Cockrell School of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Light and Crystal: Floating Zone Single Crystal Growth of Materials

An efficient way of synthesizing new materials
Age group: All Ages

Material scientists have a lot of techniques in synthesizing novel materials, and floating zone single crystal growth is one of the most versatile and effective method of single crystal growth. The obtained crystals usually is very large and of great quality. In this demonstration, we will show you what is it like to grow single crystals in using the floating zone method. How the starting material is melted by the focused halogen lamp, and what is it like to have molten liquid floating in the middle of the furnace, and what does the grown single crystal looks like.