Introduction to Thermoelectricity

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Springer, Mar 29, 2016 - Technology & Engineering - 278 pages

Introduction to Thermoelectricity is the latest work by Professor Julian Goldsmid drawing on his 55 years experience in the field. The theory of the thermoelectric and related phenomena is presented in sufficient detail to enable researchers to understand their observations and develop improved thermoelectric materials. The methods for the selection of materials and their improvement are discussed. Thermoelectric materials for use in refrigeration and electrical generation are reviewed. Experimental techniques for the measurement of properties and for the production of thermoelements are described. Special emphasis is placed on nanotechnology which promises to yield great improvements in the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. Chapters are also devoted to transverse thermoelectric effects and thermionic energy conversion, both techniques offering the promise of important applications in the future.

 

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Contents

1 The Thermoelectric and Related Effects
1
2 Theory of Thermoelectric Refrigeration and Generation
9
3 Thermoelectric Properties of Metals and Semiconductors
25
4 Optimisation and Selection of Semiconductor Thermoelements
45
5 Minimising the Thermal Conductivity
67
6 The Improvement of a Specific MaterialBismuth Telluride
85
7 Methods for the Production of Materials
109
8 Measurement Techniques
125
10 Thermoelectric Modules and Their Application
197
11 Transverse Devices
221
12 Properties of Nanostructured Materials
233
13 Thermionic Energy Conversion
256
Further Readings
271
General Index
273
Index of Elements Compounds and Alloys
277
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9 Review of Thermoelectric Materials
153

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