THERMOELECTRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF MICROSCALE THIN-FILM THERMOCOUPLES
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Microscale thin-film thermocouples (TFTCs), which can be fabricated using existing microelectronics technology on the surfaces of electronic de vices with film thicknesses as small as tens of angstroms, have smaller thermoelectric potential compared to thick-film cases. The qualititative characteristics of TFTCs, which have not yet been modeled successfully, have been analyzed based on the model of distributed electric potential across the interface of two metals. The steady-state solution of the electron distribution and the electric potential distribution by solving the one-dimensional Schrodinger equation and the Poisson equation simultaneously show the decrease in the thermoeleectric potential quantitatively. 1997 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Microscale Thermophysical Engineering
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Tien, Akira Yabe Shuichi Terakado Jon P Longtin MC Hipwell Chang-Lin