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Beginner’s Guide to Flux Crystal Growth


Part of the NIMS Monographs book series (NIMSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Makoto Tachibana
    Pages 1-22
  3. Makoto Tachibana
    Pages 43-59
  4. Makoto Tachibana
    Pages 61-74
  5. Makoto Tachibana
    Pages 75-100
  6. Makoto Tachibana
    Pages 101-116
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 117-130

About this book


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.


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

  1. 1.National Institute for Materials ScienceTsukubaJapan

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