Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

October 1969


Published by American Institute of Physics. Rev, Sci. Instr. 40, 1280 (1969). ©1969 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use.


A new technique is described for rapid measurement of the thermoelectric power of rod-shaped specimens over a wide temperature range. The apparatus utilizes sensitive commercial dc amplifier for the sample and temperature gradient voltages and a multiple-point recorder for sampling these voltages as well as the sample temperature signal. The technique eliminates spurious thermal emf's in the leads and is based upon on-the-run recording of the sample and temperature gradient voltages as the temperature gradient slowly increases. As a test of this technique, the thermopower of pure nickel was measured between 4.2 and 300 K and the results are compared with other measurements using conventional techniques. ©1969 The American Institute of Physics

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