Thermal properties of one dimensional nanostructures are of interest for thermoelectric energy conversion. Thermoelectric efficiency is related to non dimensional thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT = (S^2 σT)/k where S, σ, k are the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity respectively. These physical properties are interdependent, and hence making ZT of a material high is very challenging work. However, when the size of nanostructure is comparable to the wavelength and mean free path of energy carriers, it is feasible to avoid such interdependence to enhance ZT energy conversion. [1–3]
Volume Subject Area:Theory and Fundamental Research
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