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Crystal growth in a low gravity environmentCrystal growth in microgravity possesses several distinct technological advantages over earth-bound processes; containerless handling and reduction of density gradient driven as well as sedimentation flows. Experiments performed in space to date have been basically reproductions of processes currently used on earth and the results have clarified our understanding of crystal growth dynamics. In addition, both unresolved problems and areas requiring further study on earth have been identified. Future work in space processing of materials must address these areas of study as soon as possible if the full potential of a space environment to develop new techniques and materials is to be realized.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Carruthers, J. R.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Crystal Growth
Volume: 42
Subject Category
Solid-State Physics
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