive Testing Techniques for Evaluating High Temperature Protective Coatings.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    TURBINE BLADES, REFRACTORY COATINGS), (*REFRACTORY COATINGS, NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING), GAS TURBINES, SLURRY COATING, REFRACTORY METAL ALLOYS, NIOBIUM, SILICIDES, DEFECTS(MATERIALS), EROSIVE BURNING, SEEBECK EFFECT , TOLERANCES(MECHANICS), RADIOGRAPHY.

  12. BURNOUT RESISTANT X-BAND HOT CARRIER DETECTORS.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    DETECTORS, *FAILURE(ELECTRONICS), SEMICONDUCTOR DIODES, X BAND, VOLTAGE, SILICON, DIOXIDES, SEEBECK EFFECT , CHARGE CARRIERS, PALLADIUM ALLOYS, ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, GALLIUM ALLOYS, ARSENIDES, DIELECTRICS, RECTIFIERS, VIDEO AMPLIFIERS.

  13. Terahertz ratchet effects in graphene with a lateral superlattice

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  14. 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

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Energy Harvesting & Recapture from Human Subjects: Dual-Stage MEMS Cantilever Energy Harvester

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-03-01

    percentage of past thermal energy harvesting research examines Seebeck devices. The Seebeck Effect describes a material property that produces a voltage...which simplifies the fabrication process. Both the aluminum strips and 24 the substrate itself are intentionally thin by design to prevent thermal ...forced to evoke quantum material properties to surpass the figure of merit ZT ~ 1. Consequently, research concerning non-Seebeck thermal energy

  17. A- and B-site doping effect on physicochemical properties of Sr2-xBaxMMoO6 (M = Mg, Mn, Fe) double perovskites — candidate anode materials for SOFCs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zheng, Kun; Świerczek, Konrad

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we evaluate the physicochemical properties of Sr2-xBaxMMoO6 (M = Mg, Mn, Fe) double perovskites as alternative anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells, for which the effect of substitution of strontium by barium in a full range of compositions is studied. The crystal structure, microstructure, characterization of transport properties (electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient) and oxygen content as a function of temperature, as well as chemical stability in oxidizing and reducing conditions are discussed. Fe- and Mo-containing Sr2-xBaxFeMoO6 oxides show very high total conductivities with values of 100-1000 Sṡcm-1, while Sr2-xBaxMgMoO6 present good redox stability.

  18. Thermomagnonic spin transfer and Peltier effects in insulating magnets

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    Kovalev, Alexey A.

    2012-02-01

    The recent discovery of the spin Seebeck effect [1] in metals, insulators and semiconductors stimulated development of spincaloritronics [2]. The possibility of measuring the Onsager reciprocal spin Peltier effect has been investigated recently as well. In our theoretical work [3], we study the fictitious electromagnetic fields induced by magnetic textures which may offer an alternative route for observing the spin Peltier effect. Particularly, in an insulating ferromagnet a moving magnetic texture should effectively drive the spin (wave) current which in turn should lead to the heat current by the spin Peltier effect. We further study the coupled magnon energy transport and collective magnetization dynamics in ferromagnets with magnetic textures. We conclude that the analogy between the fictitious electromagnetic fields and real fields should lead to magnonic counterparts of such effects as the Hall effect, the Ettingshausen effect, the Nernst effect, and the Righi-Leduc effect. By constructing a phenomenological theory based on irreversible thermodynamics, we describe motion of domain walls by thermal gradients and generation of heat flows by magnetization dynamics. From microscopic description based on magnon kinetics, we estimate the transport coefficients and analyze the feasibility of energy-related applications (e.g. nanoscale heat pumps [4]) in insulating ferromagnets, such as yttrium iron garnet and europium oxide. Our estimates show that the viscous coupling effects between magnetization dynamics and magnon flows can be strong in materials with low spin densities (e.g. dilute magnetic systems) and narrow domain walls, which can allow the magnonic manipulation of magnetization dynamics and heat pumping.[4pt] [1] K. Uchida et al. Nature 455, 778 (2008).[0pt] [2] G. E. W. Bauer, A. H. MacDonald, S. Maekawa, Solid State Commun. 150, 459 (2010).[0pt] [3] A. A. Kovalev and Y. Tserkovnayk, arXiv:1106.3135.[0pt] [4] A. A. Kovalev and Y. Tserkovnyak, Solid State

  19. Effects of preferred orientation and crystal size on thermoelectric properties of sodium cobalt oxide

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    Wu, Yin; Wang, Jun; Yaer, Xinba; Miao, Lei; Zhang, Boyu; Guo, Feng; Zhang, Shuai

    2016-11-01

    To examine the effect of crystal size and orientation effect on ZT, polycrystalline NaxCo2O4 materials were prepared by pressing layered crystals obtained in sol-gel (SG) synthesis, molten salt synthesis (MSS) with and without additional ball milling (BM) treatment and 1:1 molar ratio mixture (Mixture) of BM powder and MSS powders. We found that the orientation effect and crystal size for four samples follow Mixture < SG < BM < MSS and BM < Mixture < SG < MSS, respectively. Electrical conductivity was obviously enhanced in the highly orientated BM and MSS samples when compared with SG and Mixture. It appears that the crystal size plays a dominant role in thermal conductivity rather than Seebeck coefficient by controlling the phonon scattering at grain boundaries. Thermal conductivity for BM was significantly decreased in comparison to MSS, although both BM and MSS show comparable orientation effect. The maximum ZT value is developed to near 0.51 at 814K upon increasing the electrical resistivity and decreasing the thermal conductivity, which are mainly governed by the condition of crystal size and orientation effect.

  20. Tuning Thermal and Electrical Conductivities in Structure-engineered Nanowires for High-efficiency Thermoelectric Devices

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    2011-09-30

    materials, which determines the efficiency of thermoelectric devices, because the three parameters such as Seebeck coefficient (S), electrical conductivity...predicted to be enhanced by size effects and quantum confinement effects providing the opportunities to control S, σ and κ independently. In...efficiency of thermoelectric devices, because the three parameters such as Seebeck coefficient (S), electrical conductivity (σ), and thermal conductivity (κ

  1. 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).

  2. Giant thermoelectric effect in graphene

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    Dragoman, D.; Dragoman, M.

    2007-11-01

    The paper predicts a giant thermoelectric coefficient in a nanostructure consisting of metallic electrodes periodically patterned over graphene, which is deposited on a silicon dioxide substrate. The Seebeck coefficient in this device attains 30mV/K, this value being among the largest reported ever. The calculations are based on a transfer matrix approach that takes a particular form for graphene-based devices. The results are important for future nanogenerators with applications in the area of sensors, energy harvesting, and scavenging.

  3. Density-of-states effective mass and scattering parameter measurements by transport phenomena in thin films

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    Young, D. L.; Coutts, T. J.; Kaydanov, V. I.

    2000-02-01

    A novel machine has been developed to measure transport coefficients in the temperature range of 50-350 K of thin films deposited on electrically insulating substrates. The measured coefficients—resistivity, Hall, Seebeck, and Nernst—are applied to solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation to give information about the film's density-of-states effective mass, the Fermi energy level, and an energy-dependent scattering parameter. The machine is designed to eliminate or compensate for simultaneously occurring transport phenomena that would interfere with the desired measured quantity, while allowing for all four coefficients to be measured on the same sample. An average density-of-states effective mass value of 0.29±0.04me was measured on the transparent conductive oxide, cadmium stannate (CTO), over a carrier concentration range of 2-7×1020cm-3. This effective mass value matched previous results obtained by optical and thermoelectric modeling. The measured scattering parameter indicates that neutral impurities or a mixture of scattering mechanisms may inhibit the transport of carriers in CTO.

  4. 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.

  5. The role of Coulomb interaction in thermoelectric effects of an Aharonov-Bohm interferometer.

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    Liu, Yu-Shen; Zhang, De-Bao; Yang, Xi-Feng; Feng, Jin-Fu

    2011-06-03

    We investigate the thermoelectric effects of an Aharonov-Bohm (AB) interferometer with a quantum dot (QD) embedded in each of its arms, where the intra-dot Coulomb interaction between electrons in each QD is taken into account. Using Green's function methods and the equation of motion (EOM) technique, we find that the Seebeck coefficient and Lorenz number can be strongly enhanced when the chemical potential sweeps the molecular states associated with the Fano line-shapes in the transmission spectra, due to quantum interference effects between the bonding and antibonding molecular states. It is found that enhancement of the thermoelectric effects occurs between the two groups of conductance peaks in the presence of strong intra-dot Coulomb interaction-the reason being that a transmission node is developed in the Coulomb blockade regime. In this case, the maximum value of the Lorenz number approaches 10π(2)k(B)(2)/(3e(2)). Its thermoelectric conversion efficiency in the absence of phonon thermal conductance, described by the figure of merit ZT, approaches 2 at room temperature. Therefore, it may be used as a high-efficiency solid-state thermoelectric conversion device under certain circumstances.

  6. Technical Operations Support III (TOPS III). Task Order 0061: Fundamental Theory Based Assessment of Thermoelectric Merit Factor for Heusler Alloys

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    2010-10-01

    Implementation of LDA Fails to Correctly Treat Correlation Effects in Highly Correlated Systems. Figure Also Compares Projected pDOS of Nickel in ii) t2g and...iii) eg States Using Both Methods .................................................................................... 16  11. Seebeck Coefficient...Power Factor and ZT Plots of NiSnZr ................................................. 17  12. DOS, Seebeck Coefficient, Power Factor and ZT Plots of

  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.

  8. Analysis of Spin-dependent Peltier Effect: Spin Valves Connected in Series

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    Jayathilaka, Priyanga; Belyea, Dustin; Eggers, Tatiana; Kirby, Hillary; Miller, Casey

    2013-03-01

    We are reporting a systematic study of planar Nernst effect (PNE) and Spin dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE) measurements and their relation to the Anisotropic Magneto Resistance (AMR) on Py thin films grown on SiOx substrates by magnetron sputtering. A 30nm thick Py film was followed by a 15nm of Ag cross electrodes. An in-situ mask exchanging system was allowed the Py and Ag to grow without breaking the vacuum. The sample was placed on top of two thermal baths which were independently controlled by a PID controller. A constant temperature gradient of 15K/cm was applied along the sample and the resultant voltages across the Ag electrodes were measured by nanovoltmeters as the field was swept. In measuring AMR no thermal gradient was applied, and a constant current was applied using a function generator. Both PNE and SDSE showed an AMR like field dependence and angular dependence. SDSE showed a Cos2 (θ) angular dependence and PNE showed a Sin (2 θ) angular dependence. AMR showed the same angular dependence along the Py film and across the Py film respectively. This suggests both PNE and SDSE behave similar to the AMR in thin films. Supported by NSF.

  9. Quantitative separation of the anisotropic magnetothermopower and planar Nernst effect by the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient

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    Reimer, Oliver; Meier, Daniel; Bovender, Michel; Helmich, Lars; Dreessen, Jan-Oliver; Krieft, Jan; Shestakov, Anatoly S.; Back, Christian H.; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Hütten, Andreas; Reiss, Günter; Kuschel, Timo

    2017-01-01

    A thermal gradient as the driving force for spin currents plays a key role in spin caloritronics. In this field the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is of major interest and was investigated in terms of in-plane thermal gradients inducing perpendicular spin currents (transverse SSE) and out-of-plane thermal gradients generating parallel spin currents (longitudinal SSE). Up to now all spincaloric experiments employ a spatially fixed thermal gradient. Thus, anisotropic measurements with respect to well defined crystallographic directions were not possible. Here we introduce a new experiment that allows not only the in-plane rotation of the external magnetic field, but also the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient controlled by optical temperature detection. As a consequence, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect in a permalloy thin film can be measured simultaneously. Thus, the angular dependence of the magnetothermopower with respect to the magnetization direction reveals a phase shift, that allows the quantitative separation of the thermopower, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect. PMID:28094279

  10. Quantitative separation of the anisotropic magnetothermopower and planar Nernst effect by the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient.

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    Reimer, Oliver; Meier, Daniel; Bovender, Michel; Helmich, Lars; Dreessen, Jan-Oliver; Krieft, Jan; Shestakov, Anatoly S; Back, Christian H; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Hütten, Andreas; Reiss, Günter; Kuschel, Timo

    2017-01-17

    A thermal gradient as the driving force for spin currents plays a key role in spin caloritronics. In this field the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is of major interest and was investigated in terms of in-plane thermal gradients inducing perpendicular spin currents (transverse SSE) and out-of-plane thermal gradients generating parallel spin currents (longitudinal SSE). Up to now all spincaloric experiments employ a spatially fixed thermal gradient. Thus, anisotropic measurements with respect to well defined crystallographic directions were not possible. Here we introduce a new experiment that allows not only the in-plane rotation of the external magnetic field, but also the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient controlled by optical temperature detection. As a consequence, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect in a permalloy thin film can be measured simultaneously. Thus, the angular dependence of the magnetothermopower with respect to the magnetization direction reveals a phase shift, that allows the quantitative separation of the thermopower, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect.

  11. Quantitative separation of the anisotropic magnetothermopower and planar Nernst effect by the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient

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    Reimer, Oliver; Meier, Daniel; Bovender, Michel; Helmich, Lars; Dreessen, Jan-Oliver; Krieft, Jan; Shestakov, Anatoly S.; Back, Christian H.; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Hütten, Andreas; Reiss, Günter; Kuschel, Timo

    2017-01-01

    A thermal gradient as the driving force for spin currents plays a key role in spin caloritronics. In this field the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is of major interest and was investigated in terms of in-plane thermal gradients inducing perpendicular spin currents (transverse SSE) and out-of-plane thermal gradients generating parallel spin currents (longitudinal SSE). Up to now all spincaloric experiments employ a spatially fixed thermal gradient. Thus, anisotropic measurements with respect to well defined crystallographic directions were not possible. Here we introduce a new experiment that allows not only the in-plane rotation of the external magnetic field, but also the rotation of an in-plane thermal gradient controlled by optical temperature detection. As a consequence, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect in a permalloy thin film can be measured simultaneously. Thus, the angular dependence of the magnetothermopower with respect to the magnetization direction reveals a phase shift, that allows the quantitative separation of the thermopower, the anisotropic magnetothermopower and the planar Nernst effect.

  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. Effects of Codoping with Ga and P on Thermoelectric Properties of Ba8Al16Si30 Clathrate System

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Ueda, Takahiro; Okamoto, Kazuya

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of Codoping With Ga and P on the thermoelectric properties of the Ba8Al16Si30 clathrate system, attempting to optimize the carrier concentration. The elastic properties, which are important for design of thermoelectric devices, were investigated by ultrasonic testing. Ga/P-codoped specimens with nominal compositions Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) were prepared by arc melting and spark plasma sintering and their Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured. Analytical studies revealed that the total content of Al and Ga, expressed as atoms per formula unit, increased to 15.65 at nominal x = 2.0, exceeding the maximum content (y = 15.16) of Al for the Ba8Al y Si46-y clathrate system. Ultrasonic tests determined the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio to be 102.55 GPa, 40.14 GPa, 76.85 GPa, and 0.2775, respectively, for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0). The Hall carrier concentration decreased from ˜1.0 × 1021 cm-3 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to ˜6.3 × 1020 cm-3 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0), suggesting that Ga/P codoping may be useful for tuning the carrier concentration. The value of the Seebeck coefficient at ˜320 K increased from -46 μV K-1 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to -67 μV K-1 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0). The dimensionless thermoelectric figure␣of merit ZT at 900 K improved from ˜0.4 for Ba8Al y Si46-y to ˜0.47 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2x P x (x = 2.0).

  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

  15. Effects of Codoping with Ga and P on Thermoelectric Properties of Ba8Al16Si30 Clathrate System

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Ueda, Takahiro; Okamoto, Kazuya

    2017-03-01

    We have investigated the effects of Codoping With Ga and P on the thermoelectric properties of the Ba8Al16Si30 clathrate system, attempting to optimize the carrier concentration. The elastic properties, which are important for design of thermoelectric devices, were investigated by ultrasonic testing. Ga/P-codoped specimens with nominal compositions Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) were prepared by arc melting and spark plasma sintering and their Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity were measured. Analytical studies revealed that the total content of Al and Ga, expressed as atoms per formula unit, increased to 15.65 at nominal x = 2.0, exceeding the maximum content ( y = 15.16) of Al for the Ba8Al y Si46- y clathrate system. Ultrasonic tests determined the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio to be 102.55 GPa, 40.14 GPa, 76.85 GPa, and 0.2775, respectively, for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0). The Hall carrier concentration decreased from ˜1.0 × 1021 cm-3 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to ˜6.3 × 1020 cm-3 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0), suggesting that Ga/P codoping may be useful for tuning the carrier concentration. The value of the Seebeck coefficient at ˜320 K increased from -46 μV K-1 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to -67 μV K-1 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0). The dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ZT at 900 K improved from ˜0.4 for Ba8Al y Si46- y to ˜0.47 for Ba8Al16Ga x Si30-2 x P x ( x = 2.0).

  16. Pyro-paraelectricity: a new effect in hetergeneous material architectures

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    Chin, Huai-An; Mao, Sheng; Visweswaran, Bhadrinarayana L.; Ohemeng, Kwaku K.; Wagner, Sigurd; Purohit, Prashant K.; McAlpine, Michael C.

    2015-03-01

    The electrical responses of materials and devices subjected to thermal inputs, such as the Seebeck effect and pyroelectricity, are of great interest in thermal-electric energy conversion applications. Of particular interest are phenomena which exploit heterogeneities in the mechanics of heterostructured materials for novel and unexplored mechanisms in thermal-electric conversion. Here we introduce a new and universal mechanism for converting thermal stimuli into electricity via structural heterogeneities, which we term "pyro-paraelectricity." Specifically, when a paraelectric material is grown on a substrate with a different lattice constant, the paraelectric layer experiences an inhomogeneous strain due to the lattice mismatch, establishing a strain gradient along the axis of the layer thickness. This induced strain gradient can be multiple orders of magnitude higher than strain gradients in bulk materials imparted by mechanical bending (0.1 m-1). Consequently, charge separation is induced in the paraelectric layer via flexoelectricity, leading to a polarization in proportion to the dielectric constant. The dielectric constant, and thus the polarization, changes with temperature. Therefore, when a strained metal-insulator-metal (MIM) heterostructure is subjected to a thermal input, changes in the permittivity generate an electrical response. We demonstrate this mechanism by employing a MIM heterostructure with a high permittivity sputtered barium strontium titanate (BST) film as the insulating layer in a platinum sandwich. The resulting strain gradient of more than 104 m-1, an enhancement of five orders of magnitude due to the structural heterogeneity, was verified by an X-ray diffraction scan. With an applied thermal input, the strained MIM heterostructure generated current which was highly correlated to the thermal input. A theoretical model was found to be consistent with the experimental data. These results demonstrate the existence of "pyro

  17. The effect of Cu substitution on microstructure and thermoelectric properties of LaCoO3 ceramics.

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    Li, Fu; Li, Jing-Feng; Li, Jian-Hui; Yao, Fang-Zhou

    2012-09-21

    La(Co, Cu)O(3-δ) ceramics were prepared by pressureless sintering of citrate precursor powders, and their thermoelectric properties were investigated with an emphasis on the influence of Cu doping and phase structure as well as microstructure. It was found that a secondary phase first appeared in the form of a network along the grain boundaries and then changed to dispersion with increasing Cu content, which effectively reduced the lattice thermal conductivity of the materials. The thermal conductivity was only 1.21 W m(-1) K(-1) for the sample LaCo(0.75)Cu(0.25)O(3-δ), being much lower as for the thermoelectric oxide materials. In addition, a small amount of Cu substitution for Co increased the electrical conductivity greatly and the absolute Seebeck coefficient, whose sign was also reversed from negative to positive. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, of LaCoO(3-δ) oxides at low and middle temperatures can be remarkably enhanced by substituting Co with Cu.

  18. Effects of high magnetic field assisted annealing on structure and optical, electric properties of electrodeposited ZnO films

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    Gao, Yang; Li, Guojian; Wu, Chun; Sui, Xudong; Du, Jiaojiao; Wang, Qiang

    2017-01-01

    Electrodeposited ZnO films have been annealed at 300 °C for 2 h under 12 T high magnetic field (HMF) with the directions of parallel and perpendicular to the films, respectively. The structural, optical and electric properties were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and Seebeck coefficient/electrical resistance measuring system. The results show that HMF has a significant effect on the growth of ZnO films along c-axis and leads to hexagonal platelets of ZnO growing parallel to the direction of HMF. Furthermore, the hexagonal platelets become bulky platelets with an obvious trendy rotating their c-axis parallel to the substrate. The PL spectra of all the films exhibits the UV and blue emission, moreover, the blue emission plays the main role. The resistivity of ZnO films increases with the increase of measure temperature, which shows a typical degenerate semiconductor characteristic. HMF reduces significantly the intensity of whole emission peaks and the resistivity of ZnO films. These may be attribute to the significant changes of the structure and morphology of ZnO films, leading to various amounts of the defects in the ZnO crystal.

  19. The effect of structural vacancies on the thermoelectric properties of (Cu₂Te){sub 1–x}(Ga₂Te₃)x

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

    2013-05-01

    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, and possesses tunable structural vacancy concentrations. This materials system is not suitable due to the cost and scarcity of the constituent elements, but the vacancy behavior is well understood and will provide a valuable test case for other systems more suitable from the standpoint of cost and abundance of raw materials, which also possesses these vacancy features, but whose structural characterization is lacking at this stage. We find that the nominally defect free phase CuGaTe₂ possess the highest ZT (ZT=S²T/ρκ, where S is the Seebeck coefficient and ρ is the electrical resistivity κ is the thermal conductivity and T is the absolute temperature) which approaches 1 at 840 K and seems to continuously increase above this temperature. This result is due to the unexpectedly low thermal conductivity found for this material at high temperature. The low thermal conductivity was caused by strong Umklapp (thermally resistive scattering processes involving three phonons) phonon scattering. We find that due to the coincidentally strong scattering of carriers by the structural defects that higher concentrations of these features lead to poor electrical transport properties and decreased ZT. - Graphical abstract: Thermal conductivity and zT as a function of temperature for a series of compounds of the type (Cu₂Te)1–x(Ga₂Te₃)x (x=0.5, 0.55, 0.571, 0.6, 0.625, 0.667 and 0.75). Highlights: • All the samples show p-type semiconducting behavior in the temperature dependence of the Seebeck and Hall coefficients. • The increased carrier concentration and the introduction of vacancies diminish the carrier mobility and power factor. • The low

  20. 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

  1. 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

  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. Synthesis of FeSb2 Nanorods and Nanoparticles by Solvothermal Synthesis Routes (Briefing Charts)

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    2010-06-01

    temperature TE’s for sensor cooling applications Cooling/heating(Peltier effect ) Power generation ( Seebeck effect ) Heat input Theory Electron Flow N...2010. 14. ABSTRACT FeSb2 has recently been considered as a novel thermoelectric material due to a Seebeck coefficient of ~-45000 µVK-1 and a...Exhibits a huge Seebeck Coefficient of ~ 45 000 μV/K - , at 10 K • Has a record high thermoelectric power factor of ~2300 μW/K2 at 12 K – 65 times

  4. Spin Hall effect and Landau spectrum of Dirac electrons in bismuth

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    Fuseya, Yuki

    2015-03-01

    Bismuth has played an important role in solid-state physics. Many key phenomena were first discovered in bismuth, such as diamagnetism, Seebeck, Nernst, Shubnikov-de Haas, and de Haas-van Alphen effects. These phenomena result from particular electronic states of bismuth. The strong spin-orbit interaction (~ 1.5eV) causes strong spin-dependent interband couplings resulting in an anomalous spin magnetic moment. We investigate the spin Hall effect and the angular dependent Landau spectrum of bismuth paying special attention to the effect of the anomalous spin magnetic moment. It is shown that the spin Hall insulator is possible and there is a fundamental relationship between the spin Hall conductivity and orbital diamagnetism in the insulating state of the Dirac electrons. Based on this theoretical finding, the magnitude of spin Hall conductivity is estimated for bismuth by that of orbital susceptibility. The magnitude of spin Hall conductivity turns out to be as large as 104Ω-1 cm-1, which is about 100 times larger than that of Pt. It is also shown that the ratio of the Zeeman splitting to the cyclotron energy, which reflects the effect of crystalline spin-orbit interaction, for holes at the T-point can be larger than 1.0 (the maximum of previous theories) and exhibit strong angular dependence, which gives a possible solution to the long-standing mystery of holes at the T-point. In collaboration with Masao Ogata, Hidetoshi Fukuyama, Zengwei Zhu, Benoît Fauqué, Woun Kang, and Kamran Behnia. Supported by JSPS (KAKENHI 24244053, 25870231, and 13428660).

  5. Thermostat for high temperature and transient characterization of thin film thermoelectric materials.

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    Singh, Rajeev; Shakouri, Ali

    2009-02-01

    We have designed and fabricated a vacuum-insulated thermostat capable of measuring the thermoelectric properties of thin films from room temperature to 850 K. High speed Seebeck voltage transients are resolved to 200 ns with 63 dB dynamic range in order to directly measure thermoelectric device figure of merit. In-plane Seebeck coefficient probes measure voltage and temperature difference at identical locations with low parasitic contributions. In-plane electrical conductivity measurement is accomplished at high speed to avoid possible Seebeck voltage effect on van der Pauw measurements.

  6. 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.

  7. Effects of Sb Content (x) on (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Te3 Thermoelectric Thin Film Deposited by Effusion Cell Evaporator.

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    Yong, Ho; Na, Sekwon; Gang, Jun-Gu; Jeon, Seong-Jae; Hyun, Seungmin; Lee, Hoo-Jeong

    2015-10-01

    This paper investigates the effects of the Sb content (x) on (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Te3 thermoelectric films with x changing widely from 0 (Sb2Te3) to 1 (Bi2Te3). First, the XRD analysis discloses that with the Sb content (x) increasing, the phase changed gradually from Bi2Te3 to Sb2Te3 as Sb atoms replaced substitutionally Bi atoms. Further microstructure analysis reveals that an extensive grain growth occurred during post-annealing for the samples with high Sb contents. According to the measurement of electrical and thermoelectric properties, the polarity of the charge carrier and Seebeck coefficient switched n-type to p-type in the range of x = 0.45~0.63. For the n-type samples, the power factor is highest when x = 0.18 around 46.01 μW/K(2) whereas Sb2Te3, for the p-type samples, shows the highest value, 62.48 μW/K(2)cm.

  8. Optical and electrical properties and phonon drag effect in low temperature TEP measurements of AgSbSe2 thin films

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    Namitha Asokan, T.; Urmila, K. S.; Jacob, Rajani; Reena Philip, Rachel; Okram, G. S.; Ganesan, V.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-05-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver antimony selenide have been deposited using a reactive evaporation technique onto an ultrasonically cleaned glass substrate at a vacuum of 10-5 torr. The preparative parameters, like substrate temperature and incident fluxes, have been properly controlled in order to get stoichiometric, good quality and reproducible thin film samples. The samples are characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM and a UV—vis—NIR spectrophotometer. The prepared sample is found to be polycrystalline in nature. From the XRD pattern, the average particle size and lattice constant are calculated. The dislocation density, strain and number of crystallites per unit area are evaluated using the average particle size. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the temperature has also been studied and the prepared AgSbSe2 samples are semiconducting in nature. The AgSbSe2 thin films exhibited an indirect allowed optical transition with a band gap of 0.64 eV. The compound exhibits promising thermoelectric properties, a large Seebeck coefficient of 30 mV/K at 48 K due to strong phonon electron interaction. It shows a strong temperature dependence on thermoelectric properties, including the inversion of a dominant carrier type from p to n over a low temperature range 9-300 K, which is explained on the basis of a phonon drag effect.

  9. Isovalent substitutes play in different ways: Effects of isovalent substitution on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02

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    Sun, Hui; Lu, Xu; Morelli, Donald T.

    2016-07-01

    Boron-added CoSi, CoSi0.98B0.02, possesses a very high thermoelectric power factor of 60 μW cm-1 K-2 at room temperature, which is among the highest power factors that have ever been reported for near-room-temperature thermoelectric applications. Since the electrical properties of this material have been tuned properly, isovalent substitution for its host atoms is intentionally employed to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity while maintaining the electronic properties unchanged. In our previous work, the effect of Rh substitution for Co atoms on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02 has been studied. Here, we present a study of the substitution of Ge for Si atoms in this compound. Even though Ge and Rh are isovalent with their corresponding host atoms, they play different roles in determining the electrical and thermal transport properties. Through the evaluation of the lattice thermal conductivity by the Debye approximation and the comparison between the high-temperature Seebeck coefficients, we propose that Rh substitution leads to a further overlapping of the conduction and the valence bands, while Ge substitution only shifts the Fermi level upward into the conduction band. Our results show that the influence of isovalent substitution on the electronic structure cannot be ignored when the alloying method is used to improve thermoelectric properties.

  10. Effect of Silicon Carbide Nanoparticles on the Grain Boundary Segregation and Thermoelectric Properties of Bismuth Doped Mg2Si0.7Ge0.3

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    Farahi, Nader; Prabhudev, Sagar; Bugnet, Matthieu; Botton, Gianluigi A.; Salvador, James R.; Kleinke, Holger

    2016-12-01

    The effect of silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles on the thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si0.676Ge0.3Bi0.024 was investigated. Increasing the concentration of SiC nanoparticles systematically reduces the electrical conductivity from 431 Ω-1 cm-1 for the pristine sample to 370 Ω-1 cm-1 for the sample with 1.5 wt.% SiC at 773 K, while enhancing the Seebeck coefficient from -202 μV K-1 to -215 μV K-1 at 773 K. In spite of the high thermal conductivity of SiC, its additions could successfully decrease the lattice thermal conductivity from 3.2 W m-1 K-1 to 2.7 W m-1 K-1 at 323 K, presumably by adding more interfaces. The Z contrast transmission electron microscopy imaging ( Z = atomic number) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy revealed bismuth segregation at the grain boundary. In summary, the figure of merit reached its maximum value of 0.75 at 773 K for the sample containing 0.5 wt.% SiC.

  11. Large transverse thermoelectric effects in single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional metal Li0.9Mo6O17

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    Moshfeghyeganeh, Saeed; Cohn, Joshua; Dos Santos, Carlos A. M.; Neumeier, John J.

    2014-03-01

    We present measurements of transverse thermoelectric (TE) effects in the temperature range 300-500 K for single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional (q1D) metal Li0.9Mo6O17 (lithium purple bronze). Prior work demonstrates a highly anisotropic Seebeck coefficient (S), with metallic n-type behavior along the q1D chains (crystallographic b axis), p-type semiconductor behavior in the perpendicular, inter-chain direction (c axis), and a difference ΔS ~= 200 μ V/K near T = 450 K. Significant transverse TE voltages, induced by applied temperature differences, and Peltier cooling, induced by applied currents, in specimens with body axes misaligned with the b and c axes will be discussed. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DE-FG02-12ER46888, Univ. Miami), the National Science Foundation (DMR-0907036, Mont. St. Univ.), and in Lorena by the CNPq (301334/2007-2) and FAPESP (2009/14524-6).

  12. Isovalent substitutes play in different ways: Effects of isovalent substitution on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02

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    Sun, Hui; Lu, Xu; Morelli, Donald T.

    2016-07-21

    Boron-added CoSi, CoSi0.98B0.02, possesses a very high thermoelectric power factor of 60 μW cm-1 K-2 at room temperature, which is among the highest power factors that have ever been reported for near-room-temperature thermoelectric applications. Since the electrical properties of this material have been tuned properly, isovalent substitution for its host atoms are intentionally employed to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity while maintaining the electronic properties unchanged. In our previous work, the effect of Rh substitution for Co atoms on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02 has been studied. Here we present a study of the substitution of Ge for Si atomsmore » in this compound. Even though Ge and Rh are isovalent with their corresponding host atoms, they play different roles in determining the electrical and thermal transport properties. Through the evaluation of the lattice thermal conductivity by the Debye approximation and the comparison between the high-temperature Seebeck coefficients, we propose that Rh substitution leads to a further overlapping of the conduction and the valence bands while Ge substitution only shifts the Fermi level upward into the conduction band. Lastly, our results show that the influence of isovalent substitution on the electronic structure cannot be ignored when the alloying method is used to improve thermoelectric properties.« less

  13. Isovalent substitutes play in different ways: Effects of isovalent substitution on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02

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    Sun, Hui; Lu, Xu; Morelli, Donald T.

    2016-07-21

    Boron-added CoSi, CoSi0.98B0.02, possesses a very high thermoelectric power factor of 60 μW cm-1 K-2 at room temperature, which is among the highest power factors that have ever been reported for near-room-temperature thermoelectric applications. Since the electrical properties of this material have been tuned properly, isovalent substitution for its host atoms are intentionally employed to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity while maintaining the electronic properties unchanged. In our previous work, the effect of Rh substitution for Co atoms on the thermoelectric properties of CoSi0.98B0.02 has been studied. Here we present a study of the substitution of Ge for Si atoms in this compound. Even though Ge and Rh are isovalent with their corresponding host atoms, they play different roles in determining the electrical and thermal transport properties. Through the evaluation of the lattice thermal conductivity by the Debye approximation and the comparison between the high-temperature Seebeck coefficients, we propose that Rh substitution leads to a further overlapping of the conduction and the valence bands while Ge substitution only shifts the Fermi level upward into the conduction band. Lastly, our results show that the influence of isovalent substitution on the electronic structure cannot be ignored when the alloying method is used to improve thermoelectric properties.

  14. Large Seebeck magnetic anisotropy in thin Co films embedded in Cu determined by ab initio investigations

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    Popescu, Voicu; Kratzer, Peter

    2013-09-01

    The longitudinal thermopower of a Cu/Co/Cu trilayer system exhibits an oscillatory dependence on the thickness of the Co layer, a behavior related to the formation of quantum well states in the minority spin channel. In addition, it is found to be very sensitive to a switching between an in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization. The resulting magnetothermopower (MTP) is therefore much larger than anticipated from the conventional anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR). Our calculations establish a direct connection between the magnitude of the MTP signal and the asymmetry of the AMR around the Fermi energy. An enhancement of MTP based on this understanding may offer the possibility of implementing an efficient spin read-out thermoelectric device based on a single ferromagnetic layer.

  15. 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.

  16. LIGHTWEIGHT HIGH-POWER THERMOELECTRIC MODULE DEVELOPMENT.

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    ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION), *GENERATORS), (*THERMOCOUPLES, (*MODULES(ELECTRONICS), THERMOCOUPLES), (*THERMOELECTRICITY, HEAT, ENERGY CONVERSION, SEEBECK EFFECT , BONDED JOINTS, SILICON ALLOYS, GERMANIUM ALLOYS, LEAD ALLOYS, TELLURIUM ALLOYS, METALLOGRAPHY, SPACECRAFT COMPONENTS, MANUFACTURING.

  17. Spin-orbital coupling effect on the power factor in semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    Guo, San-Dong; Wang, Jian-Li

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers {{MX}}2 (M = Zr, Hf, Mo, W and Pt; X = S, Se and Te) are investigated by combining first-principles and Boltzmann transport theory, including spin-orbital coupling (SOC). It is found that the gap decrease increases from S to Te in each cation group when the SOC is opened. The spin-orbital splitting has the same trend with the gap reducing. The calculated results show that SOC has a noteworthy detrimental effect on the p-type power factor, while it has a negligible influence in n-type doping except for the W cation group, which can be understood by considering the effects of SOC on the valence and conduction bands. For {{WX}}2 (X = S, Se and Te), SOC leads to an observable enhanced power factor in n-type doping, which can be explained by SOC-induced band degeneracy, namely the bands converge. Among all of the cation groups, the Pt cation group shows the highest Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the best power factor, if we assume that the scattering time is fixed. The calculated results show that {{MS}}2 (M = Zr, Hf, Mo, W and Pt) have the best p-type power factor of all the cation groups, and that {{MSe}}2 (M = Zr and Hf), {{WS}}2 and {{MTe}}2 (M = Mo and Pt) have a more excellent n-type power factor in their respective cation group. Therefore, these results may be useful for further theoretical prediction or experimental research of excellent thermoelectric materials from semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers.

  18. On the effectiveness of the thermoelectric energy filtering mechanism in low-dimensional superlattices and nano-composites

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    Thesberg, Mischa; Kosina, Hans; Neophytou, Neophytos

    2016-12-01

    Electron energy filtering has been suggested as a promising way to improve the power factor and enhance the ZT figure of merit of thermoelectric materials. In this work, we explore the effect that reduced dimensionality has on the success of the energy-filtering mechanism for power factor enhancement. We use the quantum mechanical non-equilibrium Green's function method for electron transport including electron-phonon scattering to explore 1D and 2D superlattice/nanocomposite systems. We find that, given identical material parameters, 1D channels utilize energy filtering more effectively than 2D as they: (i) allow one to achieve the maximal power factor for smaller well sizes/smaller grains which are needed to maximize the phonon scattering, (ii) take better advantage of a lower thermal conductivity in the barrier/boundary materials compared to the well/grain materials in both: enhancing the Seebeck coefficient; and in producing a system which is robust against detrimental random deviations from the optimal barrier design. In certain cases, we find that the relative advantage can be as high as a factor of 3. We determine that energy-filtering is most effective when the average energy of carrier flow varies the most between the wells and the barriers along the channel, an event which occurs when the energy of the carrier flow in the host material is low, and when the energy relaxation mean-free-path of carriers is short. Although the ultimate reason for these aspects, which cause a 1D system to see greater relative improvement than a 2D, is the 1D system's van Hove singularity in the density-of-states, the insights obtained are general and inform energy-filtering design beyond dimensional considerations.

  19. Fundamental Understanding and Theoretical Design of Novel Nanostructured Semiconductor Materials

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    2012-01-04

    approach, and transport properties including electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficients using our newly developed transport codes. Specific...photovoltaic materials and transparent conducting oxides. Electronic structure and volume effect on thermoelectric transport in p-type Bi and Sb...technologies. The efficiency of TE materials is represented by the figure of merit, ZT=SlaT/ (Ke+K/.), where S is the Seebeck coefficient, a is the electrical

  20. Determination of transport properties in chromium disilicide nanowires via combined thermoelectric and structural characterizations.

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    Zhou, Feng; Szczech, Jeannine; Pettes, Michael T; Moore, Arden L; Jin, Song; Shi, Li

    2007-06-01

    The Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of individual chromium disilicide nanowires were characterized using a suspended microdevice and correlated with the crystal structure and growth direction obtained by transmission electron microscopy on the same nanowires. The obtained thermoelectric figure of merit of the nanowires was comparable to the bulk values. We show that combined Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity measurements provide an effective approach to probing the Fermi Level, carrier concentration and mobility in nanowires.

  1. 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

  2. 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 1150°C with a heating rate of 4°C/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.

  3. 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.

  4. Thermoelectric Cooling: Review and Application. Aeromedical Review

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    1981-12-01

    materials; Seebeck effect; Peltier effect; Thomson effect ’ o rier effect; Joule effect; maximum coefficient of performance; maximum heat u p capacity; heat... Thomson Effect .... ... ..... ....... . . . . . . . . 12 Fourier Effect . . . . . . . ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Joule Effect...10 View b--Heat pump mode. . .................. 11 5. Thomson effect ...... ... . . . .. ... ... . 13 6. Model of the thermal conditioning problem

  5. 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

    2015-01-01

    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

  6. New Technology for Remote Testing of Response Time of Installed Thermocouples. Volume 1. Background and General Details

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    1992-01-01

    51 Illustration of Thomson Effect ...................................... Law of Intermediate Metals...These phenomenon are referred to as Sesbeck effect, Peltier effect, and Thomson effect . These effects are reviewed below: Seebeck Effect. The Sesbeck...currents were employed to avoid the Peltler question altogether. Thomson Effect . The Thomson effect occurs in a single conductor as demonstrated in.Figure

  7. Effect of Fe-Ru doping in the electronic and thermoelectric properties of new filled skutterudite Ba(Fe,Ru)4As12

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    Shankar, A.; Sandeep, Rai, D. P.; Thapa, R. K.; Mandal, P. K.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed the density functional theory based calculation to study the electronic and thermoelectric properties of BaFe4-xRuxAs12 (x = 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%) within the framework of the full potential-linearized augmented plane wave method. The composite alloys are found to be stable in their optimized crystal structures and their lattice constants are in close agreement with the corresponding experimental reports. The structural stability and mechanical properties are also studied using their elastic constants. The hardness of these materials increases with increasing concentration of Ru, which also donates the covalent nature of inter-atomic bonding of BaRu4As12. The analysis of energy bands and density of states reflects the semi-metallic nature of BaFe4As12 and BaRu4As12, whereas other doped materials show metallic character. The electronic structure calculation suggests the high Seebeck coefficient with the efficient thermoelectric application of these materials. The thermal transport investigation also supports the result obtained from the electronic structure calculation. The thermoelectric efficiency defined by the figure of merit (ZT) of pure BaFe4As12 (ZT = 0.004) and BaRu4As12 (ZT = 0.005) has been enhanced to 0.357 with 75% Ru doping. The spin-polarized calculation shows a significant effect on their energy band structure, giving magnetic behavior of the sample materials. The analysis of their magnetic profile suggests the ferromagnetic nature of these materials, except BaRu4As12, which shows a paramagnetic ground state.

  8. Giant Nernst effect and bipolarity in the quasi-one-dimensional metal Li0.9Mo6O17.

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    Cohn, J L; White, B D; dos Santos, C A M; Neumeier, J J

    2012-02-03

    The Nernst coefficient for the quasi-one-dimensional metal, Li{0.9}Mo{6}O{17}, is found to be among the largest known for metals (ν≃500  μV/KT at T∼20  K), and is enhanced in a broad range of temperature by orders of magnitude over the value expected from Boltzmann theory for carrier diffusion. A comparatively small Seebeck coefficient implies that Li{0.9}Mo{6}O{17} is bipolar with large, partial Seebeck coefficients of opposite sign. A very large thermomagnetic figure of merit, ZT∼0.5, is found at high field in the range T≈35-50  K.

  9. 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.

  10. Thin Film Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Framework with High Seebeck Coefficient and Low Thermal Conductivity. Supporting Information

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    2015-04-28

    0188 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) - UU UU UU UU Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Thin Film Thermoelectric Metal -Organic...is demonstrated based on an electrically conducting metal –organic framework (MOF) using the guest@MOF concept. This demonstration opens a new...thermoelectric response, metal organic framework REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE 11. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S REPORT NUMBER(S) 10. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S

  11. Thermoelectric properties of electrolessly etched silicon nanowire arrays

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    Sadhu, Jyothi; Tian, Hongxiang; Ma, Jun; Valavala, Krishna; Singh, Piyush; Sinha, Sanjiv

    2013-03-01

    Patterning silicon as nanowires with roughened sidewalls enhances the thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT by order of magnitude compared to the bulk at 300 K. The enhancement is mainly achieved by the remarkable reduction in the thermal conductivity below 5 W/mK at 300 K with only a negligible effect on the power factor of these nanowires. While the focus remained on understanding the implications of surface disorder on the thermal conductivity, the phonon transport effects on the Seebeck coefficient of these wires remains largely unexplored. We developed an electroless etching technique to generate nanowire arrays (NWAs) with controlled surface roughness, morphology, porosity and doping. We conduct the simultaneous device-level measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity of the NWAs using frequency domain techniques. We observe that nano-structuring quenches the phonon drag in NWAs thereby reducing the Seebeck coefficient by ~25% compared to the bulk at degenerate doping levels. Further, we observe that the sidewall roughness greater than 3 nm roughness height lowers the thermal conductivity 75% below the Casimir limit with 10% - 15% increase in Seebeck coefficient. The porous NWAs show thermal conductivity close to the amorphous limit of Si with enhancement in the Seebeck coefficient primarily due to the carrier depletion.

  12. Improved thermoelectric cooling based on the Thomson effect

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Toberer, Eric S.; Khanna, Raghav; Seifert, Wolfgang

    2012-07-01

    Traditional thermoelectric Peltier coolers exhibit a cooling limit which is primarily determined by the figure of merit, zT. Rather than a fundamental thermodynamic limit, this bound can be traced to the difficulty of maintaining thermoelectric compatibility. Self-compatibility locally maximizes the cooler's coefficient of performance for a given zT and can be achieved by adjusting the relative ratio of the thermoelectric transport properties that make up zT. In this study, we investigate the theoretical performance of thermoelectric coolers that maintain self-compatibility across the device. We find that such a device behaves very differently from a Peltier cooler, and we term self-compatible coolers “Thomson coolers” when the Fourier heat divergence is dominated by the Thomson, as opposed to the Joule, term. A Thomson cooler requires an exponentially rising Seebeck coefficient with increasing temperature, while traditional Peltier coolers, such as those used commercially, have comparatively minimal change in Seebeck coefficient with temperature. When reasonable material property bounds are placed on the thermoelectric leg, the Thomson cooler is predicted to achieve approximately twice the maximum temperature drop of a traditional Peltier cooler with equivalent figure of merit (zT). We anticipate that the development of Thomson coolers will ultimately lead to solid-state cooling to cryogenic temperatures.

  13. Ballistic thermoelectric transport in structured nanowires

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    Wang, Biao; Zhou, Jun; Yang, Ronggui; Li, Baowen

    2014-06-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices are solid-state energy converters that can be used for power generation through the Seebeck effect and TE cooling through the Peltier effect. Nanostructures give great opportunities to engineer TE energy conversion efficiency. In this work, we investigate TE transport properties in structured nanowires (NWs) in the ballistic transport regime, where the NWs are bent, kinked, stubbed and segmented like a superlattice nanowire using the Green’s function method and the Landauer-Büttiker formula. A large Seebeck coefficient is found when the transmission gap appears due to the quantum interference effect of electrons. The sign of the Seebeck coefficient can be controlled by the geometries of these structured NWs. This finding is helpful for the design of nanoscale TE devices, such as thermocouple, with the same type of material doping rather than those comprised of n-type and p-type materials.

  14. 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.

  15. First-principles calculations of thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO superlattices: The route for an enhancement of thermoelectric effects in artificial nanostructures

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    Takaki, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Shimono, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji

    2016-01-07

    We present the thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO superlattices employing first-principles calculation techniques. The Seebeck coefficients, the electrical conductances, the thermal conductances, and the figure of merit are investigated employing electrical and thermal transport calculations based on density functional theory combined with the nonequilibrium Green's function and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation methods. The TiN/MgO superlattices with a small lattice mismatch at the interfaces are ideal systems to study the way for an enhancement of thermoelectric properties in artificial nanostructures. We find that the interfacial scattering between the two materials in the metal/insulator superlattices causes the electrical conductance to change rapidly, which enhances the Seebeck coefficient significantly. We show that the figure of merit for the artificial superlattice nanostructures has a much larger value compared with that of the bulk material and changes drastically with the superlattice configurations at the atomistic level.

  16. 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.

  17. Anomalous enhancement of the thermoelectric power in gallium-doped p-(Bi{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x}){sub 2}Te{sub 3} single crystals

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    Kulbachinskii, V. A. Kytin, V. G.; Tarasov, P. M.

    2010-04-15

    The effect of gallium on the temperature dependences (5 K {<=} T {<=} 300 K) of Seebeck coefficient {alpha}, electrical conductivity {sigma}, thermal conductivity k, and thermoelectric efficiency Z of mixed p-(Bi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Te{sub 3} semiconductor single crystals is studied. The hole concentration decreases upon gallium doping; that is, gallium causes a donor effect. The Seebeck coefficient increases anomalously, i.e., much higher than it should be at the detected decrease in the hole concentration. This leads to an enhancement of the thermoelectric power. The observed changes in the Seebeck coefficient indicate a noticeable gallium-induced change in the density of states in the valence band.

  18. 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.

  19. Point Defect Structure of Cr203

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    1987-10-01

    11 2.2.5 Effects of Impurities on Defect Equilibria .................. 14 2.3 Electrical Conductivity...both cationic vacancies and interstitials ........................................ 15 2.4 The impurity effect on the defect structure of a P-type...25 2.7 Seebeck effect of a semiconductor ................................................ 27 2.8 Oxygen partial pressure

  20. Customizing SNPSAM: Introducing a Secondary Coolant Loop.

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    1988-03-01

    two irreversible phenomena connected with the gen- eration of thermoelectricity. The reversible are the Seebeck effect, the Thomson effect and the...The Thomson effect causes heat to be generated in a homogeneous material where there exists a temperature gradient when an electric current is