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An apparatus for simultaneous measurement of electrical conductivity and thermopower of thin films in the temperature range of 300–750 K

TitleAn apparatus for simultaneous measurement of electrical conductivity and thermopower of thin films in the temperature range of 300–750 K
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRavichandran, J., J. T. Kardel, M. L. Scullin, J.-H. Bahk, H. Heijmerikx, J. E. Bowers, and A. Majumdar
JournalReview of Scientific InstrumentsReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume82
Issue1
Pagination015108
Date Published2011/01/01
ISBN Number0034-6748, 1089-7623
KeywordsCalibration, Electric measurements, Electrical conductivity, Electrical resistivity, Thermocouples
Abstract

An automated apparatus capable of measuring the electrical conductivity and thermopower of thin films over a temperature range of 300–750 K is reported. A standard dc resistancemeasurement in van der Pauw geometry was used to evaluate the electrical conductivity, and the thermopower was measured using the differential method. The design of the instrument, the methods used for calibration, and the measurement procedure are described in detail. Given the lack of a standard National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.) sample for high temperature thermopower calibration, the disclosed calibration procedure shall be useful for calibration of new instruments.

URLhttp://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/rsi/82/1/10.1063/1.3529438