Enhanced Thermopower and Thermal Transport in Lightly Doped Mott Insulatorsby Tommy on 22/10/2012
Strongly enhanced thermal transport in a lightly doped Mott insulator at low temperature, V. Zlatić and J. K. Freericks
We show how a lightly doped Mott insulator has hugely enhanced electronic thermal transport at low temperature. It displays universal behavior independent of the interaction strength when the carriers can be treated as nondegenerate fermions and a nonuniversal “crossover” region where the Lorenz number grows to large values, while still maintaining a large thermoelectric figure-of-merit. The electron dynamics are described by the Falicov-Kimball model which is solved for arbitrary large on-site correlation with a dynamical mean-field theory algorithm on a Bethe lattice. We show how these results are generic for lightly doped Mott insulators as long as the renormalized Fermi liquid scale is pushed to very low temperature and the system is not magnetically ordered.