Volume 103, Number 6, September 2013
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|Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
|22 October 2013
Thermoelectricity of Wigner crystal in a periodic potential
1 Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics - 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
2 Novosibirsk State University - 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
3 Laboratoire de Physique Théorique du CNRS (IRSAMC), Université de Toulouse, UPS F-31062 Toulouse, France, EU
Received: 13 August 2013
Accepted: 24 September 2013
We study numerically the thermoelectricity of the classical Wigner crystal placed in a periodic potential and being in contact with a thermal bath modeled by the Langevin dynamics. At low temperatures the system has sliding and pinned phases with the Aubry transition between them. We show that in the Aubry pinned phase the dimensionless Seebeck coefficient can reach very high values of several hundreds. At the same time the charge and thermal conductivity of the crystal drop significantly inside this phase. Still we find that the largest values of ZT factor are reached in the Aubry phase and for the studied parameter range we obtain . We argue that this system can provide an optimal regime for reaching high ZT factors and realistic modeling of thermoelecriticy. Possible experimental realizations of this model are discussed.
PACS: 84.60.Rb – Thermoelectric, electrogasdynamic and other direct energy conversion / 72.20.Pa – Thermoelectric and thermomagnetic effects / 73.20.-r – Electron states at surfaces and interfaces
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