Transport coefficients and thermoelectric figure of merit of n-Hg 1-xCdxTe

J. O. Sofo, G. D. Mahan, J. Baars

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The conductivity, Hall coefficient, and thermopower of Hg 1-xCdxTe (MCT) are calculated for 0<x<0.3 at temperatures below 400 K and donor doping lower than 1019 cm -3. The results are obtained by solving the Boltzmann equation with the iteration method, including scattering of the carriers by ionized impurities, optical and acoustic phonons, and alloy potential. The agreement between the calculation and a large amount of compiled experimental data is excellent for bulk samples and thick films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. Using tabulated data for the thermal conductivity the thermoelectric figure of merit Z is calculated, and in the most favorable conditions of doping and composition ZT is less than 0.33 at T=300 K. The potential for increasing the ZT of MCT is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2249-2254
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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