Volume 85, Number 6, March 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||07 April 2009|
Thermoelectric efficiency at maximum power in a quantum dot
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0340, USA
2 Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems, Université Libre de Bruxelles - CP 231, Campus Plaine, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, EU
3 Hasselt University - B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium, EU
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 2 March 2009
We identify the operational conditions for maximum power of a nanothermoelectric engine consisting of a single quantum level embedded between two leads at different temperatures and chemical potentials. The corresponding thermodynamic efficiency agrees with the Curzon-Ahlborn expression up to quadratic terms in the gradients, supporting the thesis of universality beyond linear response.
PACS: 05.70.Ln – Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics / 05.70.-a – Thermodynamics / 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion
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