The self-compatibility effect in graded thermoelectric cooler elements

Wolfgang Seifert*, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Eric S. Toberer, Christophe Goupil, Knud Zabrocki, Eckhard Müller

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The compatibility approach enables the description of thermoelectric (TE) effects in terms of intensive state variables. Based on the new concept of a "Thomson cooler" (using the particular case of a u = s cooler as a demonstration) the authors present practically relevant results about fully self-compatible cooler elements where the compatibility factor s is adjusted locally at any position along the element. By means of a comparison u = s cooler vs. conventional Peltier cooler with (Bi0.5Sb0.5)2Te3 material it is shown that there is a similar self-compatibility effect for different ΔT. Therewith, the paper completes results published in Phys. Rev. B 86, 045202 (2012).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1407-1417
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • thermoelectric coolers
  • thermoelectric effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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