Seebeck effect[zā′bek′, sē′-]
- the production of a current in a circuit when junctions composed of unlike metals have different temperatures, as in a thermocouple
- the current so produced
Origin of Seebeck effectafter T. J. Seebeck (1770-1831), German physicist
The creation of an electrical potential across points in a metal that are at different temperatures, caused by the tendency of valence electrons in the warmer part of the metal to migrate toward the colder part because of their thermal energy. The Seebeck effect is exploited in the design of thermocouples.
Origin of Seebeck effectAfter Thomas Johann Seebeck, (1770–1831), Estonian-born German physicist.
- thermodynamic effect
- Peltier effect
After Thomas J. Seebeck, Estonian physicist and discoverer of the effect