Definition of Seebeck coefficient in English:

Seebeck coefficient


  • The coefficient relating the potential difference produced between two points on a conductor which are at different temperatures to the temperature difference between them; (also) the coefficient relating the voltage generated by a pair of conductors joined as a thermocouple to the temperature difference between the two ends.

    Historically, the Seebeck coefficient of a material was quoted relative to a reference material such as lead or platinum. Now it is more commonly given in absolute form.


1930s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.