Chiral thermoelectrics with quantum Hall edge states

Chiral thermoelectrics with quantum Hall edge states
R. Sánchez, Björn Sothmann and Andrew N. Jordan.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 146801 (2015)

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The thermoelectric properties of a three-terminal quantum Hall conductor are investigated. We identify a contribution to the thermoelectric response that relies on the chirality of the carrier motion rather than on spatial asymmetries. The Onsager matrix becomes maximally asymmetric with configurations where either the Seebeck or the Peltier coefficients are zero while the other one remains finite. Reversing the magnetic field direction exchanges these effects, which originate from the chiral nature of the quantum Hall edge states. The possibility to generate spin-polarized currents in quantum spin Hall samples is discussed.

 

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