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Thermal conductivity in PbTe from first principles
W Virginia University, WV 26506 USA; Max Planck Institute Mikrostrukturphys, Germany.
Max Planck Institute Mikrostrukturphys, Germany.
University of Liege, Belgium; University of Liege, Belgium.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. CALTECH, CA 91125 USA.
2015 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 91, no 21, 214310- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We investigate the harmonic and anharmonic contributions to the phonon spectrum of lead telluride and perform a complete characterization of how thermal properties of PbTe evolve as temperature increases. We analyze the thermal resistivitys variationwith temperature and clarify misconceptions about existing experimental literature. The resistivity initially increases sublinearly because of phase space effects and ultra strong anharmonic renormalizations of specific bands. This effect is the strongest factor in the favorable thermoelectric properties of PbTe, and it explains its limitations at higher T. This quantitative prediction opens the prospect of phonon phase space engineering to tailor the lifetimes of crucial heat carrying phonons by considering different structure or nanostructure geometries. We analyze the available scattering volume between TO and LA phonons as a function of temperature and correlate its changes to features in the thermal conductivity.

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American Physical Society , 2015. Vol. 91, no 21, 214310- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120224DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.214310ISI: 000357020900002OAI: diva2:842655

Funding Agencies|Marie Curie Actions from the European Union [PIIFR-GA-2011-911070]; American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund [54075-ND10]; National Science Foundation [1434897]; Action de Recherches Concertees (ARC) from the Communaute Francaise de Belgique [10/15-03]; EU FP7 [RI-283493, RI-312763]; Swedish Research Council (VR) program [637-2013-7296]

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