Electronic structure and volume effect on thermoelectric transport in p -type Bi and Sb tellurides

Min Sik Park, Jung Hwan Song, Julia E. Medvedeva, Miyoung Kim, In Gee Kim, Arthur J. Freeman

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Thermoelectric transport properties (Seebeck coefficient, S, and electrical conductivity, σ) of p -type Bi and Sb tellurides are investigated using a first-principles all-electron density-functional approach. We demonstrate that the carrier concentration, band gap, and lattice constants have an important influence on the temperature behavior of S and that the volume expansion by 5.5% in Sb2 Te3 results in an increase in S by 33μV/K at 300 K. We argue that in addition to the electronic structure characteristics, the volume also affects the value of S and hence should be considered as an origin of the experimental observations that S can be enhanced by doping Sb2 Te3 with Bi (which has a larger ionic size) in Sb sites or by the deposition of thick Bi2 Te3 layers alternating with thinner Sb2 Te3 layers in a superlattice, Bi2 Te3 / Sb2 Te3. We show that the optimal carrier concentration for the best power factor of Bi2 Te3 and Sb2 Te3 is approximately 1019 cm-3.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155211
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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