Special Issue "Traveling Solvent Floating Zone (TSFZ) Method in Crystal Growth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2016)
Artificially grown single crystals are very important materials in many applications, and also for research purposes. The Traveling Solvent Floating Zone (TSFZ) Method is a complementary method to other well-known crystal growth techniques, such as Verneuil, Bridgman, Czochralski and direct crystallization from melt/flux. The method is, nowadays, used in combination with optical furnaces in which focused light is used to create narrow zone of the melted material. This technique allows growing big (cm3 –size) single crystals of a wide variety of congruent and incongruent melting complex oxides and non-oxide materials. The method is crucible free, ensuring no contamination by a crucible material. Different gas atmospheres (reducing, oxidizing), elevated pressures, or vacuum can be applied during the growth. Depending on the type of the light source used, one can grow materials with melting point up to 3000 °C. In the last few decades, this method has become very popular in the crystal growth community since the equipment for TSFZ is commercially available and relatively inexpensive. It is a great tool for researchers looking for novel materials with unique magnetic, electrical, and optical properties.
The Special Issue on “Traveling Solvent Floating Zone (TSFZ) Method in Crystal Growth” is aiming to present recent advances in this field. We encourage research contributions that cover a broad range of technical and instrumental aspects of Traveling Solvent Floating Zone Method, as well as reports on the crystal growth and crystal characterization of different classes of new materials.
Dr. Ekaterina Pomjakushina
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- crystal growth
- zone melting
- floating zone crystallization
- incongruently melting materials