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Coupled theoretical interpretation and experimental investigation of the anisotropy of the lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 single crystal

 
: Jacquot, A.; Bayer, B.; Winkler, M.; Böttner, H.; Jaegle, M.

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Journal of solid state chemistry 193 (2012), pp.105-108
ISSN: 0022-4596
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPM ()

Abstract
The Debye model is modified for the calculation of the lattice thermal conductivity and used to gain insight into the anisotropy of Bi 2Te 3. In this work, the Debye temperature is not used to estimate the cutoff frequencies of the phonons that carry heat. The cutoff frequencies are defined by setting an upper limit to the energy of acoustic phonons using the complete dispersion relations. The anisotropy of the thermal conductivity is found to be unrelated to the anisotropy of the sound velocities. It is found that the sound velocity is almost isotropic when the longitudinal and two transversal waves are added together. In addition the relaxation time must be a function of the cutoff frequencies and counterbalances the anisotropy arising from the variation of the number of acoustic phonons traveling in various directions. It is concluded that the anisotropy of the thermal conductivity is mostly related to the Grüneisen's constant.

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