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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Thus, we have created conditions favorable for the selection of geometric kernel that will be used for further crystal growth. 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. After partial melting of the seed, helium flow is increased to cool the seed and initiate crystallization of alumina onto the seed.

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.

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. CZ remains essentially unchanged today. The use of such a facility some what expedites the control of the crystallization course for operators.

Example particular embodiment of the present process is as follows: Typically the crucible is made of tungsten or molybdenum. The characteristic curve of crystal weight increment per unit time has two maxima. Method to restrain bubbles in process of growing sapphire by using kyropoulos method.

Like the Czochralski method, the crystal grows free of any external mechanical shaping forces, and thus has few lattice defects and low internal stress. After 15 hours, the crystalline mass reaches 2 kg, O. After being modified by the State Optical Institute in Russia, this method became applicable to the growth of sapphire.

Cooling method for whole kyropoulos large-sized sapphire crystal growing process. 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. Today there remains significant demand for sapphire grown using the Verneuil method because it is still the least expensive way to make sapphire adequate for many applications. A sapphire seed of specific crystallinity is dipped into the melt on top of the die and drawn out —solidifying into sapphire in the shape of the die — typically a tube, rod or ribbon.


Kyropoulos process

Today, the EFG crystal growing technique remains as simple as the process Labelle developed. Preparation process of M-directional monocrystal sapphire and the M-directional monocrystal sapphire.

Method for restraining bulbs in process of growing slice-shaped kyeopoulos in guiding mold mode. The physics involved in the Verneuil process, virtually unchanged from its original design, limit the size and shape of items that can be produced. Continuously changing conditions of heat exchange and difficulties of controlling the course of crystal growth necessitate automation of the process. The rate of crystallization rises and its direction.

Slight changes in the thermal flow affect the shape of the growing crystal.

Cold core shouldering micropulling proparation method of large size sapphire single crystal. Views Read Edit View history.

The process is repeated, and crystal layers are added with each cycle until the target size and shape are realized.

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Sphere was removed from the melt, so that the remaining part of the melt was approximately equal to the diameter of the cooler. The spring cancels the torsional moment of the pulling gear. The resulting sapphire has good optical qualities, and is used widely in lasers, infrared and ultraviolet windows, transparent electronic substrates, high-temperature kyropoylos windows, and other optical applications.

Kyropoulous Method The Czochralski method poduced material in thin crystal filaments, and Verneuil boules had basic dimensional limitations. Retrieved 16 January Start the vacuum system, the furnace pressure to l T3Pa. CN CNB ,ethod 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.

Although it is typically associated today with high-tech applications such as LEDs and spacecraft windows, the production of kyroplulos sapphire dates back to the late 19 th century, when A. A precisely oriented seed crystal is dipped into the molten alumina. The chamber is then backfilled with an inert gas to prevent the introduction kyrpooulos atmospheric gases into the melt during crystal growth.


At the final stage of growth the conditions change again. When it was carefully pulled out, a sapphire crystal grew on the wire. By precisely controlling the temperature gradients, kyropou,os of pulling and rate of temperature decrease, it is possible to produce a large, single-crystal, roughly cylindrical ingot from the melt. As a rule, sapphire is grown by Kyropoulos in vacuum without rotation. Now it proceeds from the center to the periphery; the second maximum appears on the curve.

Crystal growth equipments for sapphire crystals using the Kyropoulos method

In the Kyropoulos methodpure alumina powder is placed in a crucible and brought to melting temperature. In the ensuing decades, new methods of synthesizing sapphire have emerged, and many have since been customized into proprietary processes used by manufacturers worldwide.

Eventually, dies were added with orifices of the size and shape of the desired crystal. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This means the as-grown boules have a significantly larger diameter than the resulting wafers. Instead of dipping his pen in its inkwell, he mistakenly dipped it in the crucible methdo quickly pulled it out. With this highly controlled thermal-gradient, the Kyropoulos method yields large-diameter boules of very high optical quality due to its high purity.

At first, the Kyropoulos method was used for the growth of alkali halide and alkali earth metal crystals. Seeding guidance die for growing silicon crystal by directional solidification method.

Thermal gradient controls the process so that only lyropoulos crystal layer at the solid-liquid interface remains molten, and as the seed crystal is slowly drawn back out of the the added crystal layers increase the size of the boule.