We made 50 and 100 periodic nano-layers of electro-cooling system consisting of SiO2/AuxSiO2
(1−x) super lattice with Au layer deposited on both side as metal contact using Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) system. The deposited multi-layer films have a periodic structure consisting of alternating layers where each layer is between 1-10 nm thick. The ultimate objective of this research is to tailor the figure of merit of layered structures used as thermoelectric generators. The super lattices were then bombarded by 5 MeV Si ion at different four fluences to form nano-cluster structure. The film thickness and stoichiometry were monitored by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) before and after MeV bombardments. We measured the thermoelectric efficiency of the fabricated device before and after MeV bombardments. To accomplish this we measured the cross plane thermal conductivity by 3rd harmonic method, measured cross plane Seebeck coefficient, and measured electric conductivity using Van Der Pauw method before and after 5 MeV Si Bombardments. As predicted the electronic energy deposited due to ionization by MeV Si beam in its track produces nano-scale structures which disrupt and confine phonon transmission therefore reducing thermal conductivity, increasing electron density of state so as to increase Seebeck coefficient, and electric conductivity, thus increasing figure of merit. We will present our findings during the meeting.
* Research sponsored by the Center for Irradiation of Materials, Alabama A&M University and by the AAMURI Center for Advanced Propulsion Materials under the contract number NAG8-1933 from NASA, and by National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-0447675.