Power generation with nanowire resonant tunneling thermoelectrics
This paper was originally published as: O'Dwyer, MF, Linke, H, Hoffmann, E, Humphrey, TE, Lewis, RA & Zhang, C, Power generation with nanowire resonant tunneling thermoelectrics, 25th International Conference on Thermoelectrics 2006 (ICT '06), Vienna, Austria, 6-10 August 2006, 228-233. Copyright 2006 IEEE.
Nanowires have been predicted to yield significantly improved thermoelectric figures of merit. Here we describe the electron energy spectrum of a resonant tunneling heterostructure nanowire in detail and show how it may be used to realize energy filtering for thermoelectric electronic efficiencies approaching the Carnot limit. A proof-of-principle experiment is described that seeks to demonstrate such idealized electronic properties.
M. F. O'Dwyer, H. Linke, E. Hoffmann, T. E. Humphrey, R. A. Lewis, and C. Zhang. "Power generation with nanowire resonant tunneling thermoelectrics" Faculty of Engineering - Papers.. Aug. 2006.
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