Charge Kondo Effect in Thermoelectric Properties of Lead Telluride Doped with Thallium Impurities

  • T. A. CostiEmail author
  • V. Zlatić
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We investigate the thermoelectric properties of PbTe doped with a small concentration x of Tl impurities acting as acceptors and described by Anderson impurities with negative on-site correlation energy. The resulting charge Kondo effect naturally accounts for a number of the low temperature anomalies in this system, including the unusual doping dependence of the carrier concentration, the Fermi level pinning and the self-compensation effect. The Kondo anomalies in the low temperature resistivity at temperatures \(T\leq 10\, \mathrm { K}\) and the x-dependence of the residual resistivity are also in good agreement with experiment. Our model also captures the qualitative aspects of the thermopower at higher temperatures \(T>300\, \mathrm { K}\) for high dopings (\(x>0.6<percent>\)) where transport is expected to be largely dominated by carriers in the heavy hole band of PbTe.


Thermoelectric Property Mixed Valence State Numerical Renormalization Group Heavy Hole Band Anderson Impurity 
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We thank K. M. Seemann, D. J. Singh, H. Murakami, P. Coleman, G. Kotliar, J. Schmalian, and I. R. Fisher for discussions and D. J. Singh, H. Murakami and I. R. Fisher for data [9, 19]. V.Z. acknowledges support by Croatian MZOS Grant No.0035-0352843-2849, NSF Grant DMR-1006605 and Forschungszentrum Jülich. T. A. C. acknowledges supercomputer support from the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (Jülich).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peter Grünberg Institut and Institute for Advanced SimulationResearch Centre JülichJéulichGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsCroatia and J. Stefan Institute, ZagrebLjubljanaSlovenia

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