Anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of PbTe
Journal of Applied Physics
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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In this work, we investigate the crystal anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of n-type PbTe. The lattice thermal transport coefficient is computed by employing an isotropic continuum model for the dispersion relation for acoustic as well as optical phonon branches, an isotropic continuum model for crystal anharmonicity, and the single-mode relaxation time scheme. The electronic components of the transport coefficients in a wide temperature range are calculated using the isotropic-nearly-free- electron model, interaction of electrons with deformation potential of acoustic phonons, and the effect of the band non-parabolicity. It is found that the transverse optical branches play a major role in determining the phonon conductivity and the thermoelectric figure of merit of this material. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
The following article appeared in Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 116, 043702 (2014), and may be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4891201
Vol 116, 043702 (2014)