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Groundbreaking stride in the development of thermoelectric power [Registered]

Researchers who are studying a new magnetic effect that converts heat to electricity have discovered how to amplify it a thousand times over – a first step in making the technology more practical. In the so-called spin Seebeck effect, the spin of electrons creates a current in magnetic materials, which is detected as a voltage in an adjacent metal. Ohio State University researchers have figured out how to create a similar effect in a non-magnetic semiconductor while producing more electrical power. They’ve named the amplified effect the “giant spin-Seebeck” effect, and the university will license patent-pending variations of the technology.…

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