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Improved thermoelectric cooling based on the Thomson effect
Author(s): G. Jeffrey Snyder; Raghav Khanna; Eric S. Toberer; Nicholas A. Heinz; Wolfgang Seifert
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Paper Abstract

Traditional thermoelectric cooling relies on the Peltier effect which produces a temperature drop limited by the figure of merit, zT. This cooling limit is not required from classical thermodynamics but can be traced to problems of thermoelectric compatibility. Alternatively, if a thermoelectric cooler can be designed to achieve full thermoelectric compatibility, lower temperature can be achieved even if the zT is low. In such a device the Thomson effect plays an important role. We present the theoretical concept of a “Thomson cooler,” for cryogenic cooling which is designed to maintain thermoelectric compatibility and we derive the requirements for the Seebeck coefficient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9821, Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR), 98210J (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2228760
Show Author Affiliations
G. Jeffrey Snyder, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Raghav Khanna, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Eric S. Toberer, Colorado School of Mines (United States)
Nicholas A. Heinz, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Wolfgang Seifert, Univ. Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9821:
Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR)
Richard I. Epstein; Bjørn F. Andresen; Markus P. Hehlen; Ingo N. Rühlich; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae; Thomas Fraser, Editor(s)

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