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nanoHUB-U Thermoelectricity L5.5: Recent Advances - Ideal Thermoelectrics, Carnot vs. Curzon-Ahlborn

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Published on Jun 18, 2014

Table of Contents:
00:09 Lecture 5.5: Ideal Thermoelectrics, Carnot vs. Curzon-Ahlborn limits, Some open questions
00:54 Carnot Cycle (reversible)
01:37 Carnot efficiency for heat engines
03:05 Curzon-Ahlborn Limit
04:36 The Best Thermoelectric
04:58 Physics of reversible thermoelectrics
07:40 Physics of reversible thermoelectrics
08:11 Thermodynamic analysis of single level thermoelectrics
08:56 TE efficiency at maximum power (level broadening)
10:42 Efficiency at maximum output power
13:04 TE vs. conventional refrigerator
15:33 Energy density propagation in TE materials
17:47 SiGe/Si superlattice thermal conductivity
19:35 Phonon minibands in SiGe superlattices
20:56 SiGe/Si superlattice thermal conductivity
21:39 SiGe/Si superlattice thermal conductivity
21:52 Miniature Refrigerator
22:07 Second Law of Thermodynamics?
22:39 Week 5: Lecture 5 Summary

This video is part of the nanoHUB-U course "Thermoelectricity: From Atoms to Systems." The third-fifth week is taught by Ali Shakouri. (http://nanohub.org/courses/teas)

This five-week short course introduces students to the thermoelectric theory and applications using a unique, "bottom up" approach to carrier transport that has emerged from research on molecular and nanoscale electronics.
The first two weeks of the course introduce this new perspective and connects it to the traditional treatment of thermoelectric science. Landauer formalism provides a unified framework to study both electron and phonon transport. The following three weeks introduce latest nanoscale and macroscale characterization techniques, the design of thermoelectric systems, and recent advances in nanoengineered thermoelectric materials and physics.

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