Growing intermetallic single crystals using in situ decanting

TitleGrowing intermetallic single crystals using in situ decanting
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPetrovic C, Canfield PC, Mellen JY
Journal TitlePhilosophical Magazine
Date Published07
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1478-6435
Accession NumberWOS:000306119500005
Keywordscrystal growth, decanting, growth, high temperature, single crystal, solvent

High temperature metallic solution growth is one of the most successful and versatile methods for single crystal growth, and is particularly suited for exploratory synthesis. The method commonly utilizes a centrifuge at room temperature and is very successful for the synthesis of single crystal phases that can be decanted from the liquid below the melting point of the silica ampoule. In this paper, we demonstrate the extension of this method that enables single crystal growth and flux decanting inside the furnace at temperatures above 1200 degrees C. This not only extends the number of available metallic solvents that can be used in exploratory crystal growth but also can be particularly well suited for crystals that have a rather narrow exposed solidification surface in the equilibrium alloy phase diagram.

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Alternate JournalPhilos. Mag.