A Simplified Lecture Demonstration of the Thomson Effect

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ELEMENTARY theory represents the Thomson effect as an absorption of heat by a current traversing a temperature gradient in one direction, and an evolution of heat in the other direction. In other words, when a current passes over a temperature peak, the originally symmetrical temperature distribution becomes asymmetrical, one side becoming steeper than the other.

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    Sommerfeld and Frank, "Reviews of Modern Physics”, Jan. 1931.

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BAND, W. A Simplified Lecture Demonstration of the Thomson Effect. Nature 127, 975 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127975b0

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