Nonlinear thermoelectric phenomena

UDC 621.565.83

Nonlinear thermoelectric phenomena

Lev P. Bulat, Irina A. Nefedova

Large temperature gradients can be observed in submicron structures and nanostructures. The finite element method has been used to calculate the temperature field for a “cone–plate” semiconductor contact. It is shown that under certain conditions thermoelectric phenomena in such systems become nonlinear.

Keywords: thermoelectric energy conversion, 3D-nanostructures, nanocomposites, large temperature gradient, nonlinearity, finite element method.

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