A furnace that allows for the growth of crystalline material under applied gas pressures of up to 1000atm.
The highest pressure available for current optical floating zone Furnace is 300 atm, which limits the growth of crystals and components. Current starting materials used for material research for the relatively large diameters (6-8mm) are also prohibitively expensive. New technology that increases pressure range and lowers the cost of research would achieve higher efficiency and accuracy, and produce wider range of materials.
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed a furnace which allows for the growth of crystalline material under applied gas pressures of up to 1000atm. Using the floating zone technique, this technology increases the pressure range, which allows wider range of materials to be produced compared to any commercially available furnace.
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