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Single Crystal Services

We are a leader in the preparation of high-quality single crystals of rare earth and refractory metals and their alloys. High-purity single crystals of rare earth, transition, and refractory metals and alloys are available on a custom, best-effort basis.

Some crystals can be refined to extreme purity by several metal-purification procedures, such as electro-transport and selective de-oxidation. This processing makes available for scientific research metal crystals that are among the purest in the world.

  • Arc-zone melting
  • Cyclic-temperature technique
  • Recrystallization grain growth
  • Bridgman method
  • Tri-arc/Czochralski method

MPC crystal fabrication and characterization facilities include back-reflection Laue X-ray, spark planing/cutting by electro-discharge machining, diamond saws and lapping fixtures for precise orientation of crystals.

MPC may prepare crystals that are not commercially available. There are commercial sources for pure element crystals and substrates, as well as common alloys.  Below is a list of known providers that should be evaluated before requesting a quote. In providing this list, MPC and Ames Laboratory does not endorse any of them.  We have not evaluated these providers, and therefore the listing is not a comment on the quality of their services or of any unlisted provider.  This information is provided as a courtesy to those seeking said services:

Other suppliers may be available, but are not known to us at the time publishing the above list.  Additional sources may be added as they become known.