Growth of thin niobium crystals by the strain-anneal method

S. R. Stock*, Haydn Chen, H. K. Birnbaum

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A technique suitable for the growth of thin, niobium single crystals is described. Crystals with thicknesses ranging between 25 μ m and 7 mm were grown. These crystals are highly perfect and require no preparation, other than a light chemical polish, prior to being studied directly with X-ray topography. Laboratory double crystal and synchrotron white beam topography showed that dislocation densities were less than 104 cm-2 in carefully handled crystals. The particular advantage of this method is the minimal specimen preparation which is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-424
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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