Industrial furnace. Fig. 3 Schematic representation of the Kyropoulos method. Pull. Seed. Crucible. Crystal. Melt. Bottom heater. Thermal insulation. Side heater . The Czochralski (CZ) method of crystal growth was discovered in by Jan In the Kyropoulos method, pure alumina powder is placed in a crucible and. Kyropoulos method. The method was developed in and consists from smooth crystal growth at low temperature gradient. And lowered melt level.

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The resulting boules can be cut to any crystallographic orientation or plane. After partial melting of the seed, helium flow is increased to cool the seed and initiate crystallization of alumina onto the seed. When it was carefully pulled out, a sapphire crystal grew on the wire. The largest application of the Kyropoulos process is to grow large boules of single crystal sapphire used to produce substrates for the manufacture gallium nitride -based LEDsand as a durable optical material.

Hanging the seed from a weight sensor can provide feedback to determine the growth rate, although precise measurements are complicated by the changing and imperfect shape of the crystal diameter, the unknown convex shape of the solid-liquid interface, and these features’ interaction with buoyant forces and convection within the melt. Germanium-doped directionally solidified casting monocrystalline silicon and preparation method thereof.

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The relation between the cooling and pulling rates at different stages of the growth process defines the crystal shape and quality to a considerable extent. Rapid growth of this cone increases the density of macro- kyorpoulos microdefects, so the growth rate at this stage must be reduced. A precisely oriented seed crystal is dipped into the molten alumina. The process is named for Spyro Kyropoulos, who proposed the technique in as a method to grow brittle alkali halide and alkali earth metal crystals for precision optics.


Labelle observed that cold tungsten plunged into molten alumina formed small crystalline alumina dendrites on the tungsten. The growth rate is controlled by slowly decreasing the temperature of the furnace until the entire melt has solidified. This growth technique is ideal for materials with low thermal conductivity and a high degree of thermal expansion, the kyropooulos of which can make crystal material vulnerable to various imperfections unless grown and cooled in a low-stress environment.

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Kyropoulos crystal growth mono-crystal furnace crucible detachment method, temperature control method and control method. Thermal gradient controls the process so that only the crystal layer at the solid-liquid interface remains molten, and as the seed crystal is slowly drawn back out of the the added kyropohlos layers increase the size of the boule. The invention provides a Kyropoulos method for quickly growing a large-size sapphire single crystal.

The rate of crystallization rises and its direction. The process also allows for tight control over crystal orientation. Verneuil developed a flame fusion process to produce ruby and sapphire.

Kyropoulos method – consists from smooth crystal growth at low temperature gradient.

Like the Czochralski method, the crystal khropoulos free of any external mechanical shaping forces, and thus has few lattice defects and low internal stress. Seed material is loaded into a crucible inside a custom growth chamber, and all gases inside the chamber are evacuated.

After 5 hours, open the intake valve, pressure in the furnace and the single crystal outside the same, closed cooling water system, crystal lid open, remove the sapphire single crystal, to complete the process. Czochralski observed that the crystallized wire was in fact a kygopoulos crystal, and the process was developed. The ratio of the diameter to the height may change within the interval of 3: Bliss, in “50 Years of Progress in Crystal Growth: Result of this is crystallization of the end of a metjod with the subsequent formation of hemisphere.


Method for producing high-purity high-density alumina block material for sapphire single crystals.

Crystal growth equipments for sapphire crystals using the Kyropoulos method

A method of reducing the large size of the sapphire crystal bubbles Kyropoulos. Intechnician Harold Labelle was enlisted by Tyco Industries in Waltham, MA to develop a process for growing sapphire fibers as reinforcement for metal-matrix compounds. The size and aspect ratio of the crucible is close to that of the final crystal, and the crystal grows downward into the crucible, rather than being pulled up and out of the crucible as in the Czochralski method.

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When the crystal diameter becomes comparable to the inside diameter of the crucible, the course of the crystallization process changes and the level of melt in the crucible becomes lower. The EFG method provides the ability to produce various shapes that are not possible with other technologies, and therefore saves costs associated with machining and other finishing processes.

A thin thread of metal hung from the tip of the pen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the ensuing decades, new methods of synthesizing sapphire have emerged, and many have since been customized into proprietary processes used by manufacturers worldwide. Views Read Edit View history. Kyropoulos introduced his technique as a way of producing large single crystals that were free of cracks and damage due to restricted containment.

This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat This means the as-grown boules have a mehod larger diameter than the resulting wafers. Slight changes in the thermal flow affect the shape of the growing crystal.

In the Kyropoulos methodpure alumina powder is placed in a crucible and brought to melting temperature.