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Kubo formula for thermopower (Seebeck coefficient)

  1. Oct 17, 2015 #1
    I have a long-standing puzzle about the Kubo formula of thermopower S=L_{21}/L_{11}.

    The electric conductivity (L_{11}) can be expressed in terms of real time current-current correlations.
    Similarly, the heat conductivity can be expressed in terms of real time correlations
    of heat currents.

    So how to relate thermopower, which measures the electric current driven by a temperature gradient, to some kind of current-current correlation. Here it should be the correlation between heat current and electric current. But how to derive this formula for L_{21}?
    Can we simply take the gradient of 1/T as an external force? Why this holds?
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  3. Oct 22, 2015 #2
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  4. Oct 23, 2015 #3


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    Did you have a look at Landau Lifshitz? Would be my best guess to find something.
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