Thermoelectric and thermo-Coulomb effects in tunnel junctions

M. Amman, E. Ben-Jacob, J. L. Cohn

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We present a study of the thermoelectric effects in tunnel junctions. In particular we calculate the thermoelectric power coefficient S and the Peltier coefficient P{cyrillic}. For macroscopic junctions we demonstrate the sensitivity of S and P{cyrillic} to the structure of the density of states. For mesoscopic junctions we show that Coulomb effects modify the ordinary Onsager picture and the relation P{cyrillic}=-TS. The coefficients S and P{cyrillic} are found to be very sensitive to the coupling of the junctions to the external world. We comment on the relevance of these effects to scanning tunneling microscope measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 14 1992
Externally publishedYes

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