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Does the Thermoelectric effect apply in sun?

  1. Feb 7, 2010 #1
    Reading about the Thermocouple:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermocouple

    I came upon:

    "...

    Principle of operation

    Main article: Seebeck effect

    In 1821, the German–Estonian physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck discovered that when any conductor is subjected to a thermal gradient, it will generate a voltage. ..."

    Does this effect apply and produce a radial electric field in a star and in the Earth? There is a temperature gradiant in both, and both conduct?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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