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Peltier effect

Line breaks: Pel|tier ef¦fect
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛltɪeɪ
 
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Definition of Peltier effect in English:

noun

Physics
An effect whereby heat is given out or absorbed when an electric current passes across a junction between two materials.
Example sentences
  • This process, known as the Peltier effect, is associated with increased heat below ground.
  • This function is based on the ‘Peltier effect,’ which was discovered in 1834.
  • Two fundamental principles in the relationship between heat and electricity are the Peltier and Seebeck effects.

Origin

mid 19th century: named after Jean C. A. Peltier (1785–1845), French amateur scientist.

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