Electronic structure of (formula presented): A high-performance thermoelectric at low temperatures

P. Larson, S. D. Mahanti, D. Y. Chung, Mercouri G Kanatzidis

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Recently, a novel narrow-gap semiconductor (formula presented) has been discovered with greater potential for low-temperature applications than the best existing high-performance thermoelectrics, (formula presented) and its alloys. Electronic structure calculations in this bulk system display reduced dimensionality of hole transport whose origin can be traced to the presence of Bi-Bi bonds (instead of Bi-Te and Te-Te bonds), unique for bismuth chalcogenide systems. This reduced dimensionality of charge transport along with the low thermal conductivity of this compound can explain the observed large thermoelectric figure of merit ZT in hole doped (formula presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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