Introduction to Modeling Thermoelectric Transport at High Temperatures

Authored by: Andrew F. May , G. Jeffrey Snyder

Thermoelectrics and its Energy Harvesting

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781439874707
eBook ISBN: 9781439874714
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The goal of this chapter is to provide experimentalists a basic outline for analyzing/modeling thermoelectric transport at high temperatures. The simplest model is that developed for itinerant conduction in a single parabolic band (SPB). The SPB model is a powerful analytical tool when investigating thermoelectric transport. For instance, it can be used to guide the enhancement and/or optimization of thermoelectric efficiency, or the analysis results may suggest the presence of more complex behavior affecting the thermoelectric efficiency. There are, of course, many cases when the SPB model fails due to either multiband effects [1,2] or nonparabolicity [37]. The interested reader has many texts available for studying the physical origin of thermoelectric transport and the models obtained from the Boltzmann transport equation [815].

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