Thermoelectric properties of inverse opals

G. D. Mahan, N. Poilvert, V. H. Crespi

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Rayleigh's method [Philos. Mag. Ser. 5 34, 481 (1892)] is used to solve for the classical thermoelectric equations in inverse opals. His theory predicts that in an inverse opal, with periodic holes, the Seebeck coefficient and the figure of merit are identical to that of the bulk material. We also provide a major revision to Rayleigh's method, in using the electrochemical potential as an important variable, instead of the electrostatic potential. We also show that in some cases, the thermal boundary resistance is important in the effective thermal conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075101
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2016


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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