Mono-metallic thermocouples

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Description

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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Attribute NameValues
Title
  • Mono-metallic thermocouples

Patent Number
  • US 9577173 B2

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Inventor
  • Wolfgang Porod

  • Gary H. Bernstein

  • Alexei Orlov

  • Gergo P. Szakmany

Inventor From Local Institution
  • Wolfgang Porod

  • Gary H. Bernstein

  • Alexei Orlov

  • Gergo P. Szakmany

Other Application
  • 14/280,242

Prior Publication Date
  • 2014-11-20

Prior Publication Number
  • US 20140338712 A1

Claims
  • 23

Cooperative Patent Classification codes
  • G01J 5/12 (20130101); H01L 35/32 (20130101); G01J 2005/123 (20130101); B82Y 30/00 (20130101)

International Patent Classification codes
  • H01L 35/32 (20060101); G01J 5/12 (20060101); B82Y 30/00 (20110101)

Language
  • English

Date Issued
  • 2017-02-21

Publisher
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Assignee
  • University of Notre Dame du Lac

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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