We demonstrate high-temperature thermoelectric conversion in InAs/InP nanowire quantum dots by taking advantage of their strong electronic confinement. The electrical conductance G and the thermopower S are obtained from charge transport measurements and accurately reproduced with a theoretical model accounting for the multilevel structure of the quantum dot. Notably, our analysis does not rely on the estimate of cotunnelling contributions, since electronic thermal transport is dominated by multilevel heat transport. By taking into account two spin-degenerate energy levels we are able to evaluate the electronic thermal conductance K and investigate the evolution of the electronic figure of merit ZT as a function of the quantum dot configuration and demonstrate ZT ≈ 35 at 30 K, corresponding to an electronic efficiency at maximum power close to the Curzon-Ahlborn limit.
|Titolo:||Thermoelectric Conversion at 30 K in InAs/InP Nanowire Quantum Dots|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Parole Chiave:||mesoscopic transport; nanowire; quantum dot; Seebeck effect; Thermoelectric conversion|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b00276|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|