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Some Experimental and Theoretical Observations on a Configurational EMF


Chester, Marvin (1961) Some Experimental and Theoretical Observations on a Configurational EMF. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/32X9-7V17.


The basic principles are outlined concerning the existence of a configurational emf. Such an emf is expected from energy conservation principles as applied to the flow of the electron gas in the form of an electric current. The experimental details are described relating to the effort to detect this effect in thin films of bismuth. Quantitative results of this effort are discussed. A theoretical analysis, with application to bismuth, follows from which are derived the equations describing the phenomenon. These equations are discussed with respect to the experimental results.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Pellam, John R. (advisor)
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1961
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03172006-141326
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ID Code:985
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:21 Nov 2023 19:48

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