Europhys. Lett., 56 (4) , pp. 576-582 (2001)
Thermoelectric effects in Kondo-correlated quantum dotsD. Boese1 and R. Fazio2
1 Institut für Theoretische Festkörperphysik, Universität Karlsruhe D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Nanotechnologie D-76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
2 NEST-INFM & Dipartimento Metodologie Fisiche e Chimiche (DMFCI) Università di Catania - Viale A. Doria 6, I-95125 Catania, Italy
(Received 14 May 2001; accepted in final form 24 August 2001)
In this letter we study thermoelectric effects in ultra-small quantum dots. We study the behaviour of the thermopower, Peltier coefficient and thermal conductance both in the sequential tunneling regime and in the regime where Kondo correlations develop. Both cases of linear response and non-equilibrium induced by strong temperature gradients are considered. The thermopower is a very sensitive tool to detect Kondo correlations. It changes sign as a function of both temperature and temperature gradient. We also discuss violations of the Wiedemann-Franz law.
72.20.Pa - Thermoelectric and thermomagnetic effects.
72.15.Qm - Scattering mechanisms and Kondo effect.
73.23.Hk - Coulomb blockade; single-electron tunneling.
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