4 years ago

Enhancement of electrocaloric response through quantum effects.

S. Lisenkov, S. Cuozzo, I. Ponomareva, P. Jouzdani

A semiclassical approach that incorporates quantum mechanical behavior of heat capacity in direct caloric effect simulations is proposed. Application of this methodology to study electrocaloric effect in prototypical ferroelectrics ${ \rm PbTiO_3 }$, and ${ \rm BaTiO_3 }$, reveals severe underestimation of electrocaloric response at lowest temperatures by classical simulations. The discrepancy between semiclassical and classical results are found to be largest in ferroics with Debye temperature exceeding the Curie point. A route to enhance electrocaloric effect by tuning the Debye temperature in composite materials is proposed.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03128

DOI: arXiv:1711.03128v1

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