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Beginner’s Guide to Flux Crystal Growth

  • Makoto Tachibana

Part of the NIMS Monographs book series (NIMSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. Makoto Tachibana
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 117-130

About this book

Introduction

This book introduces the principles and techniques of crystal growth by the flux method, which is arguably the most useful way to obtain millimeter- to centimeter-sized single crystals for physical research. As it is possible to find an appropriate solvent (“flux”) for nearly all inorganic materials, the flux method can be applied to the growth of many crystals ranging from transition metal oxides to intermetallic compounds. Both important principles and experimental procedures are described in a clear and accessible manner. Practical advice on various aspects of the experiment, which is not readily available in the literature, will assist the beginning graduate students in setting up the lab and conducting successful crystal growth. The mechanisms of crystal growth at an elementary level are also provided to better understand the techniques and to help in assessing the quality of the crystals. The book also contains many photographs of beautiful crystals with important physical properties of current interest, such as high-temperature superconductors, strongly correlated electronic systems, topological insulators, relaxor ferroelectrics, low-dimensional quantum magnets, non-linear optical materials, and multiferroics.

Keywords

flux-grown crystals crystal growth from solution high temperature solution growth growing centimeter-sized single crystals growing single crystals transition metal oxides intermetallic compounds high-temperature superconductors relaxor ferroelectrics low-dimensional magnets.

Authors and affiliations

  • Makoto Tachibana
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  1. 1.National Institute for Materials ScienceTsukubaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56587-1
  • Copyright Information National Institute for Materials Science, Japan 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-56586-4
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-56587-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-8891
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-9502
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