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Phonon Drag and Carrier Diffusion Contributions in Thermoelectric Power of M_3C_{60} (M = K, Rb) Fullerides

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The thermoelectric power (S) of M_3C_{60} (M = K, Rb) alkali intercalated fullerides is theoretically investigated by considering the Mott expression within parabolic band approximation to reveal the electron diffusive thermoelectric power (S_{c}^{diff}). We follow the Fermi energy as electron parameter and S_{c}^{diff} discerned linear temperature dependence. S infers a change in slope above transition temperature and becomes almost linear above 70 K for M_3C_{60} alkali intercalated fullerides. As a next step, the phonon drag thermoelectric power (S_{ph}^{drag}) is computed within relaxation time approximation when thermoelectric power is limited by scattering of phonons from defects, grain boundaries, phonons and electrons as carriers. It is noticed that the S_{ph}^{drag} of K_3C_{60} is anomalous and it is an artifact of strong phonon-electron and -phonon scattering mechanism. The thermoelectric power within relaxation time approximation has been taken into account ignoring a possible energy dependence of the scattering rates. Behaviour of S(T) is determined by competition among the several operating scattering mechanisms for the heat carriers and a balance between carrier diffusion and phonon drag contributions in M_3C_{60} (M = K, Rb) alkali intercalated fullerides.

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  • Materials Science Laboratory, School of Physics, Vigyan Bhawan, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road Campus, Indore, 452001, India
  • Department of Physics, Ranchi College, Ranchi University Ranchi, Jharkhand, 834008, India
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