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Effect of Native Defects on Transport Properties in Non-Stoichiometric CoSb3

Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C., Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua 31136, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Sofoklis Makridis
Materials 2017, 10(3), 287;
Received: 11 January 2017 / Revised: 1 March 2017 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 14 March 2017
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The effect of native defects originated by a non-stoichiometric variation of composition in CoSb3 on I-V curves and Hall effect was investigated. Hysteretic and a non-linear behavior of the  I-V curves at cryogenic temperatures were observed; the non-linear behavior originated from the Poole-Frenkel effect, a field-dependent ionization mechanism that lowers Coulomb barriers and increases emission of charge carriers, and the hysteresis was attributed to the drastic decrease of specific heat which produces Joule heating at cryogenic temperatures. CoSb3 is a narrow gap semiconductor and slight variation in the synthesis process can lead to either n- or p-type conduction. The Sb-deficient CoSb3 presented an n-type conduction. Using a single parabolic model and assuming only acoustic-phonon scattering the charge transport properties were calculated at 300 K. From this model, a carrier concentration of 1.18 × 1018 cm−3 and a Hall factor of 1.18 were calculated. The low mobility of charge carriers, 19.11 cm2/V·s, and the high effective mass of the electrons, 0.66 m0, caused a high resistivity value of 2.75 × 10−3 Ω·m. The calculated Lorenz factor was 1.50 × 10−8 V2/K2, which represents a decrease of 38% over the degenerate limit value (2.44 × 10−8 V2/K2). View Full-Text
Keywords: thermoelectrics; skutterudites; low temperature; electrical transport; native defects thermoelectrics; skutterudites; low temperature; electrical transport; native defects

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Realyvázquez-Guevara, P.R.; Rivera-Gómez, F.J.; Faudoa-Arzate, A.; Botello-Zubiate,  .E.; Sáenz-Hernández, R.J.; Santillán-Rodríguez, C.R.; Matutes-Aquino, J.A. Effect of Native Defects on Transport Properties in Non-Stoichiometric CoSb3. Materials 2017, 10, 287.

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