Turkish Journal of Physics




An investigation of the electronic (\aleph_e) and lattice (\aleph_L) parts of the thermal conductivity for samples of Bi_{1-x} Sb_x (0,02 < X < 0,12) and system of Ag-Sb-Te was carried out in the temperature interval 6-300K. Separation of \aleph_L and \aleph_e has been made by suppressing \aleph_e in magnetic field. The experimental data of \aleph_L and \aleph_e have been compared, respectively, with Gallaway's theory and with a theory which takes into account the inelastic character of scattering. It is observed that the Lorentz number L calculated by using the experimental values of \aleph_e and thermomagnetic coefficients is smaller than its Zommerfeld's value L_0 in high doping Bi_{0.88}Sb_{0.12}. A satisfactory agreement between the theory and the experiment allows to conclude that besides the normal and U-processes in Bi_{1-x}Sb_x the defects of mass also plays a considerable role in scattering. It is observed that \aleph_L of single phase samples Ag_{0.82}Sb_{1.18}Te_{2.18} is smaller than AgSbTe_2 samples. It is shown that this is due to the presence of p-Ag_2 Te in AgSbTe_2. It is established that the high concentration of intrinsic defects plays a considerable role in scattering for Ag-Sb-Te as well.

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