Enhanced Thermionic Emission Cooling in High Barrier Superlattice Heterostructures
CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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Thermionic emission current in heterostructures can be used to enhance thermoelectric properties beyond what can be achieved with conventional bulk materials. The Bandgap discontinuity at the junction between two materials is used to selectively emit hot electrons over a barrier layer from cathode to anode. This evaporative cooling can be optimized at various temperatures by adjusting the barrier height and thickness.
- Electricity and Magnetism