Reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity in immiscible PbS-PbTe systems

Simon Johnsen*, Steven N. Girard, Iliya Todorov, Duck Young Chung, Mercouri Kanatzidis

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The synthesis and properties characterization of several PbS 1-xjTex x = 0-0.16 samples are presented. Notably it is shown how a local minimum occurs in the thermal diffusivity for the PbS 1-xTex samples at x ∼ 0.03. The thermoelectric properties of doped PbS1-xTex with x = 0.03 are reported and the properties are compared to the pure PbS and PbTe end members. The electronic contribution to the total thermal conductivity is analyzed for PbS1-xTex x = 0.03 and it is shown how the lattice thermal conductivity is significantly lowered compared to single crystalline PbS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThermoelectric Materials 2010 - Growth, Properties, Novel Characterization Methods and Applications
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 24 2010
Event2010 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2010Apr 9 2010


Other2010 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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