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1. 8) Goldsmid, H. , "Thermoelectric Applications of Semi­ conductors," J. Electronics, Vol. 1, 1956, p. 218; Ref. 1, p. 104; Rittner, E. , "On the Theory of the Peltier Heat Pump," J. Appl. , Vol. 30, 1959, P· 702; Chasmar, R. P. , "The Thermoelectric Generators," J. Electronics Control, Vol. 7, 1959* P· 52. 57 ENERGY CONVERSION FOR SPACE POWER 9) Beer, A. C , "Physics of Thermoelectricity", published elsewhere in this volume. 10) Ure, R. , and Miller, R. C , "Materials for Thermoelectric Applications," in "Properties of Elemental and Compound Semiconductors," Gatos, H.

51 m . 016 w/cm C at room temperature. (References to the original work are given in Ref. 10 or 11). The properties of these materials have been considered in detail elsewhere (Ref. 10, 11, or 12). The figure of merit of some n type materials is shown in Fig. 3 and of some p type materials in Fig. k. The figure of merit drops rapidly with increasing temperature because of the small energy gap. b. PbTe PbTe is an intermetallic compound crystallizing with the NaCl structure and melting at 922 C A discussion of the basic chemical and physical properties of this compound has been given by Scanion (Ref.

Thermoelectric Materials for Space Cooling," published elsewhere in this volume. 13) Scanion, W. , "Polar Semiconductors," in "Solid State Physics," Seitz, F. , editors, Academic Press, New York, 1959, Vol. 9, p. 83. Ik) Allgaier, R. S. and Scanion, W. 2°K," Phys. , Vol. Ill, 1958, p. 1029. 15) Fritts, R. , "Design Parameters for Optimizing the Efficiency of Thermoelectric Generators Utilizing P-Type and N-Type Lead Telluride," Trans. Am. Inst. Elec. , Vol. 78, Part I, 1959, p. 817. 16) Sladek, R.

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