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Effects of the Addition of Rhenium on the Thermoelectric Properties of the AlPdMn Quasicrystalline System

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

A. L. Pope
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
R. Gagnon
Affiliation:
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
R. Schneidmiller
Affiliation:
Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
P. N. Alboni
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
R. T. Littleton IV
Affiliation:
Materials Science Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
B. Zawilski
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
D. Winkler
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
T. M. Tritt
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA Materials Science Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
J. Strom-Olsen
Affiliation:
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
J. Kolis
Affiliation:
Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA Materials Science Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
S. Legault
Affiliation:
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
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Abstract

Partially due to their lack of periodic structure, quasicrystals have inherently low thermal conductivity on the order of 1 - 3 W/m-K. AlPdMn quasicrystals exhibit favorable room temperature values of electrical conductivity, 500–800 (Ω-cm)-1, and thermopower, 80 μV/K, with respect to thermoelectric applications. In an effort to further increase the thermopower and hopefully minimize the thermal conductivity via phonon scattering, quartenary Al71Pd21Mn8-XReX quasicrystals were grown. X-ray data confirms that the addition of a fourth element does not alter the quasiperiodicity of the sample. Al71Pd21Mn8-XReX quasicrystals of varying Re concentration were synthesized where x had values of 0, 0.08, 0.25, 0.4, 0.8, 2, 5, 6, and 8. Both thermal and electrical transport property measurements have been performed and are reported.

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