The thermoelectric working fluid: Thermodynamics and transport: thermodynamique et transport

Giuliano Benenti, Henni Ouerdane, Christophe Goupil

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Abstract

Thermoelectric devices are heat engines, which operate as generators or refrigerators using the conduction electrons as a working fluid. The thermoelectric heat-to-work conversion efficiency has always been typically quite low, but much effort continues to be devoted to the design of new materials boasting improved transport properties that would make them of the electron crystal–phonon glass type of systems. On the other hand, there are comparatively few studies where a proper thermodynamic treatment of the electronic working fluid is proposed. The present article aims at contributing to bridge this gap by addressing both the thermodynamic and transport properties of the thermoelectric working fluid covering a variety of models, including interacting systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1072-1083
Number of pages12
JournalComptes Rendus Physique
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Interacting systems
  • Phase transitions
  • Thermoelectricity

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