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A comparison of projected thermoelectric and thermionic refrigerators


Nolas, GS and Goldsmid, HJ, A comparison of projected thermoelectric and thermionic refrigerators, Journal of Applied Physics, 85, (8) pp. 4066-4070. ISSN 0021-8979 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1063/1.370311


Expressions for the coefficient of performance and the cooling power of a thermionic refrigerator are derived taking into account the losses associated with thermal radiation and the need for a so-called passive conductor in the electrical circuit. Specific calculations are made for a thermionic device with a work function of 0.3 eV and it is shown that the performance is generally superior to that of a thermoelectric refrigerator made from materials with a dimensionless figure of merit ZT equal to 4. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Condensed matter physics
Research Field:Surface properties of condensed matter
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, HJ (Professor Hiroshi Julian Goldsmid)
ID Code:16431
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-06-21

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