Fundamentals of Thermoelectricity

Hardcover | February 28, 2015

byKamran Behnia

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What kind of information on the electrons' organisation in solids is yielded by measuring their thermoelectric response? Fundamentals of Thermoelectricity gives an account of our current understanding of thermoelectric phenomena in solids by presenting basic theoretical concepts and numerousexperimental results. Many readers will be surprised to learn that even in the case of simple metals (considered to be domesticated long ago by the quantum theory of solids) our understanding lags far behind known experimental facts. The two theories of phonon drag, the positive Seebeck coefficient of noble metals, and the three-orders-of-magnitude gap between theory and experiment regarding the thermoelectric response of Bogoliubov quasi-particles of a superconductor are among the forgotten puzzles discussed in this book. Amongother novelties, it contains an original discussion of the role of the de Broglie thermal wave-length in setting the magnitude of the thermoelectric response in Fermi liquids.

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What kind of information on the electrons' organisation in solids is yielded by measuring their thermoelectric response? Fundamentals of Thermoelectricity gives an account of our current understanding of thermoelectric phenomena in solids by presenting basic theoretical concepts and numerousexperimental results. Many readers will be su...

Kamran Behnia grew up in Tehran and witnessed the revolution of 1979, and the repression which followed it. He became a political refugee in France in the middle of the 1980s and obtained a PhD from Paris-Sud University in 1990. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Geneva, he was employed in 1992 by the Centre National de la...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.64 inPublished:February 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697663

ISBN - 13:9780199697663

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Table of Contents

1. Basic concepts2. The semiclassical picture3. Non-diffusive thermoelectricity4. Magnetothermoelecricity5. The thermal wave-length and Fermi-liquid thermoelectricity6. Experimental survey: I. The periodical table7. Experimental survey: II. Narrow-gap semiconductors8. Experimental survey: III. Correlated metals9. Superconductivity and thermoelectric phenomena10. New frontiers