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Phonon-blocking, electron-transmitting low-dimensional structures

A thermoelectric structure and device including at least firstand second material systems having different lattice constants andinterposed in contact with each other, and a physical interface atwhich the at least first and second material systems are joinedwith a lattice mismatch and at which structural integrity of thefirst and second material systems is substantially maintained. Theat least first and second material systems have a charge carriertransport direction normal to the physical interface and preferablyperiodically arranged in a superlattice structure.


Venkatasubramanian, R., Siivola, E., Colpitts, T., & O'Quinn, B. (2008). IPC No. U.S.Phonon-blocking, electron-transmitting low-dimensional structures (Patent No. 7342169.)