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Optical(visible and IR range) and thermal properties of diamond films have been observed. Depending on the methane concentrations, there were large differences in the measured values. A transparent diamond wafer deposited at an optimum condition showed high transmission of 70 % at the 10.6 mm wavelength and high thermal conductivity of 21 W/cmK at room temperature. Variations of transmission and thermal conductivity within a wafer were ± 10%. The tangent loss and Raman spectroscopy of the diamond films have been measured and the included impurity levels have been determined analysis depending on the wafer location and the film thickness by RBS measurement.

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Armed with inexpensive, mass-produced gems, two startups are launching an assault on the De Beers cartel. Next up: the computing industry. By Joshua Davis (DC PACVD)

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Bryant Linares Aron Weingarten Aron Weingarten brings the yellow diamond up to the stainless steel jeweler's loupe he holds against his eye. We are in Antwerp, Belgium, in Weingarten's marbled and gilded living room on the edge of the city's gem district, the center of the diamond universe. Nearly 80 percent of the world's rough and polished diamonds move through the hands of Belgian gem traders like Weingarten, a dealer who wears the thick beard and black suit of the Hasidim.

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David Clugston Yellow diamonds manufactured by Gemesis, the first company to market gem-quality synthetic stones. The largest grow to 3 carats.

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"This is very rare stone," he says, almost to himself, in thickly accented English. "Yellow diamonds of this color are very hard to find. It is probably worth 10, maybe 15 thousand dollars." "I have two more exactly like it in my pocket," I tell him.
He puts the diamond down and looks at me seriously for the first time. I place the other two stones on the table. They are all the same color and size. To find three nearly identical yellow diamonds is like flipping a coin 10,000 times and never seeing tails.
"These are cubic zirconium?" Weingarten says without much hope. "No, they're real," I tell him. "But they were made by a machine in Florida for less than a hundred dollars."
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Ian White A microwave plasma tool at the Naval Research Lab, used to create diamonds for high-temperature semiconductor experiments. Weingarten shifts uncomfortably in his chair and stares at the glittering gems on his dining room table. "Unless they can be detected," he says, "these stones will bankrupt the industry."

Put pure carbon under enough heat and pressure - say, 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and 50,000 atmospheres - and it will crystallize into the hardest material known. Those were the conditions that first forged diamonds deep in Earth's mantle 3.3 billion years ago. Replicating that environment in a lab isn't easy, but that hasn't kept dreamers from trying. Since the mid-19th century, dozens of these modern alchemists have been injured in accidents and explosions while attempting to manufacture diamonds.
Recent decades have seen some modest successes. Starting in the 1950s, engineers managed to produce tiny crystals for industrial purposes - to coat saws, drill bits, and grinding wheels. But this summer, the first wave of gem-quality manufactured diamonds began to hit the market. They are grown in a warehouse in Florida by a roomful of Russian-designed machines spitting out 3-carat roughs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A second company, in Boston, has perfected a completely different process for making near-flawless diamonds and plans to begin marketing them by year's end. This sudden arrival of mass-produced gems threatens to alter the public's perception of diamonds - and to transform the $7 billion industry. More intriguing, it opens the door to the development of diamond-based semiconductors.

Diamond, it turns out, is a geek's best friend. Not only is it the hardest substance known, it also has the highest thermal conductivity - tremendous heat can pass through it without causing damage. Today's speedy microprocessors run hot - at upwards of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, they can't go much faster without failing. Diamond microchips, on the other hand, could handle much higher temperatures, allowing them to run at speeds that would liquefy ordinary silicon. But manufacturers have been loath even to consider using the precious material, because it has never been possible to produce large diamond wafers affordably. With the arrival of Gemesis, the Florida-based company, and Apollo Diamond, in Boston, that is changing. Both startups plan to use the diamond jewelry business to finance their attempt to reshape the semiconducting world.

But first things first. Before anyone reinvents the chip industry, they'll have to prove they can produce large volumes of cheap diamonds. Beyond Gemesis and Apollo, one company is convinced there's something real here: De Beers Diamond Trading Company. The London-based cartel has monopolized the diamond business for 115 years, forcing out rivals by ruthlessly controlling supply. But the sudden appearance of multicarat, gem-quality synthetics has sent De Beers scrambling. Several years ago, it set up what it calls the Gem Defensive Programme - a none too subtle campaign to warn jewelers and the public about the arrival of manufactured diamonds. At no charge, the company is supplying gem labs with sophisticated machines designed to help distinguish man-made from mined stones.

Ian White "I was in combat in Korea and 'Nam. You better believe that I can handle the diamond business," says Gemesis founder Carter Clarke, center. His lieutenants have 27 diamond-making machines up and running -- with 250 planned -- at this factory outside Sarasota, Florida In its long history, De Beers has survived African insurrection, shrugged off American antitrust litigation, sidestepped criticism that it exploits third world workers, and contended with Australian, Siberian, and Canadian diamond discoveries. The firm has a huge advertising budget and a stranglehold on diamond distribution channels. But there's one thing De Beers doesn't have: retired brigadier general Carter Clarke.

Carter Clarke, 75, has been retired from the Army for nearly 30 years, but he never lost the air of command. When he walks into Gemesis - the company he founded in 1996 to make diamonds - the staff stands at attention to greet him. It just feels like the right thing to do. Particularly since "the General," as he's known, continually salutes them as if they were troops heading into battle. "I was in combat in Korea and 'Nam," he says after greeting me with a salute in the office lobby. "You better believe I can handle the diamond business."

Clarke slaps me hard on the back, and we set off on a tour of his new 30,000-square-foot factory, located in an industrial park outside Sarasota, Florida. The building is slated to house diamond-growing machines, which look like metallic medicine balls on life support. Twenty-seven machines are now up and running. Gemesis expects to add eight more every month, eventually installing 250 in this warehouse.

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In other words, the General is preparing a first strike on the diamond business. "Right now, we only threaten the way De Beers wants the consumer to think of a diamond," he says, noting that his current monthly output doesn't even equal that of a small mine. "But imagine what happens when we fill this warehouse and then the one next door," he says with a grin. "Then I'll have myself a proper diamond mine."

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Clarke didn't set out to become a gem baron. He stumbled into this during a 1995 trip to Moscow. His company at the time - Security Tag Systems - had pioneered those clunky antitheft devices attached to clothes at retail stores. Following up on a report about a Russian antitheft technology, Clarke came across Yuriy Semenov, who was in charge of the High Tech Bureau, a government initiative to sell Soviet-era military research to Western investors. Semenov had a better idea for the General: "How would you like to grow diamonds?"

from newsweek: Nov. 1 issue - Bryant Linares has one heck of a secret family recipe: how to make world-class diamonds. Seven years ago his father, Robert, produced a diamond in a high-pressure chamber of carbon gas and dropped it into an acid solution to clean it off. When he returned the next morning, he expected to find the usual yellow stone—a crude artificial diamond of some use to industry, perhaps, but not the stuff of dreams. At first there didn't seem to be any stone at all. Then he saw, at the bottom of the beaker, so clear it was almost invisible, a perfect quarter-carat crystal of pure carbon. "It was the eureka moment," says Bryant. His father had managed what many scientists had given up on long ago: to manufacture a stone that wouldn't look out of place on an engagement ring.

Man-made diamonds are nothing new—industry started making them in the 1950s, and each year about 80 tons of low-quality synthetic diamonds are used in tools like drill bits and sanders. High-quality crystals, though, open up huge possibilities, jewelry being the least of them. Scientists are most excited about the prospect of making diamond microchips. As chips have shrunk over the years, engineers have struggled with ways of dissipating the heat they create. Because silicon, the main component of semiconductors, breaks down at about 95 degrees Celsius, some experts believe a new material will be need-ed in a decade or so. Diamonds might fit the bill. They can withstand 500 degrees, and electrons move through them so easily that they would tend not to heat up in the —first place. Engineers could cram a lot more circuits onto a diamond-based microchip—if they could perfect a way of making pure crystals cheaply.

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# Diamonds have been used in jewelery, especially in engagement rings for over six centuries. REMARKABLE FACTS: * All diamonds are at least 990,000,000 years old. Many are 3,200,000,000 years old (3.2 billion years)
* Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth: between 100 km and 200 km below the surface.
Diamonds form under remarkable conditions!
o The temperatures are about 900 - 1300 C in the part of the Earth's mantle where diamonds form
o The pressure is between 45 - 60 kilobars (kB)
+ 50 kB = 150 km = 90 miles below the surface
+ 60 kB = 200 km = 120 miles below the surface
* Diamonds are carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions.
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The volcanic magma conduit is known as a kimberlite pipe or diamond pipe. We find diamonds as inclusions in the (rather ordinary looking) volcanic rock known as kimberlite.
NOTE: The kimberlite magmas that carry diamonds to the surface are often much younger than the diamonds they transport (the kimberlite magma simply acts as a conveyer belt!).
* Diamond is made of carbon (C), yet the stable form (polymorph) of carbon at the Earth's surface is graphite.
* To ensure they are not converted to graphite, diamonds must be transported extremely rapidly to the Earth's surface.
It is probable that kimberlite lavas carrying diamonds erupt at between 10 and 30 km/hour (Eggler, 1989). Within the last few kilometers, the eruption velocity probably increases to several hundred km/hr (supersonic!).
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This movie (68 k) emphasises that diamonds do not form in the kimberlite magma, but are carried up to the surface by the magma.
* Diamond is the hardest material
Diamond is the hardest gem on MOHS harness scale and graphite (also made from carbon atoms) is the softest !! Given that both diamond and graphite are made of carbon, this may seem surprising.
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The explanation is found in the fact that in diamond the carbon atoms are linked together into a three-dimensional network whereas in graphite, the carbon atoms are linked into sheets with very little to hold the sheets together (thus the sheets slide past each other easily, making a very soft material).
# Diamonds are found in many localites, both overseas and in the US.
# How many grams do you need to mine to get 5 grams of diamonds?
(5g/1000 kg) @ 1000 g/kg = 5 g /1,000,000 g!
BUT only 20 % are gem quality (80 % of these are sold in a 'managed selling environment') and the remainder are used for industrial purposes (this material is known as 'bort' or 'carbonado' (carbonado is finer)).
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# Hardness = 10
# Crystal System = cubic
# This is what crystals look like before they are faceted: note their natural octahedral shape!
Uncut diamonds are also found in cubic forms
# Diamond has four good cleavages, thus diamonds tend to cleave on impact
# Other diagnostic properties.
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This is just for fun -- not required information!

1. Dresden
2. Hope ...the real thing!
3. Cullinan (Before)
* After
4. Sancy
5. Tiffany
6. Kohinor
* a-section
7. Shah
8. Nassau
9. Florentine
10. The Great Mogul
11. Orloff
12. Stern
13. Regent

The 4 "C" words are used to summarize the value determining factors:
The required basic information describing what is meant by these terms is provided below.
Some further comments on the '4 C's from another remote source!
# (1) COLOR: is determined by 'grading' visual comparison with 'knowns' or by instrumental means. o consider the amount of yellow color (yellowish color decreases the value of a "colorless" stone). In order of increasing yellow content:
blueish-white -> white -> silver -> yellow
o 'Fancy', or strongly colored stones have their own appeal and special value.
Colored diamonds may beyellow, green or brown, green or shades of pink
Larger pink diamonds are quite rare and currently very !! expensive.
Natural blue diamonds contain the element boron (B), and this changes the conductivity of the diamonds. Natural yellow diamonds contain the element nitrogen (N).
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# (2) CLARITY : Clarity is decreased by the presence of blemishes or flaws, scratches, nicks, 'naturals' (the original surface of an uncut stone). There are many systems of nomenclature.
Some terms include:

o flawless or perfect
o imperfect
o very slightly imperfect
o very very slightly imperfect
F1 VVS1 VVS2 VVS3 VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2 I1 I2 I3 flawless imperfect

other descriptions:

"first pique" inclusions readily recognizable at 10x mag., not significantly diminishing brilliance "second pique" larger inclusions, can be seen with naked eye "third pique" many large inclusions, diminishing brilliance

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Examples of clarity-reducing inclusions:
o inclusions
o cracks
o a crack along the pavillion

# (3) CUT
Facets are placed so as to maximize the brilliance and fire of a stone.
Remember that in the first lecture we talked about how the proportions of a faceted gemstone are determined based on the refractive index?
Review the basic concepts:

o Refraction is dependent upon the wavelength
o Refractive Index (RI) is proportional to wavelength; red RI < violet RI (dispersion is due to the different amounts different wavelength are bent)
o Fire,which is seen as rainbows and glints of color, is due to dispersion (a consequence of the placement of faces on the crown to take advantage of the prism effect).

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Review the light path in a correctly cut gem!

There are many alternative diamond cuts
A poorly cut stone is characterized by poorly chosen proportions (poor optimization of brilliance and fire or, worse still, leakage of light from the pavillion). Misplaced facets, extra facets, and problems at facet junctions are also characteristics that reduce the quality of "cut". Ranking: VERY GOOD ... GOOD .... MEDIUM ... POOR

# (4) CARAT WEIGHT Recall: 1 carat = 0.2 g, thus 5 carats=1g
For example, compare the size of a one point diamond to that of a 0.67 carat diamond
Just FYI: This site explains the GIA grading report used for diamonds, including information on desirable characteristics
Just for fun: Canadian approximate price lists and some very useful information and "straight talk" from Peter Mylnek.
Other issues: Treatment, simulants, synthetics

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(1) Diamond TREATMENTS: * (a) filling of cracks
Surface cracks and cleavages reaching the surface: often with a glass-like material
Identification: optical microscope examination:
+ =greasy appearance
+ =flash effect
+ =bubbles
Problem: Filling does not always resist polishing and cleaning

* (b) drilling of inclusions

+ Drilling inclusions involves use of a laser.

Solutions can be poured into the resulting "hair-width" diameter hole to bleach colored inclusions.

* (c) irradiation
Irradiation is used to change the color of the diamond. A common color produced by irradiation is green. Early attempts: beginning of 20th Century: diamonds exposed to radium - the problem was that the diamonds remained radioactive!! However, modern irradiation treatments do not produce radioctive stones.

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Irradiation involves the use of devices such as:

o (1) linear accelerators
o (2) gamma ray facilities
o (3) nuclear reactors

Detection of irradiation treatment:

Electron irradiation only changes the surface of the stone. Thus, it produces a concentration of color where the gemstone is thin. For example, electron irradiation produces a color concentration at the culet or keel line of the faceted gem
(2) Diamond SIMULANTS

Simulants - simulate the appearance of diamond

The distinction between a synthetic diamond (man-made diamond consisting of carbon atoms arranged in the typical diamond structure) and a diamond simulant (not a carbon compound with the diamond structure) is VERY important!!

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In order of increasing R.I., the most common simulants are:

1. YAG = yttrium aluminum garnet
2. GGG = gadolinium gallium garnet
3. CZ = cubic zirconia
4. Strontium titanate
5. diamond.
This rhyme can be used to memorize the common diamond simulants in the above order:

You go crazy staring at diamonds.

Again: Diamonds Simulants (look alikes) differ from synthetics (synthesized by humans!) !!!!

Simulants are distinguished from diamonds using measurement or observation of various properties, such as:

o R.I.
o "Read through effect"
o Dispersion
o Hardness
o Specific Gravity
o Reflection pattern
o Shadow patterns
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Note: not all diamond simulants have been around for the same lenght of time!

(3) SYNTHESIS (Details on gem synthesis)

Synthetic diamonds are often yellowish in color (rarely used for gem purposes, more commonly used as diamond grit for industrial purposes. Modern synthesis of thin film diamond has other industrial applications).

A 5 mm diamond (0.5 carat) takes over a week to grow. Synthesis requires:

* high pressure
* high temperature
* a special apparatus
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Synthetic diamonds can sometimes be distinguished from natural diamonds by the presence of flux inclusions
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A sparkler for electronics

Tom Shelley reports on power components based on diamond which are getting closer to commercialisation and why they are even better than anticipated

Despite predictions that they could never be made, diamond power devices have bucked the doubters by reached the prototype stage. With an eye to the future, power semiconductors based on this diamond technology are expected to save more than 6,000MW of electrical power capacity in Japan alone with even greater savings envisioned in Europe. The first prototypes are based on very high purity, synthetic single-crystal diamond just 4mm across and 0.5mm thick. It is a well known and established fact that diamond holds great promise as a semiconductor substrate because of its very high thermal conductivity, five times that of copper; a breakdown field 30 times that of silicon; hole and electron mobilities several times better than silicon; and its intrinsic radiation hardness. However, nitrogen, the most common impurity in diamond, acts as an unusable deep (1.7eV) donor {{EXPLAIN - we're not all metallurgists}} and, at an IEE seminar on 'Advances in Carbon Electronics', doubts were expressed that the technical barriers facing those involved in the formulation of device-grade synthetic diamond substrates would ever be breached. It must, therefore, have given Daniel Twitchen, of De Beers Industrial Diamonds, now renamed Element Six, exceptional pleasure to announce the successful demonstration of prototype devices at the same event. The team, based at Ascot, has for some time, been producing impressive synthetic diamond windows, up to 100mm across, for high-power microwave and laser sources. The current development involves growing a single crystal from a seed in a hydrogen-methane microwave-heated plasma, at more than 2,000°C. After synthesis, the epitaxial overlayers are separated from the substrate by a laser, and doping with boron from diborane creates the semiconductor properties. The end result being very efficient diodes able to block up to 2.5kV. The aim of the programme, being undertaken in conjunction with ABB, is to produce diodes capable of passing or blocking 100A at 20kV. Commercially available devices based on diamond substrates include ultra violet sensors manufactured by Richard Jackman and his colleagues in the Diamond Electronics Group based at University College, London (UCL). The large band gap that hinders diamond's use as a conventional semiconductor is put to use here as only photons of ultraviolet wavelength are sufficiently energetic to make the surface hydrogenated material photoconduct. The UCL sensors use lower cost polycrystalline material, but the interdigitated grid of gold electrodes are printed sufficiently close together that, in most cases, only single crystallites bridge the gaps, making the material effectively single crystalline. As commercial devices come to market, we can expect more and more technical 'tricks' being employed to make good use of this amazing electronic material.
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8th International Conference on VLSI Design
January 04 - 07, 1995
New Delhi, India
p. 194 CVD-diamond substrates for multi-chip modules (MCMs)

H.A. Naseem, A.P. Malshe, R.A. Beera, M.S. Haque, W.D. Brown, L.W. Schaper, High Density Electron. Center, Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville, AR, USA

Diamond, the best thermal conductor known, is the ultimate choice as a substrate for three dimensional (3-D) multichip modules (MCMs) in the next generation compact, high power and high speed computers. It has only recently become available as a large area free-standing substrate fabricated using various chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques. There are several challenges and technological hurdles which must be resolved before diamond based MCMs becomes a reality. At HiDEC, University of Arkansas, we are actively involved in 1) designing diamond substrate based MCMs, 2) synthesis of diamond thin films and substrates, 3) polishing and planarizing diamond substrates, 4) laser drilling of via holes in diamond and, 5) metallization and dielectric coatings on diamond substrates for multi-layer interconnects (MLI). This paper presents a critical review of novel technologies that have been/are being developed at HiDEC for the fabrication of diamond based MCMs.

Index Terms- multichip modules; diamond; substrates; polishing; laser beam machining; metallisation; CVD coatings; elemental semiconductors; chemical vapour deposition; CVD-diamond substrates; multichip modules; 3D MCM; chemical vapor deposition; diamond thin films; polishing; planarization; laser drilling; via holes; metallization; dielectric coatings; multilayer interconnects; fabrication; C
Diamond Properties: Thermal Conductivity>br>
One of many remarkable properties of diamond is its uncompeted thermal conductivity. In contrast to metals, where conduction electrons are responsible for the high thermal conductivity, heat is conducted in electrical insulators by lattice vibrations. With a sound velocity of 17500 m/s, diamond is the material with the highest Debye temperature (2220 K), exceeding that of most other insulating materials by an order of magnitude and leading to the highest thermal conductivity of anymaterial at room temperature (20-25W/cmK), exceeding that of copper by a factor of five.

Thermal conductivity of CVD diamond vs. temperature. For comparison, the thermal conductivity of copper is shown in red. Large area CVD diamond films have been proposed for many applications

CVD Diamond thermal management applications, though the first thermal conductivity measurements in the late 80s were not very promising. In recent years, however, the quality of CVD diamond improved dramatically, and large area CVD diamond plates with thermal conductivities around 20 W/cmK became available. Today, CVD diamond is used for various thermal management applications such as submounts for integrated circuits and heat spreaders for high power laser diodes. Mapping of the thermal conductivity CVD Diamond: Processing Laser cutting Polishing Metallization

CVD Diamond Laser cutting Laser cutting of CVD diamondDue to the extreme hardness of diamond a mechanical cutting or sawing of the diamond wafers is not possible. For that reason a Q-switched Nd: YAG laser is applied for cutting them into desired shapes. Polishing After deposition, the coarse grained films are ground and polished to the desired thickness. For this purpose a high speed lapping machine capable of treating three samples simultaneously has been developed. Diamond wafers with up to 4" in diameter can be polished.

CVD Diamond Rms roughness values as low as 20 • can be achieved under optimized conditions. Laser interferogram of a polished 2" diam. diamond disk (at 633 nm). The appearance of only one interference fringe demonstrates the perfect surface flatness

CVD Diamond Metallization For the preparation of diamond heat-spreaders the metallization is of central importance. Various metallization schemes consisting of several metal layers have been developed. Each layer acts either as adhesion layer, diffusion barrier, or as surface layer improving the wetting behaviour of the solder. Thick gold layers are used as electrical conductors for high current densities. Custom specific metallization schemes - for example metallized heat-spreaders with electrical isolation between the top and the bottom metallization - have been developed. Furthermore patterned metallizations prepared by photolithography are available.

CVD Diamond CVD Diamond: Optical Properties Optical transmission Applications The excellent optical properties of diamond have been known for a long time. However, optical applications require extended discs or thin coatings not provided by natural diamond crystals. With the development of CVD techniques the situation has changed completely. Broadband transparency Diamond is transparent from the UV (230 nm) to the far infrared. Only minor absorption bands resulting from two phonon absorption exist between 2.5 and 6 nm. Hence diamond is an ideal material for multispectral optical applications. Wide band gap No thermal generation of charge carriers at elevated temperatures, hence no "thermal run away" as in the case of Germanium under laser irradiation. Furthermore, diamond does not become nonlinear at high radiation intensities. High thermal conductivity Absorbed energy is quickly dissipated to the edges of a diamond window where it can be removed by appropriate heat sinks and cooling techniques. Mechanical and chemical stability Diamond is extremely hard, wear resistant and chemically inert. It is an ideal material for hostile, highly erosive atmospheres.

CVD Diamond Optical transmission spectrum of CVD diamond CVD Diamond: Applications Optical Applications Thermal Applications Radiation Windows Applications

CVD Diamond Optical Windows for high-power CO2 lasers The broad-band optical transparency, high thermal conductivity and hardness make diamond an ideal choice for highly demanding window applications such as high-power IR laser windows, high-power microwave windows and durable windows for aggressive environments Thermal ApplicationsCVD diamond heat-spreadersDue to the combination of excellent thermal conductivity and high electrical resistivity CVD diamond is getting more and more attractive for various thermal management applications, including diamond heat-spreaders for the cooling of high-power electronic devices (laser diodes) diamond submounts for flip-chip bonding of semiconductor

CVD Diamond circuits, direct deposition of thin diamond films on integrated circuits. Further Applications Substrates for Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Devices X-ray windows, lithography masks Cutting tools Wear resistant coatings Temperature and pressure sensors Cold electron emitters Detectors: particle and UV radiation detection
Internet ref url: http://www.cvd-diamond.com/tfdi/frames_e.htm and others. Due to its combination of unique physical properties diamond is an outstanding material. Besides its unrivaled hardness diamond exhibits ultrabroadband transparancy ranging from deep UV to the microwave regime, and a thermal conductivity at room temperature which is higher than that of any other material. The excellent mechanical, thermal, optical and insulating properties of diamond became accessible through the advent of low pressure Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) techniques which allow diamond in the form of extended films and free-standing wafers to be fabricated. Fraunhofer IAF has grown large-area (2 to 6 inches in diameter) CVD diamond wafers with thickness beyond 2 mm applying its patented microwave plasma reactor technology. Presently, various ellipsoid plasma reactors with microwave power levels of 6, 8, 12 and 60 kW are used to prepare diamond wafers. Subsequent double-sided finishing is applied to achieve perfectly smooth and flat surfaces. Phase purity, surface profile, optical absorption, and heat conductivity are routinely characterized. The application of diamond wafers e.g. as laser windows require extremely flat surfaces and low absorption coefficients; the preparation of diamond heat-spreaders involves several manufacturing steps such as grinding and polishing, laser cutting and metallization; incorporations of additional features such as temperature sensors and resistive heaters into the diamond surface give rise to „smart" diamond heat spreaders for precise device temperature control - meeting such requirement is a strength of Fraunhofer IAF. Products: Fraunhofer has been working on a variety of CVD diamond products which take advantage of the amazing properties of this material. We will consult you on CVD diamond utilization, should you want to do business with CVD diamond. We provide technology licensing and continuous support. You may also be served by characterized CVD diamond samples. We process CVD diamond wafers further to application-specific specimens. Larger diameters and thicknesses of CVD diamond wafers are the objectives of our further developments. Your Advantage You may use complete CVD diamond wafers or want to develop your application-specific specimens with us - we guarantee rapid prototyping. We are capable of transforming sample specimen manufacturing to small volume production. Your exploitation of our long-standing experience on CVD diamond saves you time and costs. Target Applications Laser windows for high-power CO2 lasers, Microwave transmitting windows for high-power gyrotrons and klystrons, Dielectric submounts for microwave and millimeter wave ICs, Heat-spreaders for high-power microelectronic circuits and diode lasers, Smart heat-spreaders, Highly refractive microoptics micro-optics. CVD Diamond: General Information Chemical Vapor Deposition Diamond has always been an outstanding and desirable material. With the invention of synthetic growth techniques at high pressures and temperatures in the fifties, it became technical material, especially for mechanical applications. However, it was the advent of low pressure deposition techniques that made accessible the excellent mechanical, thermal, optical and electronic properties. With these chemical vapour deposition (CVD) techniques diamond became available in the form of extended thin films and free-standing plates or windows. Doping during deposition could be realized, making diamond a p-type semiconductor. With CVD-diamond a wealth of new applications opened up. Deposition from the gas phase The fundamental problem of diamond synthesis is the allotropic nature of carbon. Under ordinary conditions graphite, not diamond, is the thermodynamically stable crystalline phase of carbon. Hence, the main requirement of diamond CVD is to deposit carbon and simultaneously suppress the formation of graphitic sp2-bonds. This can be realized by establishing high concentrations of non-diamond carbon etchants such as atomic hydrogen. Usually, those conditions are achieved by admixing large amounts of hydrogen to the process gas and by activating the gas either thermally or by a plasma. Initial diamond nuclei formed on the substrate surface Surface morphology of a polycrystalline diamond film Hence, a common feature of all diamond CVD techniques is a gas-phase nonequilibrium, i.e. a high supersaturation of atomic hydrogen and of various hydrocarbon radicals. Typical deposition conditions are: 1 % methane in hydrogen as source gas, 700-1000°C deposition temperature and gas pressures in the range 30-300 Torr. The various diamond CVD techniques differ mainly in the way of gas phase activation and dissociation. The most common techniques include a) thermally assisted CVD, usually realized by gas activation with a hot filament, b) microwave plasma assisted CVD, c) deposition in a combustion flame sustained e.g. by acetylene and oxygen, and d) arc jet CVD. Each of these techniques has its pros and cons. The distinguishing features are the deposition rate, the deposition area and the quality of the deposited diamond. The maximum growth rate reported so far amounts to almost 1 mm/h. However, those high growth rates are usually limited to very small deposition areas (« 1 cm2). In general there is an inverse relationship between film quality and growth rate. Optically transparent films with high thermal conductivities are usually deposited at rates not exceeding 10 µm/h, regardless of the deposition technique.The excellent optical properties of diamond have been known for a long time. However, optical applications require extended discs or thin coatings not provided by natural diamond crystals. With the development of CVD techniques the situation has changed completely. CVD Diamond Wafers CVD diamond is a pure and polycrystalline functional material having many excellent properties, for example, the greatest hardness, extremely high thermal conductivity in nature, excellent electrical resistivity and chemical stability of any acid and alkali erosion resistance, etc. Additionally, CVD diamond can be produced in shapes and sizes. And the mechanical properties of CVD diamond share some advantages of both single crystal diamond and PCD. The main products made of CVD diamond include CVD diamond precision bearing shoes and wear parts, CVD diamond wire die blanks, CVD diamond heat spreaders, CVD diamond dresser logs and dressing tools and CVD diamond cutting tools. Main Properties Hardness (Knoop) (8000~10000) kg/mm2 Thermal conductivity (5~14)W/cm.K (300K) Density 3.5 g/cm3 Resistivity £¾1010¦¸.cm Thermal expansion coefficient (1.0~2.0) x10-6¡æ-1 Specifications Max area: ¦µ80, ¦µ120mm Thickness: 0.3~2.0mm Any other thicknesses and shapes are available upon request. Superhard Materials Subject Technological research and practice in the aspects of synthesizing diamond production technology by the belt-type press and complete sets of equipment were carried on in RISC for many years, and 25MN and 60 MN belt-type presses and superhigh pressure toolings winded with wires were successfully researched and developed. Synthetic diamond technology for the belt-type press of our country with our own intellectual property right has been developed. Adopted advanced technology for synthesizing saw blade grade diamonds, production on a large scale was put into effect by using home belt-type press for the first time. And various specifications and mesh sizes single crystal diamonds with high quality and PCD products can be produced according to the market¡¯s demand. Depending on the key project on National Programme (863), DC plasma-HF CVD method different from growing technology for diamond thick film at home and abroad at present has been developed independently in RISC, which boots the depositing rate and homogeneity of the diamond film greatly and decreases the energy consumption at the same time. A series of technological achievements in the aspects of processing technologies for cutting, polishing and welding diamond film were achieved, and the project on ¡°Preparation of Diamond Film for Industry and Its Application Development¡± won the second National Scientific and Technological Progress award in 2002. Diamond films can be mass produced in RISC, and production lines for preparation of diamond film materials, PCD and PCBN processing have been set up. The products are widely used in the fields of cutters, wearing devices, high power semiconductor devices, large scale integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, optical windows and advanced satellite communication, etc. RISC is one of the earliest units to develop synthetic diamond tool products at home, took the lead in introducing advanced technologies and equipment from foreign countries, such as high power laser processing and welding equipment and equipment for water atomizing alloy powder. And it gained many new and practical patents from the state and state key new products certificates. High power density microwave plasmas Diamond deposition at high power densities has yielded more than one-of-magnitude improvement of the linear growth rates previously possible in similar reactors at lower power densities. In this new system, diamond deposition rates of up to 60 mg/hour have been demonstrated. Linear growth rates of 15micro meter/hour near the center of the sample have been measured. Figure 1 shows a cross-section of a diamond film grown at such rates. Note the columnar structure characteristic of high growth rate depositions. Figure 2 shows a top view of the films. Nicely faced material is obtained. At these high rates, thick free-standing films are possible within a few hours of deposition. Figure 3 shows preferential alignment of the crystals along the [100] direction which is obtained under some deposition conditions. Preferential alignment of the facets can have applications for these CVD films in active electronics. The thermal conductivity of diamond films samples grown at rates near 3micro meter m/hour was measured using two different techniques. The measurements yielded values of the thermal conductivity in the 10 to 20 W/cm-K range. This high thermal conductivity value makes such films ideal for heat sink applications. As an example, the Raman spectrum for one of these films is shown in Figure 4. The FWHM of the diamond line near 1332cm-1 was measured at 6cm-1. This value is close to the width for natural diamond (approximately 2 cm-1). Such narrow width lines are characteristic of high quality CVD diamond. Its broad-band optical transparency, high thermal conductivity and hardness make diamond an ideal choice for many applications. Fraunhofer IAF masters the technology of depositing diamond on various substrates thus manufacturing coatings and free-standing diamond disks. Contact: Prof. Peter Koidl Phone: +49 761/5159-350 Koidl@iaf.fraunhofer.de Using microwave plasma CVD (chemical vapor deposition) large-area (2 to 6 inches in diameter) diamond disks with thicknesses up to 2 mm have been grown. The deposition is carried out in a plasma reactor having an ellipsoid cavity to generate very intense, spatially extended plasmas from a CH4/H2 gas mixture. Presently, ellipsoid plasma reactors with 6 to 60 kW microwave power are used at Fraunhofer IAF, producing diamond wafers of high quality. After deposition, the coarse-grained layer is polished and the substrate removed. The diamond wafer is then laser-cut to shapes and dimensions required as optical windows or thermal heat spreaders. Our novel developments are diamond lenses and arrays of microlenses as well as diamond scalpels of various shapes and geometries. http://www.whiteflash.com/knowledge/Q10046.aspx There may soon come a day when your computer will have a sticker on it that says, "De Beers Inside," rather than "Intel Inside"—say, by 2010. As microchips run faster, they get hotter. Conventional silicon chips burn out and then up once temperatures reach a certain point. To reach much higher speeds, future microchips will need to be able to conduct heat in ways that today's silicon components can't. That's why diamonds have suddenly become the substance du jour in high-tech development labs all over the world. Diamond can take heat like no other substance. The problem with developing diamond microchips is this: the cost of producing man-made, or lab-grown, diamond has always been prohibitive. But during the last decade, Russian scientists developed tabletop machines that could generate the heat and pressure needed to create man-made diamonds. Voila, synthetic diamonds costing as little as $100 in time, energy and materials could be manufactured in days and even hours, if all you wanted was melee. In 1996, an ex-army general, Carter Clarke, started a company called Gemesis in Sarasota, Florida, that imported a dozen or so of these Russian diamond making machines and began growing synthetic gem fancy-yellow diamonds by the bushelful. Thankfully, they could be easily detected by trained gemologists. But, as any reader of Wired Magazine knows, they can fool the seasoned eyes of dealers.Now there is a second diamond growing company, Apollo Diamonds, based in Boston, producing white and yellow stones just as cheaply.So the question is no longer if the jewelry market will be flooded with synthetic gem-quality diamonds but when. And the answer is now. While developing a low-cost diamond microchip, diamond growers are offering gem-quality stones to jewelers as a revenue-producer. So far, few are nibbling. But that is bound to change. Don't worry. Both companies put special microscopic inscriptions on stones revealing their maker's name as well as their lab origin. De Beers has developed special equipment for gemologists and jewelers to facilitate easy identification of the man-mades. So there is relatively little danger of rip-off. And don't forget that Gemesis and Apollo are working on developing affordable diamond chips that can replace silicon ones. That's where the big money is. Once they do, the threat of cheap synthetic diamonds will recede.
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