We report a systematic investigation on the high-temperature thermoelectric response in a typical filling-control Mott transition system La 1-xSrxVO3. In the vicinity of the Mott transition, incoherent charge transport appears with increasing temperature and the thermopower undergoes two essential crossovers, asymptotically approaching the limit values expected from the entropy consideration, known as the Heikes formula. By comparison with the results of the dynamical mean-field theory, we show that the thermopower in the Mott critical state mainly measures the entropy per charge carrier that depends on electronic degrees of freedom available at the measurement temperature. Our findings verify that the Heikes formula is indeed applicable to the real correlated electron systems at practical temperatures (T>200 K).
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Apr 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics