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Dec 22, 2020

Diamonds are not just for jewelry anymore

Posted by in categories: chemistry, sustainability, transportation

When it comes to the semiconductor industry, silicon has reigned as king in the electronics field, but it is coming to the end of its physical limits.

To more effectively power the , locomotives and even , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are turning to diamond as an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor.

Diamond has been shown to have superior carrier mobility, break down electric field and thermal conductivity, the most important properties to power . It became especially desirable after the development of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process for growth of high-quality single crystals.

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