Author: V. Drebushchak
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  • 1 Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS, Pr. Ac. Koptyuga 3, Novosibirsk, 630090 Russia
  • | 2 ‘Molecular Design and Ecologically Safe Technologies’ REC-008, Novosibirsk State University, Ul. Pirogova 2, Novosibirsk, 630090 Russia
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Thermodynamic model for the quantitative description of the electromotive force in a thermocouple has been developed. Thermodynamic equilibrium was applied to the system of electrons in two metals in a contact, contrary to the consideration of the dynamics of electrons in a metal under external temperature gradient in the previous classical (Drude) and quantum (Sommerfeld) approaches. The new model has two parameters, the ‘universal’ sensitivity ɛ0 and the characteristic temperature of a particular thermocouple Θv, and quite simple expression for the emf ΔU0(T−Θvln(1+Tv) and sensitivity ɛ(T)=ɛ0T/(Θv+T). The model is shown to fit the experimental data very well at low temperatures. At high temperatures, the model is less accurate. The characteristic temperature Θv depends on the difference between the electron heat capacity coefficients γ1−γ2 of two metals in the thermocouple. The greater the difference, the higher the sensitivity of the thermocouple.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
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