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The Physics of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion


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Table of Contents

  • 1 The Seebeck and Peltier Effects
  • 2 The Thermoelectric Figure of Merit
  • 3 Measuring the Thermoelectric Properties
  • 4 Electronic Transport in Semiconductors
  • 5 Heat Conduction by the Crystal Lattice
  • 6 Materials for Peltier Cooling
  • 7 Generator Materials
  • 8 Transverse Flow and Thermomagnetic Effects
  • 9 Thermoelectric Refrigerators and Generators

About the Author

After graduating from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1949, Julian Goldsmid joined the scientific staff of the General Electric Company in their Wembley laboratories. In 1964 he was appointed Reader in Solid State Physics at the University of Bath and in 1969 he became Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After retiring from his chair in1988 he was appointed Emeritus Professor. From 1989 to 1995 he was Chairman of the Australian National Standards Commission. Julian Goldsmid has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Karlsruhe, Sussex, Southampton and the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Until recently he was a consultant for Marlow Industries. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Honored Academician of the International Thermoelectric Academy. In 2002 he was awarded the Golden Prize of that organization. In 2012 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the International Thermoelectric Society. He also received the Lightfoot Medal of the Institute of Refrigeration in 1959. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree by the University of London in 1958 and his D.Sc. in 1966. He has been author or joint author of about 200 publications. He is credited with many developments in the field of thermoelectricity including the first demonstration in 1954 of practical refrigeration using the Peltier effect in bismuth telluride.

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