“It Ain’t Necessarily So”

  • P. L. Taylor


The theory of thermoelectricity is to be found in a looking-glass land where all our best-loved folk theorems are cruelly violated. Everyone knows that pseudopotentials are better than Hartree potentials in calculating scattering amplitudes, that higher-order electron-phonon interaction terms are negligibly small, and that the electronic relaxation time for phonon scattering may be approximated by a function that is symmetric about the Fermi energy. And yet ....


Boltzmann Equation Bear Approximation Linearize Boltzmann Equation Thermoelectric Effect Folk Theorem 
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  • P. L. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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