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Growth of Solid Solution CrystalsThe major objective of this program is to determine the conditions under which single crystals of solid solutions can be grown from the melt in a Bridgman configuration with a high degree of chemical homogeneity. The central aim is to assess the role of gravity in the growth process and to explore the possible advantages for growth in the absence of gravity. The alloy system being investigated is the solid solution semiconductor with x-values appropriate for infrared detector applications in Hg sub (1-x) Cd sub x Te the 8 to 14 micro m wavelength region. Both melt and Te-solvent growth are being considered. The study consists of an extensive ground-based experimental and theoretical research effort followed by flight experimentation where appropriate. Experimental facilities have been established for the purification, casting, and crystal growth of the alloy system. Facilities have been also established for the metallurgical, compositional, electric and optical characterization of the alloys. Crystals are being grown by the Bridgman-Stockbarger method and are analyzed by various experimental techniques to evaluate the effects of growth conditions on the longitudinal and radial compositional variations and defect densities in the crystals.
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Lehoczky, S. L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Szofran, F. R.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Holland, L. R.
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Microgravity Sci. and Appl. Program Tasks
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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