Equipment and Experimental Procedures

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The first half of this chapter discusses the furnaces, crucibles, and starting materials that are used in flux growth experiments. Although flux growth does not require special equipment, choosing a proper set of equipment is essential in growing high-quality crystals. The discussion on furnaces includes the comparison between the vertical tube furnace and box furnace, as well as between the various heating elements that are used for electrical resistive furnaces. Descriptions on the various materials used for crucibles are then given, which are followed by discussions on various features of starting materials that are used in flux growth. The second half of this chapter describes the basic procedures of flux growth experiments, one section covering the growth in air and another in a protective atmosphere. The final section provides some suggestions on the handling and assessment of the grown crystals.


Vertical tube furnace Box furnace Heating elements Crucibles Decanting 


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