After each week's lecture, read the following texts for more information on each topic. Write a one-page report of your findings and turn it in at the next week's lecture. Missing more than two reports will result in failing the course.

1IntroductionBuy at Amazon Chen, Gang. Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005, chapter 1. ISBN: 9780195159424.
2Thermoelectric effect and thermoelectric devicesBuy at Amazon Goldsmid, H. J. Thermoelectric Refrigeration. New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1964, chapter 1.
3Energy states in matter

Bell, Lon E. "Cooling, Heating, Generating Power, and Recovering Waste Heat with Thermoelectric Systems." Science 321 (September 12, 2008): 1457-1461.

Vining, Cronin B. "An Inconvenient Truth About Thermoelectrics." Nature Materials 8 (February 2009): 83-85.

4Kinetic formulation of thermoelectricityDresselhaus, Mildred S., et al. "New Directions for Low-Dimensional Thermoelectric Materials." Advanced Materials 19 (2007): 1043-1053.
5Current research on thermoelectric materials

Poudel, Bed, et al. "High-Thermoelectric Performance of Nanostructured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Bulk Alloys." Science 320 (May 2, 2008): 634-638.

Heremans, Joseph P., et al. "Enhancement of Thermoelectric Efficiency in PbTe by Distortion of the Electronic Density of States." Science 321 (July 25, 2008): 554-557.

6Thermionic power conversionHatsopoulos, George N., and Joseph Kaye. "Measured Thermal Efficiences of a Diode Configuration of a Thermo Electron Engine." Journal of Applied Physics 29 (1958): 1124-1125.
7Photovoltaic cells

Shockley, William, and Hans J. Queisser. "Detailed Balance Limit of Efficiency of p-n Junction Solar Cells." Journal of Applied Physics 32 (March 1961): 510-519.

Henry, C. H. "Limiting Efficiencies of Ideal Single and Multiple Energy Gap Terrestrial Solar Cells." Journal of Applied Physics 51 (August 1980): 4494-4500.

8Radiative heat transfer

Würfel, Peter, and Wolfgang Ruppel. "Upper Limit of Thermophotovoltaic Solar-Energy Conversion." IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 27 (April 1980): 745-750.

Landsberg, P. T., and G. Tonge. "Thermodynamic Energy Conversion Efficiencies." Journal of Applied Physics 51 (July 1980): R1-R20.

9Solar concentration and solar thermal technologyWinston, R., and H. Hinterberger. "Principles of Cylindrical Concentrators for Solar Energy." Solar Energy 17 (1975): 255-258.
10Guest Lecture: Chris Schuh, "Nanostructured Materials: Stability Against Thermal Coarsening."Detor, A. J., and C. A. Schuh. "Microstructural Evolution During the Heat Treatment of Nanocrystalline Alloys." Journal of Materials Research 22 (November 2007): 3233-3248.
11Guest Lecture: Ivan Čelanović, "Photonic Crystals: Shaping the Flow of Thermal Radiation."

Winn, Joshua N., et al. "Omnidirectional Reflection from a One-dimensional Photonic Crystal." Optics Letters 23 (October 1998): 1573-1575.

Čelanović, Ivan, et al. "Design and Optimization of One-dimensional Photonic Crystals for Thermophotovoltaic Applications." Optics Letters 29 (April 2004): 863-865.

12Applications of thermoelectrics and photovoltaics