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  • Inventor(s):
    Wolfgang Porod, Gary H. Bernstein, Alexei Orlov, Gergo P. Szakmany
    Patent Number:
    US 9577173 B2

    Nanoscale thermocouples are made of a single material and are shape-engineered to contain one or more variations in their width along their length. The mono-metallic nanowire junctions resulting from the width variation(s) exploit a difference in the Seebeck coefficient that is present at these size scales. Such devices have a wide variety of uses and can be coupled with an antenna in order to serve as an infrared detector.

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