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Researchers one step closer to new kind of thermoelectric ‘heat engine’

By / July 13, 2012

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered how to magnify a quantum mechanical effect that converts heat into a special kind of electrical current. In this artist’s rendering, a polarized electron (center) travels through a semiconductor crystal inside a magnetic field. The spheres surrounding the electron are atoms within the crystal. Heat particles called phonons…

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