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date: 08 December 2019

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This article examines the effect of electron-phonon coupling on the thermopower of low-dimensional structures. It begins with a review of the theoretical approaches and the basic concepts regarding phonon drag under different transport regimes in two- and one-dimensional systems. It then considers the thermopower of two-dimensional semiconductor structures, focusing on phonon drag in semi-classical two-dimensional electron gases confined in semiconductor nanostructures. It also analyzes the influence of phonon drag on the thermopower of semiconductor quantum wires and describes the phonon-drag thermopower of doped single-wall carbon nanotubes. The article compares theory and experiment in order to demonstrate the role of phonon-drag and electron-phonon coupling in the thermopower in two and one dimensions.

Keywords: electron-phonon coupling, thermopower, low-dimensional structures, phonon drag, transport regimes, two-dimensional electron gases, semiconductor nanostructures, semiconductor quantum wires, single-wall carbon nanotubes

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