Multilayer thermionic refrigerator and generator

G. D. Mahan, J. O. Sofo, M. Bartkowiak

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A new method of refrigeration is proposed. Cooling is obtained by thermionic emission of electrons over periodic barriers in a multilayer geometry. These could be either Schottky barriers between metals and semiconductors or else barriers in a semiconductor superlattice. The same device is an efficient power generator. A complete theory is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4683-4689
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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