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Semiconductors are cool

In the 1950s there were hopes that semiconductor thermocouples would replace mechanical refrigerators, just as semiconductor transistors supplanted vacuum tubes. New materials may bring that goal a bit closer.

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Figure 1: From thermoelectric dreams to reality.

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Vining, C. Semiconductors are cool. Nature 413, 577–578 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1038/35098159

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