Sample records for ultrananocrystalline diamond layers

  1. Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films

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    Tzeng, Yonhua; Yeh, Shoupu; Fang, Wei Cheng; Chu, Yuehchieh

    2014-03-01

    Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond (N-UNCD) and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films have been synthesized by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) on oxidized silicon which is pre-seeded with diamond nanoparticles. MPECVD of N-UNCD on nanodiamond seeds produces a base layer, from which carbon structures nucleate and grow perpendicularly to form standing carbon platelets. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman scattering measurements reveal that these carbon platelets are comprised of ultrananocrystalline diamond embedded in multilayer-graphene-like carbon structures. The hybrid carbon films are of low electrical resistivity. UNCD grains in the N-UNCD base layer and the hybrid carbon platelets serve as high-density diamond nuclei for the deposition of an electrically insulating UNCD film on it. Biocompatible carbon-based heaters made of low-resistivity hybrid carbon heaters encapsulated by insulating UNCD for possible electrosurgical applications have been demonstrated.

  2. Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films

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    Tzeng, Yonhua; Yeh, Shoupu; Fang, Wei Cheng; Chu, Yuehchieh

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond (N-UNCD) and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films have been synthesized by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) on oxidized silicon which is pre-seeded with diamond nanoparticles. MPECVD of N-UNCD on nanodiamond seeds produces a base layer, from which carbon structures nucleate and grow perpendicularly to form standing carbon platelets. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman scattering measurements reveal that these carbon platelets are comprised of ultrananocrystalline diamond embedded in multilayer-graphene-like carbon structures. The hybrid carbon films are of low electrical resistivity. UNCD grains in the N-UNCD base layer and the hybrid carbon platelets serve as high-density diamond nuclei for the deposition of an electrically insulating UNCD film on it. Biocompatible carbon-based heaters made of low-resistivity hybrid carbon heaters encapsulated by insulating UNCD for possible electrosurgical applications have been demonstrated. PMID:24681781

  3. Systematic studies of the nucleation and growth of ultrananocrystalline diamond films on silicon substrates coated with a tungsten layer

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    Chu, Yueh-Chieh; Jiang, Gerald [Institute of Microelectronics, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Tu, Chia-Hao [Institute of Nanotechnology and Microsystems Engineering, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Chang Chi [Institute of Nanotechnology and Microsystems Engineering, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Liu, Chuan-pu; Ting, Jyh-Ming [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Lee, Hsin-Li [Industrial Technology Research Institute - South, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Tzeng, Yonhua [Institute of Microelectronics, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronics Technology Center, No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Auciello, Orlando [Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2012-06-15

    We report on effects of a tungsten layer deposited on silicon surface on the effectiveness for diamond nanoparticles to be seeded for the deposition of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD). Rough tungsten surface and electrostatic forces between nanodiamond seeds and the tungsten surface layer help to improve the adhesion of nanodiamond seeds on the tungsten surface. The seeding density on tungsten coated silicon thus increases. Tungsten carbide is formed by reactions of the tungsten layer with carbon containing plasma species. It provides favorable (001) crystal planes for the nucleation of (111) crystal planes by Microwave Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (MPECVD) in argon diluted methane plasma and further improves the density of diamond seeds/nuclei. UNCD films grown at different gas pressures on tungsten coated silicon which is pre-seeded by nanodiamond along with heteroepitaxially nucleated diamond nuclei were characterized by Raman scattering, field emission-scanning electron microscopy, and high resolution-transmission electron microscopy.

  4. Temperature dependence of mechanical stiffness and dissipation in ultrananocrystalline diamond

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    V. P. Adiga; A. V. Sumant; S. Suresh; C. Gudeman; O. Auciello; J. A. Carlisle

    2009-01-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films are promising for radio frequency micro electro mechanical systems (RF-MEMS) resonators due to the extraordinary physical properties of diamond, such as high Young's modulus, quality factor, and stable surface chemistry. UNCD films used for this study are grown on 150 mm silicon wafers using hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) at 680°C. UNCD fixed free (cantilever)

  5. Effect of surface treatments on the electronic properties of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Chen, Yang-Yuan

    Effect of surface treatments on the electronic properties of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films C Abstract We present the soft x-ray spectroscopic study of the ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films shows more remarkable change on the sp2 and sp3 states. The formation of sp2 bonding and the reduction

  6. Microplasma illumination enhancement of vertically aligned conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond nanorods

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    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Kunuku, Srinivasu; Lou, Shiu-Cheng; Kurian, Joji; Chen, Huang-Chin; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Chen, Chulung; Lin, I.-Nan

    2012-09-01

    Vertically aligned conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) nanorods are fabricated using the reactive ion etching method incorporated with nanodiamond particles as mask. High electrical conductivity of 275 ?·cm-1 is obtained for UNCD nanorods. The microplasma cavities using UNCD nanorods as cathode show enhanced plasma illumination characteristics of low threshold field of 0.21 V/?m with plasma current density of 7.06 mA/cm2 at an applied field of 0.35 V/?m. Such superior electrical properties of UNCD nanorods with high aspect ratio potentially make a significant impact on the diamond-based microplasma display technology.

  7. Charging characteritiscs of ultrananocrystalline diamond in RF MEMS capacitive switches.

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    Sumant, A. V.; Goldsmith, C.; Auciello, O.; Carlisle, J.; Zheng, H.; Hwang, J. C. M.; Palego, C.; Wang, W.; Carpick, R.; Adiga, V.; Datta, A.; Gudeman, C.; O'Brien, S.; Sampath, S.

    2010-05-01

    Modifications to a standard capacitive MEMS switch process have been made to allow the incorporation of ultra-nano-crystalline diamond as the switch dielectric. The impact on electromechanical performance is minimal. However, these devices exhibit uniquely different charging characteristics, with charging and discharging time constants 5-6 orders of magnitude quicker than conventional materials. This operation opens the possibility of devices which have no adverse effects of dielectric charging and can be operated near-continuously in the actuated state without significant degradation in reliability.

  8. Ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films functionalized with therapeutically active collagen networks.

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    Huang, H.; Chen, M.; Bruno, P.; Lam, R.; Robinson, E.; Gruen, D.; Ho, D.; Materials Science Division; Northwestern Univ.

    2009-01-01

    The fabrication of biologically amenable interfaces in medicine bridges translational technologies with their surrounding biological environment. Functionalized nanomaterials catalyze this coalescence through the creation of biomimetic and active substrates upon which a spectrum of therapeutic elements can be delivered to adherent cells to address biomolecular processes in cancer, inflammation, etc. Here, we demonstrate the robust functionalization of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) with type I collagen and dexamethasone (Dex), an anti-inflammatory drug, to fabricate a hybrid therapeutically active substrate for localized drug delivery. UNCD oxidation coupled with a pH-mediated collagen adsorption process generated a comprehensive interface between the two materials, and subsequent Dex integration, activity, and elution were confirmed through inflammatory gene expression assays. These studies confer a translational relevance to the biofunctionalized UNCD in its role as an active therapeutic network for potent regulation of cellular activity toward applications in nanomedicine.

  9. Evidence of universality in the dynamical response of nanomechanical ultra-nanocrystalline diamond resonators at millikelvin temperatures

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    Evidence of universality in the dynamical response of nanomechanical ultra-nanocrystalline diamond fabricated from ultra-nanocrystalline diamond. Frequency shift f/f0 and dissipa- tion Q-1 demonstrate temperature dependence in the millikelvin range similar to the glass model of two level systems

  10. Integration of piezoelectric aluminum nitride and ultrananocrystalline diamond films for implantable biomedical microelectromechanical devices

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    Zalazar, M.; Gurman, P.; Park, J.; Kim, D.; Hong, S.; Stan, L.; Divan, R.; Czaplewski, D.; Auciello, O.

    2013-03-01

    The physics for integration of piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) films with underlying insulating ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), and electrically conductive grain boundary nitrogen-incorporated UNCD (N-UNCD) and boron-doped UNCD (B-UNCD) layers, as membranes for microelectromechanical system implantable drug delivery devices, has been investigated. AlN films deposited on platinum layers on as grown UNCD or N-UNCD layer (5-10 nm rms roughness) required thickness of ˜400 nm to induce (002) AlN orientation with piezoelectric d33 coefficient ˜1.91 pm/V at ˜10 V. Chemical mechanical polished B-UNCD films (0.2 nm rms roughness) substrates enabled (002) AlN film 200 nm thick, yielding d33 = 5.3 pm/V.

  11. Mechanical stiffness and dissipation in ultrananocrystalline diamond micro-resonators.

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    Sumant, A. V.; Adiga, V. P.; Suresh, S.; Gudeman, C.; Auciello, O.; Carlis, J. A.; Carpick, R. W.

    2009-01-01

    We have characterized mechanical properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films grown using the hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) technique at 680 C, significantly lower than the conventional growth temperature of {approx}800 C. The films have {approx}4.3% sp{sup 2} content in the near-surface region as revealed by near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The films, {approx}1 {micro}m thick, exhibit a net residual compressive stress of 370 {+-} 1 MPa averaged over the entire 150 mm wafer. UNCD microcantilever resonator structures and overhanging ledges were fabricated using lithography, dry etching, and wet release techniques. Overhanging ledges of the films released from the substrate exhibited periodic undulations due to stress relaxation. This was used to determine a biaxial modulus of 838 {+-} 2 GPa. Resonant excitation and ring-down measurements in the kHz frequency range of the microcantilevers were conducted under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions in a customized UHV atomic force microscope system to determine Young's modulus as well as mechanical dissipation of cantilever structures at room temperature. Young's modulus is found to be 790 {+-} 30 GPa. Based on these measurements, Poisson's ratio is estimated to be 0.057 {+-} 0.038. The quality factors (Q) of these resonators ranged from 5000 to 16000. These Q values are lower than theoretically expected from the intrinsic properties of diamond. The results indicate that surface and bulk defects are the main contributors to the observed dissipation in UNCD resonators.

  12. Effects of pretreatment processes on improving the formation of ultrananocrystalline diamond

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    Chen, Li-Ju; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lee, Chi-Young; Lin, I-Nan. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 300 (China); Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan 251 (China)

    2007-03-15

    Effects of pretreatment on the nuclei formation of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) on Si substrates were studied. Either precoating a thin layer of titanium ({approx}400 nm) or ultrasonication pretreatment using diamond and titanium mixed powder (D and T process) enhances the nucleation process on Si substrates markedly, and the UNCD nuclei formed and fully covered the Si substrate, when deposition was processed using the microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition process for 10 min. In contrast, during the same period, ultrasonication pretreatment using diamond powders (D process) can only form large UNCD clusters, which were scarcely distributed on Si substrates. The analyses using x-ray diffractometer, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis reveal that the titanium layer reacted with carbon species in the plasma, forming crystalline TiC phase, which facilitates the subsequent formation of UNCD nuclei. The beneficial effect of Ti layer on enhancing the nucleation of UNCD is presumably owing to high solubility and high diffusivity of carbon species in Ti materials, as compared with those of Si materials.

  13. Two- and three-dimensional ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) structures for a high resolution diamond-based MEMS technology.

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    Auciello, O.; Krauss, A. R.; Gruen, D. M.; Busmann, H. G.; Meyer, E. M.; Tucek, J.; Sumant, A.; Jayatissa, A.; Moldovan, N.; Mancini, D. C.; Gardos, M. N.

    2000-01-17

    Silicon is currently the most commonly used material for the fabrication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). However, silicon-based MEMS will not be suitable for long-endurance devices involving components rotating at high speed, where friction and wear need to be minimized, components such as 2-D cantilevers that may be subjected to very large flexural displacements, where stiction is a problem, or components that will be exposed to corrosive environments. The mechanical, thermal, chemical, and tribological properties of diamond make it an ideal material for the fabrication of long-endurance MEMS components. Cost-effective fabrication of these components could in principle be achieved by coating Si with diamond films and using conventional lithographic patterning methods in conjunction with e. g. sacrificial Ti or SiO{sub 2} layers. However, diamond coatings grown by conventional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods exhibit a coarse-grained structure that prevents high-resolution patterning, or a fine-grained microstructure with a significant amount of intergranular non-diamond carbon. The authors demonstrate here the fabrication of 2-D and 3-D phase-pure ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) MEMS components by coating Si with UNCD films, coupled with lithographic patterning methods involving sacrificial release layers. UNCD films are grown by microwave plasma CVD using C{sub 60}-Ar or CH{sub 4}-Ar gas mixtures, which result in films that have 3--5 nm grain size, are 10--20 times smoother than conventionally grown diamond films, are extremely resistant to corrosive environments, and are predicted to have a brittle fracture strength similar to that of single crystal diamond.

  14. A conversion model of graphite to ultrananocrystalline diamond via laser processing at ambient temperature and normal pressure

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    Ren, X. D., E-mail: renxd@ujs.edu.cn; Yang, H. M.; Zheng, L. M.; Tang, S. X.; Ren, N. F.; Xu, S. D. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Yuan, S. Q. [Research Center of Fluid Machinery Engineering and Technical, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China)

    2014-07-14

    The synthesis mechanism of ultrananocrystalline diamond via laser shock processing of graphite suspension was presented at room temperature and normal pressure, which yielded the ultrananocrystalline diamond in size of about 5?nm. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and laser Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the nano-crystals. The transformation model and growth restriction mechanism of high power density with short-pulsed laser shocking of graphite particles in liquid was put forward.

  15. Bias-enhanced post-treatment process for enhancing the electron field emission properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Saravanan, A.; Huang, B. R.; Sankaran, K. J.; Dong, C. L.; Tai, N. H.; Lin, I. N.

    2015-03-01

    The electron field emission (EFE) properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films were markedly improved via the bias-enhanced plasma post-treatment (bep) process. The bep-process induced the formation of hybrid-granular structure of the diamond (bep-HiD) films with abundant nano-graphitic phase along the grain boundaries that increased the conductivity of the films. Moreover, the utilization of Au-interlayer can effectively suppress the formation of resistive amorphous-carbon (a-C) layer, thereby enhancing the transport of electrons crossing the diamond-to-Si interface. Therefore, bep-HiD/Au/Si films exhibit superior EFE properties with low turn-on field of E0 = 2.6 V/?m and large EFE current density of Je = 3.2 mA/cm2 (at 5.3 V/?m).

  16. Ultrananocrystalline diamond tip integrated onto a heated atomic force microscope cantilever This article has been downloaded from IOPscience. Please scroll down to see the full text article.

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    King, William P.

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond tip integrated onto a heated atomic force microscope cantilever.1088/0957-4484/23/49/495302 Ultrananocrystalline diamond tip integrated onto a heated atomic force microscope cantilever Hoe Joon Kim1, Nicolaie Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA 2 Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc., Romeoville, IL 60446, USA 3

  17. Diamond nanowires and the insulator-metal transition in ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Arenal, R.; Bruno, P.; Miller, D. J.; Bleuel, M.; Lal, J.; Gruen, D. M.

    2007-05-01

    Further progress in the development of the remarkable electrochemical, electron field emission, high-temperature diode, and optical properties of n -type ultrananocrystalline diamond films requires a better understanding of electron transport in this material. Of particular interest is the origin of the transition to the metallic regime observed when about 10% by volume of nitrogen has been added to the synthesis gas. Here, we present data showing that the transition to the metallic state is due to the formation of partially oriented diamond nanowires surrounded by an sp2 -bonded carbon sheath. These have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy techniques (high-resolution mode, selected area electron diffraction, and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy), Raman spectroscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering. The nanowires are 80-100nm in length and consist of ˜5nm wide and 6-10nm long segments of diamond crystallites exhibiting atomically sharp interfaces. Each nanowire is enveloped in a sheath of sp2 -bonded carbon that provides the conductive path for electrons. Raman spectroscopy on the films coupled with a consideration of plasma chemical and physical processes reveals that the sheath is likely composed of a nanocarbon material resembling in some respects a polymer-like mixture of polyacetylene and polynitrile. The complex interactions governing the simultaneous growth of the diamond core and the sp2 sheath responsible for electrical conductivity are discussed as are attempts at a better theoretical understanding of the transport mechanism.

  18. Diamond nanowires and the insulator-metal transition in ultrananocrystalline diamond films.

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    Arenal, R.; Bruno, P.; Miller, D. J.; Bleuel, M.; Lai, J.; Gruen, D. M.

    2007-05-01

    Further progress in the development of the remarkable electrochemical, electron field emission, high-temperature diode, and optical properties of n-type ultrananocrystalline diamond films requires a better understanding of electron transport in this material. Of particular interest is the origin of the transition to the metallic regime observed when about 10% by volume of nitrogen has been added to the synthesis gas. Here, we present data showing that the transition to the metallic state is due to the formation of partially oriented diamond nanowires surrounded by an sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon sheath. These have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy techniques (high-resolution mode, selected area electron diffraction, and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy), Raman spectroscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering. The nanowires are 80-100 nm in length and consist of {approx}5 nm wide and 6-10 nm long segments of diamond crystallites exhibiting atomically sharp interfaces. Each nanowire is enveloped in a sheath of sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon that provides the conductive path for electrons. Raman spectroscopy on the films coupled with a consideration of plasma chemical and physical processes reveals that the sheath is likely composed of a nanocarbon material resembling in some respects a polymer-like mixture of polyacetylene and polynitrile. The complex interactions governing the simultaneous growth of the diamond core and the sp{sup 2} sheath responsible for electrical conductivity are discussed as are attempts at a better theoretical understanding of the transport mechanism.

  19. The oxidization behavior and mechanical properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films at high temperature annealing

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    Huang, Kai; Hu, Xiaojun; Xu, Hui; Shen, Yaogen; Khomich, Alex

    2014-10-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films prepared by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) were annealed at 1000 °C in low degree vacuum under a pressure of 4000 Pa. The correlation between the mechanical and structural properties was investigated to understand the oxidization behavior of UNCD films after high temperature annealing. At the early stage of annealing (?30 min), the amorphous carbon and graphite in grain boundaries are selectively oxidized firstly along the clusters' gaps, with the Young's modulus and hardness decreasing rapidly revealed by nanoindentation results. A special annealing time of ?30-60 min is found to exist as a turning point that the mechanical properties changing trend has a transition, because of the diamond grains starting to be oxidized. With the annealing time increasing to 180 min, the nanoindentation depth increases from ?70 to ?90 nm and the Young's modulus and hardness decrease more slowly with almost keeping constant of ?383 and ?35 GPa, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that a steady 30-nm-thick oxidized layer has been formed on the top-surface and keeps a balance of the speed between films being oxidized and the carbon oxidation being broken down.

  20. Multiwavelength Raman spectroscopy of diamond nanowires present in n -type ultrananocrystalline films

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    Arenal, R.; Montagnac, G.; Bruno, P.; Gruen, D. M.

    2007-12-01

    Multiwavelength Raman spectroscopy is employed to investigate ultrananocrystalline diamond films deposited by the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. Recently, we have shown that the addition of nitrogen in the gas source during synthesis induce the formation of diamond n -type films, exhibiting the highest electrical conductivity at ambient temperature. This point is related with the formation of elongated diamond nanostructures and the presence of sp2 -bonded carbon in these films. The Raman results presented here confirm these aspects and provide a better and deeper understanding of the nature of these films and their related optical and electronic properties.

  1. Multiwavelength Raman spectroscopy of diamond nanowires present in n-type ultrananocrystalline films.

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    Arenal , R.; Montagnac, G.; Bruno, P.; Gruen, D. M.; Materials Science Division; ONERA-CNRS; Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

    2007-12-01

    Multiwavelength Raman spectroscopy is employed to investigate ultrananocrystalline diamond films deposited by the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. Recently, we have shown that the addition of nitrogen in the gas source during synthesis induce the formation of diamond n-type films, exhibiting the highest electrical conductivity at ambient temperature. This point is related with the formation of elongated diamond nanostructures and the presence of sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon in these films. The Raman results presented here confirm these aspects and provide a better and deeper understanding of the nature of these films and their related optical and electronic properties.

  2. Ultrathin ultrananocrystalline diamond film synthesis by direct current plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hak-Joo Lee; Hyeongtag Jeon; Wook-Seong Lee

    2011-01-01

    The synthesis of ultrathin, mirror-smooth, and void-free ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) film was investigated using DC-PACVD. The seeding process was investigated in the previously reported “two-step” seeding scheme, where the substrate was pretreated in microwave hydrocarbon plasma prior to the ultrasonic seeding to enhance seed density; in the present study, DC plasma and hot filament process were adopted for the pretreatment,

  3. Direct observation of enhanced emission sites in nitrogen implanted hybrid structured ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Panda, Kalpataru; Sundaravel, B.; Panigrahi, B. K. [Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Chen, Huang-Chin; Lin, I.-Nan [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, New-Taipei 251, Taiwan (China)

    2013-02-07

    A hybrid-structured ultrananocrystalline diamond (h-UNCD) film, synthesized on Si-substrates by a two-step microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (MPECVD) process, contains duplex structure with large diamond aggregates evenly dispersed in a matrix of ultra-small grains ({approx}5 nm). The two-step plasma synthesized h-UNCD films exhibit superior electron field emission (EFE) properties than the one-step MPECVD deposited UNCD films. Nitrogen-ion implantation/post-annealing processes further improve the EFE properties of these films. Current imaging tunnelling spectroscopy in scanning tunnelling spectroscopy mode directly shows increased density of emission sites in N implanted/post-annealed h-UNCD films than as-prepared one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show increased sp{sup 2} phase content and C-N bonding fraction in N ion implanted/post-annealed films. Transmission electron microscopic analysis reveals that the N implantation/post-annealing processes induce the formation of defects in the diamond grains, which decreases the band gap and increases the density of states within the band gap of diamond. Moreover, the formation of nanographitic phase surrounding the small diamond grains enhanced the conductivity at the diamond grain boundaries. Both of the phenomena enhance the EFE properties.

  4. Low-loss lateral-extensional piezoelectric filters on ultrananocrystalline diamond.

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    Fatemi, Hediyeh; Abdolvand, Reza

    2013-09-01

    In this work, lateral-extensional thin-film piezoelectric- on-diamond (TPoD) filters with very low insertion loss (IL) values (<4 dB) are reported. Two different lateral-extensional modes of a resonant structure are coupled together to realize a two-pole filter. The filters of this work exhibit low IL values, with fractional bandwidth between 0.08% and 0.2%, and have a very small footprint. This paper reports on the lowest IL in the literature for lateral-extensional thin-film piezoelectric filters with 50 ? terminations in the GSM frequency band (~900 MHz). The narrow-band filters of this work are fabricated on three ultrananocrystalline diamond substrates to achieve higher frequencies without excessive reduction in the feature size. The paper also thoroughly studies the parameters that affect the performance of such filters and then discussions are evaluated by the statistical data collected from the fabricated wafers. PMID:24658729

  5. Flexible electron field emitters fabricated using conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond pyramidal microtips on polynorbornene films

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    Sankaran, K. J.; Tai, N. H., E-mail: nhtai@mx.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Lin, I. N., E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui 251, Taiwan (China)

    2014-01-20

    High performance flexible field emitters made of aligned pyramidal shaped conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond (C-UNCD) microtips on polynorbornene substrates is demonstrated. Flexible C-UNCD pyramidal microtips show a low turn-on field of 1.80?V/?m with a field enhancement factor of 4580 and a high emission current density of 5.8?mA/cm{sup 2} (at an applied field of 4.20?V/?m) with life-time stability of 210 min. Such an enhancement in the field emission is due to the presence of sp{sup 2}-graphitic sheath with a nanowire-like diamond core. This high performance flexible C-UNCD field emitter is potentially useful for the fabrication of diverse, flexible electronic devices.

  6. Low-temperature electrical transport in B-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond film

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    Li, Lin; Zhao, Jing; Hu, Zhaosheng; Quan, Baogang; Li, Junjie, E-mail: jjli@iphy.ac.cn; Gu, Changzhi, E-mail: czgu@iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institution of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-05-05

    B-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films are grown using hot-filament chemical vapor deposition method, and their electrical transport properties varying with temperature are investigated. When the B-doped concentration of UNCD film is low, a step-like increase feature of the resistance is observed with decreasing temperature, reflecting at least three temperature-modified electronic state densities at the Fermi level according to three-dimensional Mott's variable range hopping transport mechanism, which is very different from that of reported B-doped nanodiamond. With increasing B-doped concentration, a superconductive transformation occurs in the UNCD film and the highest transformation temperature of 5.3?K is observed, which is higher than that reported for superconducting nanodiamond films. In addition, the superconducting coherence length is about 0.63?nm, which breaks a reported theoretical and experimental prediction about ultra-nanoscale diamond's superconductivity.

  7. Improvement in plasma illumination properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films by grain boundary engineering

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    Sankaran, K. J.; Srinivasu, K.; Chen, H. C.; Dong, C. L.; Leou, K. C.; Lee, C. Y.; Tai, N. H.; Lin, I. N.

    2013-08-01

    Microstructural evolution of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films as a function of substrate temperature (TS) and/or by introducing H2 in Ar/CH4 plasma is investigated. Variation of the sp2 and sp3 carbon content is analyzed using UV-Raman and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra. Morphological and microstructural studies confirm that films deposited using Ar/CH4 plasma at low TS consist of a random distribution of spherically shaped ultra-nano diamond grains with distinct sp2-bonded grain boundaries, which are attributed to the adherence of CH radicals to the nano-sized diamond clusters. By increasing TS, adhering efficiency of CH radicals to the diamond lattice drops and trans-polyacetylene (t-PA) encapsulating the nano-sized diamond grains break, whereas the addition of 1.5% H2 in Ar/CH4 plasma at low TS induces atomic hydrogen that preferentially etches out the t-PA attached to ultra-nano diamond grains. Both cases make the sp3-diamond phase less passivated. This leads to C2 radicals attaching to the diamond lattice promoting elongated clustered grains along with a complicated defect structure. Such a grain growth model is highly correlated to explain the technologically important functional property, namely, plasma illumination (PI) of UNCD films. Superior PI properties, viz. low threshold field of 0.21 V/?m with a high PI current density of 4.10 mA/cm2 (at an applied field of 0.25 V/?m) and high ?-coefficient (0.2604) are observed for the UNCD films possessing ultra-nano grains with a large fraction of grain boundary phases. The grain boundary component consists of a large amount of sp2-carbon phases that possibly form interconnected paths for facilitating the transport of electrons and the electron field emission process that markedly enhance PI properties.

  8. Gold nanoparticle-ultrananocrystalline diamond hybrid structured materials for high-performance optoelectronic device applications.

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    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Kunuku, Srinivasu; Sundaravel, Balakrishnan; Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Chen, Huang-Chin; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lin, I-Nan

    2015-03-14

    Hybridization of gold nanoparticles in the ultrananocrystalline diamond materials improves the electrical conductivity of the materials to a high level of 230 (? cm)(-1) with a sheet carrier concentration of 8.9 × 10(20) cm(-2). These hybrid materials show enhanced electron field emission (EFE) properties, viz. a low turn-on field of 2.1 V ?m(-1) with a high EFE current density of 5.3 mA cm(-2) (at an applied field of 4.9 V ?m(-1)) and the life-time stability up to a period of 372 min. The fabrication of these hybrid materials with high conductivity and superior EFE behaviors is a direct and simple process which opens new prospects in flat panel displays and high brightness electron sources. PMID:25684389

  9. Gold nanoparticle-ultrananocrystalline diamond hybrid structured materials for high-performance optoelectronic device applications

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    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Kunuku, Srinivasu; Sundaravel, Balakrishnan; Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Chen, Huang-Chin; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lin, I.-Nan

    2015-02-01

    Hybridization of gold nanoparticles in the ultrananocrystalline diamond materials improves the electrical conductivity of the materials to a high level of 230 (? cm)-1 with a sheet carrier concentration of 8.9 × 1020 cm-2. These hybrid materials show enhanced electron field emission (EFE) properties, viz. a low turn-on field of 2.1 V ?m-1 with a high EFE current density of 5.3 mA cm-2 (at an applied field of 4.9 V ?m-1) and the life-time stability up to a period of 372 min. The fabrication of these hybrid materials with high conductivity and superior EFE behaviors is a direct and simple process which opens new prospects in flat panel displays and high brightness electron sources.Hybridization of gold nanoparticles in the ultrananocrystalline diamond materials improves the electrical conductivity of the materials to a high level of 230 (? cm)-1 with a sheet carrier concentration of 8.9 × 1020 cm-2. These hybrid materials show enhanced electron field emission (EFE) properties, viz. a low turn-on field of 2.1 V ?m-1 with a high EFE current density of 5.3 mA cm-2 (at an applied field of 4.9 V ?m-1) and the life-time stability up to a period of 372 min. The fabrication of these hybrid materials with high conductivity and superior EFE behaviors is a direct and simple process which opens new prospects in flat panel displays and high brightness electron sources. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07030e

  10. Science and technology of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films for multifunctional devices.

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    Auciello, O.; Gruen, D. M.; Krauss, A. R.; Jayatissa, A.; Sumant, A.; Tucek, J.; Mancini, D.; Moldovan, N.; Erdemir, A.; Ersoy, D.; Gardos, M. N.; Busmann, H. G.; Meyer, E. M.

    2000-11-15

    MEMS devices are currently fabricated primarily in silicon because of the available surface machining technology. However, Si has poor mechanical and tribological properties, and practical MEMS devices are currently limited primarily to applications involving only bending and flexural motion, such as cantilever accelerometers and vibration sensors, However, because of the poor flexural strength and fracture toughness of Si, and the tendency of Si to adhere to hydrophyllic surfaces, even these simple devices have limited dynamic range. Future MEMS applications that involve significant rolling or sliding contact will require the use of new materials with significantly improved mechanical and tribological properties, and the ability to perform well in harsh environments. Diamond is a superhard material of high mechanical strength, exceptional chemical inertness, and outstanding thermal stability. The brittle fracture strength is 23 times that of Si, and the projected wear life of diamond MEMS moving mechanical assemblies (MEMS-MMAS) is 10,000 times greater than that of Si MMAs. However, as the hardest known material, diamond is notoriously difficult to fabricate. Conventional CVD thin film deposition methods offer an approach to the fabrication of ultra-small diamond structures, but the films have large grain size, high internal stress, poor intergranular adhesion, and very rough surfaces, and are consequently ill-suited for MEMS-MMA applications. A thin film deposition process has been developed that produces phase-pure ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) with morphological and mechanical properties that are ideally suited for MEMS applications in general, and MMA use in particular. We have developed lithographic techniques for the fabrication of diamond microstructure including cantilevers and multi-level devices, acting as precursors to micro-bearings and gears, making UNCD a promising material for the development of high performance MEMS devices.

  11. Nitrogen incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond based field emitter array for a flat-panel x-ray source

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    Posada, Chrystian M.; Grant, Edwin J.; Lee, Hyoung K.; Castaño, Carlos H., E-mail: castanoc@mst.edu [Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 220 Fulton Hall, Rolla, Missouri 65401 (United States); Divan, Ralu; Sumant, Anirudha V.; Rosenmann, Daniel; Stan, Liliana [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2014-04-07

    A field emission based flat-panel transmission x-ray source is being developed as an alternative for medical and industrial imaging. A field emitter array (FEA) prototype based on nitrogen incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond film has been fabricated to be used as the electron source of this flat panel x-ray source. The FEA prototype was developed using conventional microfabrication techniques. The field emission characteristics of the FEA prototype were evaluated. Results indicated that emission current densities of the order of 6?mA/cm{sup 2} could be obtained at electric fields as low as 10?V/?m to 20?V/?m. During the prototype microfabrication process, issues such as delamination of the extraction gate and poor etching of the SiO{sub 2} insulating layer located between the emitters and the extraction layer were encountered. Consequently, alternative FEA designs were investigated. Experimental and simulation data from the first FEA prototype were compared and the results were used to evaluate the performance of alternative single and double gate designs that would yield better field emission characteristics compared to the first FEA prototype. The best simulation results are obtained for the double gate FEA design, when the diameter of the collimator gate is around 2.6 times the diameter of the extraction gate.

  12. Cell adhesion and growth on ultrananocrystalline diamond and diamond-like carbon films after different surface modifications

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    Miksovsky, J.; Voss, A.; Kozarova, R.; Kocourek, T.; Pisarik, P.; Ceccone, G.; Kulisch, W.; Jelinek, M.; Apostolova, M. D.; Reithmaier, J. P.; Popov, C.

    2014-04-01

    Diamond and diamond-like carbon (DLC) films possess a set of excellent physical and chemical properties which together with a high biocompatibility make them attractive candidates for a number of medical and biotechnological applications. In the current work thin ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) and DLC films were comparatively investigated with respect to cell attachment and proliferation after different surface modifications. The UNCD films were prepared by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, the DLC films by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The films were comprehensively characterized with respect to their basic properties, e.g. crystallinity, morphology, chemical bonding nature, etc. Afterwards the UNCD and DLC films were modified applying O2 or NH3/N2 plasmas and UV/O3 treatments to alter their surface termination. The surface composition of as-grown and modified samples was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Furthermore the films were characterized by contact angle measurements with water, formamide, 1-decanol and diiodomethane; from the results obtained the surface energy with its dispersive and polar components was calculated. The adhesion and proliferation of MG63 osteosarcoma cells on the different UNCD and DLC samples were assessed by measurement of the cell attachment efficiency and MTT assays. The determined cell densities were compared and correlated with the surface properties of as-deposited and modified UNCD and DLC films.

  13. Temperature dependence of mechanical stiffness and dissipation in ultrananocrystalline diamond films grown by the HFCVD techinque.

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    Adiga, V. P.; Sumant, A. V.; Suresh, S.; Gudeman, C.; Auciello, O.; Carlisle, J. A.; Carpick, R. W.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Pennsylvania; Innovative Micro Tech.; Advanced Diamond Tech.

    2009-06-01

    We have characterized mechanical properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films grown using the hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) technique at 680 C, significantly lower than the conventional growth temperature of -800 C. The films have -4.3% sp{sup 2} content in the near-surface region as revealed by near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The films, -1 {micro}m thick, exhibit a net residual compressive stress of 370 {+-} 1 MPa averaged over the entire 150 mm wafer. UNCD microcantilever resonator structures and overhanging ledges were fabricated using lithography, dry etching, and wet release techniques. Overhanging ledges of the films released from the substrate exhibited periodic undulations due to stress relaxation. This was used to determine a biaxial modulus of 838 {+-} 2 GPa. Resonant excitation and ring-down measurements in the kHz frequency range of the microcantilevers were conducted under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions in a customized UHV atomic force microscope system to determine Young's modulus as well as mechanical dissipation of cantilever structures at room temperature. Young's modulus is found to be 790 {+-} 30 GPa. Based on these measurements, Poisson's ratio is estimated to be 0.057 {+-} 0.038. The quality factors (Q) of these resonators ranged from 5000 to 16000. These Q values are lower than theoretically expected from the intrinsic properties of diamond. The results indicate that surface and bulk defects are the main contributors to the observed dissipation in UNCD resonators.

  14. Ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films for MEMS and moving mechanical assembly devices.

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    Krauss, A. R.; Gruen, D. M.; Jayatissa, A.; Sumant, A.; Tucek, J.; Auciello, O.; Mancini, D.; Moldovan, N.; Erdemir, A.; Ersoy, D.; Gardos, M. N.; Busmann, H. G.; Meyer, E. M.; Ding, M. Q.; Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; Raytheon Electronic Systems Comp.; Fraunhofer Inst. for Applied Materials Science; Univ. of Bremen; Beijing Inst. of Electronics

    2001-11-01

    MEMS devices are currently fabricated primarily in silicon because of the available surface machining technology. A major problem with the Si-based MEMS technology is that Si has poor mechanical and tribological properties [J.J. Sniegowski, in: B. Bushan (Ed.), Tribology Issues and Opportunities in MEMS, Kluwer Academic Publisher, The Netherlands, 1998, p. 325; A.P. Lee, A.P. Pisano, M.G. Lim, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 276 (1992) 67.], and practical MEMS devices are currently limited primarily to applications involving only bending and flexural motion, such as cantilever accelerometers and vibration sensors. However, because of the poor flexural strength and fracture toughness of Si, and the tendency of Si to adhere to hydrophilic surfaces, even these simple devices have limited dynamic range. Future MEMS applications that involve significant rolling or sliding contact will require the use of new materials with significantly improved mechanical and tribological properties, and the ability to perform well in harsh environments, Diamond is a superhard material of high mechanical strength, exceptional chemical inertness, and outstanding thermal stability. The brittle fracture strength is 23 times that of Si, and the projected wear life of diamond MEMS moving mechanical assemblies (MEMS MMAs) is 10 000 times greater than that of Si MMAs. However, as the hardest known material, diamond is notoriously difficult to fabricate. Conventional CVD thin film deposition methods offer an approach to the fabrication of ultra-small diamond structures, but the films have large grain size, high internal stress, poor intergranular adhesion, and very rough surfaces, and are consequently ill-suited for MEMS MMA applications. Diamond-like films are also being investigated for application to MEMS devices. However, they involve mainly physical vapor deposition methods that are not suitable for good conformal deposition on high aspect ratio features, and generally they do not exhibit the outstanding mechanical properties of diamond. We demonstrate here the application of a novel microwave plasma technique using a unique C{sub 60}/Ar or CH{sub 4}/Ar chemistry that produces phase-pure ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) coatings with morphological and mechanical properties that are ideally suited for MEMS applications in general, and MMA use in particular. We have developed lithographic techniques for the fabrication of UNCD-MEMS components, including cantilevers and multi-level devices, acting as precursors to microbearings and gears, making UNCD a promising material for the development of high performance MEMS devices.

  15. Ultrathin ultrananocrystalline diamond film synthesis by direct current plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition

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    Lee, Hak-Joo; Jeon, Hyeongtag; Lee, Wook-Seong

    2011-10-01

    The synthesis of ultrathin, mirror-smooth, and void-free ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) film was investigated using DC-PACVD. The seeding process was investigated in the previously reported "two-step" seeding scheme, where the substrate was pretreated in microwave hydrocarbon plasma prior to the ultrasonic seeding to enhance seed density; in the present study, DC plasma and hot filament process were adopted for the pretreatment, instead of the conventional microwave plasma. Two types of nano-diamond seed powders of similar grain sizes but with different zeta potentials were also compared. The pretreated substrate surface and the synthesized UNCD film were characterized by near edge x-ray absorption fine structure, FTIR, AFM, high-resolution scanning electron microscope, HR-TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The electrophoretic light scattering spectroscopy was adopted to characterize the zeta potentials of the seeding suspensions and that of the substrates, respectively. Contrary to the previous report, the pretreatments deteriorated the seed density relative to that of the non-treated substrate. By contrast, the seed density was drastically improved by using a proper type of the nano-diamond seed powder. The seed density variation according to the substrate pretreatments and the type of the seed powders was attributed to the relative values of the zeta potentials of the substrates and that of the seed powders, which indicated the electrostatic nature of the seeding process. The variation of the substrate surface zeta potentials was attributed to the variation in the surface terminations induced by the respective pretreatments. The present DC-PACVD environment ensured that the secondary nucleation was also active enough to generate the densely packed UNCD grains in the growth stage. Consequently, the ultrathin, mirror-smooth and void-free UNCD film of 30 nm in thickness was enabled.

  16. Growth of ultrananocrystalline diamond film by DC Arcjet plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Chen, G. C.; Li, B.; Yan, Z. Q.; Liu, J.; Lu, F. X.; Ye, H.

    2012-06-01

    Self-standing diamond films were grown by DC Arcjet plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The feed gasses were Ar/H2/CH4, in which the flow ratio of CH4 to H2 (F/F) was varied from 5% to 20%. Two distinct morphologies were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), i.e. the "pineapple-like" morphology and the "cauliflower-like" morphology. It was found that the morphologies of the as-grown films are strongly dependent on the flow ratio of CH4 to H2 in the feed gasses. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) survey results revealed that there were nanocrystalline grains within the "pineapple-like" films whilst there were ultrananocrystalline grains within "cauliflower-like" films. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results suggested that (110) crystalline plane was the dominant surface in the "cauliflower-like" films whilst (100) crystalline plane was the dominant surface in the "pineapple-like" films. Raman spectroscopy revealed that nanostructured carbon features could be observed in both types of films. Plasma diagnosis was carried out in order to understand the morphology dependent growth mechanism. It could be concluded that the film morphology was strongly influenced by the density of gas phases. The gradient of C2 radical was found to be different along the growth direction under the different growth conditions.

  17. Enhanced electron field emission properties of conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond films after Cu and Au ion implantation.

    PubMed

    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Chen, Huang-Chin; Panda, Kalpataru; Sundaravel, Balakrishnan; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lin, I-Nan

    2014-04-01

    The effects of Cu and Au ion implantation on the structural and electron field emission (EFE) properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films were investigated. High electrical conductivity of 186 (?•cm)(-1) and enhanced EFE properties with low turn-on field of 4.5 V/?m and high EFE current density of 6.70 mA/cm(2) have been detected for Au-ion implanted UNCD (Au-UNCD) films that are superior to those of Cu-ion implanted UNCD (Cu-UNCD) ones. Transmission electron microscopic investigations revealed that Au-ion implantation induced a larger proportion of nanographitic phases at the grain boundaries for the Au-UNCD films in addition to the formation of uniformly distributed spherically shaped Au nanoparticles. In contrast, for Cu-UNCD films, plate-like Cu nanoparticles arranged in the row-like pattern were formed, and only a smaller proportion of nanographite phases along the grain boundaries was induced. From current imaging tunneling spectroscopy and local current-voltage curves of scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements, it is observed that the electrons are dominantly emitted from the grain boundaries. Consequently, the presence of nanosized Au particles and the induction of abundant nanographitic phases in the grain boundaries of Au-UNCD films are believed to be the authentic factors, ensuing in high electrical conductivity and outstanding EFE properties of the films. PMID:24624900

  18. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of ultrananocrystalline diamond for coating of implantable retinal microchips.

    PubMed

    Xiao, Xingcheng; Wang, Jian; Liu, Chao; Carlisle, John A; Mech, Brian; Greenberg, Robert; Guven, Dilek; Freda, Ricardo; Humayun, Mark S; Weiland, James; Auciello, Orlando

    2006-05-01

    In this work, ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films were evaluated for use as hermetic and bioinert coatings for a retinal microchip. These films were deposited on highly conductive Si substrates at different temperatures (from 400 to 800 degrees C), using microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition with argon-rich Ar/CH4 gas mixtures and different relative amounts of hydrogen (0-20%). Scanning electron microscopy studies showed that all the films are dense and continuous. Results of cyclic voltammetry test revealed that when there was <2% of hydrogen in the plasma, the film obtained renders the surface electrochemically inactive, with very low leakage currents ( approximately 4 x 10(-7) A/cm2 at +/-5 V). In addition, in vivo tests of the UNCD-coated Si samples were performed by implanting them in the eyes of rabbits for 4-6 months within the eye physiological environment. According to all these results, it was concluded that UNCD is a promising candidate for use as the encapsulating coatings for implantable retinal microelectronic devices. PMID:16245292

  19. Ultrananocrystalline diamond cantilever wide dynamic range acceleration/vibration/pressure sensor

    DOEpatents

    Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL); Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Pellin, Michael J. (Naperville, IL); Auciello, Orlando (Bolingbrook, IL)

    2002-07-23

    An ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) element formed in a cantilever configuration is used in a highly sensitive, ultra-small sensor for measuring acceleration, shock, vibration and static pressure over a wide dynamic range. The cantilever UNCD element may be used in combination with a single anode, with measurements made either optically or by capacitance. In another embodiment, the cantilever UNCD element is disposed between two anodes, with DC voltages applied to the two anodes. With a small AC modulated voltage applied to the UNCD cantilever element and because of the symmetry of the applied voltage and the anode-cathode gap distance in the Fowler-Nordheim equation, any change in the anode voltage ratio V1/N2 required to maintain a specified current ratio precisely matches any displacement of the UNCD cantilever element from equilibrium. By measuring changes in the anode voltage ratio required to maintain a specified current ratio, the deflection of the UNCD cantilever can be precisely determined. By appropriately modulating the voltages applied between the UNCD cantilever and the two anodes, or limit electrodes, precise independent measurements of pressure, uniaxial acceleration, vibration and shock can be made. This invention also contemplates a method for fabricating the cantilever UNCD structure for the sensor.

  20. Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Cantilever Wide Dynamic Range Acceleration/Vibration /Pressure Sensor

    DOEpatents

    Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL); Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Pellin, Michael J. (Naperville, IL); Auciello, Orlando (Bolingbrook, IL)

    2003-09-02

    An ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) element formed in a cantilever configuration is used in a highly sensitive, ultra-small sensor for measuring acceleration, shock, vibration and static pressure over a wide dynamic range. The cantilever UNCD element may be used in combination with a single anode, with measurements made either optically or by capacitance. In another embodiment, the cantilever UNCD element is disposed between two anodes, with DC voltages applied to the two anodes. With a small AC modulated voltage applied to the UNCD cantilever element and because of the symmetry of the applied voltage and the anode-cathode gap distance in the Fowler-Nordheim equation, any change in the anode voltage ratio V1/V2 required to maintain a specified current ratio precisely matches any displacement of the UNCD cantilever element from equilibrium. By measuring changes in the anode voltage ratio required to maintain a specified current ratio, the deflection of the UNCD cantilever can be precisely determined. By appropriately modulating the voltages applied between the UNCD cantilever and the two anodes, or limit electrodes, precise independent measurements of pressure, uniaxial acceleration, vibration and shock can be made. This invention also contemplates a method for fabricating the cantilever UNCD structure for the sensor.

  1. The potential application of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films for heavy ion irradiation detection

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    Chen, Huang-Chin [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei, Taiwan 251 (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 300 (China); Chen, Shih-Show [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei, Taiwan 251 (China); Department of Information Technology and Mobile Communication, Taipei College of Maritime Technology, Tamsui, New-Taipei, Taiwan 251 (China); Wang, Wei-Cheng; Lin, I-Nan; Chang, Ching-Lin [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei, Taiwan 251 (China); Lee, Chi-Young [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 300 (China); Guo, Jinghua [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2013-06-15

    The potential of utilizing the ultra-nanocrystalline (UNCD) films for detecting the Au-ion irradiation was investigated. When the fluence for Au-ion irradiation is lower than the critical value (f{sub c}= 5.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}) the turn-on field for electron field emission (EFE) process of the UNCD films decreased systematically with the increase in fluence that is correlated with the increase in sp{sup 2}-bonded phase ({pi}{sup *}-band in EELS) due to the Au-ion irradiation. The EFE properties changed irregularly, when the fluence for Au-ion irradiation exceeds this critical value. The transmission electron microscopic microstructural examinations, in conjunction with EELS spectroscopic studies, reveal that the structural change preferentially occurred in the diamond-to-Si interface for the samples experienced over critical fluence of Au-ion irradiation, viz. the crystalline SiC phase was induced in the interfacial region and the thickness of the interface decreased. These observations implied that the UNCD films could be used as irradiation detectors when the fluence for Au-ion irradiation does not exceed such a critical value.

  2. Surface functionalization of ultrananocrystalline diamond films by electrochemical reduction of aryldiazonium salts.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jian; Firestone, Millicent A; Auciello, Orlando; Carlisle, John A

    2004-12-21

    The surface functionalization of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films via the electrochemical reduction of aryl diazonium cations is described. The one-electron-transfer reaction leads to the formation of solution-based aryl radicals, which in turn react with the UNCD surface forming stable covalent C-C bonds. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ac impedance spectroscopy, and contact angle measurements have been employed to characterize the organic overlayer and estimate the surface coverage. The grafting of 3,5-dichlorophenyl groups renders the UNCD surface hydrophobic, whereas the attachment of 4-aminophenyl groups makes the surface relatively hydrophilic. The surface coverage, estimated from the electrochemical and XPS measurements, is as high as 70% of a compact monolayer. The aminophenyl terminated surface was obtained by electrochemical reduction of the tethered nitrophenyl groups. This two-step approach yields a UNCD surface with functional moieties available for the potential covalent coupling of a wide variety of biomolecules (e.g., DNA and proteins). PMID:15595769

  3. Effect of gigaelectron volt Au-ion irradiation on the characteristics of ultrananocrystalline diamond films

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    Chen, Huang-Chin; Teng, Kuang-Yau; Tang, Chen-Yau; Lin, I-Nan [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan 251 (China); Sundaravel, Balakrishnan [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Amirthapandian, Sankarakumar [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Institut fuer Halbleiteroptik und Funktionelle Grenzflaechen, Universitaet Stuttgart, Allmandring 3, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2010-12-15

    The effect of 2.245 GeV Au-ion irradiation/postannealing processes on the electron field emission (EFE) properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films was investigated. Au-ion irradiation with a fluence of around 8.4x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} is required to induce a large improvement in the EFE properties of the UNCD films. Postannealing the Au-ion irradiated films at 1000 deg. C for 1 h slightly degraded the EFE properties of the films but the resulting EFE behavior was still markedly superior to that of pristine UNCD films. Transmission electron microscopy examinations revealed that the EFE properties of the UNCD films are primarily improved by Au-ion irradiation/postannealing processes because of the formation of nanographites along the trajectory of the irradiating ions, which results in an interconnected path for electron transport. In contrast, the induction of grain growth process due to Au-ion irradiation in UNCD films is presumed to insignificantly degrade the EFE properties for the films as the aggregates are scarcely distributed and do not block the electron conducting path.

  4. Electroplate and Lift Lithography for Patterned Micro/Nanowires Using Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD) as a Reusable Template

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    A fast, simple, scalable technique is described for the controlled, solution-based, electrochemical synthesis of patterned metallic and semiconducting nanowires from reusable, nonsacrificial, ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) templates. This enables the repeated fabrication of arrays of complex patterns of nanowires, potentially made of any electrochemically depositable material. Unlike all other methods of patterning nanowires, this benchtop technique quickly mass-produces patterned nanowires whose diameters are not predefined by the template, without requiring intervening vacuum or clean room processing. This technique opens a pathway for studying nanoscale phenomena with minimal equipment, allowing the process-scale development of a new generation of nanowire-based devices. PMID:21405103

  5. Effect of titanium powder assisted surface pretreatment process on the nucleation enhancement and surface roughness of ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Pradhan, Debabrata; Lin, I. Nan

    2009-05-01

    A superior, easy and single-step titanium (Ti) powder assisted surface pretreatment process is demonstrated to enhance the diamond nucleation density of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films. It is suggested that the Ti fragments attach to silicon (Si) surface form bond with carbon at a faster rate and therefore facilitates the diamond nucleation. The formation of smaller diamond clusters with higher nucleation density on Ti mixed nanodiamond powder pretreated Si substrate is found to be the main reason for smooth UNCD film surface in comparison to the conventional surface pretreatment by only nanodiamond powder ultrasonic process. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study ascertains the absence of SiC on the Si surface, which suggests that the pits, defects and Ti fragments on the Si surface are the nucleation centers to diamond crystal formation. The glancing-incidence X-ray diffraction measurements from 100 nm thick UNCD films evidently show reflections from diamond crystal planes, suggesting it to be an alternative powerful technique to identify diamond phase of UNCD thin films in the absence of ultra-violet Raman spectroscopy, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure and transmission electron microscopy techniques.

  6. Kinetics of the electrochemical mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid on ultrananocrystalline boron doped conductive diamond electrodes.

    PubMed

    Urtiaga, Ane; Fernández-González, Carolina; Gómez-Lavín, Sonia; Ortiz, Inmaculada

    2014-06-27

    This work deals with the electrochemical degradation and mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Model aqueous solutions of PFOA (100mg/L) were electro-oxidized under galvanostatic conditions in a flow-by undivided cell provided with a tungsten cathode and an anode formed by a commercial ultrananocrystalline boron doped diamond (BDD) coating on a niobium substrate. A systematic experimental study was conducted in order to analyze the influence of the following operation variables: (i) the supporting electrolyte, NaClO4 (1.4 and 8.4g/L) and Na2SO4 (5g/L); (ii) the applied current density, japp, in the range 50-200 A/m(2) and (iii) the hydrodynamic conditions, in terms of flowrate in the range 0.4×10(-4)-1.7×10(-4)m(3)/s and temperature in the range 293-313K. After 6h of treatment and at japp 200A/m(2), PFOA removal was higher than 93% and the mineralization ratio, obtained from the decrease of the total organic carbon (TOC) was 95%. The electrochemical generation of hydroxyl radicals in the supporting electrolyte was experimentally measured based on their reaction with dimethyl sulfoxide. The enhanced formation of hydroxyl radicals at higher japp was related to the faster kinetics of PFOA removal. The fitting of experimental data to the proposed kinetic model provided the first order rate constants of PFOA degradation, kc(1) that moved from 2.06×10(-4) to 15.58×10(-4)s(-1), when japp varied from 50 to 200A/m(2). PMID:24981910

  7. Ultrananocrystalline diamond films with optimized dielectric properties for advanced RF MEMS capacitive switches

    DOEpatents

    Sumant, Anirudha V.; Auciello, Orlando H.; Mancini, Derrick C.

    2013-01-15

    An efficient deposition process is provided for fabricating reliable RF MEMS capacitive switches with multilayer ultrananocrystalline (UNCD) films for more rapid recovery, charging and discharging that is effective for more than a billion cycles of operation. Significantly, the deposition process is compatible for integration with CMOS electronics and thereby can provide monolithically integrated RF MEMS capacitive switches for use with CMOS electronic devices, such as for insertion into phase array antennas for radars and other RF communication systems.

  8. Role of carbon nanotube interlayer in enhancing the electron field emission behavior of ultrananocrystalline diamond coated si-tip arrays.

    PubMed

    Chang, Ting-Hsun; Kunuku, Srinivasu; Kurian, Joji; Manekkathodi, Afsal; Chen, Lih-Juann; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lin, I-Nan

    2015-04-15

    We improved the electron field emission properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films grown on Si-tip arrays by using the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as interlayer and post-treating the films in CH4/Ar/H2 plasma. The use of CNTs interlayer effectively suppresses the presence of amorphous carbon in the diamond-to-Si interface that enhances the transport of electrons from Si, across the interface, to diamond. The post-treatment process results in hybrid-granular-structured diamond (HiD) films via the induction of the coalescence of the ultrasmall grains in these films that enhanced the conductivity of the films. All these factors contribute toward the enhancement of the electron field emission (EFE) process for the HiDCNT/Si-tip emitters, with low turn-on field of E0 = 2.98 V/?m and a large current density of 1.68 mA/cm(2) at an applied field of 5.0 V/?m. The EFE lifetime stability under an operation current of 6.5 ?A was improved substantially to ?HiD/CNT/Si-tip = 365 min. Interestingly, these HiDCNT/Si-tip materials also show enhanced plasma illumination behavior, as well as improved robustness against plasma ion bombardment when they are used as the cathode for microplasma devices. The study concludes that the use of CNT interlayers not only increase the potential of these materials as good EFE emitters, but also prove themselves to be good microplasma devices with improved performance. PMID:25793425

  9. Enhancement in electron field emission in ultrananocrystalline and microcrystalline diamond films upon 100 MeV silver ion irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, H.-C.; Palnitkar, Umesh; Pong, W.-F.; Lin, I-N. [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan 251 (China); Singh, Abhinav Pratap; Kumar, Ravi [Inter-University Accelerator Center, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110007 (India)

    2009-04-15

    Enhanced electron field emission (EFE) behavior was observed in ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) and microcrystalline diamond (MCD) films upon irradiation with 100 MeV Ag{sup 9+}-ions in a fluence of 5x10{sup 11} ions/cm{sup 2}. Transmission electron microscopy indicated that while the overall crystallinity of these films remained essentially unaffected, the local microstructure of the materials was tremendously altered due to heavy ion irradiation, which implied that the melting and recrystallization process have occurred along the trajectory of the heavy ions. Such a process induced the formation of interconnected nanocluster networks, facilitating the electron conduction and enhancing the EFE properties for the materials. The enhancement in the EFE is more prominent for MCD films than that for UNCD films, reaching a low turn-on field of E{sub 0}=3.2 V/mum and large EFE current density of J{sub e}=3.04 mA/cm{sup 2} for 5x10{sup 11} ions/cm{sup 2} heavy ion irradiated samples.

  10. Improvement of field emission performance on nitrogen ion implanted ultrananocrystalline diamond films through visualization of structure modificaitons.

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    Chen, Y.-C.; Zhong, X-Y.; Kabius, B.; Hiller, J. M.; Tai, N.-H.; Lin, I.-N. (Materials Science Division); (National Tsing-Hua Univ.); (Tamkang Univ.)

    2011-02-01

    The relationship between the electron field emission properties and structure of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films implanted by nitrogen ions or carbon ions was investigated. The electron field emission properties of nitrogen-implanted UNCD films and carbon-implanted UNCD films were pronouncedly improved with respect to those of as-grown UNCD films, that is, the turn-on field decreased from 23.2 V/{micro}m to 12.5 V/{micro}m and the electron field emission current density increased from 10E-5 mA/cm{sup 2} to 1 x 10E-2 mA/cm{sup 2}. The formation of a graphitic phase in the nitrogen-implanted UNCD films was demonstrated by Raman microscopy and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The possible mechanism is presumed to be that the nitrogen ion irradiation induces the structure modification (converting sp{sup 3}-bonded carbons into sp{sup 2}-bonded ones) in UNCD films.

  11. Hardness and modulus of ultrananocrystalline diamond/hydrogenated amorphous carbon composite films prepared by coaxial arc plasma deposition

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    Hanada, Kenji; Yoshida, Tomohiro; Nakagawa, You; Gima, Hiroki; Tominaga, Aki; Hirakawa, Masaaki; Agawa, Yoshiaki; Sugiyama, Takeharu; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-04-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD)/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) composite (UNCD/a-C:H) films were deposited in hydrogen atmospheres by coaxial arc plasma deposition, and the effects of hydrogenation on the mechanical properties were studied on the basis of spectroscopic structural evaluations. The existence of UNCD grains in the films was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Non-hydrogenated films prepared in no hydrogen atmosphere exhibited a 22 GPa hardness and 222 GPa Young's modulus, and the sp 3/( sp 2 + sp 3) ratio estimated from the X-ray photoemission spectra was 41 %. For the films prepared in a 53.3-Pa hydrogen atmosphere, whereas the hardness increases to 23 GPa, the modulus decreases to 184 GPa. The UNCD grain size estimated using Scherrer's equation and the sp 3/( sp 2 + sp 3) ratio were 2.3 nm and 64 %, respectively, both of which are remarkably increased as compared with those of the non-hydrogenated films. From the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra, it is considered that ?*C-H bonds are alternatively formed instead of ?*C=C, which probably results in the enhanced hardness and reduced modulus by hydrogenation. In addition, it was found that the formation of olefinic and aromatic structures remarkably softens the UNCD/a-C:H film.

  12. Enhancing electrical conductivity and electron field emission properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond films by copper ion implantation and annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Sankaran, K. J.; Tai, N. H., E-mail: nhtai@mx.nthu.edu.tw, E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Panda, K.; Sundaravel, B. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Lin, I. N., E-mail: nhtai@mx.nthu.edu.tw, E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui 251, Taiwan (China)

    2014-02-14

    Copper ion implantation and subsequent annealing at 600?°C achieved high electrical conductivity of 95.0 (?cm){sup ?1} for ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films with carrier concentration of 2.8?×?10{sup 18}?cm{sup ?2} and mobility of 6.8?×?10{sup 2} cm{sup 2}/V s. Transmission electron microscopy examinations reveal that the implanted Cu ions first formed Cu nanoclusters in UNCD films, which induced the formation of nanographitic grain boundary phases during annealing process. From current imaging tunneling spectroscopy and local current-voltage curves of scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements, it is observed that the electrons are dominantly emitted from the grain boundaries. Consequently, the nanographitic phases presence in the grain boundaries formed conduction channels for efficient electron transport, ensuing in excellent electron field emission (EFE) properties for copper ion implanted/annealed UNCD films with low turn-on field of 4.80?V/?m and high EFE current density of 3.60?mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied field of 8.0?V/?m.

  13. Hardness and modulus of ultrananocrystalline diamond/hydrogenated amorphous carbon composite films prepared by coaxial arc plasma deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hanada, Kenji; Yoshida, Tomohiro; Nakagawa, You; Gima, Hiroki; Tominaga, Aki; Hirakawa, Masaaki; Agawa, Yoshiaki; Sugiyama, Takeharu; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-02-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD)/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) composite (UNCD/a-C:H) films were deposited in hydrogen atmospheres by coaxial arc plasma deposition, and the effects of hydrogenation on the mechanical properties were studied on the basis of spectroscopic structural evaluations. The existence of UNCD grains in the films was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Non-hydrogenated films prepared in no hydrogen atmosphere exhibited a 22 GPa hardness and 222 GPa Young's modulus, and the sp 3/(sp 2 + sp 3) ratio estimated from the X-ray photoemission spectra was 41 %. For the films prepared in a 53.3-Pa hydrogen atmosphere, whereas the hardness increases to 23 GPa, the modulus decreases to 184 GPa. The UNCD grain size estimated using Scherrer's equation and the sp 3/(sp 2 + sp 3) ratio were 2.3 nm and 64 %, respectively, both of which are remarkably increased as compared with those of the non-hydrogenated films. From the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra, it is considered that ?*C-H bonds are alternatively formed instead of ?*C=C, which probably results in the enhanced hardness and reduced modulus by hydrogenation. In addition, it was found that the formation of olefinic and aromatic structures remarkably softens the UNCD/a-C:H film.

  14. Fast growth of ultrananocrystalline diamond films by bias-enhanced nucleation and growth process in CH{sub 4}/Ar plasma

    SciTech Connect

    Saravanan, A.; Huang, B. R. [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering and Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Sankaran, K. J.; Tai, N. H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National TsingHua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Dong, C. L. [Scientific Research Division, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Lin, I. N., E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui 251, Taiwan (China)

    2014-05-05

    This letter describes the fast growth of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films by bias-enhanced nucleation and growth process in CH{sub 4}/Ar plasma. The UNCD grains were formed at the beginning of the film's growth without the necessity of forming the amorphous carbon interlayer, reaching a thickness of ?380?nm in 10?min. Transmission electron microscopic investigations revealed that the application of bias voltage induced the formation of graphitic phase both in the interior and at the interface regions of UNCD films that formed interconnected paths, facilitating the transport of electrons and resulting in enhanced electron field emission properties.

  15. All diamond self-aligned thin film transistor

    DOEpatents

    Gerbi, Jennifer (Champaign, IL)

    2008-07-01

    A substantially all diamond transistor with an electrically insulating substrate, an electrically conductive diamond layer on the substrate, and a source and a drain contact on the electrically conductive diamond layer. An electrically insulating diamond layer is in contact with the electrically conductive diamond layer, and a gate contact is on the electrically insulating diamond layer. The diamond layers may be homoepitaxial, polycrystalline, nanocrystalline or ultrananocrystalline in various combinations.A method of making a substantially all diamond self-aligned gate transistor is disclosed in which seeding and patterning can be avoided or minimized, if desired.

  16. Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Imaging of Spherical and Flat Counterfaces of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Tribological Contacts: A Correlation of Surface Chemistry and Friction

    SciTech Connect

    A Konicek; C Jaye; M Hamilton; W Sawyer; D Fischer; R Carpick

    2011-12-31

    A recently installed synchrotron radiation near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) full field imaging electron spectrometer was used to spatially resolve the chemical changes of both counterfaces from an ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) tribological contact. A silicon flat and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} sphere were both coated with UNCD, and employed to form two wear tracks on the flat in a linear reciprocating tribometer. The first wear track was produced using a new, unconditioned sphere whose surface was thus conditioned during this first experiment. This led to faster run-in and lower friction when producing a second wear track using the conditioned sphere. The large depth of field of the magnetically guided NEXAFS imaging detector enabled rapid, large area spectromicroscopic imaging of both the spherical and flat surfaces. Laterally resolved NEXAFS data from the tribological contact area revealed that both substrates had an as-grown surface layer that contained a higher fraction of sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon and oxygen which was mechanically removed. Unlike the flat, the film on the sphere showed evidence of having graphitic character, both before and after sliding. These results show that the graphitic character of the sphere is not solely responsible for low friction and short run-in. Rather, conditioning the sphere, likely by removing asperities and passivating dangling bonds, leads to lower friction with less chemical modification of the substrate in subsequent tests. The new NEXAFS imaging spectroscopy detector enabled a more complete understanding of the tribological phenomena by imaging, for the first time, the surface chemistry of the spherical counterface which had been in continual contact during wear track formation.

  17. High efficiency diamond solar cells

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL)

    2008-05-06

    A photovoltaic device and method of making same. A layer of p-doped microcrystalline diamond is deposited on a layer of n-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond such as by providing a substrate in a chamber, providing a first atmosphere containing about 1% by volume CH.sub.4 and about 99% by volume H.sub.2 with dopant quantities of a boron compound, subjecting the atmosphere to microwave energy to deposit a p-doped microcrystalline diamond layer on the substrate, providing a second atmosphere of about 1% by volume CH.sub.4 and about 89% by volume Ar and about 10% by volume N.sub.2, subjecting the second atmosphere to microwave energy to deposit a n-doped ultrananocrystalline diamond layer on the p-doped microcrystalline diamond layer. Electrodes and leads are added to conduct electrical energy when the layers are irradiated.

  18. Science and technology of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films for multifunctional devices

    SciTech Connect

    Auciello, O.; Krauss, A. R.; Gruen, D. M.; Jayatissa, A.; Sumant, A.; Tucek, J.; Mancini, D.; Molodvan, N.; Erdemir, A.; Ersoy, D.; Gardos, M. N.; Busman, H. G.; Meyer, E. M.

    2000-08-24

    MEMS devices are currently fabricated primarily in silicon because of the available surface machining technology. However, Si has poor mechanical and tribological properties, and practical MEMS devices are currently limited primarily to applications involving only bending and flexural motion, such as cantilever accelerometers and vibration sensors. However, because of the poor flexural strength and fracture toughness of Si, and the tendency of Si to adhere to hydrophyllic surfaces, even these simple devices have limited dynamic range. Future MEMS applications that involve significant rolling or sliding contact will require the use of new materials with significantly improved mechanical and tribological properties, and the ability to perform well in harsh environments. Diamond is a superhard material of high mechanical strength, exceptional chemical inertness, and outstanding thermal stability. The brittle fracture strength is 23 times that of Si, and the projected wear life of diamond MEMS moving mechanical assemblies (MEMS-MMAs) is 10,000 times greater than that of Si MMAs. However, as the hardest known material, diamond is notoriously difficult to fabricate. Conventional CVD thin film deposition methods offer an approach to the fabrication of ultra-small diamond structures, but the films have large grain size, high internal stress, poor intergranular adhesion, and very rough surfaces, and are consequently ill-suited for MEMS-MMA applications. A thin film deposition process has been developed that produces phase-pure nanocrystalline diamond with morphological and mechanical properties that are ideally suited for MEMS applications in general, and MMA use in particular. The authors have developed lithographic techniques for the fabrication of diamond microstructure including cantilevers and multi-level devices, acting as precursors to micro-bearings and gears, making nanocrystalline diamond a promising material for the development of high performance MEMS devices.

  19. Ultrananocrystalline diamond-CMOS device integration route for high acuity retinal prostheses.

    PubMed

    Ahnood, A; Escudie, M C; Cicione, R; Abeyrathne, C D; Ganesan, K; Fox, K E; Garrett, D J; Stacey, A; Apollo, N V; Lichter, S G; Thomas, C D L; Tran, N; Meffin, H; Prawer, S

    2015-06-01

    High density electrodes are a new frontier for biomedical implants. Increasing the density and the number of electrodes used for the stimulation of retinal ganglion cells is one possible strategy for enhancing the quality of vision experienced by patients using retinal prostheses. The present work presents an integration strategy for a diamond based, high density, stimulating electrode array with a purpose built application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The strategy is centered on flip-chip bonding of indium bumps to create high count and density vertical interconnects between the stimulator ASIC and an array of diamond neural stimulating electrodes. The use of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) housing prevents cross-contamination of the biocompatible diamond electrode with non-biocompatible materials, such as indium, used in the microfabrication process. Micro-imprint lithography allowed edge-to-edge micro-scale pattering of the indium bumps on non-coplanar substrates that have a form factor that can conform to body organs and thus are ideally suited for biomedical applications. Furthermore, micro-imprint lithography ensures the compatibility of lithography with the silicon ASIC and aluminum contact pads. Although this work focuses on 256 stimulating diamond electrode arrays with a pitch of 150 ?m, the use of indium bump bonding technology and vertical interconnects facilitates implants with tens of thousands electrodes with a pitch as low as 10 ?m, thus ensuring validity of the strategy for future high acuity retinal prostheses, and bionic implants in general. PMID:25877379

  20. Influences of repetition rate of arc discharges on hardness and modulus of ultrananocrystalline diamond films prepared by coaxial arc plasma deposition

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    Yoshida, Tomohiro; Hanada, Kenji; Gima, Hiroki; Ohtani, Ryota; Sumitani, Kazushi; Setoyama, Hiroyuki; Tominaga, Aki; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-01-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD)/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) composite films were prepared at different repetition rates of arc discharge by coaxial arc plasma deposition. With increasing repetition rate from 5 to 20 Hz, the hardness decreased from 23 to 11 GPa. The UNCD grain size and sp3/(sp2 + sp3) estimated from powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoemission spectra decreased from 2.6 to 1.8 nm and from 71 to 62%, respectively. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic measurements revealed enlarged ?*C–H and sp2-CH peaks, respectively. The formation of sp2-CH bonds at grain boundaries owing to the reduced grain size results in degraded hardness.

  1. Origin of graphitic filaments on improving the electron field emission properties of negative bias-enhanced grown ultrananocrystalline diamond films in CH4/Ar plasma

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    Sankaran, K. J.; Huang, B. R.; Saravanan, A.; Tai, N. H.; Lin, I. N.

    2014-10-01

    Microstructural evolution of bias-enhanced grown (BEG) ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films has been investigated using microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition in gas mixtures of CH4 and Ar under different negative bias voltages ranging from -50 to -200 V. Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the morphology, growth rate, and chemical bonding of the synthesized films. Transmission electron microscopic investigation reveals that the application of bias voltage induced the formation of the nanographitic filaments in the grain boundaries of the films, in addition to the reduction of the size of diamond grains to ultra-nanosized granular structured grains. For BEG-UNCD films under -200 V, the electron field emission (EFE) process can be turned on at a field as small as 4.08 V/?m, attaining a EFE current density as large as 3.19 mA/cm2 at an applied field of 8.64 V/?m. But the films grown without bias (0 V) have mostly amorphous carbon phases in the grain boundaries, possessing poorer EFE than those of the films grown using bias. Consequently, the induction of nanographitic filaments in grain boundaries of UNCD films grown in CH4/Ar plasma due to large applied bias voltage of -200 V is the prime factor, which possibly forms interconnected paths for facilitating the transport of electrons that markedly enhance the EFE properties.

  2. Origin of graphitic filaments on improving the electron field emission properties of negative bias-enhanced grown ultrananocrystalline diamond films in CH{sub 4}/Ar plasma

    SciTech Connect

    Sankaran, K. J.; Tai, N. H., E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw, E-mail: nhtai@mse.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Huang, B. R.; Saravanan, A. [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering and Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Lin, I. N., E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw, E-mail: nhtai@mse.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui 251, Taiwan (China)

    2014-10-28

    Microstructural evolution of bias-enhanced grown (BEG) ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films has been investigated using microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition in gas mixtures of CH{sub 4} and Ar under different negative bias voltages ranging from ?50 to ?200?V. Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the morphology, growth rate, and chemical bonding of the synthesized films. Transmission electron microscopic investigation reveals that the application of bias voltage induced the formation of the nanographitic filaments in the grain boundaries of the films, in addition to the reduction of the size of diamond grains to ultra-nanosized granular structured grains. For BEG-UNCD films under ?200?V, the electron field emission (EFE) process can be turned on at a field as small as 4.08?V/?m, attaining a EFE current density as large as 3.19?mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied field of 8.64?V/?m. But the films grown without bias (0?V) have mostly amorphous carbon phases in the grain boundaries, possessing poorer EFE than those of the films grown using bias. Consequently, the induction of nanographitic filaments in grain boundaries of UNCD films grown in CH{sub 4}/Ar plasma due to large applied bias voltage of ?200?V is the prime factor, which possibly forms interconnected paths for facilitating the transport of electrons that markedly enhance the EFE properties.

  3. Patterning of nanocrystalline diamond films for diamond microstructures useful in MEMS and other devices

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Busmann, Hans-Gerd (Bremen, DE); Meyer, Eva-Maria (Bremen, DE); Auciello, Orlando (Bolingbrook, IL); Krauss, Alan R. (late of Naperville, IL); Krauss, Julie R. (Naperville, IL)

    2004-11-02

    MEMS structure and a method of fabricating them from ultrananocrystalline diamond films having average grain sizes of less than about 10 nm and feature resolution of less than about one micron . The MEMS structures are made by contacting carbon dimer species with an oxide substrate forming a carbide layer on the surface onto which ultrananocrystalline diamond having average grain sizes of less than about 10 nm is deposited. Thereafter, microfabrication process are used to form a structure of predetermined shape having a feature resolution of less than about one micron.

  4. The microstructural evolution of ultrananocrystalline diamond films due to P ion implantation process—the annealing effect

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lin, Sheng-Chang; Yeh, Chien-Jui; Kurian, Joji; Dong, Chung-Li; Niu, Huan; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Lin, I.-Nan

    2014-11-01

    The microstructural evolution of UNCD films which are P-ion implanted and annealed at 600 °C (or 800 °C) is systematically investigated. The difference of interaction that the UNCD content undergoes along the trajectory of the incident P-ions is reflected in the alteration of the granular structure. In regions where the P-ions reside, the "interacting zone," which is found at about 300 nm beneath the surface of the films, coalescence of diamond grains occurs inducing nano-graphitic clusters. The annealing at 600 °C (or 800 °C) heals the defects and, in some cases, forms interconnected graphitic filaments that result in the decrease in surface resistance. However, the annealing at 600 °C (800 °C) induces marked UNCD-to-Si layers interaction. This interaction due to the annealing processes hinders the electron transport across the interface and degrades the electron field emission properties of the UNCD films. These microstructural evolution processes very well account for the phenomenon elaborating that, in spite of enhanced conductivity of the UNCD films along the film's surface due to the P-ion implantation and annealing processes, the electron field emission properties for these UNCD films do not improve.

  5. Science and technology of piezoelectric/diamond heterostructures for monolithically integrated high performance MEMS/NEMS/CMOS devices.

    SciTech Connect

    Auciello, O.; Sumant, A. V.; Hiller, J.; Kabius, B.; Ma, Z.; Srinivasan, S. (Center for Nanoscale Materials); ( MSD); (Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison); (INTEL)

    2008-12-01

    This paper describes the fundamental and applied science performed to integrate piezoelectric PbZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} and AlN films with a novel mechanically robust ultrananocrystalline diamond layer to enable a new generation of low voltage/high-performance piezoactuated hybrid piezoelectric/diamond MEMS/NEMS devices.

  6. From Ultrananocrystalline Diamond to Single Crystal Diamond Growth in Hot Filament and Microwave Plasma-Enhanced CVD Reactors: a Unified Model for Growth Rates and

    E-print Network

    Bristol, University of

    . Mankelevich School of Chemistry, UniVersity of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TS, U.K., and Nuclear Physics Institute either in the form of single crystal homoepitaxial layers, or as polycrystalline films with crystal sizes recently added a correction factor to the equation for and we now test the predictions of this new

  7. Diamond-like phases prepared from graphene layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Belenkov, E. A.; Greshnyakov, V. A.

    2015-01-01

    The geometrically optimized structure of ten carbon diamond-like phases obtained by crosslinking graphene layers has been calculated using the density functional theory method and the structural parameters, densities, sublimation energies, and densities of electron states have been determined. Bulk moduli of diamond-like phases have been calculated using the PM3 semiempirical quantum-mechanical method. The X-ray powder diffraction patterns have been calculated based on structural parameters. These diffraction patterns can be used to identify new phases.

  8. High Spectral Resolution Lidar Observations of Diamond Dust Layers in Eureka, AU: * Bourdages, L

    E-print Network

    Eloranta, Edwin W.

    of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC). We expect the results to improve the understanding of diamond dust formation High Spectral Resolution Lidar Observations of Diamond Dust Layers in Eureka, Canada. AU 53706, United States Surfacebased ice crystal layers, also referred to as diamond dust layers, occur

  9. Diamond Deposition on WC/Co Alloy with a Molybdenum Intermediate Layer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Sha; Yu, Zhi-Ming; Yi, Dan-Qing

    It is known that in the condition of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond process, molybdenum is capable of forming carbide known as the "glue" which promotes growth of the CVD diamond, and aids its adhesion by (partial) relief of stresses at the interface. Furthermore, the WC grains are reaction bonded to the Mo2C phase. Therefore, molybdenum is a good candidate material for the intermediate layer between WC-Co substrates and diamond coatings. A molybdenum intermediate layer of 1-3 ?m thickness was magnetron sputter-deposited on WC/Co alloy prior to the deposition of diamond coatings. Diamond films were deposited by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD). The chemical quality, morphology, and crystal structure of the molybdenum intermediate layer and the diamond coatings were characterized by means of SEM, EDX, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the continuous Mo intermediate layer emerged in spherical shapes and had grain sizes of 0.5-1.5 ?m after 30 min sputter deposition. The diamond grain growth rate was slightly slower as compared with that of uncoated Mo layer on the WC-Co substrate. The morphologies of the diamond films on the WC-Co substrate varied with the amount of Mo and Co on the substrate. The Mo intermediate layer was effective to act as a buffer layer for both Co diffusion and diamond growth.

  10. Diamonds

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Brieske, Joel A.

    2002-01-01

    The first site related to diamonds comes from the American Museum of Natural History entitled The Nature of Diamonds (1). A comprehensive site, visitors can learn about what a diamond is, its related history, mining, industry and technology use, and more. The next site, offered by De Beers Industrial Diamonds (2), offers a history of industrial diamond use as well as a look at their various applications such as saw and wheel grits. The third site, Industrial Diamonds Statistics and Information (3), is maintained by the US Geological Survey. Various publications related to diamonds can be found here, including yearly mineral commodity summaries and mineral yearbooks. Next, a companion Web site to the PBS broadcast "The Diamond Deception" (4) chronicles the efforts to create synthetic diamonds. The site contains the science behind the sparkle, diamonds on other planets, an interactive look inside diamonds, and more. The fifth site comes from HowThingsWork.com that is called How Diamonds Work (5). Descriptions of the origin of diamonds, their properties, famous diamonds, etc., are offered here. Next is The Science of Diamonds (6) site, offered by DiamondCutters.com. Uniquely offered is a description of the diamond cutting process along with other diamond science and history information. From a University of Wisconsin Geology Course Web site comes a photographic gallery called Diamonds (7). Dozens of photographs of diamonds, colored diamonds, and synthetic and diamond simulants can be found here. Lastly, a lesson plan entitled The Hope Diamond Legend (8) is offered by Indiana Academy. Among other things, students can learn that carbon atoms can bond to one another in chains, rings, and branching networks to form a variety of structures, including synthetic polymers, oils, and the large molecules essential to life.

  11. Effects of disorder state and interfacial layer on thermal transport in copper/diamond system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sinha, V.; Gengler, J. J.; Muratore, C.; Spowart, J. E.

    2015-02-01

    The characterization of Cu/diamond interface thermal conductance (hc) along with an improved understanding of factors affecting it are becoming increasingly important, as Cu-diamond composites are being considered for electronic packaging applications. In this study, ˜90 nm thick Cu layers were deposited on synthetic and natural single crystal diamond substrates. In several specimens, a Ti-interface layer of thickness ?3.5 nm was sputtered between the diamond substrate and the Cu top layer. The hc across Cu/diamond interfaces for specimens with and without a Ti-interface layer was determined using time-domain thermoreflectance. The hc is ˜2× higher for similar interfacial layers on synthetic versus natural diamond substrate. The nitrogen concentration of synthetic diamond substrate is four orders of magnitude lower than natural diamond. The difference in nitrogen concentration can lead to variations in disorder state, with a higher nitrogen content resulting in a higher level of disorder. This difference in disorder state potentially can explain the variations in hc. Furthermore, hc was observed to increase with an increase of Ti-interface layer thickness. This was attributed to an increased adhesion of Cu top layer with increasing Ti-interface layer thickness, as observed qualitatively in the current study.

  12. Graphene-on-Diamond Devices with Increased Current-Carrying Capacity: Carbon sp2

    E-print Network

    Graphene-on-Diamond Devices with Increased Current-Carrying Capacity: Carbon sp2 -on-sp3 Technology with synthetic diamond, one can substantially increase the current-carrying capacity of graphene to as high as 18 on the single-crystal diamond substrates but also on an inexpensive ultrananocrystalline diamond, which can

  13. Method of forming fluorine-bearing diamond layer on substrates, including tool substrates

    DOEpatents

    Chang, R. P. H. (Glenview, IL); Grannen, Kevin J. (Evanston, IL)

    2002-01-01

    A method of forming a fluorine-bearing diamond layer on non-diamond substrates, especially on tool substrates comprising a metal matrix and hard particles, such as tungsten carbide particles, in the metal matrix. The substrate and a fluorine-bearing plasma or other gas are then contacted under temperature and pressure conditions effective to nucleate fluorine-bearing diamond on the substrate. A tool insert substrate is treated prior to the diamond nucleation and growth operation by etching both the metal matrix and the hard particles using suitable etchants.

  14. Lamb Wave Characteristics of Composite Plates Including a Diamond Layer with Distinct Electrode Arrangements

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    Chen, Yung-Yu

    2013-07-01

    Diamond films have been utilized to develop surface acoustic wave filters and micromechanical resonators because of the highest acoustic wave velocity and largest product of frequency and quality factor (f.Q) of diamond among all materials. A theoretical analysis of Lamb wave characteristics in multilayer piezoelectric plates including a diamond layer is presented in this paper. Formulae for effective permittivity are derived using the transfer matrix method and are further employed to calculate Lamb wave phase velocity dispersions. The electromechanical coupling coefficients (ECCs) are also calculated exactly by Green's function method. Detailed calculations are carried out for ZnO/diamond and AlN/diamond composite plates with four distinct electrode arrangements. Results show that the ZnO/diamond structure yields a phase velocity of 6420 m/s and a large ECC of 7.41%, which makes it suitable for high-frequency wideband filter applications. Moreover, in the AlN/diamond structure, the S0 mode exhibits a large phase velocity of up to 10.3 km/s and a moderate ECC of 1.97%. Such favorable characteristics are expected to contribute to the development of AlN/diamond Lamb wave oscillators operating at approximately 5-10 GHz without the need for a sub-micrometer-resolution lithographic process. Therefore, both ZnO/diamond and AlN/diamond Lamb wave devices are highly promising candidates for RF devices in modern communication systems with advantages over conventional surface acoustic wave devices.

  15. Graded composite diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity and interfacial integrity: Cross-sectional Raman mapping

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    Dumpala, Ravikumar; Ramamoorthy, B.; Rao, M. S. Ramachandra

    2014-01-01

    Cross-sectional structural characteristics of the CVD diamond coatings deposited on the tungsten carbide (WC-Co) substrates were analysed using Raman imaging technique. The grain size of the nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings was observed to deviate from the nanocrystallinity with increasing thickness and exhibited the surface characteristics of microcrystalline diamond (MCD). However, thick diamond coatings with surface nanocrystallinity is the key requirement for load-bearing tribological applications. Tribological tests have clearly indicated the significance and need for the top-layer nanocrystallinity. Graded composite diamond coatings with an architecture of NCD/transition-layer/MCD/WC-Co are potentail candiadates to realize thick diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity. Residual stresses along the cross-section of the graded composite diamond coatings were analysed using Raman imaging technique, which confirmed the improved interfacial integrity of the graded composite diamond coatings

  16. Graphene-on-diamond devices with increased current-carrying capacity: carbon sp2-on-sp3 technology.

    PubMed

    Yu, Jie; Liu, Guanxiong; Sumant, Anirudha V; Goyal, Vivek; Balandin, Alexander A

    2012-03-14

    Graphene demonstrated potential for practical applications owing to its excellent electronic and thermal properties. Typical graphene field-effect transistors and interconnects built on conventional SiO(2)/Si substrates reveal the breakdown current density on the order of 1 ?A/nm(2) (i.e., 10(8) A/cm(2)), which is ~100× larger than the fundamental limit for the metals but still smaller than the maximum achieved in carbon nanotubes. We show that by replacing SiO(2) with synthetic diamond, one can substantially increase the current-carrying capacity of graphene to as high as ~18 ?A/nm(2) even at ambient conditions. Our results indicate that graphene's current-induced breakdown is thermally activated. We also found that the current carrying capacity of graphene can be improved not only on the single-crystal diamond substrates but also on an inexpensive ultrananocrystalline diamond, which can be produced in a process compatible with a conventional Si technology. The latter was attributed to the decreased thermal resistance of the ultrananocrystalline diamond layer at elevated temperatures. The obtained results are important for graphene's applications in high-frequency transistors, interconnects, and transparent electrodes and can lead to the new planar sp(2)-on-sp(3) carbon-on-carbon technology. PMID:22329428

  17. Simulations of polycrystalline CVD diamond film growth using a simplified Monte Carlo model

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    Bristol, University of

    to microcrystalline, nanocrystalline and finally ultrananocrystalline diamond. With the formation of such defectsSimulations of polycrystalline CVD diamond film growth using a simplified Monte Carlo model P online 6 November 2009 Keywords: CVD diamond growth Modelling Nucleation Nanodiamond A simple 1

  18. Enhancement of the nucleation of smooth and dense nanocrystalline diamond films by using molybdenum seed layers

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    Buijnsters, J. G. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heijendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands); Vazquez, L. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Cantoblanco, C/Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Dreumel, G. W. G. van; Meulen, J. J. ter; Enckevort, W. J. P. van [Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heijendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands); Celis, J. P. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2010-11-15

    A method for the nucleation enhancement of nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films on silicon substrates at low temperature is discussed. A sputter deposition of a Mo seed layer with thickness 50 nm on Si substrates was applied followed by an ultrasonic seeding step with nanosized detonation diamond powders. Hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) was used to nucleate and grow NCD films on substrates heated up at 550 deg. C. The nucleation of diamond and the early stages of NCD film formation were investigated at different methane percentages in methane/hydrogen gas mixtures by atomic force microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and grazing incidence x-ray analyses in order to gain specific insight in the nucleation process of NCD films. The nucleation kinetics of diamond on the Mo-coated Si substrates was found to be up to ten times higher than on blank Si substrates. The enhancement of the nucleation of diamond on thin Mo interlayers results from two effects, namely, (a) the nanometer rough Mo surface shows an improved embedding of ultrasonically introduced nanosized diamond seeds that act as starting points for the diamond nucleation during HF-CVD and (b) the rapid carbonization of the Mo surface causes the formation of Mo{sub 2}C onto which diamond easily nucleates. The diamond nucleation density progressively increases at increasing methane percentages and is about 5x10{sup 10} cm{sup -2} at 4.0% methane. The improved nucleation kinetics of diamond on Mo interlayers facilitates the rapid formation of NCD films possessing a very low surface roughness down to {approx}6 nm, and allows a submicron thickness control.

  19. Hybrid sensors based on colour centres in diamond and piezoactive layers

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    Cai, Jianming; Jelezko, Fedor; Plenio, Martin B.

    2014-06-01

    The ability to measure weak signals such as pressure, force, electric field and temperature with nanoscale devices and high spatial resolution offers a wide range of applications in fundamental and applied sciences. Here we present a proposal for a hybrid device composed of thin film layers of diamond with colour centres and piezoactive elements for the transduction and measurement of physical signals. The magnetic response of a piezomagnetic layer to an external stress or a stress induced by a signal is shown to affect significantly the spin properties of nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond. Under ambient conditions, realistic environmental noise and material imperfections, we show that this hybrid device can achieve significant improvements in sensitivity over the pure diamond-based approach in combination with nanometre-scale spatial resolution. Furthermore, the proposed hybrid architecture offers novel possibilities for engineering strong coherent couplings between nanomechanical oscillator and solid state spin qubits.

  20. Plasma-activated direct bonding of diamond-on-insulator wafers to thermal oxide grown silicon wafers

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    Akin, Tayfun

    Plasma-activated direct bonding of diamond-on-insulator wafers to thermal oxide grown silicon microscopy, profilometer and wafer bow measurements. Plasma-activated direct bonding of DOI wafers to thermal September 2010 Keywords: Diamond-on-insulator Plasma activation Ultrananocrystalline diamond Direct bonding

  1. Using copper substrate to enhance electron field emission properties of carbon nanotube/diamond double-layered structure

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    Yang, Lezhi; Sujith Kumar, C. S.; Li, Yuan-shi; Niakan, Hamid; Zhang, Chunzi; Hirose, Akira; Aravind, Suresh; Yang, Qiaoqin

    2015-01-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT)/diamond double-layered structure was synthesized on copper (Cu) substrate by hot-filament chemical vapor deposition. The structure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The results show that the diamond layer has good adhesion to the Cu substrate and the CNTs have direct contact with the diamond layer. Field electron emission measurement shows that the double-layered structure on copper has very good emission stability and a much lower turn-on field than that on silicon (Si).

  2. Hexagonal Diamonds (Lonsdaleite) Discovered in the K/T Impact Layer in Spain and New Zealand

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    Bunch, T. E.; Wittke, J. H.; West, A.; Kennett, J. P.; Kennett, D. J.; Que Hee, S. S.; Wolbach, W. S.; Stich, A.; Mercer, C.; Weaver, J. C.

    2008-12-01

    We present the first evidence from Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary clay and rock for shocked hexagonal nanodiamonds (lonsdaleite), these being found in concentrations greater than 50 ppm at Needles Point, New Zealand, and Caravaca, Spain. This is also the first evidence for K/T diamonds of any kind outside of North America. No diamonds were detected immediately above or below the impact layer. Cubic diamonds have been reported earlier from North American K/T sediments by Carlisle and Braman (1991; 45 ppm) and Hough et al. (1997; 18 ppm), but lonsdaleite was not detected. Carlisle and Braman suggested that the cubic diamonds arrived already formed within the impactor, but Hough argued that they were shock-produced by the impact with Earth. Hence, it is not yet clear that K/T cubic diamonds were formed through shock. Lonsdaleite does not co-occur with terrestrial diamonds but is found with cubic diamonds in ET impact craters (e.g., Popigai, Sudbury). Both also have been reported in the impact layer of the proposed Younger Dryas impact event at 12.9 ka. Lonsdaleite is formed by shocking carbonaceous material, e. g., graphite, under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature (more than 15 GPa at more than 1000° C), thus making this mineral an excellent impact-shock indicator (DeCarli, 2002). Although lonsdaleite is also contained in meteorites, such as ureilites, there appears to be a consensus of opinion that crater-related lonsdaleite formed during ET impact. K/T sediment samples were acquired from the boundary layer, as well as above and below. To extract the diamonds from the sediments, we utilized the protocol from Amari (1994) and Huss and Lewis (1995), but modified their methodology after determining that phosphoric and perchloric acids oxidize metastable lonsdaleite. We extracted the diamonds successfully after eliminating those acids, which may explain why lonsdaleite was not apparent in extractions by others. The extracted lonsdaleite was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and by selected area diffraction (SAED), which displayed characteristic reflections corresponding to lattice planar spacings of 2.18, 1.26, 1.09, and 0.82 A. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) confirmed their carbon composition. With exposure to long-wave ultraviolet (365 nm) radiation, clusters of lonsdaleite crystals exhibited a blue fluorescence that is characteristic of many diamonds. Individual crystals were angular to sub-rounded in shape and ranged in size from 20 to 1000 nm, with a mean size of about 50 nm. This discovery represents (1) the strongest available evidence for K/T diamond formation during the impact; (2) the first discovery of K/T diamonds outside North America; and (3) the first occurrence of any form of K/T diamonds in the Southern Hemisphere, about 12,000 km from the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico.

  3. Effective extraction of photoluminescence from a diamond layer with a photonic crystal.

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    Ondic, Lukás; Dohnalová, Katerina; Ledinský, Martin; Kromka, Alexander; Babchenko, Oleg; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2011-01-25

    Diamond-based materials possess many unique properties, one of them being a broad-band visible photoluminescence due to a variety of color centers. However, a high material refractive index makes the extraction of photoluminescence (PL) from a diamond layer inefficient. In this paper, we show that by periodical nanopatterning of the film's surface into a form of two-dimensional photonic crystal, the extraction of PL can be strongly enhanced within the whole visible spectrum compared to the extraction of PL in a pristine or randomly nanopatterned film. On the basis of theoretical calculations, enhancement is shown to be due to the photonic crystal effect, including efficient coupling of an excitation laser into the diamond. PMID:21189027

  4. Conductive layers in diamond formed by hydrogen ion implantation and annealing

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    Popov, V. P.; Safronov, L. N.; Naumova, O. V.; Nikolaev, D. V.; Kupriyanov, I. N.; Palyanov, Yu. N.

    2012-07-01

    High conductivity is extremely difficult to obtain in diamond due to its wide band gap and low solubility of dopands. The goal of the investigation was to form a conductor inside HPHT synthetic diamond plates with initial high sheet resistivity ?s (˜1012 ?/sq) for 400 ?m thickness. We used metastable character of diamond structures relative to the graphitization of defective layers formed by 50 keV hydrogen molecular ions at high fluence ? = (1-13) × 1016 cm-2 ion implantation. High temperature (HT) (500-1600 °C) and vacuum or high pressure (VP/HP) (3 × 10-3/4 × 109 Pa) thermal annealing were chosen to provide the annealing regimes where the graphitic carbon is the most stable phase. Sheet resistance, dropped down up to nine orders of magnitude (?s ˜ 103 ?/sq), as well as Raman spectroscopy, and AFM measurements were used to determine electrical, optical and geometrical properties of multilayered heterostructures formed in the set of experiments. Temperature dependences of the conductivity show, that after highest fluencies and annealing temperatures the conductivity is quasimetallic and electronic system is above metal-insulator transition (MIT). At lower fluences and/or annealing temperatures the system is under MIT with the transport of charge carriers being well described by variable range hopping (VRH) mechanism with variable decay length of wave function for localized states. Two or three order of magnitude differences in the conductivity in VP and HP annealed samples are attributed with the higher dimensions of graphite nanocrystals in the case of vacuum annealing. This suggestion coincides with Raman spectra and optimum hopping length for carrier jumps in VRH model for conductivity in the buried layers.

  5. Polarization dependent asymmetric magneto-resistance features in nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Bhattacharyya, Somnath, E-mail: Somnath.Bhattacharyya@wits.ac.za [Nano-Scale Transport Physics Laboratory, School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, Johannesburg (South Africa); DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Churochkin, Dmitry [Nano-Scale Transport Physics Laboratory, School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, Johannesburg (South Africa)

    2014-08-18

    Polar angle-dependence of magneto-resistance (AMR) in heavily nitrogen-incorporated ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films is recorded by applying high magnetic fields, which shows strong anisotropic features at low temperatures. The temperature-dependence of MR and AMR can reveal transport in the weak-localization regime, which is explained by using a superlattice model for arbitrary values of disorder and angles. While a propagative Fermi surface model explains the negative MR features for low degree of disorder the azimuthal angle-dependent MR shows field dependent anisotropy due to the aligned conducting channels on the layers normal to film growth direction. The analysis of MR and AMR can extract the temperature dependence of dephasing time with respect to the elastic scattering time which not only establishes quasi-two dimensional features in this system but also suggests a potential application in monitoring the performance of UNCD based quantum devices.

  6. AlTiN layer effect on mechanical properties of Ti-doped diamond-like carbon composite coatings

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    Volinsky, Alex A.

    by magnetron sputtering on W18Cr4V high speed steel substrates. The effect of the AlTiN support layer and thermal expansion mismatch when grown on substrates such as high speed and stainless steels, has of protective coatings [1­3]. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is one of the best coatings with high hardness, optical

  7. Alumina atomic layer deposition nanocoatings on primary diamond particles using a fluidized bed reactor

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    George, Steven M.

    as the cutting element in drill bits. Such cutters generally comprise a PDC table formed on a hard metal tungsten and the manufacture of polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) materials [8]. PDC cutters are well known and widely used in the PDC press [9­11]. At the elevated temperature and pressure where diamond-to-diamond bonding occurs

  8. N-type droping of nanocrystalline diamond films with nitrogen and electrodes made therefrom

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    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Krauss, Alan R. (late of Naperville, IL); Auciello, Orlando H. (Bolingbrook, IL); Carlisle, John A. (Plainfield, IL)

    2004-09-21

    An electrically conducting n-type ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) having no less than 10.sup.19 atoms/cm.sup.3 of nitrogen is disclosed. A method of making the n-doped UNCD. A method for predictably controlling the conductivity is also disclosed.

  9. Diamond-Like-Carbon LC-Alignment Layers for Application in LCOS Microdisplays

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    Bol,A.; Dvorak, J.; Arena, D.

    2005-01-01

    To improve the lifetime and yield of LCOS microdisplays, non-contact LC alignment techniques using inorganic materials are under investigation. This report focuses on oblique ion-beam treatment of diamond-like carbon (DLC) layers, and in particular on the influence of the ion dose on the LC alignment on DLC, keeping the ion-beam angle (40 degrees) and ion-beam energy (170 eV) the same. LC alignment on ion-milled DLC layers is uniform if the ion dose is between 3.8 x 10{sup -4} C/cm{sup 2} and 5.5x10{sup -3} C/cm{sup 2}. Above and below this ion dose range, non-uniform alignment is observed. NEXAFS experiments show that this is caused by lack of molecular anisotropy on the surface of the ion-milled DLC layers. By varying the ion dose between 3.8 x 10{sup -4} C/cm{sup 2} and 5.5 x 10{sup -3} C/cm{sup 2}, LC molecules have an average pre-tilt between 3 and 5 degrees, which is within the desired range for application in LCOS microdisplays. The lifetime of the LCOS microdisplays with ion-milled DLC for projection-TV application is, however, shorter than the lifetime of microdisplays with PI layers. Ion milling probably creates a reactive surface that is unstable under the high light fluxes used in projection TVs. A solution for this problem could be chemical passivation of the ion-milled alignment layers. Initial experiments with passivation of ion-milled PI resulted in an increase in lifetime, but the lifetime after passivation was still lower than the lifetime of rubbed PI layers (factor 0.7). Nevertheless, ion-milling of DLC or PI can be a good alternative LC alignment technique in other LCD applications. LC-alignment layers based on inorganic layers such as obliquely deposited SiO{sub 2} films would be a better option for application in LCOS microdisplays due to their higher light stability.

  10. Growth of micro- and nanocrystalline dual layer composite diamond films by microwave plasma CVD: Influence of CO2 concentration on growth of nano-layer

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    Liu, Cong; Wang, Jian-Hua; Weng, Jun

    2015-01-01

    The high quality and smooth micro-and nanocrystalline dual layer composite diamond films were successfully prepared using H2/CH4/Ar/CO2 plasma with a synthesis process of nucleation/MCD growth/nucleation/NCD growth. The carbon dioxide content is demonstrated to be important in controlling the NCD layer grain size and growth rate. The influences of carbon dioxide concentration on the morphology, microstructure and growth rate of the deposited NCD layer are investigated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. It is found that the additional carbonaceous sources supplied by CO2 are favourable to increase the growth rate, and meanwhile, the oxygen related species generated would enhance the etching effect not only to eliminate the non-diamond phase of NCD but also to decrease the growth rate. The appropriate addition of CO2 can increase the high quality and growth rate, decrease the surface roughness. It is demonstrated that adding CO2 strongly affects the contents of various reaction species in plasma, which would determine the growth features of NCD layers. The deposited highly smooth and quality micro-/nano-crystal layered diamond film is also expected to be applicable in surface aroustic wave (SAW) devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

  11. The effects of temperature on nanocrystalline diamond films deposited on WC-13 wt.% Co substrate with W-C gradient layer

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    Wei, Q. P.; Yu, Z. M.; Ma, L.; Yin, D. F.; Ye, J.

    2009-12-01

    A tungsten-carbide gradient coating (WCGC) was prepared by reactive sputtering as an intermediate layer on the cemented carbide, WC-13 wt.% Co, substrate to improve the nucleation, smoothness and adhesion of diamond film. The diamond film was deposited by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD). The effects of the substrate temperature on the WCGC and the diamond film were investigated. The characterization of the WCGC and the diamond films was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), micro-Raman spectroscopy and Rockwell hardness indentation. It is found that the WCGC plays an important role in improving the nucleation, smoothness and adhesion of diamond film; and the diamond films exhibit better quality and adhesion as substrate temperature increases during the CVD processes.

  12. Effects of protein inter-layers on cell-diamond FET characteristics.

    PubMed

    Rezek, Bohuslav; Krátká, Marie; Kromka, Alexander; Kalbacova, Marie

    2010-12-15

    Diamond is recognized as an attractive material for merging solid-state and biological systems. The advantage of diamond field-effect transistors (FET) is that they are chemically resistant, bio-compatible, and can operate without gate oxides. Solution-gated FETs based on H-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films exhibiting surface conductivity are employed here for studying effects of fetal bovine serum (FBS) proteins and osteoblastic SAOS-2 cells on diamond electronic properties. FBS proteins adsorbed on the diamond FETs permanently decrease diamond conductivity as reflected by the -45 mV shift of the FET transfer characteristics. Cell cultivation for 2 days results in a further shift by another -78 mV. We attribute it to a change of diamond material properties rather than purely to the field-effect. Increase in gate leakage currents (by a factor of 4) indicates that the FBS proteins also decrease the diamond-electrolyte electronic barrier induced by C-H surface dipoles. We propose a model where the proteins replace ions in the very vicinity of the H-terminated diamond surface. PMID:20678916

  13. Polymerization and diamond formation from melting methane and their implications in ice layer of giant planets

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hisako Hirai; Keisuke Konagai; Taro Kawamura; Yoshitaka Yamamoto; Takehiko Yagi

    2009-01-01

    High-pressure and high-temperature experiments of solid methane were performed using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy revealed the melting conditions to be above approximately 1100K in a wide pressure range of 10–80GPa. Above 1100K, polymerizations occurred to produce ethane molecules and further polymerized hydrocarbons. Above 3000K, diamond was produced. These changes proceeded depending on temperature rather

  14. Analyzing the design of vibration reduction with the rubber-layered laminates in the precision turning with a diamond cutting tool

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chih-Cherng Chen; Ko-Ta Chiang

    Using a diamond cutting tool in the precision turning process, the vibration of tool-tip has an undesirable effect on the\\u000a machined surface’s quality. The objective of this paper is to analyze the design of turning tool-bar combined with the rubber-layered\\u000a laminates for minimizing the vibration amplitude of tool-tip in the precision turning with the diamond tool. The selected\\u000a rubber materials

  15. Sputtered tungsten-based ternary and quaternary layers for nanocrystalline diamond deposition.

    PubMed

    Walock, Michael J; Rahil, Issam; Zou, Yujiao; Imhoff, Luc; Catledge, Shane A; Nouveau, Corinne; Stanishevsky, Andrei V

    2012-06-01

    Many of today's demanding applications require thin-film coatings with high hardness, toughness, and thermal stability. In many cases, coating thickness in the range 2-20 microm and low surface roughness are required. Diamond films meet many of the stated requirements, but their crystalline nature leads to a high surface roughness. Nanocrystalline diamond offers a smoother surface, but significant surface modification of the substrate is necessary for successful nanocrystalline diamond deposition and adhesion. A hybrid hard and tough material may be required for either the desired applications, or as a basis for nanocrystalline diamond film growth. One possibility is a composite system based on carbides or nitrides. Many binary carbides and nitrides offer one or more mentioned properties. By combining these binary compounds in a ternary or quaternary nanocrystalline system, we can tailor the material for a desired combination of properties. Here, we describe the results on the structural and mechanical properties of the coating systems composed of tungsten-chromium-carbide and/or nitride. These WC-Cr-(N) coatings are deposited using magnetron sputtering. The growth of adherent nanocrystalline diamond films by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition has been demonstrated on these coatings. The WC-Cr-(N) and WC-Cr-(N)-NCD coatings are characterized with atomic force microscopy and SEM, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation. PMID:22905536

  16. Young's modulus, fracture strength, and Poisson's ratio of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Mohr, Markus; Caron, Arnaud; Herbeck-Engel, Petra; Bennewitz, Roland; Gluche, Peter; Brühne, Kai; Fecht, Hans-Jörg

    2014-09-01

    Young's modulus, fracture stress, and Poisson's ratio are important mechanical characteristics for micromechanical devices. The Poisson's ratio of a material is a good measure to elucidate its mechanical behavior and generally is the negative ratio of transverse to axial strain. A nanocrystalline (NCD) and an ultrananocrystalline (UNCD) diamond sample with grain boundaries of different chemical and structural constitutions have been investigated by an ultrasonic resonance method. For both samples, the elastic moduli are considerably reduced, compared with the elastic modulus of single crystal diamond (sc-diamond). Depending on the chemical and structural constitution of grain boundaries in nano- and ultrananocrystalline diamond different values for Poisson's ratio and for the fracture strength are observed. We found a Poisson's ratio of 0.201 ± 0.041 for the ultrananocrystalline sample and 0.034 ± 0.017 for the nanocrystalline sample. We discuss these results on the basis of a model for granular media. Higher disorder in the grain boundary leads to lower shear stiffness between the single grains and ultimately results in a decrease of Young's and shear modulus and possibly of the fracture strength of the material.

  17. Band offsets of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} oxides deposited by atomic layer deposition technique on hydrogenated diamond

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    Liu, J. W.; Liao, M. Y.; Imura, M. [Optical and Electronic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Koide, Y. [Optical and Electronic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Nanofabrication Platform, NIMS, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Center of Materials Research for Low Carbon Emission, NIMS, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2012-12-17

    High-k oxide insulators (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2}) have been deposited on a single crystalline hydrogenated diamond (H-diamond) epilayer by an atomic layer deposition technique at temperature as low as 120 Degree-Sign C. Interfacial electronic band structures are characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Based on core-level binding energies and valence band maximum values, valence band offsets are found to be 2.9 {+-} 0.2 and 2.6 {+-} 0.2 eV for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/H-diamond and HfO{sub 2}/H-diamond heterojunctions, respectively. Band gaps of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} have been determined to be 7.2 {+-} 0.2 and 5.4 {+-} 0.2 eV by measuring O 1s energy loss spectra, respectively. Both the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/H-diamond and HfO{sub 2}/H-diamond heterojunctions are concluded to be type-II staggered band configurations with conduction band offsets of 1.2 {+-} 0.2 and 2.7 {+-} 0.2 eV, respectively.

  18. Direct electrochemistry of Shewanella loihica PV-4 on gold nanoparticles-modified boron-doped diamond electrodes fabricated by layer-by-layer technique.

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    Wu, Wenguo; Xie, Ronggang; Bai, Linling; Tang, Zuming; Gu, Zhongze

    2012-05-01

    Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) are robust devices capable of taping biological energy, converting pollutants into electricity through renewable biomass. The fabrication of nanostructured electrodes with good bio- and electrochemical activity, play a profound role in promoting power generation of MFCs. Au nanoparticles (AuNPs)-modified Boron-Doped Diamond (BDD) electrodes are fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique and used for the direct electrochemistry of Shewanella loihica PV-4 in an electrochemical cell. Experimental results show that the peak current densities generated on the Au/PAH multilayer-modified BDD electrodes increased from 1.25 to 2.93 microA/cm(-2) as the layer increased from 0 to 6. Different cell morphologies of S. loihica PV-4 were also observed on the electrodes and the highest density of cells was attached on the (Au/PAH)6/BDD electrode with well-formed three-dimensional nanostructure. The electrochemistry of S. loihica PV-4 was enhanced on the (Au/PAH)4/BDD electrode due to the appropriate amount of AuNPsand thickness of PAH layer. PMID:22852323

  19. High-reliability passivation of hydrogen-terminated diamond surface by atomic layer deposition of Al2O3

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    Daicho, Akira; Saito, Tatsuya; Kurihara, Shinichiro; Hiraiwa, Atsushi; Kawarada, Hiroshi

    2014-06-01

    Although the two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG) of a hydrogen-terminated diamond surface provides a unique p-type conducting layer for high-performance transistors, the conductivity is highly sensitive to its environment. Therefore, the surface must be passivated to preserve the 2DHG, especially at high temperature. We passivated the surface at high temperature (450 °C) without the loss of C-H surface bonds by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and investigated the thermal reliability of the Al2O3 film. As a result, C-H bonds were preserved, and the hole accumulation effect appeared after the Al2O3 deposition by ALD with H2O as an oxidant. The sheet resistivity and hole density were almost constant between room temperature and 500 °C by the passivation with thick Al2O3 film thicker than 38 nm deposited by ALD at 450 °C. After the annealing at 550 °C in air The sheet resistivity and hole density were preserved. These results indicate the possibility of high-temperature application of the C-H surface diamond device in air. In the case of lower deposition temperatures, the sheet resistivity increased after air annealing, suggesting an insufficient protection capability of these films. Given the result of sheet resistivity after annealing, the increase in the sheet resistivity of these samples was not greatly significant. However, bubble like patterns were observed in the Al2O3 films formed from 200 to 400 °C by air annealing at 550 °C for 1 h. On the other hand, the patterns were no longer observed at 450 °C deposition. Thus, this 450 °C deposition is the sole solution to enabling power device application, which requires high reliability at high temperatures.

  20. The ice layer in Uranus and Neptune - Diamonds in the sky

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marvin Ross

    1981-01-01

    Many of the current models of Uranus and Neptune postulate a three-layer structure, consisting of an inner rocky core, a middle 'ice' layer of fluid, H2O, CH4, NH3 and an outer hydrogen-helium layer of solar composition (Hubbard and McFarland, 1980). The estimated pressures and temperatures of the ice layer ranges from about 6 Mbar and 7,000 K at the inner

  1. Industrial diamond

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    Olson, D.W.

    2001-01-01

    An overview of the industrial diamond industry is provided. More than 90 percent of the industrial diamond consumed in the U.S. and the rest of the world is manufactured diamond. Ireland, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. produce 75 percent of the global industrial diamond output. In 2000, the U.S. was the largest market for industrial diamond. Industrial diamond applications, prices for industrial diamonds, imports and exports of industrial diamonds, the National Defense Stockpile of industrial diamonds, and the outlook for the industrial diamond market are discussed.

  2. Surface damages in diamond by Ar/O2 plasma and their effect on the electrical and electrochemical characteristics of boron-doped layers

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    Denisenko, A.; Romanyuk, A.; Pietzka, C.; Scharpf, J.; Kohn, E.

    2010-10-01

    Epitaxial single crystal and boron-doped diamond layers were exposed to reactive ion etching in Ar/O2 plasma (rf power of 25 W and self-bias of 100 V); and the electrical, structural, and electrochemical characteristics of the exposed surface were investigated. Angle-resolved x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) measurements revealed a nonuniform layer of amorphous carbon at the exposed surface with an average thickness of approximately 4 nm, as confirmed also by atomic force microscopy profiling of selectively etched areas. On highly boron-doped diamond, the plasma-induced damages resulted also in a nonconductive surface layer. This damaged and insulating surface layer remained resistant to graphite-etching chemicals and to rf oxygen plasma but it was removed completely in microwave hydrogen plasma at 700 °C. The surface characteristics after the H-plasma process followed by wet chemical oxidation were restored back to the initial state, as confirmed by XPS. Such "recovery" treatment had been applied to an all-diamond submicrometer electrode array initially patterned by an Ar/O2 plasma etching. The electrochemical characteristics of this electrode array were improved by more than two orders of magnitude, approaching theoretical limit for the given geometrical configuration.

  3. Microstructural evolution of diamond growth during HFCVD

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    Singh, J.

    1994-01-01

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was used to study the nucleation and growth mechanism of diamond by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) process. A novel technique has shown a direct evidence for the formation of the diamond-like carbon layer 8-14 nm thick in which small diamond micro-crystallites were embedded. These diamond micro-crystallites were formed as a result of transformation of diamond-like carbon into diamond. The diamond micro-crystallites present in the amorphous diamond-like carbon layer provided nucleation sites for diamond growth. Large diamond crystallites were observed to grow from these micro-crystallites. The mechanism of diamond growth will be presented based on experimental findings.

  4. Characterization of microparticles and oxide layers generated by laser irradiation of diamond-machined silicon wafers

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    Yan, Jiwang; Sakai, Shin; Isogai, Hiromichi; Izunome, Koji

    2011-02-01

    Nanosecond-pulsed laser irradiation is a potential method for removing machining-induced subsurface damage from silicon wafers. In this study, the material compositions and microstructures of microparticles and oxide layers generated during laser irradiation were investigated by atomic force microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy. The oxide layer was found to be approximately 5 nm thick, which is significantly thicker than the native oxide layer of silicon at room temperature in air (~1 nm). The microparticles have a low-density amorphous structure and are mainly composed of silicon oxide, while a few particles contain silicon. The particles are attached to the substrate, but are distinct from it. The results indicate that silicon boiled during the laser pulse and that the particles are recondensed and oxidized liquid silicon boiled away from the wafer surface. The microparticles can be completely removed from the wafer surface by hydrofluoric acid etching.

  5. Boron concentration profiling by high angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy in homoepitaxial ?-doped diamond layers

    SciTech Connect

    Araújo, D.; Alegre, M. P.; Piñero, J. C. [Dpto Ciencia de los Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cádiz, 11510 Puerto Real (Cádiz) (Spain)] [Dpto Ciencia de los Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cádiz, 11510 Puerto Real (Cádiz) (Spain); Fiori, A.; Bustarret, E. [Institut Néel, CNRS-Université Joseph Fourier, 25 av. des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble (France)] [Institut Néel, CNRS-Université Joseph Fourier, 25 av. des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble (France); Jomard, F. [Groupe d'Etude de la Matière Condensée (GEMaC), UMR 8635 du CNRS, UVSQ, 45 av. des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cedex (France)] [Groupe d'Etude de la Matière Condensée (GEMaC), UMR 8635 du CNRS, UVSQ, 45 av. des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cedex (France)

    2013-07-22

    To develop further diamond related devices, the concentration and spatial location of dopants should be controlled down to the nanometer scale. Scanning transmission electron microscopy using the high angle annular dark field mode is shown to be sensitive to boron doping in diamond epilayers. An analytical procedure is described, whereby local boron concentrations above 10{sup 20} cm{sup ?3} were quantitatively derived down to nanometer resolution from the signal dependence on thickness and boron content. Experimental boron local doping profiles measured on diamond p{sup ?}/p{sup ++}/p{sup ?} multilayers are compared to macroscopic profiles obtained by secondary ion mass spectrometry, avoiding reported artefacts.

  6. Ohmic contact properties of p-type surface conductive layer on H-terminated diamond films prepared by DC arc jet CVD

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    Liu, Jin-long; Li, Cheng-ming; Zhu, Rui-hua; Chen, Liang-xian; Wang, Jing-jing; Feng, Zhi-hong

    2013-08-01

    With the advantages of high deposition rate and large deposition area, polycrystalline diamond films prepared by direct current (DC) arc jet chemical vapor deposition (CVD) are considered to be one of the most promising materials for high-frequency and high-power electronic devices. In this paper, high-quality self-standing polycrystalline diamond films with the diameter of 100 mm were prepared by DC arc jet CVD, and then, the p-type surface conductive layer with the sheet carrier density of 1011-1013 cm-2 on the H-terminated diamond film was obtained by micro-wave hydrogen plasma treatment for 40 min. Ti/Au and Au films were deposited on the H-terminated diamond surface as the ohmic contact electrode, respectively, afterwards, they were treated by rapid vacuum annealing at different temperatures. The properties of these two types of ohmic contacts were investigated by measuring the specific contact resistance using the transmission line method (TLM). Due to the formation of Ti-related carbide at high temperature, the specific contact resistance of Ti/Au contact gradually decreases to 9.95 × 10-5 ?·cm2 as the temperature increases to 820°C. However, when the annealing temperature reaches 850°C, the ohmic contact for Ti/Au is degraded significantly due to the strong diffusion and reaction between Ti and Au. As for the as-deposited Au contact, it shows an ohmic contact. After annealing treatment at 550°C, low specific contact resistance was detected for Au contact, which is derived from the enhancement of interdiffusion between Au and diamond films.

  7. Diamond Smoothing Tools

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    Voronov, Oleg

    2007-01-01

    Diamond smoothing tools have been proposed for use in conjunction with diamond cutting tools that are used in many finish-machining operations. Diamond machining (including finishing) is often used, for example, in fabrication of precise metal mirrors. A diamond smoothing tool according to the proposal would have a smooth spherical surface. For a given finish machining operation, the smoothing tool would be mounted next to the cutting tool. The smoothing tool would slide on the machined surface left behind by the cutting tool, plastically deforming the surface material and thereby reducing the roughness of the surface, closing microcracks and otherwise generally reducing or eliminating microscopic surface and subsurface defects, and increasing the microhardness of the surface layer. It has been estimated that if smoothing tools of this type were used in conjunction with cutting tools on sufficiently precise lathes, it would be possible to reduce the roughness of machined surfaces to as little as 3 nm. A tool according to the proposal would consist of a smoothing insert in a metal holder. The smoothing insert would be made from a diamond/metal functionally graded composite rod preform, which, in turn, would be made by sintering together a bulk single-crystal or polycrystalline diamond, a diamond powder, and a metallic alloy at high pressure. To form the spherical smoothing tip, the diamond end of the preform would be subjected to flat grinding, conical grinding, spherical grinding using diamond wheels, and finally spherical polishing and/or buffing using diamond powders. If the diamond were a single crystal, then it would be crystallographically oriented, relative to the machining motion, to minimize its wear and maximize its hardness. Spherically polished diamonds could also be useful for purposes other than smoothing in finish machining: They would likely also be suitable for use as heat-resistant, wear-resistant, unlubricated sliding-fit bearing inserts.

  8. Industrial diamond

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    Olson, D.W.

    2003-01-01

    Statistics on the production, consumption, cost, trade, and government stockpile of natural and synthetic industrial diamond are provided. The outlook for the industrial diamond market is also considered.

  9. Method and article of manufacture corresponding to a composite comprised of ultra nonacrystalline diamond, metal, and other nanocarbons useful for thermoelectric and other applications

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.

    2010-05-18

    One provides (101) disperse ultra-nanocrystalline diamond powder material that comprises a plurality of substantially ordered crystallites that are each sized no larger than about 10 nanometers. One then reacts (102) these crystallites with a metallic component. The resultant nanowire is then able to exhibit a desired increase with respect to its ability to conduct electricity while also substantially preserving the thermal conductivity behavior of the disperse ultra-nanocrystalline diamond powder material. The reaction process can comprise combining (201) the crystallites with one or more metal salts in an aqueous solution and then heating (203) that aqueous solution to remove the water. This heating can occur in a reducing atmosphere (comprising, for example, hydrogen and/or methane) to also reduce the salt to metal.

  10. Formation of Graphene-on-Diamond Structure by Graphitization of Atomically Flat Diamond (111) Surface

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    Tokuda, Norio; Fukui, Makoto; Makino, Toshiharu; Takeuchi, Daisuke; Yamsaki, Satoshi; Inokuma, Takao

    2013-11-01

    We succeeded in the formation of a graphene-on-diamond (GOD) structure by the graphitization of a diamond (111) surface. Before the graphitization, atomically flat diamond (111) surfaces were formed by homoepitaxial lateral growth. The graphene layers, which were formed on the atomically flat diamond (111) surfaces horizontally, were observed by cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

  11. On Interlayer Stability and High-Cycle Simulator Performance of Diamond-Like Carbon Layers for Articulating Joint Replacements

    PubMed Central

    Thorwarth, Kerstin; Thorwarth, Götz; Figi, Renato; Weisse, Bernhard; Stiefel, Michael; Hauert, Roland

    2014-01-01

    Diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings have been proven to be an excellent choice for wear reduction in many technical applications. However, for successful adaption to the orthopaedic field, layer performance, stability and adhesion in physiologically relevant setups are crucial and not consistently investigated. In vitro wear testing as well as adequate corrosion tests of interfaces and interlayers are of great importance to verify the long term stability of DLC coated load bearing implants in the human body. DLC coatings were deposited on articulating lumbar spinal disks made of CoCr28Mo6 biomedical implant alloy using a plasma-activated chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) process. As an adhesion promoting interlayer, tantalum films were deposited by magnetron sputtering. Wear tests of coated and uncoated implants were performed in physiological solution up to a maximum of 101 million articulation cycles with an amplitude of ±2° and ?3/+6° in successive intervals at a preload of 1200 N. The implants were characterized by gravimetry, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and cross section scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. It is shown that DLC coated surfaces with uncontaminated tantalum interlayers perform very well and no corrosive or mechanical failure could be observed. This also holds true in tests featuring overload and third-body wear by cortical bone chips present in the bearing pairs. Regarding the interlayer tolerance towards interlayer contamination (oxygen), limits for initiation of potential failure modes were established. It was found that mechanical failure is the most critical aspect and this mode is hypothetically linked to the ?-? tantalum phase switch induced by increasing oxygen levels as observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is concluded that DLC coatings are a feasible candidate for near zero wear articulations on implants, potentially even surpassing the performance of ceramic vs. ceramic. PMID:24921709

  12. On interlayer stability and high-cycle simulator performance of diamond-like carbon layers for articulating joint replacements.

    PubMed

    Thorwarth, Kerstin; Thorwarth, Götz; Figi, Renato; Weisse, Bernhard; Stiefel, Michael; Hauert, Roland

    2014-01-01

    Diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings have been proven to be an excellent choice for wear reduction in many technical applications. However, for successful adaption to the orthopaedic field, layer performance, stability and adhesion in physiologically relevant setups are crucial and not consistently investigated. In vitro wear testing as well as adequate corrosion tests of interfaces and interlayers are of great importance to verify the long term stability of DLC coated load bearing implants in the human body. DLC coatings were deposited on articulating lumbar spinal disks made of CoCr28Mo6 biomedical implant alloy using a plasma-activated chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) process. As an adhesion promoting interlayer, tantalum films were deposited by magnetron sputtering. Wear tests of coated and uncoated implants were performed in physiological solution up to a maximum of 101 million articulation cycles with an amplitude of ±2° and -3/+6° in successive intervals at a preload of 1200 N. The implants were characterized by gravimetry, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and cross section scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. It is shown that DLC coated surfaces with uncontaminated tantalum interlayers perform very well and no corrosive or mechanical failure could be observed. This also holds true in tests featuring overload and third-body wear by cortical bone chips present in the bearing pairs. Regarding the interlayer tolerance towards interlayer contamination (oxygen), limits for initiation of potential failure modes were established. It was found that mechanical failure is the most critical aspect and this mode is hypothetically linked to the ?-? tantalum phase switch induced by increasing oxygen levels as observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is concluded that DLC coatings are a feasible candidate for near zero wear articulations on implants, potentially even surpassing the performance of ceramic vs. ceramic. PMID:24921709

  13. Dielectric properties of hydrogen-incorporated chemical vapor deposited diamond thin films.

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, C.; Xiao, X.; Wang, J.; Shi, B.; Auciello, O.; Carlisle, J. A.; Carpick, R.; Adiga, V.; Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison; Univ. of Pennsylvania

    2007-01-01

    Diamond thin films with a broad range of microstructures from a ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) form developed at Argonne National Laboratory to a microcrystalline diamond (MCD) form have been grown with different hydrogen percentages in the Ar/CH{sub 4} gas mixture used in the microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The dielectric properties of the CVD diamond thin films have been studied using impedance and dc measurements on metal-diamond-metal test structures. Close correlations have been observed between the hydrogen content in the bulk of the diamond films, measured by elastic recoil detection (ERD), and their electrical conductivity and capacitance-frequency (C-f) behaviors. Addition of hydrogen gas in the Ar/CH{sub 4} gas mixture used to grow the diamond films appears to have two main effects depending on the film microstructure, namely, (a) in the UNCD films, hydrogen incorporates into the atomically abrupt grain boundaries satisfying sp{sup 2} carbon dangling bonds, resulting in increased resistivity, and (b) in MCD, atomic hydrogen produced in the plasma etches preferentially the graphitic phase codepositing with the diamond phase, resulting in the statistical survival and growth of large diamond grains and dominance of the diamond phase, and thus having significant impact on the dielectric properties of these films.

  14. NIR and VIS-raman spectroscopy of CVD diamond films

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Griesser; M. Grasserbauer; R. Kellner; S. Bohr; R. Haubner; B. Lux

    1995-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy is a widely used method for the analysis of CVD diamond layers, because it enables to distinguish between different carbon phases, such as diamond, graphite, amorphous carbon and nanocrystalline carbon, which are all commonly present in CVD diamond films. A comparison of visible Raman spectroscopy and near-infrared Raman spectroscopy applied to CVD diamond layers on various substrates (Si,

  15. Accepted to Diamond and Related Materials A kinetic model of diamond nucleation and silicon carbide interlayer formation during

    E-print Network

    Dandy, David

    Accepted to Diamond and Related Materials A kinetic model of diamond nucleation and silicon carbide intermediate layers on silicon substrates during nucleation and the early stages of diamond deposition have diffusion of carbon atoms into the silicon carbide layer, and the morphology and orientation of the diamond

  16. Nanofabrication of sharp diamond tips by e-beam lithography and inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching.

    SciTech Connect

    Moldovan, N.; Divan, R.; Zeng, H.; Carlisle, J. A.; Advanced Diamond Tech.

    2009-12-07

    Ultrasharp diamond tips make excellent atomic force microscopy probes, field emitters, and abrasive articles due to diamond's outstanding physical properties, i.e., hardness, low friction coefficient, low work function, and toughness. Sharp diamond tips are currently fabricated as individual tips or arrays by three principal methods: (1) focused ion beam milling and gluing onto a cantilever of individual diamond tips, (2) coating silicon tips with diamond films, or (3) molding diamond into grooves etched in a sacrificial substrate, bonding the sacrificial substrate to another substrate or electrodepositing of a handling chip, followed by dissolution of the sacrificial substrate. The first method is tedious and serial in nature but does produce very sharp tips, the second method results in tips whose radius is limited by the thickness of the diamond coating, while the third method involves a costly bonding and release process and difficulties in thoroughly filling the high aspect ratio apex of molding grooves with diamond at the nanoscale. To overcome the difficulties with these existing methods, this article reports on the feasibility of the fabrication of sharp diamond tips by direct etching of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD{reg_sign}) as a starting and structural material. The UNCD is reactive ion etched using a cap-precursor-mask scheme. An optimized etching recipe demonstrates the formation of ultrasharp diamond tips ({approx} 10 nm tip radius) with etch rates of 650 nm/min.

  17. Diamond photonics

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    Aharonovich, Igor; Greentree, Andrew D.; Prawer, Steven

    2011-07-01

    Diamond, a material marvelled for its strength, beauty and perfection, was first used to polish stone axes in Neolithic times. This most ancient of materials is now being touted by many as the ideal platform for quantum-age technologies. In this Review, we describe how the properties of diamond match the requirements of the 'second quantum revolution'. We also discuss recent progress in the development of diamond -- and particularly diamond colour centres -- for transforming quantum information science into practical quantum information technology.

  18. Industrial diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, D.W.

    2012-01-01

    Estimated 2011 world production of natural and synthetic industrial diamond was about 4.45 billion carats. During 2011, natural industrial diamonds were produced in more than 20 countries, and synthetic industrial diamond was produced in at least 13 countries. About 98 percent of the combined natural and synthetic global output was produced in China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United States. China is the world's leading producer of synthetic industrial diamond followed by Russia and the United States.

  19. The Design of Diamond Compton Telescope

    E-print Network

    Kinya Hibino; Toshisuke Kashiwagi; Shoji Okuno; Kaori Yajima; Yukio Uchihori; Hisashi Kitamura; Takeshi Takashima; Mamoru Yokota; Kenji Yoshida

    2007-07-23

    We have developed radiation detectors using the new synthetic diamonds. The diamond detector has an advantage for observations of "low/medium" energy gamma rays as a Compton telescope. The primary advantage of the diamond detector can reduce the photoelectric effect in the low energy range, which is background noise for tracking of the Compton recoil electron. A concept of the Diamond Compton Telescope (DCT) consists of position sensitive layers of diamond-striped detector and calorimeter layer of CdTe detector. The key part of the DCT is diamond-striped detectors with a higher positional resolution and a wider energy range from 10 keV to 10 MeV. However, the diamond-striped detector is under development. We describe the performance of prototype diamond detector and the design of a possible DCT evaluated by Monte Carlo simulations.

  20. Industrial diamond

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    Olson, D.W.

    2011-01-01

    Estimated world production of natural and synthetic industrial diamond was about 4.44 billion carats in 2010. Natural industrial diamond deposits have been found in more than 35 countries, and synthetic industrial diamond is produced in at least 15 countries.

  1. Industrial diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, D.W.

    2006-01-01

    In 2005, estimated world production of natural and synthetic industrial diamond was 630 million carats. Natural industrial diamond deposits were found in more than 35 countries. Synthetic industrial diamond is produced in at least 15 countries. More than 81% of the combined natural and synthetic global output was produced in Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United States.

  2. Industrial diamond

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    Olson, D.W.

    2013-01-01

    Estimated 2012 world production of natural and synthetic industrial diamond was about 4.45 billion carats. During 2012, natural industrial diamonds were produced in at least 20 countries, and synthetic industrial diamond was produced in at least 12 countries. About 99 percent of the combined natural and synthetic global output was produced in Belarus, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United States. During 2012, China was the world’s leading producer of synthetic industrial diamond followed by the United States and Russia. In 2012, the two U.S. synthetic producers, one in Pennsylvania and the other in Ohio, had an estimated output of 103 million carats, valued at about $70.6 million. This was an estimated 43.7 million carats of synthetic diamond bort, grit, and dust and powder with a value of $14.5 million combined with an estimated 59.7 million carats of synthetic diamond stone with a value of $56.1 million. Also in 2012, nine U.S. firms manufactured polycrystalline diamond (PCD) from synthetic diamond grit and powder. The United States government does not collect or maintain data for either domestic PCD producers or domestic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond producers for quantity or value of annual production. Current trade and consumption quantity data are not available for PCD or for CVD diamond. For these reasons, PCD and CVD diamond are not included in the industrial diamond quantitative data reported here.

  3. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin film bioelectrodes: effect of thermal post-treatments and the use of Ti adhesion layer.

    PubMed

    Laurila, Tomi; Rautiainen, Antti; Sintonen, Sakari; Jiang, Hua; Kaivosoja, Emilia; Koskinen, Jari

    2014-01-01

    The effect of thermal post-treatments and the use of Ti adhesion layer on the performance of thin film diamond like carbon bioelectrodes (DLC) have been investigated in this work. The following results were obtained: (i) The microstructure of the DLC layer after the deposition was amorphous and thermal annealing had no marked effect on the structure, (ii) formation of oxygen containing SiOx and Ti[O,C] layers were detected at the Si/Ti and Ti/DLC interfaces with the help of transmission electron microscope (TEM), (iii) thermal post-treatments increased the polar fraction of the surface energy, (iv) cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements showed that the DLC films had wide water windows and were stable in contact with dilute sulphuric acid and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solutions, (v) use of Ti interlayer between Pt(Ir) microwire and DLC layer was crucial for the electrodes to survive the electrochemical measurements without the loss of adhesion of the DLC layer, (vi) DLC electrodes with small exposed Pt areas were an order of magnitude more sensitive towards dopamine than Pt electrodes and (vii) thermal post-treatments did not markedly change the electrochemical behavior of the electrodes despite the significant increase in the polar nature of the surfaces. It can be concluded that thin DLC bioelectrodes are stable under physiological conditions and can detect dopamine in micro molar range, but their sensitivity must be further improved. PMID:24268281

  4. Industrial diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, D.W.

    2000-01-01

    Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. A review of the state of the global industrial diamond industry in 1999 is presented. World consumption of industrial diamond has increased annually in recent years, with an estimated 500 million carats valued between $650 million and $800 million consumed in 1999. In 1999, the U.S. was the world's largest market for industrial diamond and was also one of the world's main producers; the others were Ireland, Russia, and South Africa. Uses of industrial diamonds are discussed, and prices of natural and synthetic industrial diamond are reported.

  5. High-reliability passivation of hydrogen-terminated diamond surface by atomic layer deposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

    SciTech Connect

    Daicho, Akira, E-mail: notevayas-tales@ruri.waseda.jp; Saito, Tatsuya; Kurihara, Shinichiro; Kawarada, Hiroshi, E-mail: kawarada@waseda.jp [School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555 (Japan); Hiraiwa, Atsushi [Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Waseda University, 513 Waseda-tsurumaki, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0041 (Japan)

    2014-06-14

    Although the two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG) of a hydrogen-terminated diamond surface provides a unique p-type conducting layer for high-performance transistors, the conductivity is highly sensitive to its environment. Therefore, the surface must be passivated to preserve the 2DHG, especially at high temperature. We passivated the surface at high temperature (450?°C) without the loss of C-H surface bonds by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and investigated the thermal reliability of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film. As a result, C-H bonds were preserved, and the hole accumulation effect appeared after the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} deposition by ALD with H{sub 2}O as an oxidant. The sheet resistivity and hole density were almost constant between room temperature and 500?°C by the passivation with thick Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film thicker than 38?nm deposited by ALD at 450?°C. After the annealing at 550?°C in air The sheet resistivity and hole density were preserved. These results indicate the possibility of high-temperature application of the C-H surface diamond device in air. In the case of lower deposition temperatures, the sheet resistivity increased after air annealing, suggesting an insufficient protection capability of these films. Given the result of sheet resistivity after annealing, the increase in the sheet resistivity of these samples was not greatly significant. However, bubble like patterns were observed in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films formed from 200 to 400?°C by air annealing at 550?°C for 1 h. On the other hand, the patterns were no longer observed at 450?°C deposition. Thus, this 450?°C deposition is the sole solution to enabling power device application, which requires high reliability at high temperatures.

  6. Investigating the properties of interfacial layers in planar Schottky contacts on hydrogen-terminated diamond through direct current/small-signal characterization and radial line small-signal modelling

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    Cappelluti, F.; Ghione, G.; Russell, S. A. O.; Moran, D. A. J.; Verona, C.; Limiti, E.

    2015-03-01

    Large-area Schottky diodes on hydrogen-terminated diamond are investigated through DC and small-signal characterization and physics-based equivalent circuit modeling. Measured current- and capacitance-voltage characteristics suggest significant distributed resistance effects induced by the relatively low mobility of the 2D hole gas in the diamond sub-surface. A distributed equivalent circuit model of the device is proposed aimed at correlating the device physics with the observed electrical behavior. It is shown that a heterostructure-like model of H-diamond Schottky contacts, including a thin non-conductive interfacial layer that separates the 2D hole channel from the Schottky barrier, enables an accurate description of both the device DC and AC behaviour and the extraction of relevant quantitative information on the physical parameters of the interface, channel charge control, and carrier mobility.

  7. Industrial diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, D.W.

    2007-01-01

    World production of natural and synthetic industrial diamond was about 648 million carats in 2006, with 79 percent of the production coming from Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S. U.S. consumption was was an estimated 602 million carats, imports were over 391 million carats, and exports were about 83 million carats. About 87 percent of the industrial diamonds market uses synthetic diamonds, which are expected to become less expensive as technology improves and competition from low-cost producers increases.

  8. Diamond Nanophotonics

    E-print Network

    Igor Aharonovich; Elke Neu

    2014-08-23

    The burgeoning field of nanophotonics has grown to be a major research area, primarily because of the ability to control and manipulate single quantum systems (emitters) and single photons on demand. For many years studying nanophotonic phenomena was limited to traditional semiconductors (including silicon and GaAs) and experiments were carried out predominantly at cryogenic temperatures. In the last decade, however, diamond has emerged as a new contender to study photonic phenomena at the nanoscale. Offering plethora of quantum emitters that are optically active at room temperature and ambient conditions, diamond has been exploited to demonstrate super-resolution microscopy and realize entanglement, Purcell enhancement and other quantum and classical nanophotonic effects. Elucidating the importance of diamond as a material, this review will highlight the recent achievements in the field of diamond nanophotonics, and convey a roadmap for future experiments and technological advancements.

  9. Diamond nanophotonics.

    PubMed

    Beha, Katja; Fedder, Helmut; Wolfer, Marco; Becker, Merle C; Siyushev, Petr; Jamali, Mohammad; Batalov, Anton; Hinz, Christopher; Hees, Jakob; Kirste, Lutz; Obloh, Harald; Gheeraert, Etienne; Naydenov, Boris; Jakobi, Ingmar; Dolde, Florian; Pezzagna, Sébastien; Twittchen, Daniel; Markham, Matthew; Dregely, Daniel; Giessen, Harald; Meijer, Jan; Jelezko, Fedor; Nebel, Christoph E; Bratschitsch, Rudolf; Leitenstorfer, Alfred; Wrachtrup, Jörg

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate the coupling of single color centers in diamond to plasmonic and dielectric photonic structures to realize novel nanophotonic devices. Nanometer spatial control in the creation of single color centers in diamond is achieved by implantation of nitrogen atoms through high-aspect-ratio channels in a mica mask. Enhanced broadband single-photon emission is demonstrated by coupling nitrogen-vacancy centers to plasmonic resonators, such as metallic nanoantennas. Improved photon-collection efficiency and directed emission is demonstrated by solid immersion lenses and micropillar cavities. Thereafter, the coupling of diamond nanocrystals to the guided modes of micropillar resonators is discussed along with experimental results. Finally, we present a gas-phase-doping approach to incorporate color centers based on nickel and tungsten, in situ into diamond using microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The fabrication of silicon-vacancy centers in nanodiamonds by microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition is discussed in addition. PMID:23365803

  10. Diamond nanophotonics

    PubMed Central

    Beha, Katja; Wolfer, Marco; Becker, Merle C; Siyushev, Petr; Jamali, Mohammad; Batalov, Anton; Hinz, Christopher; Hees, Jakob; Kirste, Lutz; Obloh, Harald; Gheeraert, Etienne; Naydenov, Boris; Jakobi, Ingmar; Dolde, Florian; Pezzagna, Sébastien; Twittchen, Daniel; Markham, Matthew; Dregely, Daniel; Giessen, Harald; Meijer, Jan; Jelezko, Fedor; Nebel, Christoph E; Bratschitsch, Rudolf; Leitenstorfer, Alfred; Wrachtrup, Jörg

    2012-01-01

    Summary We demonstrate the coupling of single color centers in diamond to plasmonic and dielectric photonic structures to realize novel nanophotonic devices. Nanometer spatial control in the creation of single color centers in diamond is achieved by implantation of nitrogen atoms through high-aspect-ratio channels in a mica mask. Enhanced broadband single-photon emission is demonstrated by coupling nitrogen–vacancy centers to plasmonic resonators, such as metallic nanoantennas. Improved photon-collection efficiency and directed emission is demonstrated by solid immersion lenses and micropillar cavities. Thereafter, the coupling of diamond nanocrystals to the guided modes of micropillar resonators is discussed along with experimental results. Finally, we present a gas-phase-doping approach to incorporate color centers based on nickel and tungsten, in situ into diamond using microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The fabrication of silicon–vacancy centers in nanodiamonds by microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition is discussed in addition. PMID:23365803

  11. Industrial diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, D.W.

    2004-01-01

    Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. Supply and demand data for industrial diamond are provided. Topics discussed are consumption, prices, imports and exports, government stockpiles, and the outlook for 2004.

  12. A novel radial anode layer ion source for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification—Hydrogenated diamond-like carbon coatings from butane gas

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    Murmu, Peter P.; Markwitz, Andreas; Suschke, Konrad; Futter, John

    2014-08-01

    We report a new ion source development for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification. The ion source deposits coatings simultaneously in a 360° radial geometry and can be used to coat inner walls of pipelines by simply moving the ion source in the pipe. Rotating parts are not required, making the source ideal for rough environments and minimizing maintenance and replacements of parts. First results are reported for diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on Si and stainless steel substrates deposited using a novel 360° ion source design. The ion source operates with permanent magnets and uses a single power supply for the anode voltage and ion acceleration up to 10 kV. Butane (C4H10) gas is used to coat the inner wall of pipes with smooth and homogeneous DLC coatings with thicknesses up to 5 ?m in a short time using a deposition rate of 70 ± 10 nm min-1. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results showed that DLC coatings contain hydrogen up to 30 ± 3% indicating deposition of hydrogenated DLC (a-C:H) coatings. Coatings with good adhesion are achieved when using a multiple energy implantation regime. Raman spectroscopy results suggest slightly larger disordered DLC layers when using low ion energy, indicating higher sp3 bonds in DLC coatings. The results show that commercially interesting coatings can be achieved in short time.

  13. A novel radial anode layer ion source for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification--hydrogenated diamond-like carbon coatings from butane gas.

    PubMed

    Murmu, Peter P; Markwitz, Andreas; Suschke, Konrad; Futter, John

    2014-08-01

    We report a new ion source development for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification. The ion source deposits coatings simultaneously in a 360° radial geometry and can be used to coat inner walls of pipelines by simply moving the ion source in the pipe. Rotating parts are not required, making the source ideal for rough environments and minimizing maintenance and replacements of parts. First results are reported for diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on Si and stainless steel substrates deposited using a novel 360° ion source design. The ion source operates with permanent magnets and uses a single power supply for the anode voltage and ion acceleration up to 10 kV. Butane (C4H10) gas is used to coat the inner wall of pipes with smooth and homogeneous DLC coatings with thicknesses up to 5 ?m in a short time using a deposition rate of 70 ± 10 nm min(-1). Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results showed that DLC coatings contain hydrogen up to 30 ± 3% indicating deposition of hydrogenated DLC (a-C:H) coatings. Coatings with good adhesion are achieved when using a multiple energy implantation regime. Raman spectroscopy results suggest slightly larger disordered DLC layers when using low ion energy, indicating higher sp(3) bonds in DLC coatings. The results show that commercially interesting coatings can be achieved in short time. PMID:25173323

  14. New PLAD apparatus and fabrication of epitaxial films and junctions of functional materials: SiC, GaN, ZnO, diamond and GMR layers

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    Muto, Hachizo; Kusumori, Takeshi; Nakamura, Toshiyuki; Asano, Takashi; Hori, Takahiro

    2006-04-01

    We have developed a new pulsed laser ablation-deposition (PLAD) apparatus and techniques for fabricating films of high-temperature or functional materials, including two short-wavelength lasers: (a) a YAG 5th harmonic (213 nm) and (b) Raman-shifted lasers containing vacuum ultraviolet light; also involved are (c) a high-temperature heater with a maximum temperature of 1350 °C, (d) dual-target simultaneous ablation mechanics, and (e) hybrid PLAD using a pico-second YAG laser combined with (c) and/or (d). Using the high-T heater, hetero-epitaxial films of 3C-, 2H- and 4H-SiC have been prepared on sapphire-c. In situ p-doping for GaN epitaxial films is achieved by simultaneous ablation of GaN and Mg targets by (d) during film growth. Junctions such as pGaN (Mg-doped)-film/n-SiC(0 0 0 1) substrate and pGaN/n-Si(1 1 1) show good diode characteristics. Epitaxial films with a diamond lattice can be grown on the sapphire-c plane by hybrid PLAD (e) with a high-T heater using a 6H-SiC target. High quality epitaxial films of ZnO are grown by PLAD by introducing a low-temperature self-buffer layer; magnetization of ferromagnetic materials is enforced by overlaying on a ferromagnetic lattice plane of an anti-ferromagnetic material, showing the value of the layer-overlaying method in improving quality. The short-wavelength lasers are useful in reducing surface particles on functional films, including superconductors.

  15. Diamond fiber field emitters

    DOEpatents

    Blanchet-Fincher, Graciela B. (Wilmington, DE); Coates, Don M. (Santa Fe, NM); Devlin, David J. (Los Alamos, NM); Eaton, David F. (Wilmington, DE); Silzars, Aris K. (Landenburg, PA); Valone, Steven M. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1996-01-01

    A field emission electron emitter comprising an electrode formed of at least one diamond, diamond-like carbon or glassy carbon composite fiber, said composite fiber having a non-diamond core and a diamond, diamond-like carbon or glassy carbon coating on said non-diamond core, and electronic devices employing such a field emission electron emitter.

  16. High-density fluids and the growth of monocrystalline diamonds

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    Weiss, Y.; Kiflawi, I.; Davies, N.; Navon, O.

    2014-09-01

    The chemical nature and composition of the growth medium of monocrystalline (MC) diamonds is still a matter of debate, partially because carbonate-bearing high-density fluids (HDFs) that are common in fibrous diamonds have not been found in MC diamonds. Here we report the first finding of HDF microinclusions in a MC octahedral diamond from Finsch, South Africa and in the MC octahedral core of a coated diamond from Kankan, Guinea; both diamonds carry nitrogen in B-centers. Numerous microinclusions in diamond Finsch_2a_cap1 are restricted to two thin layers parallel to the (1 1 1) face, ?20 and 200 ?m from the diamond rim. Low-Mg carbonatitic HDFs are found along the inner layer while the outer layer trapped saline compositions. The major and trace element compositions of the inclusions and their infrared spectra are highly similar to those of microinclusions found in fibrous diamonds. A few isolated microinclusions of saline compositions are scattered around a sulfide inclusion in the center of the octahedral core of diamond ON-KAN-383. This evidence for the involvement of oxidized fluids in the formation of MC diamonds adds to previous reports on the antiquity of HDFs in fibrous diamonds, the presence of carbonate and halide phases in inclusions in MC diamonds and the similarity of trace element pattern of a MC diamond to those of low-Mg carbonatitic HDF in fibrous diamonds. In addition, we show that the interaction of HDFs with depleted garnets can produce sinusoidal REE patterns which are one of the primary features of lherzolitic and harzburgitic garnet inclusions in MC diamonds. Together, these observations suggest that HDFs are involved in the formation of many types of diamonds from the Archaean to the Phanerozoic. HDFs are trapped in large quantities during rapid, fibrous growth, but must also be present during the growth of many MC diamonds.

  17. Diamond-modified AFM probes: from diamond nanowires to atomic force microscopy-integrated boron-doped diamond electrodes.

    PubMed

    Smirnov, Waldemar; Kriele, Armin; Hoffmann, René; Sillero, Eugenio; Hees, Jakob; Williams, Oliver A; Yang, Nianjun; Kranz, Christine; Nebel, Christoph E

    2011-06-15

    In atomic force microscopy (AFM), sharp and wear-resistant tips are a critical issue. Regarding scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), electrodes are required to be mechanically and chemically stable. Diamond is the perfect candidate for both AFM probes as well as for electrode materials if doped, due to diamond's unrivaled mechanical, chemical, and electrochemical properties. In this study, standard AFM tips were overgrown with typically 300 nm thick nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) layers and modified to obtain ultra sharp diamond nanowire-based AFM probes and probes that were used for combined AFM-SECM measurements based on integrated boron-doped conductive diamond electrodes. Analysis of the resonance properties of the diamond overgrown AFM cantilevers showed increasing resonance frequencies with increasing diamond coating thicknesses (i.e., from 160 to 260 kHz). The measured data were compared to performed simulations and show excellent correlation. A strong enhancement of the quality factor upon overgrowth was also observed (120 to 710). AFM tips with integrated diamond nanowires are shown to have apex radii as small as 5 nm and where fabricated by selectively etching diamond in a plasma etching process using self-organized metal nanomasks. These scanning tips showed superior imaging performance as compared to standard Si-tips or commercially available diamond-coated tips. The high imaging resolution and low tip wear are demonstrated using tapping and contact mode AFM measurements by imaging ultra hard substrates and DNA. Furthermore, AFM probes were coated with conductive boron-doped and insulating diamond layers to achieve bifunctional AFM-SECM probes. For this, focused ion beam (FIB) technology was used to expose the boron-doped diamond as a recessed electrode near the apex of the scanning tip. Such a modified probe was used to perform proof-of-concept AFM-SECM measurements. The results show that high-quality diamond probes can be fabricated, which are suitable for probing, manipulating, sculpting, and sensing at single digit nanoscale. PMID:21534601

  18. Advanced Diamond Anvil Techniques (Customized Diamond Anvils)

    SciTech Connect

    Weir, S

    2009-02-11

    A complete set of diamond-based fabrication tools now exists for making a wide range of different types of diamond anvils which are tailored for various high-P applications. Current tools include: CVD diamond deposition (making diamond); Diamond polishing, laser drilling, plasma etching (removal of diamond); and Lithography, 3D laser pantography (patterning features onto diamond); - Metal deposition (putting electrical circuits and metal masks onto diamond). Current applications include the following: Electrical Conductivity; Magnetic Susceptibility; and High-P/High-T. Future applications may include: NMR; Hall Effect; de Haas - Shubnikov (Fermi surface topology); Calorimetry; and thermal conductivity.

  19. 'Diamond' in 3-D

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    This 3-D, microscopic imager mosaic of a target area on a rock called 'Diamond Jenness' was taken after NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity ground into the surface with its rock abrasion tool for a second time.

    Opportunity has bored nearly a dozen holes into the inner walls of 'Endurance Crater.' On sols 177 and 178 (July 23 and July 24, 2004), the rover worked double-duty on Diamond Jenness. Surface debris and the bumpy shape of the rock resulted in a shallow and irregular hole, only about 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) deep. The final depth was not enough to remove all the bumps and leave a neat hole with a smooth floor. This extremely shallow depression was then examined by the rover's alpha particle X-ray spectrometer.

    On Sol 178, Opportunity's 'robotic rodent' dined on Diamond Jenness once again, grinding almost an additional 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inch). The rover then applied its Moessbauer spectrometer to the deepened hole. This double dose of Diamond Jenness enabled the science team to examine the rock at varying layers. Results from those grindings are currently being analyzed.

    The image mosaic is about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) across.

  20. Tests on diamond films as current amplifiers for photocathodes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Boscolo; S. Cialdi; L. Cultrera; D. Cipriani; S. Orlanducci; A. Fiori; V. Sessa; M. L. Terranova

    2007-01-01

    For the secondary electron emission studies a series of poly- and nano-crystalline diamond films with different characteristics (crystallinity, morphology and dopants) were produced using an innovative CVD apparatus that allows the doping of diamond layers. Moreover additional hydrogenation processes were carried out after the first emission experiments in order to obtain H termination at three diamond surface and enhance the

  1. Amorphous-diamond electron emitter

    DOEpatents

    Falabella, Steven (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01

    An electron emitter comprising a textured silicon wafer overcoated with a thin (200 .ANG.) layer of nitrogen-doped, amorphous-diamond (a:D-N), which lowers the field below 20 volts/micrometer have been demonstrated using this emitter compared to uncoated or diamond coated emitters wherein the emission is at fields of nearly 60 volts/micrometer. The silicon/nitrogen-doped, amorphous-diamond (Si/a:D-N) emitter may be produced by overcoating a textured silicon wafer with amorphous-diamond (a:D) in a nitrogen atmosphere using a filtered cathodic-arc system. The enhanced performance of the Si/a:D-N emitter lowers the voltages required to the point where field-emission displays are practical. Thus, this emitter can be used, for example, in flat-panel emission displays (FEDs), and cold-cathode vacuum electronics.

  2. Method to grow carbon thin films consisting entirely of diamond grains 3-5 nm in size and high-energy grain boundaries

    DOEpatents

    Carlisle, John A.; Auciello, Orlando; Birrell, James

    2006-10-31

    An ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) having an average grain size between 3 and 5 nanometers (nm) with not more than about 8% by volume diamond having an average grain size larger than 10 nm. A method of manufacturing UNCD film is also disclosed in which a vapor of acetylene and hydrogen in an inert gas other than He wherein the volume ratio of acetylene to hydrogen is greater than 0.35 and less than 0.85, with the balance being an inert gas, is subjected to a suitable amount of energy to fragment at least some of the acetylene to form a UNCD film having an average grain size of 3 to 5 nm with not more than about 8% by volume diamond having an average grain size larger than 10 nm.

  3. Superconducting nanowire single photon detector on diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Atikian, Haig A.; Burek, Michael J.; Choy, Jennifer T.; Lon?ar, Marko, E-mail: loncar@seas.harvard.edu [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Eftekharian, Amin; Jafari Salim, A.; Hamed Majedi, A. [University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2014-03-24

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors are fabricated directly on diamond substrates and their optical and electrical properties are characterized. Dark count performance and photon count rates are measured at varying temperatures for 1310?nm and 632?nm photons. A multi-step diamond surface polishing procedure is reported, involving iterative reactive ion etching and mechanical polishing to create a suitable diamond surface for the deposition and patterning of thin film superconducting layers. Using this approach, diamond substrates with less than 300?pm Root Mean Square surface roughness are obtained.

  4. Processing of functionally graded tungsten carbide-cobalt-diamond composites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mohit Jain

    2001-01-01

    Polycrystalline diamond compacts (PDCs) are widely used as drill bit cutters in rock drilling and as tool bits in machining non-ferrous materials. A typical PDC comprises a thin layer of sintered polycrystalline diamond bonded to a tungsten carbide-cobalt substrate. A well recognized failure mechanism is delamination at the interface between diamond and cemented carbide. High stresses at the diamond\\/carbide interface,

  5. Epitaxial growth of europium monoxide on diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Melville, A.; Heeg, T. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)] [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Mairoser, T.; Schmehl, A. [Zentrum für elektronische Korrelationen und Magnetismus, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 1, 86159 Augsburg (Germany)] [Zentrum für elektronische Korrelationen und Magnetismus, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 1, 86159 Augsburg (Germany); Fischer, M.; Gsell, S.; Schreck, M. [Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg, D-86135 Augsburg (Germany)] [Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg, D-86135 Augsburg (Germany); Awschalom, D. D. [Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)] [Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Holländer, B.; Schubert, J. [Peter Grünberg Institute, PGI9-IT, JARA-FIT, Research Centre Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany)] [Peter Grünberg Institute, PGI9-IT, JARA-FIT, Research Centre Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); Schlom, D. G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States) [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)

    2013-11-25

    We report the epitaxial integration of phase-pure EuO on both single-crystal diamond and on epitaxial diamond films grown on silicon utilizing reactive molecular-beam epitaxy. The epitaxial orientation relationship is (001) EuO ? (001) diamond and [110] EuO ?[100] diamond. The EuO layer is nominally unstrained and ferromagnetic with a transition temperature of 68 ± 2 K and a saturation magnetization of 5.5 ± 0.1 Bohr magnetons per europium ion on the single-crystal diamond, and a transition temperature of 67 ± 2 K and a saturation magnetization of 2.1 ± 0.1 Bohr magnetons per europium ion on the epitaxial diamond film.

  6. Large-area low-temperature ultrananocrystaline diamond (UNCD) films and integration with CMOS devices for monolithically integrated diamond MEMD/NEMS-CMOS systems.

    SciTech Connect

    Sumant, A.V.; Auciello, O.; Yuan, H.-C; Ma, Z.; Carpick, R. W.; Mancini, D. C.; Univ. of Wisconsin; Univ. of Pennsylvania

    2009-05-01

    Because of exceptional mechanical, chemical, and tribological properties, diamond has a great potential to be used as a material for the development of high-performance MEMS and NEMS such as resonators and switches compatible with harsh environments, which involve mechanical motion and intermittent contact. Integration of such MEMS/NEMS devices with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) microelectronics will provide a unique platform for CMOS-driven commercial MEMS/NEMS. The main hurdle to achieve diamond-CMOS integration is the relatively high substrate temperatures (600-800 C) required for depositing conventional diamond thin films, which are well above the CMOS operating thermal budget (400 C). Additionally, a materials integration strategy has to be developed to enable diamond-CMOS integration. Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), a novel material developed in thin film form at Argonne, is currently the only microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) grown diamond film that can be grown at 400 C, and still retain exceptional mechanical, chemical, and tribological properties comparable to that of single crystal diamond. We have developed a process based on MPCVD to synthesize UNCD films on up to 200 mm in diameter CMOS wafers, which will open new avenues for the fabrication of monolithically integrated CMOS-driven MEMS/NEMS based on UNCD. UNCD films were grown successfully on individual Si-based CMOS chips and on 200 mm CMOS wafers at 400 C in a MPCVD system, using Ar-rich/CH4 gas mixture. The CMOS devices on the wafers were characterized before and after UNCD deposition. All devices were performing to specifications with very small degradation after UNCD deposition and processing. A threshold voltage degradation in the range of 0.08-0.44V and transconductance degradation in the range of 1.5-9% were observed.

  7. Diamond and Related Materials 9 (2000) 12631269 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond

    E-print Network

    Bristol, University of

    employing a patterned SiO 2 layer was used as a mask, and in the second case commercial ink-jet printer embedded in them. The patterned diamond film seeded by ink-jet printing formed after CVD growth. The resulting patterned diamond films were characterised by Raman and scanning electron microscope (SEM

  8. Diamond Thin Film Deposition and Interface Microstructure.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tzou, Yujiun

    1994-01-01

    Diamond films were deposited on scratched silicon substrates by microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MPACVD). A continuous film was formed after two hours deposition at processing conditions of 900 ^circC, 50 torr, 1% methane in hydrogen balance, and flow rate 200 sccm. The diamond/silicon interface was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two types of interfaces were identified: Type A interfaces contain an amorphous transition layer composed of silicon, carbon, and oxygen; the diamond overgrowth on this layer consists of nanocrystalline grains with random orientations. Type B interfaces consist of large diamond grains having special orientations with respect to the silicon substrate, without an obvious presence of a glassy phase and with a much lower oxygen content than type A interfaces. The special orientations of diamond grains on silicon were identified as (i) <110> 90 degree rotation, (ii) <110> 60 degree rotation, and (iii) diamond {111 } plane tilted 6 degree from silicon {220} plane. These orientation relationships are analyzed in terms of geometric models that seek the best fit between the diamond and silicon lattices at the interface plane. Misfit dislocation, which accommodates the mismatch between film and substrate, is analyzed and found to create small deviation of diamond grain from the above exact orientations. The bonding of the diamond/silicon interface is examined by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The result shows concentrated sp^2 carbon bonding on the interface. The transition from silicon lattice to diamond lattice is studied through ball-and-stick models. The five- and seven-member rings on the interface serve to reduce strain and accommodate extra carbon atoms on the diamond side.

  9. Study of diamond film growth and properties

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Albin, Sacharial

    1990-01-01

    The objective was to study diamond film growth and its properties in order to enhance the laser damage threshold of substrate materials. Calculations were performed to evaluate laser induced thermal stress parameter, R(sub T) of diamond. It is found that diamond has several orders of magnitude higher in value for R(sub T) compared to other materials. Thus, the laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of diamond is much higher. Diamond films were grown using a microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) system at various conditions of gas composition, pressure, temperature, and substrate materials. A 0.5 percent CH4 in H2 at 20 torr were ideal conditions for growing of high quality diamond films on substrates maintained at 900 C. The diamond films were polycrystalline which were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The top surface of the growing film is always rough due to the facets of polycrystalline film while the back surface of the film replicates the substrate surface. An analytical model based on two dimensional periodic heat flow was developed to calculate the effective in-plane (face parallel) diffusivity of a two layer system. The effective diffusivity of diamond/silicon samples was measured using a laser pulse technique. The thermal conductivity of the films was measured to be 13.5 W/cm K, which is better than that of a type Ia natural diamond. Laser induced damage experiments were performed on bare Si substrates, diamond film coated Si, and diamond film windows. Significant improvements in the LIDT were obtained for diamond film coated Si compared to the bare Si.

  10. Diamond Tours

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    On April 24, a group traveling with Diamond Tours visited StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The trip marked Diamond Tours' return to StenniSphere since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. About 25 business professionals from Georgia enjoyed the day's tour of America's largest rocket engine test complex, along with the many displays and exhibits at the museum. Before Hurricane Katrina, the nationwide company brought more than 1,000 visitors to StenniSphere each month. That contributed to more than 100,000 visitors from around the world touring the space center each year. In past years StenniSphere's visitor relations specialists booked Diamond Tours two or three times a week, averaging 40 to 50 people per visit. SSC was established in the 1960s to test the huge engines for the Saturn V moon rockets. Now 40 years later, the center tests every main engine for the space shuttle. SSC will soon begin testing the rocket engines that will power spacecraft carrying Americans back to the moon and on to Mars. For more information or to book a tour, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/home/index.html and click on the StenniSphere logo; or call 800-237-1821 or 228-688-2370.

  11. Diamond films deposited on WC-Co substrates by use of barrier interlayers and nano-grained diamond seeds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Y. Konyashin; M. B. Guseva; V. G. Babaev; V. V. Khvostov; G. M. Lopez; A. E. Alexenko

    1997-01-01

    Results on the structure, composition and properties of diamond films deposited onto WC-Co cemented carbides via special multilayer barrier interlayers preliminary seeded by nano-grained diamond particles are presented. The barrier interlayers comprise a layer adjacent to the substrate, which completely prevents substrate decarburization and Co diffusion from the substrate, and a diamond-bonding layer needed to obtain an enhanced adhesion of

  12. A kinetic model of diamond nucleation and silicon carbide interlayer formation during chemical vapor deposition

    E-print Network

    Dandy, David

    A kinetic model of diamond nucleation and silicon carbide interlayer formation during chemical layers on silicon substrates during nucleation and the early stages of diamond deposition have been of carbon atoms into the silicon carbide layer and the morphology and orientation of the diamond film

  13. The mechanical properties of various chemical vapor deposition diamond structures compared to the ideal single crystal

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    Hess, Peter

    2012-03-01

    The structural and electronic properties of the diamond lattice, leading to its outstanding mechanical properties, are discussed. These include the highest elastic moduli and fracture strength of any known material. Its extreme hardness is strongly connected with the extreme shear modulus, which even exceeds the large bulk modulus, revealing that diamond is more resistant to shear deformation than to volume changes. These unique features protect the ideal diamond lattice also against mechanical failure and fracture. Besides fast heat conduction, the fast vibrational movement of carbon atoms results in an extreme speed of sound and propagation of crack tips with comparable velocity. The ideal mechanical properties are compared with those of real diamond films, plates, and crystals, such as ultrananocrystalline (UNC), nanocrystalline, microcrystalline, and homo- and heteroepitaxial single-crystal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond, produced by metastable synthesis using CVD. Ultrasonic methods have played and continue to play a dominant role in the determination of the linear elastic properties, such as elastic moduli of crystals or the Young's modulus of thin films with substantially varying impurity levels and morphologies. A surprising result of these extensive measurements is that even UNC diamond may approach the extreme Young's modulus of single-crystal diamond under optimized deposition conditions. The physical reasons for why the stiffness often deviates by no more than a factor of two from the ideal value are discussed, keeping in mind the large variety of diamond materials grown by various deposition conditions. Diamond is also known for its extreme hardness and fracture strength, despite its brittle nature. However, even for the best natural and synthetic diamond crystals, the measured critical fracture stress is one to two orders of magnitude smaller than the ideal value obtained by ab initio calculations for the ideal cubic lattice. Currently, fracture is studied mainly by indentation or mechanical breaking of freestanding films, e.g., by bending or bursting. It is very difficult to study the fracture mechanism, discriminating between tensile, shear, and tearing stress components (mode I-III fracture) with these partly semiquantitative methods. A novel ultrasonic laser-based technique using short nonlinear surface acoustic wave pulses, developing shock fronts during propagation, has recently been employed to study mode-resolved fractures of single-crystal silicon. This method allows the generation of finite cracks and the evaluation of the fracture strength for well-defined crystallographic configurations. Laser ultrasonics reaches the critical stress at which real diamond fails and therefore can be employed as a new tool for mechanistic studies of the fracture behavior of CVD diamond in the future.

  14. Below-Band-Gap Laser Ablation Of Diamond For TEM

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    George, Thomas; Foote, Marc C.; Vasquez, Richard P.; Fortier, Edward P.; Posthill, John B.

    1995-01-01

    Thin, electron-transparent layers of diamond for examination in transmission electron microscope (TEM) fabricated from thicker diamond substrates by using laser beam to ablate surface of substrate. Involves use of photon energy below band gap. Growing interest in use of diamond as bulk substrate and as coating material in variety of applications has given rise to increasing need for TEM for characterization of diamond-based materials. Below-band-gap laser ablation method helps to satisfy this need. Also applied in general to cutting and etching of diamonds.

  15. Optical Absorption of N-Doped Diamond

    E-print Network

    Washington at Seattle, University of - Department of Physics, Electroweak Interaction Research Group

    Optical Absorption of N- Doped Diamond Presentation by: Winnie H. Liang INT REU: University Diamond Structures · Results · Conclusion #12;Motivation Diamonds... · are fascinating · (natural Colored Diamonds · can be rare and expensive Blue Diamond (Hope Diamond) What about yellow colored diamond

  16. Plasma spraying method for forming diamond and diamond-like coatings

    DOEpatents

    Holcombe, C.E.; Seals, R.D.; Price, R.E.

    1997-06-03

    A method and composition is disclosed for the deposition of a thick layer of diamond or diamond-like material. The method includes high temperature processing wherein a selected composition including at least glassy carbon is heated in a direct current plasma arc device to a selected temperature above the softening point, in an inert atmosphere, and is propelled to quickly quenched on a selected substrate. The softened or molten composition crystallizes on the substrate to form a thick deposition layer comprising at least a diamond or diamond-like material. The selected composition includes at least glassy carbon as a primary constituent and may include at least one secondary constituent. Preferably, the secondary constituents are selected from the group consisting of at least diamond powder, boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) powder and mixtures thereof. 9 figs.

  17. Origin of Diamond

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pierre Cartigny

    ost diamonds form in a relatively narrow depth interval of Earth's subcontinental mantle between 150 and 250 km. From carbon isotope analyses of diamond obtained in the 1970s, it was first proposed that eclogitic diamonds form from crustal carbon recycled into the mantle by subduction and that the more abundant peridotitic diamonds formed from mantle carbon. More recent stable isotope

  18. Physical and Tribological Characteristics of Ion-Implanted Diamond Films

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    Miyoshi, K.; Heidger, S.; Korenyi-Both, A. L.; Jayne, D. T.; Herrera-Fierro, P.; Shogrin, B.; Wilbur, P. J.; Wu, R. L. C.; Garscadden, A.; Barnes, P. N.

    1994-01-01

    Unidirectional sliding friction experiments were conducted with a natural, polished diamond pin in contact with both as-deposited and carbon-ion-implanted diamond films in ultrahigh vacuum. Diamond films were deposited on silicon, silicon carbide, and silicon nitride by microwave-plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. The as-deposited diamond films were impacted with carbon ions at an accelerating energy of 60 keV and a current density of 50 micron A/cm(exp 2) for approximately 6 min, resulting in a dose of 1.2 x 10(exp 17) carbon ions/cm(exp 2). The results indicate that the carbon ion implantation produced a thin surface layer of amorphous, nondiamond carbon. The nondiamond carbon greatly decreased both friction and wear of the diamond films. The coefficients of friction for the carbon-ion-implanted, fine-grain diamond films were less than 0.1, factors of 20 to 30 lower than those for the as-deposited, fine-grain diamond films. The coefficients of friction for the carbon-ion-implanted, coarse-grain diamond films were approximately 0.35, a factor of five lower than those for the as-deposited, coarse-grain diamond films. The wear rates for the carbon-ion-implanted, diamond films were on the order of 10(exp -6) mm(exp 3)/Nm, factors of 30 to 80 lower than that for the as-deposited diamond films, regardless of grain size. The friction of the carbon-ion-implanted diamond films was greatly reduced because the amorphous, nondiamond carbon, which had a low shear strength, was restricted to the surface layers (less than 0.1 micron thick) and because the underlying diamond materials retained their high hardness. In conclusion, the carbon-ion-implanted, fine-grain diamond films can be used effectively as wear resistant, self-lubricating coatings for ceramics, such as silicon nitride and silicon carbide, in ultrahigh vacuum.

  19. Effects of high energy Au-ion irradiation on the microstructure of diamond films

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    Chen, Shih-Show [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei 251, Taiwan (China); Department of Information Technology and Mobile Communication, Taipei College of Maritime Technology, Tamsui, New-Taipei 251, Taiwan (China); Chen, Huang-Chin [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei 251, Taiwan (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Wang, Wei-Cheng; Lin, I-Nan; Chang, Ching-Lin [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui, New-Taipei 251, Taiwan (China); Lee, Chi-Young [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Guo Jinghua [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    2013-03-21

    The effects of 2.245 GeV Au-ion irradiation and subsequent annealing processes on the evolution of microstructure of diamond films with microcrystalline (MCD) or ultra-nanocrystalline (UNCD) granular structure were investigated, using near edge x-ray absorption fine structure and electron energy loss spectroscopy in transmission electron microscopy. For MCD films, the Au-ion irradiation disintegrated some of the diamond grains, resulting in the formation of nano-sized carbon clusters embedded in a matrix of amorphous carbon (a-C). The annealing process recrystallized the diamond grains and converted the a-C into nano-sized graphite particulates and, at the same time, induced the formation of nano-sized i-carbon clusters, the bcc structured carbon with a{sub 0} = 0.432 nm. In contrast, for UNCD films, the Au-ion irradiation transformed the grain boundary phase into nano-sized graphite, but insignificantly altered the crystallinity of the grains of the UNCD films. The annealing process recrystallized the materials. In some of the regions, the residual a-C phases were transformed into nano-sized graphites, whereas in other regions i-carbon nanoclusters were formed. The difference in irradiation-induced microstructural transformation behavior between the MCD and the UNCD films is ascribed to the different granular structures of the two types of films.

  20. Synthetic diamond in electrochemistry

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    Pleskov, Yurii V.

    1999-05-01

    The results of studies on the electrochemistry of diamond carried out during the last decade are reviewed. Methods for the preparation, the crystalline structure and the main electrophysical properties of diamond thin films are considered. Depending on the doping conditions, the diamond behaves as a superwide-gap semiconductor or as a semimetal. It is shown that the 'metal-like' diamond is corrosion-resistant and can be used advantageously as an electrode in the electrosynthesis (in particular, for the electroreduction of compounds that are difficult to reduce) and electroanalysis. Kinetic characteristics of some redox reactions and the impedance parameters for diamond electrodes are presented. The results of comparative studies of the electrodes made of diamond single crystals, polycrystalline diamond and amorphous diamond-like carbon, which reveal the effect of the crystalline structure (e.g., the influence of intercrystallite boundaries) on the electrochemical properties of diamond, are presented. The bibliography includes 99 references.

  1. Direct growth of sub-micron diamond structures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    O. Babchenko; E. Verveniotis; K. Hruska; M. Ledinsky; A. Kromka; B. Rezek

    AbstractBy employing optical and electron beam lithography, micrometer and sub-micrometer wide polymer structures were fabricated on a diamond nano-particle layer. After selective removal of the diamond nano-particles (seeds) in the buffer oxide etchant, all samples were exposed to microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. Well-defined diamond channels (in widths from 5 ?m down to 250 nm) were realized. The advantages and limitations of

  2. Molecular Structure of diamond

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2002-08-23

    Diamonds were first mined over 4,000 years ago in India. During this period, however, diamonds were of no use as jewelry. Louis de Berqueur, was the first who discovered how to cut facets of a diamond, changing the world of fine jewelry. The diamond is not only found in India but also in South Africa, Brazil, Russia, Austria, and Arkansas. A diamond can be used for several things. The most obvious includes a gemstone for jewelry purposes. It is also used for various industrial functions, such as cutting, grinding, and polishing. These characteristics make the diamond "a girl's best friend."

  3. Diamond Sheet: A new diamond tool material

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mackey, C. R.

    1982-01-01

    Diamond sheet is termed a diamond tool material because it is not a cutting tool, but rather a new material from which a variety of different tools may be fabricated. In appearance and properties, it resembles a sheet of copper alloy with diamond abrasive dispersed throughout it. It is capable of being cut, formed, and joined by conventional methods, and subsequently used for cutting as a metal bonded diamond tool. Diamond sheet is normally made with industrial diamond as the abrasive material. The metal matrix in diamond sheet is a medium hard copper alloy which has performed well in most applications. This alloy has the capability of being made harder or softer if specific cutting conditions require it. Other alloys have also been used including a precipitation hardened aluminum alloy with very free cutting characteristics. The material is suitable for use in a variety of cutting, surfacing, and ring type tools, as well as in such mundane items as files and sandpaper. It can also be used as a bearing surface (diamond to diamond) and in wear resistant surfaces.

  4. 'Diamond Jenness': After the Grind

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    This microscopic imager mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rock dubbed 'Diamond Jenness.' It was taken on sol 177 (July 23, 2004) after the rover first ground into the rock with its rock abrasion tool, or 'Rat.' The rover later ground into the rock a second time. A sliced spherule, or 'blueberry,' is visible in the upper left corner of the hole.

    Opportunity has bored nearly a dozen holes into the inner walls of 'Endurance Crater.' On sols 177 and 178 (July 23 and July 24, 2004), the rover worked double-duty on Diamond Jenness. Surface debris and the bumpy shape of the rock resulted in a shallow and irregular hole, only about 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) deep. The final depth was not enough to remove all the bumps and leave a neat hole with a smooth floor. This extremely shallow depression was then examined by the rover's alpha particle X-ray spectrometer.

    On Sol 178, Opportunity's 'robotic rodent' dined on Diamond Jenness once again, grinding almost an additional 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inch). The rover then applied its Moessbauer spectrometer to the deepened hole. This double dose of Diamond Jenness enabled the science team to examine the rock at varying layers. Results from those grindings are currently being analyzed.

    The image mosaic is about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) across.

  5. 'Diamond Jenness': Before the Grind

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    This microscopic imager mosaic of the rock called 'Diamond Jenness' was snapped on sol 177 before NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity ground into the surface with its rock abrasion tool, or 'Rat.'

    Opportunity has bored nearly a dozen holes into the inner walls of 'Endurance Crater.' On sols 177 and 178 (July 23 and July 24, 2004), the rover worked double-duty on Diamond Jenness. Surface debris and the bumpy shape of the rock resulted in a shallow and irregular hole, only about 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) deep. The final depth was not enough to remove all the bumps and leave a neat hole with a smooth floor. This extremely shallow depression was then examined by the rover's alpha particle X-ray spectrometer. On Sol 178, Opportunity's 'robotic rodent' dined on Diamond Jenness once again, grinding almost an additional 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inch). The rover then applied its Moessbauer spectrometer to the deepened hole. This double dose of Diamond Jenness enabled the science team to examine the rock at varying layers. Results from those grindings are currently being analyzed.

    The image mosaic is about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) across.

  6. 'Diamond Jenness': A Tough Grind

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    This microscopic imager mosaic of the target area called 'Diamond Jenness' was taken after NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity ground into the surface with its rock abrasion tool for a second time.

    Opportunity has bored nearly a dozen holes into the inner walls of 'Endurance Crater.' On sols 177 and 178 (July 23 and July 24, 2004), the rover worked double-duty on Diamond Jenness. Surface debris and the bumpy shape of the rock resulted in a shallow and irregular hole, only about 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) deep. The final depth was not enough to remove all the bumps and leave a neat hole with a smooth floor. This extremely shallow depression was then examined by the rover's alpha particle X-ray spectrometer.

    On Sol 178, Opportunity's 'robotic rodent' dined on Diamond Jenness once again, grinding almost an additional 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inch). The rover then applied its Moessbauer spectrometer to the deepened hole. This double dose of Diamond Jenness enabled the science team to examine the rock at varying layers. Results from those grindings are currently being analyzed.

    The image mosaic is about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) across.

  7. Recent Advances in Diamond Detectors

    E-print Network

    W. Trischuk; the RD42 collaboration

    2008-10-20

    With the commissioning of the LHC expected in 2009, and the LHC upgrades expected in 2012, ATLAS and CMS are planning for detector upgrades for their innermost layers requiring radiation hard technologies. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamond has been used extensively in beam conditions monitors as the innermost detectors in the highest radiation areas of BaBar, Belle and CDF and is now planned for all LHC experiments. This material is now being considered as an alternate sensor for use very close to the interaction region of the super LHC where the most extreme radiation conditions will exist. Recently the RD42 collaboration constructed, irradiated and tested polycrystalline and single-crystal chemical vapor deposition diamond sensors to the highest fluences available. We present beam test results of chemical vapor deposition diamond up to fluences of 1.8 x 10^16 protons/cm^2 showing that both polycrystalline and single-crystal chemical vapor deposition diamonds follow a single damage curve allowing one to extrapolate their performance as a function of dose.

  8. Diamond nonlinear photonics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hausmann, B. J. M.; Bulu, I.; Venkataraman, V.; Deotare, P.; Lon?ar, M.

    2014-05-01

    Despite progress towards integrated diamond photonics, studies of optical nonlinearities in diamond have been limited to Raman scattering in bulk samples. Diamond nonlinear photonics, however, could enable efficient, in situ frequency conversion of single photons emitted by diamond's colour centres, as well as stable and high-power frequency microcombs operating at new wavelengths. Both of these applications depend crucially on efficient four-wave mixing processes enabled by diamond's third-order nonlinearity. Here, we have realized a diamond nonlinear photonics platform by demonstrating optical parametric oscillation via four-wave mixing using single-crystal ultrahigh-quality-factor (1 × 106) diamond ring resonators operating at telecom wavelengths. Threshold powers as low as 20 mW are measured, and up to 20 new wavelengths are generated from a single-frequency pump laser. We also report the first measurement of the nonlinear refractive index due to the third-order nonlinearity in diamond at telecom wavelengths.

  9. Diamonds in stone meteorites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Harold C. Urey; Aldo Mele; Toshiko Mayeda

    1957-01-01

    A search for diamonds in the chondrites Richardton, Forest City, Holbrook. Warrenton, Indarch, Cold Bokaveld and Cape Girardeau and in the Goalpara achondrite has been made. Diamonds were found in Goalpara only.

  10. Minimal graphene thickness for wear protection of diamond

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    van Wijk, M. M.; Fasolino, A.

    2015-01-01

    We show, by means of molecular dynamics simulations, that the transformation from diamond to amorphous carbon occurring while sliding under pressure can be prevented by having at least two graphene layers between the diamond slabs. The resulting reduction of wear makes this combination of materials suitable for new coatings and micro- and nanoelectromechanical devices. Grain boundaries, vacancies and steps on the diamond surface do not change this prediction. We attribute this behavior to the bonding in layered materials like graphene. The strong in-plane bonding and the weak interlayer interaction that evolves to a strong interlayer repulsion under pressure prevent the transition to amorphous carbon when more than one layer is present.

  11. Zr/oxidized diamond interface for high power Schottky diodes A. Traore,1,2,a)

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Zr/oxidized diamond interface for high power Schottky diodes A. Traore,1,2,a) P. Muret,1,2 A. Fiori larger than 7.7 MV/cm for diamond diodes with a pseudo-vertical architecture, are demonstrated. The power doped diamond layer on a heavily boron doped one, epitaxially grown on a Ib substrate. The origin

  12. The specific surface area and chemical composition of diamond dust near Barrow, Alaska

    E-print Network

    Douglas, Thomas A.

    mixing within the boundary layer can also lead to the formation of diamond dust [Curry et al., 1996; vanThe specific surface area and chemical composition of diamond dust near Barrow, Alaska Florent 2011; revised 22 September 2011; accepted 3 October 2011; published 14 December 2011. [1] Diamond dust

  13. Negatively Charged Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in a 5 nm Thin 12 Diamond Film

    E-print Network

    Leonardo, Degiorgi

    , isotopically enriched ([12 C] = 99.99%) diamond layer by CVD. The present method allows for the formation of NVNegatively Charged Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in a 5 nm Thin 12 C Diamond Film K. Ohashi, T. Rosskopf # Diamond Research Group, Research Institute for Ubiquitous Energy Devices, National Institute of Advanced

  14. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of chemical vapor deposited diamond films

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Diane S. Knight; Ronald Weimer; Lawrence Pilione; William B. White

    1990-01-01

    By using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy it was possible to clearly identify very thin diamond and amorphous carbon coatings which were not detectable by normal Raman spectroscopy. A very small amount of silver was sputtered onto the surface of thin diamond depositions. Raman spectra measured through the silver layer exhibited the 1332 cm?1 diamond line and broadbands due to other forms

  15. Polycrystalline diamond - Manufacture, wear mechanisms, and implications for bit design

    SciTech Connect

    Sneddon, M.V. (Smith Megadiamond (US)); Hall, D.R. (Novatek)

    1988-12-01

    This paper focuses on the failure modes of polycrystalline-diamond-compact (PDC) cutters and discusses efforts to improve impact resistance, thermal stability, and hydraulic cooling. Composite-transition-layer technology has made possible a new generation of polycrystalline-diamond (PCD) -enhanced inserts that can be used in percussion and roller-cone applications.

  16. A Diamond's Deep History

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    While diamonds play a significant role in many cultures, the Earth processes that create diamonds are less familiar to many people. With the use of Macromedia Flash Player, Thirteen/NET New York educates the public about the formation of diamonds two to three billion years ago deep underground. Users can learn about indicator minerals, kimberlite chimneys, and secondary diamond deposits. Through the colorful illustrations and animations, the website offers a great introduction to the creation of this desirable stone.

  17. Electronic properties of graphene-single crystal diamond heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Zhao, Fang; Thuong Nguyen, Thuong; Golsharifi, Mohammad; Amakubo, Suguru; Jackman, Richard B., E-mail: r.jackman@ucl.ac.uk [London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH (United Kingdom); Loh, K. P. [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive, Singapore 117543 (Singapore)

    2013-08-07

    Single crystal diamond has been used as a substrate to support single layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition methods. It is possible to chemically functionalise the diamond surface, and in the present case H-, F-, O-, and N-group have been purposefully added prior to graphene deposition. The electronic properties of the resultant heterostructures vary strongly; a p-type layer with good mobility and a band gap of ?0.7?eV is created when H-terminated diamond layers are used, whilst a layer with more metallic-like character (high carrier density and low carrier mobility) arises when N(O)-terminations are introduced. Since it is relatively easy to pattern these functional groups on the diamond surface, this suggests that this approach may offer an exciting route to 2D device structures on single layer graphene sheets.

  18. Voltammetric and impedance behaviours of surface-treated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes

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    Liu, F. B.; Jing, B.; Cui, Y.; Di, J. J.; Qu, M.

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical performances of hydrogen- and oxygen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance spectroscopy. In addition, the surface morphologies, phase structures, and chemical states of the two diamond films were analysed by scanning probe microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the potential window is narrower for the hydrogen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film than for the oxygen-terminated one. The diamond film resistance and capacitance of oxygen-terminated diamond film are much larger than those of the hydrogen-terminated diamond film, and the polarization resistances and double-layer capacitance corresponding to oxygen-terminated diamond film are both one order of magnitude larger than those corresponding to the hydrogen-terminated diamond film. The electrochemical behaviours of the two diamond film electrodes are discussed.

  19. The Nature of Diamonds

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This Web site looks at how diamonds are created (naturally and synthetically), and how they have been used throughout history. It contains information on composition and structure, the origins and history of diamonds, mining & distribution and an overview of the many uses of diamonds and how they are grown synthetically. A bibliography provides a listing of more than 75 resources for further study.

  20. Diamond/aluminium nitride composites for efficient thermal management applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cervenka, J.; Dontschuk, N.; Ladouceur, F.; Duvall, S. G.; Prawer, S.

    2012-07-01

    Synthetic diamond/AlN composite materials have been fabricated by a combination of microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. These wide band gap semiconductor heterojunctions show promises for many applications, including thermal management, deep ultraviolet light emitting devices, and high power and high temperature electronics. Here, we report results of an interface study of polycrystalline diamond layers grown on single crystal AlN(0001). High resolution transmission microscopy revealed atomically sharp interfaces between diamond and AlN. Temperature dependent Raman spectroscopy measurements showed reduced thermal resistance on diamond-coated AlN substrates compared to uncoated AlN at temperatures above 330 K.

  1. Diamond/aluminium nitride composites for efficient thermal management applications

    SciTech Connect

    Cervenka, J.; Dontschuk, N.; Prawer, S. [School of Physics, University of Melbourne, VIC (Australia); Ladouceur, F. [School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia); Duvall, S. G. [Silanna Semiconductor Pty Ltd., Sydney, NSW (Australia)

    2012-07-30

    Synthetic diamond/AlN composite materials have been fabricated by a combination of microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. These wide band gap semiconductor heterojunctions show promises for many applications, including thermal management, deep ultraviolet light emitting devices, and high power and high temperature electronics. Here, we report results of an interface study of polycrystalline diamond layers grown on single crystal AlN(0001). High resolution transmission microscopy revealed atomically sharp interfaces between diamond and AlN. Temperature dependent Raman spectroscopy measurements showed reduced thermal resistance on diamond-coated AlN substrates compared to uncoated AlN at temperatures above 330 K.

  2. Diamond Synthesis Employing Nanoparticle Seeds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Uppireddi, Kishore (Inventor); Morell, Gerardo (Inventor); Weiner, Brad R. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Iron nanoparticles were employed to induce the synthesis of diamond on molybdenum, silicon, and quartz substrates. Diamond films were grown using conventional conditions for diamond synthesis by hot filament chemical vapor deposition, except that dispersed iron oxide nanoparticles replaced the seeding. This approach to diamond induction can be combined with dip pen nanolithography for the selective deposition of diamond and diamond patterning while avoiding surface damage associated to diamond-seeding methods.

  3. Diamonds for beam instrumentation

    SciTech Connect

    Griesmayer, Erich [CIVIDEC Instrumentation GmbH Schottengasse 3A/1/41, A-1010 Vienna (Austria)

    2013-04-19

    Diamond is perhaps the most versatile, efficient and radiation tolerant material available for use in beam detectors with a correspondingly wide range of applications in beam instrumentation. Numerous practical applications have demonstrated and exploited the sensitivity of diamond to charged particles, photons and neutrons. In this paper, a brief description of a generic diamond detector is given and the interaction of the CVD diamond detector material with protons, electrons, photons and neutrons is presented. Latest results of the interaction of sCVD diamond with 14 MeV mono-energetic neutrons are shown.

  4. Diamond and Polycrystalline Diamond for MEMS Applications: Simulations and Experiments

    E-print Network

    Ã?agin, Tahir

    Diamond and Polycrystalline Diamond for MEMS Applications: Simulations and Experiments Tahir C¸ a on Silicon and polycrystalline diamond show that this rapid wear is caused by a variety of factors, related processes on diamond surfaces. We studied the atomic friction of diamond (100)­surface employing an extended

  5. Liquid Crystal Alignment Effects and Electro Optical Performances of Twisted Nematic-Liquid Crystal Display Using Ion-Beam Alignment Method on Nitrogen-doped Diamond Like Carbon Thin Film Layer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chang-Joon Park; Jeoung-Yeon Hwang; Hyung-Ku Kang; Dae-Shik Seo; Han-Jin Ahn; Jong-Bok Kim; Kyung-Chan Kim; Hong-Koo Baik

    2005-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped diamond-like carbon (NDLC) thin films exhibit a high electrical resistivity that is similar to the properties shown by diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films. The diamond-like transport property in NDLC thin films comes from a material consisting of sp2-bonded carbon versus the sp3-bonded carbon of DLC. In addition, NDLC thin films have a better thermal stability than the DLC thin

  6. Diamond tool machining of materials which react with diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Lundin, R.L.; Stewart, D.D.; Evans, C.J.

    1991-04-01

    This invention is comprised of an apparatus for the diamond machining of materials which detrimentally react with diamond cutting tools in which the cutting tool and the workpiece are chilled to very low temperatures. This chilling halts or retards the chemical reaction between the workpiece and the diamond cutting tool so that wear rates of the diamond tool on previously detrimental materials are comparable with the diamond turning of materials which do not react with diamond.

  7. Diamond tool machining of materials which react with diamond

    DOEpatents

    Lundin, Ralph L. (Los Alamos, NM); Stewart, Delbert D. (Los Alamos, NM); Evans, Christopher J. (Gaithersburg, MD)

    1992-01-01

    Apparatus for the diamond machining of materials which detrimentally react with diamond cutting tools in which the cutting tool and the workpiece are chilled to very low temperatures. This chilling halts or retards the chemical reaction between the workpiece and the diamond cutting tool so that wear rates of the diamond tool on previously detrimental materials are comparable with the diamond turning of materials which do not react with diamond.

  8. Diamond tool machining of materials which react with diamond

    DOEpatents

    Lundin, R.L.; Stewart, D.D.; Evans, C.J.

    1992-04-14

    An apparatus is described for the diamond machining of materials which detrimentally react with diamond cutting tools in which the cutting tool and the workpiece are chilled to very low temperatures. This chilling halts or retards the chemical reaction between the workpiece and the diamond cutting tool so that wear rates of the diamond tool on previously detrimental materials are comparable with the diamond turning of materials which do not react with diamond. 1 figs.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Multilayered Diamond Coatings for Biomedical Implants

    PubMed Central

    Booth, Leigh; Catledge, Shane A.; Nolen, Dustin; Thompson, Raymond G.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2011-01-01

    With incredible hardness and excellent wear-resistance, nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings are gaining interest in the biomedical community as articulating surfaces of structural implant devices. The focus of this study was to deposit multilayered diamond coatings of alternating NCD and microcrystalline diamond (MCD) layers on Ti-6Al-4V alloy surfaces using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) and validate the multilayer coating’s effect on toughness and adhesion. Multilayer samples were designed with varying NCD to MCD thickness ratios and layer numbers. The surface morphology and structural characteristics of the coatings were studied with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Coating adhesion was assessed by Rockwell indentation and progressive load scratch adhesion tests. Multilayered coatings shown to exhibit the greatest adhesion, comparable to single-layered NCD coatings, were the multilayer samples having the lowest average grain sizes and the highest titanium carbide to diamond ratios. PMID:21603588

  10. David Jardini President, Black Diamond

    E-print Network

    Benos, Panayiotis "Takis"

    David Jardini President, Black Diamond Investments LLC Charles Lenzner President, Lenzner Tour Products Celtic Healthcare, Inc. Clark Metal Products Diamond Wire Spring Eyetique GeoSpatial Innovations

  11. Rare Diamond Confirms that Earth's Mantle Holds an Ocean's Worth of Water

    E-print Network

    Machel, Hans

    that there is a very, very large amount of water that's trapped in a really distinct layer in the deep Earth," said's in the mantle? Most of Earth's volume is mantle, the hot rock layer between the crust and the core. Too deep Rare Diamond Confirms that Earth's Mantle Holds an Ocean's Worth of Water The diamond contains

  12. Layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hong, K. J.; Jeong, T. S.; Youn, C. J.

    2014-09-01

    The temperature-dependent photoresponse characteristics of MnAl2S4 layers have been investigated, for the first time, by use of photocurrent (PC) spectroscopy. Three peaks were observed at all temperatures. The electronic origin of these peaks was associated with band-to-band transitions from the valence-band states ?4( z), ?5( x), and ?5( y) to the conduction-band state ?1( s). On the basis of the relationship between PC-peak energy and temperature, the optical band gap could be well expressed by the expression E g( T) = E g(0) - 2.80 × 10-4 T 2/(287 + T), where E g(0) was estimated to be 3.7920 eV, 3.7955 eV, and 3.8354 eV for the valence-band states ?4( z), ?5( x), and ?5( y), respectively. Results from PC spectroscopy revealed the crystal-field and spin-orbit splitting were 3.5 meV and 39.9 meV. The gradual decrease of PC intensity with decreasing temperature can be explained on the basis of trapping centers associated with native defects in the MnAl2S4 layers. Plots of log J ph, the PC current density, against 1/ T, revealed a dominant trap level in the high-temperature region. By comparing PC and the Hall effect results, we confirmed that this trap level is a shallow donor 18.9 meV below the conduction band.

  13. Development of Designer Diamond Anvils for High Pressure-High-Temperature Experiments in Support of the Stockpile Stewardship Program

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yogesh K. Vohra

    2005-01-01

    The focus of this program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is to develop the next generation of designer diamond anvils that can perform simultaneous joule heating and temperature profile measurements in a diamond anvil cell. A series of tungsten-rhenium thermocouples will be fabricated onto to the anvil and encapsulated by a chemical vapor deposited diamond layer to

  14. Fundamentals of ultrananocrystallie diamond (UNCD) thin films as biomaterials for developmental biology : embryonic fibroblasts growth on the surface of (UNCD) films.

    SciTech Connect

    Shi, B.; Jin, Q.; Chen, L.; Auciello, O.

    2008-09-13

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films possess numerous valuable good physical, chemical and mechanical properties, making UNCD an excellent material for implantable biodevices. However, one very important property required for biomaterials i.e., biocompatibility has not been studied for UNCD. In this research, biocompatible UNCD films were synthesized. It was found that UNCD film coated substrates can dramatically promote the growth of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), while the uncoated substrates inhabit cell attachment. Through analyzing the microstructure and the surface chemistry of UNCD, the mechanisms of cell growth on UNCD were investigated. Given the unique properties of UNCD on inertness and toughness, the results consolidate UNCD film as the leading coating candidate for the next generation of medical implanted devices.

  15. Diamond nucleation using polyethene

    DOEpatents

    Morell, Gerardo; Makarov, Vladimir; Varshney, Deepak; Weiner, Brad

    2013-07-23

    The invention presents a simple, non-destructive and non-abrasive method of diamond nucleation using polyethene. It particularly describes the nucleation of diamond on an electrically viable substrate surface using polyethene via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique in a gaseous environment.

  16. Diamond films: Historical perspective

    SciTech Connect

    Messier, R. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park (United States)

    1993-01-01

    This section is a compilation of notes and published international articles about the development of methods of depositing diamond films. Vapor deposition articles are included from American, Russian, and Japanese publications. The international competition to develop new deposition methodologies is stressed. The current status of chemical vapor deposition of diamond is assessed.

  17. Diamond Nucleation Using Polyethene

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Morell, Gerardo (Inventor); Makarov, Vladimir (Inventor); Varshney, Deepak (Inventor); Weiner, Brad (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    The invention presents a simple, non-destructive and non-abrasive method of diamond nucleation using polyethene. It particularly describes the nucleation of diamond on an electrically viable substrate surface using polyethene via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique in a gaseous environment.

  18. Superconductivity in diamond.

    PubMed

    Ekimov, E A; Sidorov, V A; Bauer, E D; Mel'nik, N N; Curro, N J; Thompson, J D; Stishov, S M

    2004-04-01

    Diamond is an electrical insulator well known for its exceptional hardness. It also conducts heat even more effectively than copper, and can withstand very high electric fields. With these physical properties, diamond is attractive for electronic applications, particularly when charge carriers are introduced (by chemical doping) into the system. Boron has one less electron than carbon and, because of its small atomic radius, boron is relatively easily incorporated into diamond; as boron acts as a charge acceptor, the resulting diamond is effectively hole-doped. Here we report the discovery of superconductivity in boron-doped diamond synthesized at high pressure (nearly 100,000 atmospheres) and temperature (2,500-2,800 K). Electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and field-dependent resistance measurements show that boron-doped diamond is a bulk, type-II superconductor below the superconducting transition temperature T(c) approximately 4 K; superconductivity survives in a magnetic field up to Hc2(0) > or = 3.5 T. The discovery of superconductivity in diamond-structured carbon suggests that Si and Ge, which also form in the diamond structure, may similarly exhibit superconductivity under the appropriate conditions. PMID:15057827

  19. Mechanical stresses and amorphization of ion-implanted diamond

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khmelnitsky, R. A.; Dravin, V. A.; Tal, A. A.; Latushko, M. I.; Khomich, A. A.; Khomich, A. V.; Trushin, A. S.; Alekseev, A. A.; Terentiev, S. A.

    2013-06-01

    Scanning white light interferometry and Raman spectroscopy were used to investigate the mechanical stresses and structural changes in ion-implanted natural diamonds with different impurity content. The uniform distribution of radiation defects in implanted area was obtained by the regime of multiple-energy implantation of keV He+ ions. A modification of Bosia's et al. (Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B 268 (2010) 2991) method for determining the internal stresses and the density variation in an ion-implanted diamond layer was proposed that suggests measuring, in addition to the surface swelling of a diamond plate, the radius of curvature of the plate. It is shown that, under multiple-energy implantation of He+, mechanical stresses in the implanted layer may be as high as 12 GPa. It is shown that radiation damage reaches saturation for the implantation fluence characteristic of amorphization of diamond but is appreciably lower than the graphitization threshold.

  20. Diamonds in detonation soot

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Greiner, N. Roy; Phillips, Dave; Johnson, J. D.; Volk, Fred

    1990-01-01

    Diamonds 4 to 7 nm in diameter have been identified and partially isolated from soot formed in detonations of carbon-forming composite explosives. The morphology of the soot has been examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the identity of the diamond has been established by the electron diffraction pattern of the TEM samples and by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of the isolated solid. Graphite is also present in the form of ribbons of turbostatic structure with a thickness of 2 to 4 nm. A fraction, about 25 percent of the soot by weight, was recovered from the crude soot after oxidation of the graphite with fuming perchloric acid. This fraction showed a distinct XRD pattern of diamond and the diffuse band of amorphous carbon. The IR spectrum of these diamonds closely matches that of diamonds recovered from meteorites (Lewis et al., 1987), perhaps indicating similar surface properties after the oxidation. If these diamonds are produced in the detonation itself or during the initial expansion, they exhibit a phenomenal crystal growth rate (5 nm/0.00001 s equal 1.8 m/hr) in a medium with a very low hydrogen/carbon ratio. Because the diamonds will be carried along with the expanding gases, they will be accelerated to velocities approaching 8 km/s.

  1. Software optimization for electrical conductivity imaging in polycrystalline diamond cutters

    SciTech Connect

    Bogdanov, G.; Ludwig, R. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609 (United States); Wiggins, J.; Bertagnolli, K. [US Synthetic, 1260 South 1600 West, Orem, UT 84058 (United States)

    2014-02-18

    We previously reported on an electrical conductivity imaging instrument developed for measurements on polycrystalline diamond cutters. These cylindrical cutters for oil and gas drilling feature a thick polycrystalline diamond layer on a tungsten carbide substrate. The instrument uses electrical impedance tomography to profile the conductivity in the diamond table. Conductivity images must be acquired quickly, on the order of 5 sec per cutter, to be useful in the manufacturing process. This paper reports on successful efforts to optimize the conductivity reconstruction routine, porting major portions of it to NVIDIA GPUs, including a custom CUDA kernel for Jacobian computation.

  2. Diamond at 800 GPa

    SciTech Connect

    Bradley, D. K.; Eggert, J. H.; Smith, R. F.; Prisbrey, S. T.; Hicks, D. G.; Braun, D. G.; Biener, J.; Hamza, A. V.; Rudd, R. E.; Collins, G. W. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, P.O. Box 808, Livermore, California 94551 (United States)

    2009-02-20

    A new compression technique, which enables the study of solids into the TPa regime, is described and used to ramp (or quasi-isentropically) compress diamond to a peak pressure of 1400 GPa. Diamond stress versus density data are reported to 800 GPa and suggest that the diamond phase is stable and has significant material strength up to at least this stress level. Data presented here are the highest ramp compression pressures by more than a factor of 5 and the highest-pressure solid equation-of-state data ever reported.

  3. Diamond and carbon nanotube glucose sensors based on electropolymerization

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kian Ping Loh; Sheng Liang Zhao; Wei De Zhang

    2004-01-01

    The glucose sensing properties of diamond and carbon nanotube (CNT) electrodes were evaluated comparatively. Amperometric glucose sensors had been constructed on boron-doped diamond (BDD) and CNT electrodes based on the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOD) on 3,3?-diaminobenzidine (DAB)-electropolymerized electrode surface. DAB forms a self-limiting layer with NH2 functional groups for tethering to GOD molecule. The cyclic voltammograms of DAB on

  4. Diamond-like carbon based low-emissive coatings

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pratish Mahtani; Keith R. Leong; Ian Xiao; Alongkarn Chutinan; Nazir P. Kherani; Stefan Zukotynski

    2011-01-01

    A novel low-emissive (low-E) coating based on plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited hydrogenated diamond-like amorphous carbon (DLC) films has been developed. The coating is a three-layer structure comprised of a nano-thin Ag layer sandwiched between DLC layers. The tunable optical properties that the DLC layers afford make it extremely appealing for large-scale, low-cost manufacturing of low-E coatings. We have shown

  5. CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE DIAMOND CIRCLE

    E-print Network

    Walker, Lawrence R.

    CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE DIAMOND CIRCLE PRESIDENTIAL CIRCLE EXECUTIVE CIRCLE OUR SPONSORS Sponsoring Host;#12;CENTER FOR BUSINESS & ECONOMIC RESEARCH LEE BUSINESS SCHOOL NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION BOARD CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE Bank of Nevada PRESIDENTIAL CIRCLE Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association PRESIDENTIAL CIRCLE

  6. Amorphous diamond films

    DOEpatents

    Falabella, S.

    1998-06-09

    Amorphous diamond films having a significant reduction in intrinsic stress are prepared by biasing a substrate to be coated and depositing carbon ions thereon under controlled temperature conditions. 1 fig.

  7. Diamond Ranch High School.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Betsky, Aaron

    2000-01-01

    Highlights award-winning Diamond Ranch High School (California) that was designed and built on a steep site around Los Angeles considered unsatisfactory for building due to its unstable soils. Building organization is discussed, and photos are provided. (GR)

  8. 31 CFR 592.310 - Rough diamond.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Rough diamond. 592.310 Section 592.310 ...DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ROUGH DIAMONDS CONTROL REGULATIONS General Definitions § 592.310 Rough diamond. The term rough diamond means...

  9. 31 CFR 592.310 - Rough diamond.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Rough diamond. 592.310 Section 592.310 ...DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ROUGH DIAMONDS CONTROL REGULATIONS General Definitions § 592.310 Rough diamond. The term rough diamond means...

  10. 31 CFR 592.310 - Rough diamond.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Rough diamond. 592.310 Section 592.310 ...DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ROUGH DIAMONDS CONTROL REGULATIONS General Definitions § 592.310 Rough diamond. The term rough diamond means...

  11. 31 CFR 592.310 - Rough diamond.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Rough diamond. 592.310 Section 592.310 ...DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ROUGH DIAMONDS CONTROL REGULATIONS General Definitions § 592.310 Rough diamond. The term rough diamond means...

  12. 31 CFR 592.310 - Rough diamond.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Rough diamond. 592.310 Section 592.310 ...DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ROUGH DIAMONDS CONTROL REGULATIONS General Definitions § 592.310 Rough diamond. The term rough diamond means...

  13. Diamond Schottky barrier diodes

    E-print Network

    Brezeanu, Mihai

    2008-03-11

    in Chapter 2. Due to its novelty in the family of semiconductors for electronic applications, diamond is not cunently included in the default material library of the commercially available simulators. The extensive models which were considered in order... , great expectations and well hidden secrets, which surrounded the subject: "In the 1920's it was quite widely believed that diamond had been made from carbon under conditions of high heat and great pressure. The story was indeed one to capture...

  14. Regenerative homoepitaxy of diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Woo, J.T.

    1993-12-01

    InterScience, Inc. is a company founded in 1980 to pursue development of technology related to controlled fusion research for near term applications. During the first decade of the company`s existence, the strategic focus was the transfer of technology and know-how from the fusion program supported by DOE to other federal programs. The company is now in its second decade of operation and is shifting its focus toward further transfer of its technologies to commercial applications. Among the technologies with origin from the fusion research being developed with significant potential for large scale commercial applications is a process for the growth of single crystal diamond as substrate for electronic devices. Diamond is an attractive electronic material because of the wide bandgap, high electron mobility, high thermal conductivity and high temperature tolerance. Although it has been shown that diamond can be synthesized from the gas phase by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD), the resulting films are polycrystalline due to lack of control on the nucleation process, and such thin films of randomly oriented diamond crystals are used mostly as coatings for their thermal, mechanical and chemical properties but are not suitable for electronic device applications. The regenerative homoepitaxy process the authors have developed for synthesis of single crystal diamond films was derived from the knowledge and capabilities in fusion research in three ways. First, the PACVD reactor was built from knowledge of using microwaves to generate plasmas. Second, the experience to synthesize diamond by the PACVD process was gained from work supported by the fusion program in an attempt to develop a polycrystalline diamond window for high power microwave tubes. Finally, the inspiration for using the PACVD process to obtain single crystal diamond films came from insight gained in studying material damage associated with the first wall of a fusion reactor.

  15. Ekati Diamond Mine

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2001-01-01

    The page on the Ekati Diamond Mine, which is located in the Northwest Territories and is North America's only operating diamond mine, presents a satellite image and informational text. A detailed map of the region is also included which will allow users to compare the satellite image to what the area looks like on a map. The CCRS was last mentioned in the May 24, 2000 Scout Report for Science and engineering.

  16. Diamond rotating bit

    SciTech Connect

    Link, H. D.

    1985-11-05

    An improved rotating diamond bit for earth boring is devised by incorporating generally triangular, prismatically shaped synthetic polycrystalline diamond elements in the teeth of the boring bit. The polycrystalline diamond elements are set on lands defined on the bit face such that two opposing triangular faces of the prismatic diamond element form a dihedral angle in the direction of travel of the element defined by the bit rotation. The polycrystalline diamond element is thus inclined with respect to the direction of linear travel of the element when the bit rotates. In other words, the normal to the parallel opposing triangular faces of the diamond element is acutely inclined with respect to the direction of travel of the element. A shoulder-to-gage transition pattern of the junk slot, waterway and collector is arranged to uniformly distribute the flow of fluid across the shoulder to guage transition. Further, the distribution of fluid from the central conduit within the longitudinal core of the bit to a plurality of nozzles which merge with corresponding waterways on the bit face is arranged such that fluid is preferentially delivered to a radially innermost nozzle and thereafter in a graduated series of steps in lesser amounts to a series of sequenced nozzles more radially disposed from the center of the rotating bit.

  17. Properties of electron field emitters prepared by selected area deposition of CVD diamond carbon films

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. A. Fox; M. J. Youh; W. N. Wang; J. W. Steeds; H. F. Cheng; I. N. Lin

    2000-01-01

    Selected area depositions (SAD) of diamond films were successfully achieved on silicon by two different approaches. In the first case, a standard lift-off technique employing a patterned SiO2 layer was used as a mask, and in the second case commercial ink-jet printer technology was adapted to be used to seed diamond nano-grit onto silicon. Patterned, boron-doped diamond pads roughly 5.6

  18. A quasi-equilibrium model for the prediction of interlayer chemistry during diamond chemical vapor deposition

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pushpa Mahalingam; David S. Dandy

    1998-01-01

    The chemistry of the intermediate layer that develops at the interface between diamond and a non-diamond substrate during diamond chemical vapor deposition is analyzed using a thermodynamic quasi-equilibrium model. Substrates of Si, Mo, W, Ti, Ta, Fe and Ni are examined, and the physical parameters such as substrate temperature, reactor pressure, and CH4\\/H2 ratio in the gas phase required for

  19. Effect of CMP conditioner diamond shape on pad topography and oxide wafer performances

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ming Yi Tsai; Wei Kai Chen

    2011-01-01

    Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) performance is often determined by the pad surface texture, which is mainly controlled\\u000a by using a pad conditioner: usually, a diamond disk comprising numerous diamond grits attached to a flat metal substrate by\\u000a means of brazing with an alloy. During the conditioning process, the diamonds interact with the pad surface to mainly remove\\u000a the glazed layer

  20. Ion-Implanted Diamond Films and Their Tribological Properties

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wu, Richard L. C.; Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Korenyi-Both, Andras L.; Garscadden, Alan; Barnes, Paul N.

    1993-01-01

    This paper reports the physical characterization and tribological evaluation of ion-implanted diamond films. Diamond films were produced by microwave plasma, chemical vapor deposition technique. Diamond films with various grain sizes (0.3 and 3 microns) and roughness (9.1 and 92.1 nm r.m.s. respectively) were implanted with C(+) (m/e = 12) at an ion energy of 160 eV and a fluence of 6.72 x 10(exp 17) ions/sq cm. Unidirectional sliding friction experiments were conducted in ultrahigh vacuum (6.6 x 10(exp -7)Pa), dry nitrogen and humid air (40% RH) environments. The effects of C(+) ion bombardment on fine and coarse-grained diamond films are as follows: the surface morphology of the diamond films did not change; the surface roughness increased (16.3 and 135.3 nm r.m.s.); the diamond structures were damaged and formed a thin layer of amorphous non-diamond carbon; the friction coefficients dramatically decreased in the ultrahigh vacuum (0.1 and 0.4); the friction coefficients decreased slightly in the dry nitrogen and humid air environments.

  1. Radiohalos and Diamonds: Are Diamonds Really for Ever?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mark H. Armitage; Andrew A. Snelling

    2008-01-01

    Radiohalos were first reported in diamonds more than a decade ago. Since that time little work has been done to locate other radiohalo-bearing diamonds, to explain the origin of the radiohalos, or evaluate their significance. We conducted a search for such diamonds secured from a variety of sources and identified radiohalos containing one, three and four rings, as well as

  2. Partial melting of dry peridotites at high pressures: Determination of compositions of melts segregated from peridotite using aggregates of diamond

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kei Hirose; Ikuo Kushiro

    1993-01-01

    The compositions of melts formed by partial melting of two relatively fertile spinel lherzolites were determined at pressures between 10 and 30 kbar under dry conditions using a layer of diamond aggregates sandwiched between peridotite layers. Partial melts segregate and migrate into the pore space between diamond grains soon after their formation. Overgrowth of minerals at quenching modifies the composition

  3. Facts about Diamond Blackfan Anemia

    MedlinePLUS

    ... Form Controls NCBDDD Cancel Submit Search The CDC Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) Note: Javascript is disabled or ... Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder ...

  4. Laser Patterning of Diamond. Part II. Surface Nondiamond Carbon Formation and its Removal

    SciTech Connect

    Smedley, J.; Jaye, C; Bohon, J; Rao, T; Fischer, D

    2009-01-01

    As diamond becomes more prevalent for electronic and research applications, methods of patterning diamond will be required. One such method, laser ablation, has been investigated in a related work. We report on the formation of surface nondiamond carbon during laser ablation of both polycrystalline and single-crystal synthetic diamonds. Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy was used to confirm that the nondiamond carbon layer formed during the ablation was amorphous, and Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to estimate the thickness of this layer to be {approx} 60 nm. Ozone cleaning was used to remove the nondiamond carbon layer.

  5. Spark plasma sintering assisted diamond formation from carbon nanotubes at very low pressure

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J Shen; F M Zhang; J F Sun; Y Q Zhu; D G McCartney

    2006-01-01

    The thermal stability of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was assessed under various spark plasma sintering (SPS) conditions. Our experimental results show that the MWCNTs transform into micrometre-sized diamonds at 1500 °C and only 80 MPa during SPS. The resulting diamonds are single or agglomerated crystalline particles, with diameters up to 100 µm, and are sheathed with an amorphous carbon layer

  6. Unstressed PACVD diamond films on steel pre-coated with a composite multilayer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. J. G. Silva; A. J. S. Fernandes; F. M. Costa; A. P. M. Baptista; E. Pereira

    2005-01-01

    Although the direct deposition of CVD diamond coatings on ferrous substrates is highly desirable, many technological problems hinder the production of commercial applications, mainly due to a lack of adhesion. Diamond can be grown on such substrates; however, film detachment cannot usually be avoided. Suitable buffer layers are the most commonly used solution to overcome adhesion problems. In the present

  7. Processing of functionally graded tungsten carbide-cobalt-diamond composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jain, Mohit

    Polycrystalline diamond compacts (PDCs) are widely used as drill bit cutters in rock drilling and as tool bits in machining non-ferrous materials. A typical PDC comprises a thin layer of sintered polycrystalline diamond bonded to a tungsten carbide-cobalt substrate. A well recognized failure mechanism is delamination at the interface between diamond and cemented carbide. High stresses at the diamond/carbide interface, due to thermal expansion and modulus mismatch, are the primary cause of in-service failure under impact loading conditions. This work was undertaken to develop a tungsten carbide-cobalt-diamond composite, which has a continuously graded interface between the diamond and tungsten carbide. The process developed comprised the following steps: (i) generation of a pore size gradient by electrochemical etching of cobalt from the surface of a partially sintered tungsten carbide-cobalt preform; (ii) chemical vapor infiltration of the porous preform with carbon by catalytic decomposition of a methane/hydrogen mixture, resulting in a graded carbon concentration; and (iii) consolidation of the carbon infiltrated preforms at 8GPa/1500°C to complete densification and to transform the carbon into diamond. Thus, the final product consists of a functionally graded WC-Co-diamond composite, with controlled distribution of the constituent phases. Tungsten carbide-cobalt powders with mean tungsten carbide particle size of 0.8mum(micro-grain) and 100 nm(nano-grain) were used as starting materials. Processing conditions were adjusted to obtain an optimal distribution of carbon in porous preforms. After high pressure/high temperature consolidation, both micro- and nano-composites showed a diffused interface between inner and outer regions of the fully dense materials. A micro-composite showed columnar-like tungsten carbide grains and faceted diamond grains in the outer region of the sintered material. The grain size of the diamond in this region was ˜2mum, and the hardness was VHN = 3700 +/- 60 kg/mm2. The inner region showed equiaxed tungsten carbide grains, with some grains having a coating of diamond-like carbon. A nano-composite showed equiaxed tungsten carbide grains and faceted diamond grains in the outer region of the sintered material. The grain size for both tungsten carbide and diamond was ˜200nm, and the hardness was VHN = 3186 +/- 300 kg/mm2.

  8. Raman barometry of diamond formation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. S. Izraeli; J. W. Harris; O. Navon

    1999-01-01

    Pressures and temperatures of the diamond source region are commonly estimated using chemical equilibria between coexisting mineral inclusions. Here we present another type of geobarometer, based on determination of the internal pressure in olivine inclusions and the stresses in the surrounding diamond. Using Raman spectroscopy, pressures of 0.13 to 0.65 GPa were measured inside olivine inclusions in three diamonds from

  9. Magnetic properties of polycrystalline diamonds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. W. Collinson

    1998-01-01

    The remanent magnetism and bulk magnetic properties of polycrystalline diamonds have been investigated. The diamonds are of two distinct types, those occurring together with gem-grade diamonds in kimberlite pipes in S Africa, and carbonados, found in placer deposits notably in Brazil and the Central African Republic. Both types generally possess measurable remanent magnetization, the former stronger than the latter, and

  10. Making Diamond in the Laboratory

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Strong, Herbert

    1975-01-01

    Discusses the graphite to diamond transformation and a phase diagram for carbon. Describes high temperature-higher pressure experimental apparatus and growth of diamonds from seed crystals. Reviews properties of the diamond which suggest uses for the synthetic product. Illustrations with text. (GH)

  11. Electrochemistry of Diamond: A Review

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yu. V. Pleskov

    2002-01-01

    Because of its extraordinary chemical stability, diamond is a perspective electrode material to be used in electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. In this review-article, the results of basic studies in the synthetic-diamond electrochemistry are summarized: the electrochemical kinetics, photoelectrochemistry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Relations between the semiconductor nature and crystal structure of diamond and its electrochemical behavior are revealed. Prospects for using

  12. Diamond collecting in northern Colorado.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Collins, D.S.

    1982-01-01

    The discovery of numerous diamond-bearing kimberlite diatremes in the N Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming is of both scientific and economic interest. Species recovered from heavy-mineral concentrates include Cr-diopside, spinel, Mg-ilmenite, pyrope and diamond. A nodule tentatively identified as a graphite-diamond eclogite was also found. -G.W.R.

  13. CURRICULUM VITAE Howard J. Diamond

    E-print Network

    ______________________ CURRICULUM VITAE FOR Howard J. Diamond ______________________ NOAA/National Climatic Data Center 1100 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20901 Tel: +1-301-427-2475 Email: howard.diamond@noaa.gov or hjdiamond45@gmail.com #12;Curriculum Vitae Mr. Howard Jeffrey Diamond NOAA/National Climatic Data Center

  14. Photo-stimulated low electron temperature high current diamond film field emission cathode

    DOEpatents

    Shurter; Roger Philips (Los Alamos, NM), Devlin; David James (Santa Fe, NM), Moody; Nathan Andrew (Los Alamos, NM), Taccetti; Jose Martin (Santa Fe, NM), Russell; Steven John (Los Alamos, NM)

    2012-07-24

    An electron source includes a back contact surface having a means for attaching a power source to the back contact surface. The electron source also includes a layer comprising platinum in direct contact with the back contact surface, a composite layer of single-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in platinum in direct contact with the layer comprising platinum. The electron source also includes a nanocrystalline diamond layer in direct contact with the composite layer. The nanocrystalline diamond layer is doped with boron. A portion of the back contact surface is removed to reveal the underlying platinum. The electron source is contained in an evacuable container.

  15. Peculiarities of boron distribution in as-grown boron-doped diamond

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Blank, V. D.; Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Perezhogin, I. A.; Terentiev, S. A.; Nosukhin, S. A.; Kuznetsov, M. S.

    2014-09-01

    Boron doped diamond (BDD) single crystals have been grown under conditions of high isostatic pressure by the temperature gradient method. Numerous equilateral triangles were found on the fluorescence images of {111}-diamond facets. Structural peculiarities of BDD were investigated by JEM-2010 transmission electron microscope with GIF Quantum attachment for electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). High resolution image of diamond lattice revealed some distorted {111}-layers. EELS testifies the presence of boron in distorted regions of diamond lattice. The crystallographic features of BDD and their connection with the superconductivity are discussed.

  16. Experimental study of diamond resorption during mantle metasomatism

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fedorchuk, Yana; Schmidt, Max W.; Liebske, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Many of kimberlite-derived diamonds are partially dissolved to various degree but show similar resorption style. This resorption style has been observed in experiments with aqueous fluid at the conditions corresponding to kimberlite emplacement (1-2 GPa). At the same time, each diamond population has more than ten percent of diamond crystals with several drastically different resorption styles, which have not been observed in experiments, and may represent partial dissolution of diamonds during metasomatism in different mantle domains. Metasomatic processes modify the composition of subcratonic mantle, may trigger the formation of kimberlite magma, and result in the growth and partial dissolution of diamonds. Composition of metasomatic agents as constrained from studies of the reaction rims on mantle minerals (garnet, clinopyroxene) and experimental studies vary between carbonatitic melt, aqueous silicate melt, and CHO fluid. However, complex chemical pattern of mantle minerals and estimates of redox regime in subcratonic mantle allow different interpretations. Here we explore diamond dissolution morphology as an indicator of the composition of mantle metasomatic agents. Towards this end we examine diamond dissolution morphologies developed in experiments at the conditions of mantle metasomatism in different reacting media and compare them to the mantle-derived dissolution features of natural diamonds. The experiments were conducted in multi-anvil (Walker-Type) apparatus at 6 GPa and 1200-1500oC. Dissolution morphology of natural octahedral diamond crystals (0.5 mg) was examined in various compositions in synthetic system MgO-CaO- SiO2-CO2-H2O. The runs had the following phases present: solid crystals with fluid (various ratio of H2O-CO2-SiO2, and in the air), carbonate melt, carbonate-silicate melt, and carbonate melt with CHO fluid. Experiments produced three different styles of diamond resorption. In the presence of a fluid phase with variable proportions of H2O and CO2 diamond crystals develop ditrigonal outline of {111} faces, striation or hillocks along the edges, and shallow negatively oriented trigonal etch pits with flat or pointed bottom. Presence of SiO2 in the fluid resulted in multi-corner morphology, layering and / or more intensive etching of {111} faces. Dissolution in carbonate melt in the absence of water produced deep stepped-wall hexagonal and trigonal etch pits with negative orientation. The three resorption styles show strong resemblance to the secondary morphology of natural diamonds. This suggests that CHO fluid, aqueous silicate melt, and carbonatatitic melt are metasomatic agents reacting with natural diamonds in subcratonic mantle. The comparison of the experimentally-induced resorption styles to those on natural diamonds show that mantle metasomatism induced by CHO fluid develop morphologies similar to those developed in kimberlite magma. This indicates that significant proportion of kimberlite-hosted diamonds may show resorption features of mantle origin. Aqueous silicate melt induces step-faced multi-corner resorption morphology, similar to natural diamonds with nitrogen aggregation corresponding to eclogitic diamonds. Dissolution in carbonatitic melt results in complex morphologies with deep hexagonal pits similar to natural diamonds with nitrogen data corresponding to peridotitic diamonds.

  17. Process for making diamonds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rasquin, J. R.; Estes, M. F. (inventors)

    1973-01-01

    A description is given of a device and process for making industrial diamonds. The device is composed of an exponential horn tapering from a large end to a small end, with a copper plate against the large end. A magnetic hammer abuts the copper plate. The copper plate and magnetic hammer function together to create a shock wave at the large end of the horn. As the wave propagates to the small end, the extreme pressure and temperature caused by the wave transforms the graphite, present in an anvil pocket at the small end, into diamonds.

  18. Diamonds in HD 97048

    E-print Network

    E. Habart; L. Testi; A. Natta; M. Carbillet

    2004-09-27

    We present adaptive optics high angular resolution ($\\sim0\\farcs$1) spectroscopic observations in the 3 $\\mu$m region of the Herbig Ae/Be star HD 97048. For the first time, we spatially resolve the emission in the diamond features at 3.43 and 3.53 $\\mu$m and in the adjacent continuum. Using both the intensity profiles along the slit and reconstructed two-dimensional images of the object, we derive full-width at half-maximum sizes consistent with the predictions for a circumstellar disk seen pole-on. The diamond emission originates in the inner region ($R \\lesssim 15$ AU) of the disk.

  19. Fabrication and orientation control of diamond nanotips by broad ion beam etching

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tang, Y.; Li, Y. S.; Yang, Q.; Hirose, A.

    2010-04-01

    Well-aligned diamond nanotips are fabricated by etching as-grown diamond thin films using a Kaufman type broad ion beam source. The nanotips have nanometre-size heads, micrometre-size roots and the same apex angle. All of the nanotips consistently point in the direction against the incident ion beam. The orientation of diamond nanotips can be controlled by adjusting the incident direction of the ion beam. The Raman spectrum does not show a significant increase in graphitic peak intensity after etching, indicating that the quality of diamond is barely degraded by ion beam etching. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra show that the diamond sp3 structure is dominant in the spectra of both as-grown and ion etched diamond. The sp2 fraction is found to increase by about 12% at the surface layer of the diamond nanotips as compared with as-grown diamond. The formation of diamond nanotips is explained by Sigmund's sputtering theory and the angle-dependent sputtering mechanism. This method to produce diamond nanotips has the advantage of excellent orientation control and the capability to produce nanotip arrays on a large area.

  20. Nanocrystalline diamond from carbon nanotubes

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    Sun, L. T.; Gong, J. L.; Zhu, Z. Y.; Zhu, D. Z.; He, S. X.; Wang, Z. X.; Chen, Y.; Hu, G.

    2004-04-01

    Structural phase transformation from multiwalled carbon nanotubes to nanocrystalline diamond by hydrogen plasma post-treatment was carried out. Ultrahigh equivalent diamond nucleation density above 1011 nuclei/cm2 was easily obtained. The diamond formation and growth mechanism was proposed to be the consequence of the formation of sp3 bonded amorphous carbon clusters. The hydrogen chemisorption on curved graphite network and the energy deposited on the carbon nanotubes by continuous impingement of activated molecular or atomic hydrogen are responsible for the formation of amorphous carbon matrix. Diamond nucleates and grows in the way similar to that of diamond chemical vapor deposition processes on amorphous carbon films.

  1. Fluidized bed deposition of diamond

    DOEpatents

    Laia, Jr., Joseph R. (Los Alamos, NM); Carroll, David W. (Los Alamos, NM); Trkula, Mitchell (Los Alamos, NM); Anderson, Wallace E. (Los Alamos, NM); Valone, Steven M. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1998-01-01

    A process for coating a substrate with diamond or diamond-like material including maintaining a substrate within a bed of particles capable of being fluidized, the particles having substantially uniform dimensions and the substrate characterized as having different dimensions than the bed particles, fluidizing the bed of particles, and depositing a coating of diamond or diamond-like material upon the substrate by chemical vapor deposition of a carbon-containing precursor gas mixture, the precursor gas mixture introduced into the fluidized bed under conditions resulting in excitation mechanisms sufficient to form the diamond coating.

  2. Development of Designer Diamond Anvils for High Pressure-High-Temperature Experiments in Support of the Stockpile Stewardship Program

    SciTech Connect

    Yogesh K. Vohra

    2005-05-12

    The focus of this program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is to develop the next generation of designer diamond anvils that can perform simultaneous joule heating and temperature profile measurements in a diamond anvil cell. A series of tungsten-rhenium thermocouples will be fabricated onto to the anvil and encapsulated by a chemical vapor deposited diamond layer to allow for a complete temperature profile measurement across the anvil. The tip of the diamond anvil will be engineered to reduce the thermal conductivity so that the tungsten-heating coils can be deposited on top of this layer. Several different approaches will be investigated to engineer the tip of the diamond anvil for reduction in thermal conductivity (a) isotopic mixture of 12C and 13C in the diamond layer, (b) doping of diamond with impurities (nitrogen and/or boron), and (c) growing diamond in a higher concentration of methane in hydrogen plasma. Under this academic alliance with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), PI and his graduate students will use the lithographic and diamond polishing facility at LLNL. This proposed next generation of designer diamond anvils will allow multi-tasking capability with the ability to measure electrical, magnetic, structural and thermal data on actinide materials with unparallel sensitivity in support of the stockpile stewardship program.

  3. Topomineralogy of the Siberian diamonds

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    Afanasyev, Valentin; Lobanov, Sergey; Vasiliy, Koptil; Bogdan, Pomazanskiy; Alexander, Gerasimchuk; Nikolay, Pokhilenko

    2010-05-01

    Diamond placers are widespread in the modern alluvial deposits and ancient sedimentary collectors of the Siberian craton and can be divided into two major types: 1) related with the rich and famous kimberlites such as Mir and International pipe and 2) with unidentified root source. The lattert are wide spread, industrially significant and in use in the north-east of the Siberian craton. Yet, kimberlites known in the north-east of the Siberian craton have poor diamond concentrations or non-diamondiferous at all. A contradiction occur between high alluvial and extremely-low host diamond content of this region. Detailed studies of this problem led to the fact that diamonds from the alluvial deposits of the Siberian craton, as well as other diamondiferous regions, show broader spectrum of typomorphic features than diamonds from the known kimberlites. Moreover, some diamond groups are not typical for the phanerozoic kimberlites of Siberia, or do not occur in significant amounts. The foregoing suggests that diamonds from the unknown host rock type occur in the diamond placers of the Siberian craton along with typical kimberlite diamonds. Based on the detailed studies of the typomorphic features of the alluvial diamonds from Siberian craton 5 parasteresis groups, probably related to different host rock types, were distinguished. Parasteresis is a regular spatial mineral association which are united by single geological process, such as kimberlite indicator minerals and diamonds from kimberlites which differ in genesis but united by the whole kimberlitic process. Parasteresis 1 (kimberlite-type) involves diamonds which are common for the phanerozoic kimberlites. Parasteresis 2 (supposed to be lamproitic) includes roundish (cryptolaminar) diamonds of dodecahedron habit, the so called "brazilian" or "ural" types. In Siberian phanerozoic industrial kimberlites the part of such diamonds does not exceed 15%. That is the diamonds which dominate in the placers of the Urals and nearby Eastern Sayan (south-west of the Siberian craton). Parasteresis 3 (unknown host rock type) includes yellow-orange cuboids (II type according to Orlov's classification), which occur in kimberlites in small quantities, but most common in the north-east placers of the Siberian craton. Parasteresis 4 (unknown host rock type) includes diamonds of V and VII types according to Orlov, which are entirely absent in kimberlites. Parasteresis 5 involves the so called yacutites - microcrystalline substance with the add of lonsdaleite phase, typical for diamonds from impact craters. Comparison of yacutites with diamonds from Popigay astrobleme showed up their complete similarity. This fact is evident for the relation of yacutites to the Popigay astrobleme. Thus, in the placers of the Siberian craton there are at least three groups of diamonds with the unknown host rock type. The distribution of the discriminated types of diamonds among the craton is higly uneven. Diamonds of 2,3,4 and 5 parasteresis type (supposed to be from lamprophyres, unknown sources and yacutites) predominate in the north-eastern placers of the Siberian craton, whereas the part of the kimberlitic diamonds is less then a half, in some areas they are completely absent. Early- carboniferous deposits of the Kjutungdinskij graben is the only area where kimberlitic diamonds strongly predominate. That was the case to predict mid-paleozoic kimberlitic field there. In the central part of the province the major role goes to the kimberlitic diamonds associated with the mid-paleozoic kimberlites. Roundish diamonds of the second parasteresis type are in lead on the south of the Siberian craton, and may probably associate with the lamprophyres such as Ingash complex. Mapping of distribution of the distinguished diamond parasteresises among the Siberian craton reveals the tendency of diamonds hypothetically from lamprophyres and unknown sources to associate with the precambrian protrusions - Anabar shield, Olenek rise and Eastern Sayan. This allows us to suggest that the diamonds supply of the

  4. Diamond nanobeam waveguide optomechanics

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    Behzad Khanaliloo; Harishankar Jayakumar; Aaron C. Hryciw; David P. Lake; Hamidreza Kaviani; Paul E. Barclay

    2015-02-06

    Optomechanical devices sensitively transduce and actuate motion of nanomechanical structures using light, and are central to many recent fundamental studies and technological advances. Single--crystal diamond promises to improve the performance of optomechanical devices, while also providing opportunities to interface nanomechanics with diamond color center spins and related quantum technologies. Here we demonstrate measurement of diamond nanobeam resonators with a sensitivity of 9.5 fm/Hz^0.5 and bandwidth >120 nm through dissipative waveguide--optomechanical coupling. Nanobeams are fabricated from bulk single--crystal diamond using a scalable quasi--isotropic oxygen plasma undercut etching process, and support mechanical resonances with quality factor of 2.5 x 10^5 at room temperature, and 7.2 x 10^5 in cryogenic conditions (5K). Mechanical self--oscillations, resulting from interplay between optomechanical coupling and the photothermal response of nanobeams in a buckled state, are observed with amplitude exceeding 200 nm, and are accompanied by nonlinear mechanical softening.

  5. DIAMOND AMPLIFIED PHOTOCATHODES.

    SciTech Connect

    SMEDLEY,J.; BEN-ZVI, I.; BOHON, J.; CHANG, X.; GROVER, R.; ISAKOVIC, A.; RAO, T.; WU, Q.

    2007-11-26

    High-average-current linear electron accelerators require photoinjectors capable of delivering tens to hundreds of mA average current, with peak currents of hundreds of amps. Standard photocathodes face significant challenges in meeting these requirements, and often have short operational lifetimes in an accelerator environment. We report on recent progress toward development of secondary emission amplifiers for photocathodes, which are intended to increase the achievable average current while protecting the cathode from the accelerator. The amplifier is a thin diamond wafer which converts energetic (few keV) primary electrons into hundreds of electron-hole pairs via secondary electron emission. The electrons drift through the diamond under an external bias and are emitted into vacuum via a hydrogen-terminated surface with negative electron affinity (NEA). Secondary emission gain of over 200 has been achieved. Two methods of patterning diamond, laser ablation and reactive-ion etching (RIE), are being developed to produce the required geometry. A variety of diagnostic techniques, including FTIR, SEM and AFM, have been used to characterize the diamonds.

  6. ELECTRON AMPLIFICATION IN DIAMOND.

    SciTech Connect

    SMEDLEY, J.; BEN-ZVI, I.; BURRILL, A.; CHANG, X.; GRIMES, J.; RAO, T.; SEGALOV, Z.; WU, Q.

    2006-07-10

    We report on recent progress toward development of secondary emission ''amplifiers'' for photocathodes. Secondary emission gain of over 300 has been achieved in transmission mode and emission mode for a variety of diamond samples. Techniques of sample preparation, including hydrogenation to achieve negative electron affinity (NEA), have been adapted to this application.

  7. CVD diamond - fundamental phenomena

    SciTech Connect

    Yarbrough, W.A. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park (United States)

    1993-01-01

    This compilation of figures and diagrams addresses the basic physical processes involved in the chemical vapor deposition of diamond. Different methods of deposition are illustrated. For each method, observations are made of the prominent advantages and disadvantages of the technique. Chemical mechanisms of nucleation are introduced.

  8. Lower pressure synthesis of diamond material

    DOEpatents

    Lueking, Angela (State College, PA); Gutierrez, Humberto (State College, PA); Narayanan, Deepa (Redmond, WA); Burgess Clifford, Caroline E. (State College, PA); Jain, Puja (King Of Prussia, PA)

    2010-07-13

    Methods of synthesizing a diamond material, particularly nanocrystalline diamond, diamond-like carbon and bucky diamond are provided. In particular embodiments, a composition including a carbon source, such as coal, is subjected to addition of energy, such as high energy reactive milling, producing a milling product enriched in hydrogenated tetrahedral amorphous diamond-like carbon compared to the coal. A milling product is treated with heat, acid and/or base to produce nanocrystalline diamond and/or crystalline diamond-like carbon. Energy is added to produced crystalline diamond-like carbon in particular embodiments to produce bucky diamonds.

  9. Surface Design and Engineering Toward Wear-Resistant, Self-Lubricant Diamond Films and Coatings. Chapter 10

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1999-01-01

    This chapter describes three studies on the surface design, surface engineering, and tribology of chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) diamond films and coatings toward wear-resistant, self-lubricating diamond films and coatings. Friction mechanisms and solid lubrication mechanisms of CVD diamond are stated. Effects of an amorphous hydrogenated carbon on CVD diamond, an amorphous, nondiamond carbon surface layer formed on CVD diamond by carbon and nitrogen ion implantation, and a materials combination of cubic boron nitride and CVD diamond on the adhesion, friction, and wear behaviors of CVD diamond in ultrahigh vacuum are described. How surface modification and the selected materials couple improved the tribological functionality of coatings, giving low coefficient of friction and good wear resistance, is explained.

  10. Mechanism of diamond formation on substrates abraded with a mixture of diamond and metal powders

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Chakk; R. Brener; A. Hoffman

    1996-01-01

    In this work we report a study of CVD diamond formation on silicon substrates abraded with diamond, metal, and a mixture of diamond and metal powders. It was found that the deposited diamond particles density (DPD) obtained after abrasion with diamond powder can be enhanced by a few orders of magnitude by abrasion with a mixed metal\\/diamond slurry, whereas no

  11. Diamond Magnetometry of Superconducting Thin Films

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    Waxman, A; Groswasser, D; Acosta, V M; Bouchard, L -S; Budker, D; Folman, R

    2013-01-01

    In recent years diamond magnetometers based on the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center have been of considerable interest for magnetometry applications at the nanoscale. An interesting application which is well suited for NV centers is the study of nanoscale magnetic phenomena in superconducting materials. We employ the magnetic sensitivity of the NV centers in diamond to interrogate the magnetic properties of a thin-layer yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) superconductor. Using fluorescence-microscopy methods and specially prepared samples, we measure the temperature of phase transition in the layer to be 70.0(2) K, and the first critical field to be 46(4) G. We observe the pinning of the vortices in the layer at 65 K, and estimate their density to be 1.10(2) \\mu m ^{-2}. These measurements are done with a 10 nm thickness layer, so that high spatial resolution may be enabled in the future. Based on these results, we anticipate that this magnetometer could be useful for imaging the structure and dynamics of the vort...

  12. Diamond Magnetometry of Superconducting Thin Films

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    A. Waxman; H. Schlussel; D. Groswasser; V. M. Acosta; L. -S. Bouchard; D. Budker; R. Folman

    2014-02-05

    In recent years diamond magnetometers based on the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center have been of considerable interest for magnetometry applications at the nanoscale. An interesting application which is well suited for NV centers is the study of nanoscale magnetic phenomena in superconducting materials. We employ the magnetic sensitivity of NV centers in diamond to interrogate the magnetic properties of a thin-layer yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) superconductor. Using fluorescence-microscopy methods and samples integrated with an NV sensor on a microchip, we measure the temperature of phase transition in the layer to be 70.0(2) K, and the penetration field of vortices to be 46(4) G. We observe the pinning of the vortices in the layer at 65 K, and estimate their density after cooling the sample in a ~ 10 G field to be 0.45(1) \\mu m^{-2}. These measurements are done with a 10 nm thick NV layer, so that high spatial resolution may be enabled in the future. Based on these results, we anticipate that this magnetometer could be useful for imaging the structure and dynamics of vortices. As an outlook, we present a fabrication method for a superconductor chip designed for this purpose.

  13. South Africa, Namibia Diamond Deposits

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1998-01-01

    This radar image covers a portion of the Richtersveld National Park and Orange River (top of image) in the Northern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. The Orange River marks the boundary between South Africa to the south and Namibia to the north. This is an area of active mining for diamonds, which were washed downstream from the famous Kimberley Diamond Area, millions of years ago when the river was much larger. The mining is focused on ancient drainages of the Orange River which are currently buried by think layers of sand and gravel. Scientists are investigating whether these ancient drainages can be seen with the radar's ability to penetrate sand cover in extremely dry regions. A mine, shown in yellow, is on the southern bank of the river in an abandoned bend which is known as an 'oxbow.' The small bright circular areas (left edge of image) west of the mine circles are fields of a large ostrich farm that are being watered with pivot irrigation. The large dark area in the center of the image is the Kubus Pluton, a body of granite rock that broke through the surrounding rocks about 550 million years ago. North is toward the upper right. The area shown is about 55 by 60 kilometers (34 by 37 miles) centered at 28.4 degrees south latitude, 16.8 degrees east longitude. Colors are assigned to different radar frequencies and polarizations as follows: red is L-band horizontally transmitted and horizontally received; green is L-band horizontally transmitted and vertically received; blue is C-band horizontally transmitted and vertically received. The image was acquired on April 18, 1994 by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture (SIR-C/X-SAR) imaging radar when it flew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. SIR-C/X-SAR is a joint mission of the U.S./German and Italian space agencies.

  14. Metastable carbon allotropes in picosecond-laser-modified diamond

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    Pimenov, Sergei M.; Khomich, Andrey A.; Vlasov, Igor I.; Zavedeev, Evgeny V.; Khomich, Alexander V.; Neuenschwander, Beat; Jäggi, Beat; Romano, Valerio

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we report on the bulk modifications of type IIa single-crystal diamond with visible 10-ps pulses (at ? = 532 nm) and microstructural changes characterized by the appearance of several `unidentifiable' vibrational modes in the frequency range of 1000-1400 cm-1 in the Raman spectra of laser-modified diamond. It is found that the new Raman modes are strongly pronounced in the spectra of high-stress regions in immediate proximity to the bulk microstructures in the absence of the G mode at ~1580 cm-1 characteristic of the sp2 phase. The high internal stresses are determined from the splitting of the triply degenerate diamond Raman line. The revealed structure transformation is localized within a narrow bulk layer near the bulk microstructures formed, and the stress relaxation is found to result in disappearance of the detected vibrational modes in the spectra. It is suggested that the formation of bulk regions with a sp3 carbon structure consisting of Z-carbon and hexagonal diamond is responsible for the appearance of new Raman modes in the spectra of laser-modified diamond. These findings evidence that the stress-assisted formation of novel metastable carbon phases or defect structures occur in the course of bulk modification of diamond with ps-laser pulses. In addition, we report the results of simulations of internal stresses in the system `graphitized cylinder-in-diamond' to show (1) the effect of the mechanical properties of laser-modified diamond on the resulting stresses and (2) formation of bulk microscopic regions with high stresses of >10 GPa, i.e., the conditions at which various sp3 carbon allotropes and defect structures become more stable than graphite.

  15. Achieving ultra-hard surface of mechanically polished diamond crystal by thermo-chemical refinement

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    Zong, Wenjun; Zhang, Junjie; Liu, Yue; Sun, Tao

    2014-10-01

    In the present work, we propose a novel thermo-chemical post-processing method for refining the mechanically polished surface of natural diamond crystal. The deformation mechanisms of diamond crystal during mechanical polishing are elucidated by Raman Spectroscopy corroborated by molecular dynamics simulations. Moreover, the surface mechanical properties of diamond crystal are qualitatively characterized by nanoindentation tests. Our results reveal that under mechanical polishing there are phase transformations from diamond carbons to layered graphite, amorphous sp3 and sp2 hybrided structures occurred in the topmost surface layer, which consequently deteriorates the intrinsic surface strength of diamond crystal. In the following thermo-chemical refinement, the polishing-induced amorphous carbons, layered graphite and internal stress are largely removed through the weak oxidation reaction. It is found that the formation of considerable graphene structures in the topmost surface layer results in an ultra-hard diamond crystal surface with dramatically enhanced hardness and Young's modulus. Our findings shed light on the preparation of natural diamond crystal surface with superior mechanical properties.

  16. Deformation behaviour of aluminium single crystals in ultraprecision diamond turning

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. To; W. B. Lee

    2001-01-01

    The physical properties of the machined layer of single crystal aluminium after diamond turning were assessed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) to demonstrate the nature and extent of the plastic deformation process that had occurred in the workpiece. In the range of depth of cut investigated, the microstrain was found to vary with the crystallography of the machined surface, whereas the

  17. Effects of hydrogen atoms on surface conductivity of diamond film

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    Liu, Fengbin; Cui, Yan; Qu, Min; Di, Jiejian

    2015-04-01

    To investigate the effects of surface chemisorbed hydrogen atoms and hydrogen atoms in the subsurface region of diamond on surface conductivity, models of hydrogen atoms chemisorbed on diamond with (100) orientation and various concentrations of hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond were built. By using the first-principles method based on density functional theory, the equilibrium geometries and densities of states of the models were studied. The results showed that the surface chemisorbed hydrogen alone could not induce high surface conductivity. In addition, isolated hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond prefer to exist at the bond centre site of the C-C bond. However, such a structure would induce deep localized states, which could not improve the surface conductivity. When the hydrogen concentration increases, the C-H-C-H structure and C-3Hbc-C structure in the subsurface region are more stable than other configurations. The former is not beneficial to the increase of the surface conductivity. However, the latter would induce strong surface states near the Fermi level, which would give rise to high surface conductivity. Thus, a high concentration of subsurface hydrogen atoms in diamond would make significant contributions to surface conductivity.

  18. Structure and properties of diamond and diamond-like films

    SciTech Connect

    Clausing, R.E. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1993-01-01

    This section is broken into four parts: (1) introduction, (2) natural IIa diamond, (3) importance of structure and composition, and (4) control of structure and properties. Conclusions of this discussion are that properties of chemical vapor deposited diamond films can compare favorably with natural diamond, that properties are anisotropic and are a strong function of structure and crystal perfection, that crystal perfection and morphology are functions of growth conditions and can be controlled, and that the manipulation of texture and thereby surface morphology and internal crystal perfection is an important step in optimizing chemically deposited diamond films for applications.

  19. Low Temperature Growth of Nanostructured Diamond Films on Metals

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    Baker, Paul A.; Catledge, Shane A.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2001-01-01

    The field of nanocrystalline diamond and tetrahedral amorphous carbon films has been the focus of intense experimental activity in the last few years for applications in field emission display devices, optical windows, and tribological coatings, The choice of substrate used in most studies has typically been silicon. For metals, however, the thermal expansion mismatch between the diamond film and substrate gives rise to thermal stress that often results in delamination of the film. To avoid this problem in conventional CVD deposition low substrate temperatures (less than 700 C) have been used, often with the incorporation of oxygen or carbon monoxide to the feedgas mixture. Conventionally grown CVD diamond films are also rough and would require post-deposition polishing for most applications. Therefore, there is an obvious need to develop techniques for deposition of well-adhered, smooth nano-structured diamond films on metals for various tribological applications. In our work, nanostructured diamond films are grown on a titanium alloy substrate using a two-step deposition process. The first step is performed at elevated temperature (820 C) for 30 minutes using a H2/CH4/N2 gas mixture in order to grow a thin (approx. 600 nm) nanostructured diamond layer and improve film adhesion. The remainder of the deposition involves growth at low temperature (less than 600 C) in a H2/CH4/O2 gas mixture. Laser reflectance Interferometry (LRI) pattern during growth of a nanostructured diamond film on Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The first 30 minutes are at a high temperature of 820 C and the rest of the film is grown at a low temperature of 580 T. The fringe pattern is observed till the very end due to extremely low surface roughness of 40 nm. The continuation of the smooth nanostructured diamond film growth during low temperature deposition is confirmed by in-situ laser reflectance interferometry and by post-deposition micro-Raman spectroscopy and surface profilometry. Similar experiments performed without the starting nanostructured diamond layer resulted in poorly adhered films with a more crystalline appearance and a higher surface roughness. This low temperature deposition of nanostructured diamond films on metals offers advantages in cases where high residual thermal stress leads to delamination at high temperatures.

  20. Diamonds on large cardinals Alex Hellsten

    E-print Network

    Hellsten, Alex

    Diamonds on large cardinals Alex Hellsten November 13, 2003 Annales Academi#26; Scientiarum Fennic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 3. Operations on ideals 15 3.1. Diamond principles.3. Subtlety and diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 4. Weak compactness 22 4

  1. CZ: Multiple Inheritance Without Diamonds Donna Malayeri

    E-print Network

    Aldrich, Jonathan

    CZ: Multiple Inheritance Without Diamonds Donna Malayeri Carnegie Mellon University donna, such as mixins and traits. Instead, we ad- dress the diamond problem directly, considering two diffi- culties approach: supporting multiple inheritance but forbidding diamond inheritance. Expressiveness is retained

  2. Diamond Thin Films Handbook David S. Dandy

    E-print Network

    Dandy, David

    1 Diamond Thin Films Handbook Chapter 4 David S. Dandy Department of Chemical Engineering Colorado Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 To appear in Diamond Thin Films Handbook J...............................................................................................................................3 II. Gas-phase processes in CVD diamond

  3. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (1324 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60515)

    1994-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond on a substrate. The method involves providing a substrate surface covered with a fullerene or diamond coating, positioning a fullerene in an ionization source, creating a fullerene vapor, ionizing fullerene molecules, accelerating the fullerene ions to energies above 250 eV to form a fullerene ion beam, impinging the fullerene ion beam on the substrate surface and continuing these steps to obtain a diamond film thickness on the substrate.

  4. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (1324 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60515)

    1993-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond on a substrate is disclosed. The method involves providing a substrate surface covered with a fullerene or diamond coating, positioning a fullerene in an ionization source, creating a fullerene vapor, ionizing fullerene molecules, accelerating the fullerene ions to energies above 250 eV to form a fullerene ion beam, impinging the fullerene ion beam on the substrate surface and continuing these steps to obtain a diamond thickness on the substrate.

  5. Nanocrystalline diamond from carbon nanotubes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. T. Sun; J. L. Gong; Z. Y. Zhu; D. Z. Zhu; S. X. He; Z. X. Wang; Y. Chen; G. Hu

    2004-01-01

    Structural phase transformation from multiwalled carbon nanotubes to nanocrystalline diamond by hydrogen plasma post-treatment was carried out. Ultrahigh equivalent diamond nucleation density above 1011 nuclei\\/cm2 was easily obtained. The diamond formation and growth mechanism was proposed to be the consequence of the formation of sp3 bonded amorphous carbon clusters. The hydrogen chemisorption on curved graphite network and the energy deposited

  6. Diamond turning of glass

    SciTech Connect

    Blackley, W.S.; Scattergood, R.O.

    1988-12-01

    A new research initiative will be undertaken to investigate the critical cutting depth concepts for single point diamond turning of brittle, amorphous materials. Inorganic glasses and a brittle, thermoset polymer (organic glass) are the principal candidate materials. Interrupted cutting tests similar to those done in earlier research are Ge and Si crystals will be made to obtain critical depth values as a function of machining parameters. The results will provide systematic data with which to assess machining performance on glasses and amorphous materials

  7. DIAMOND PEAK WILDERNESS, OREGON.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Sherrod, David R.; Moyle, Phillip R.

    1984-01-01

    No metallic mineral resources were identified during a mineral survey of the Diamond Peak Wilderness in Oregon. Cinder cones within the wilderness contain substantial cinder resources, but similar deposits that are more accessible occur outside the wilderness. The area could have geothermal resources, but available data are insufficient to evaluate their potential. Several deep holes could be drilled in areas of the High Cascades outside the wilderness, from which extrapolations of the geothermal potential of the several Cascade wilderness could be made.

  8. DIAMOND SECONDARY EMITTER

    SciTech Connect

    BEN-ZVI, I.; RAO, T.; BURRILL, A.; CHANG, X.; GRIMES, J.; RANK, J.; SEGALOV, Z.; SMEDLEY, J.

    2005-10-09

    We present the design and experimental progress on the diamond secondary emitter as an electron source for high average power injectors. The design criteria for average currents up to 1 A and charge up to 20 nC are established. Secondary Electron Yield (SEY) exceeding 200 in transmission mode and 50 in emission mode have been measured. Preliminary results on the design and fabrication of the self contained capsule with primary electron source and secondary electron emitter will also be presented.

  9. Conversion of fullerenes to diamonds

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (1324 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60515)

    1995-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond or diamond-like films on a substrate surface. The method involves the steps of providing a vapor selected from the group of fullerene molecules or an inert gas/fullerene molecule mixture, providing energy to the fullerene molecules consisting of carbon-carbon bonds, the energized fullerene molecules breaking down to form fragments of fullerene molecules including C.sub.2 molecules and depositing the energized fullerene molecules with C.sub.2 fragments onto the substrate with farther fragmentation occurring and forming a thickness of diamond or diamond-like films on the substrate surface.

  10. Monolithic diamond Raman laser.

    PubMed

    Reilly, Sean; Savitski, Vasili G; Liu, Hangyu; Gu, Erdan; Dawson, Martin D; Kemp, Alan J

    2015-03-15

    A monolithic diamond Raman laser is reported. It utilizes a 13-mm radius of curvature lens etched onto the diamond surface and dielectric mirror coatings to form a stable resonator. The performance is compared to that of a monolithic diamond Raman laser operating in a plane-plane cavity. On pumping with a compact Q-switched laser at 532 nm (16 ?J pulse energy; 1.5 ns pulse duration; 10 kHz repetition-rate; M2<1.5), laser action was observed at the first, second, and third Stokes wavelengths (573 nm, 620 nm and 676 nm, respectively) in both cases. For the microlens cavity, a conversion efficiency of 84% was achieved from the pump to the total Raman output power, with a slope efficiency of 88%. This compares to a conversion efficiency of 59% and a slope efficiency of 74% for the plane-plane case. Total Raman output powers of 134 and 96 mW were achieved for the microlens and plane-plane cavities, respectively. PMID:25768149

  11. Stable metallization for diamond and other materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bachli, Andreas (Inventor); Kolawa, Elzbieta (Inventor); Nicolet, Marc-Aurele (Inventor); Vandersande, Jan W. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    An adherent and metallurgically stable metallization system for diamond is presented. The big improvement in metallurgical stability is attributed to the use of a ternary, amorphous Ti--Si--N diffusion barrier. No diffusion between the layers and no delamination of the metallization was observed after annealing the schemes at 400.degree. C. for 100 hours and at 900.degree. C. for 30 minutes. Thermal cycling experiments in air from -65 to 155.degree. C. and adhesion tests were performed. Various embodiments are disclosed.

  12. Nanocrystalline tungsten carbide: As incompressible as diamond

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    Lin, Zhijun; Wang, Lin; Zhang, Jianzhong; Mao, Ho-kwang; Zhao, Yusheng

    2009-11-01

    We investigate the compressibility of nanocrystalline tungsten carbide (nano-WC) using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Nano-WC displays a bulk modulus (452 GPa) comparable to that of diamond; it is 10%-15% larger than previously reported values for bulk WC. This finding is consistent with a generalized model of nanocrystal with a compressed surface layer. The linear bulk moduli of nano-WC along a- and c-axes were determined to be 407 and 546 GPa, respectively. First-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the experimental observations of an anisotropic linear compressibility and a lower bulk modulus for microsized WC.

  13. Boron-doped superlattices and Bragg mirrors in diamond

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    Fiori, A.; Bousquet, J.; Eon, D.; Omnès, F.; Bellet-Amalric, E.; Bustarret, E.

    2014-08-01

    A periodic modulation of the boron doping level of single crystal diamond multilayers over more than three orders of magnitude during epitaxial growth by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition is shown to yield Bragg mirrors in the visible. The thicknesses and doping level of the individual layers were controlled by in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry, enabling to tune the reflectance peak to the wavelength range of diamond color centers, such as NV0 or NV-. The crystalline quality, periodicity, and sharpness of the doping transitions in these doping superlattices over tens of periods were confirmed by high resolution X-ray diffraction.

  14. Photo- and thermionic emission of MWPECVD nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Cicala, G.; Magaletti, V.; Valentini, A.; Nitti, M. A.; Bellucci, A.; Trucchi, D. M.

    2014-11-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films with and without a diamond buffer layer (BL) have been grown on p-type silicon substrates by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique at different values of deposition temperature (652-884 °C). The photo- and thermionic electron emission properties of NCD films have been investigated, illustrated and explained by analyzing the surface morphology and the grain shape determined by atomic force microscopy, the chemical-structural properties by Raman spectroscopy and nanocrystallites size by X-ray diffraction. The NCD films with BL grown at the highest deposition temperature have shown the highest photo- and thermionic emission currents.

  15. Boron-doped superlattices and Bragg mirrors in diamond

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    Fiori, A. [University of Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, 38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, 25 rue des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble (France); National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Bousquet, J.; Eon, D.; Omnès, F.; Bustarret, E., E-mail: Etienne.bustarret@neel.cnrs.fr [University of Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, 38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, 25 rue des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble (France); Bellet-Amalric, E. [University of Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, 38042 Grenoble (France); CEA-Grenoble, INAC/SP2M, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble (France)

    2014-08-25

    A periodic modulation of the boron doping level of single crystal diamond multilayers over more than three orders of magnitude during epitaxial growth by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition is shown to yield Bragg mirrors in the visible. The thicknesses and doping level of the individual layers were controlled by in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry, enabling to tune the reflectance peak to the wavelength range of diamond color centers, such as NV{sup 0} or NV{sup ?}. The crystalline quality, periodicity, and sharpness of the doping transitions in these doping superlattices over tens of periods were confirmed by high resolution X-ray diffraction.

  16. Microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of nanocrystalline diamond films by bias-enhanced nucleation and bias-enhanced growth

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    Chu, Yueh-Chieh [Institute of Microelectronics, National Cheng Kung University No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Tzeng, Yonhua, E-mail: tzengyo@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Institute of Microelectronics, National Cheng Kung University No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronics Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University No.1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Auciello, Orlando [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Texas in Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, Texas 75080 (United States)

    2014-01-14

    Effects of biasing voltage-current relationship on microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films on (100) silicon in hydrogen diluted methane by bias-enhanced nucleation and bias-enhanced growth processes are reported. Three biasing methods are applied to study their effects on nucleation, growth, and microstructures of deposited UNCD films. Method A employs 320?mA constant biasing current and a negative biasing voltage decreasing from ?490?V to ?375?V for silicon substrates pre-heated to 800?°C. Method B employs 400?mA constant biasing current and a decreasing negative biasing voltage from ?375?V to ?390?V for silicon pre-heated to 900?°C. Method C employs ?350?V constant biasing voltage and an increasing biasing current up to 400?mA for silicon pre-heated to 800?°C. UNCD nanopillars, merged clusters, and dense films with smooth surface morphology are deposited by the biasing methods A, B, and C, respectively. Effects of ion energy and flux controlled by the biasing voltage and current, respectively, on nucleation, growth, microstructures, surface morphologies, and UNCD contents are confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission-electron-microscopy, and UV Raman scattering.

  17. Influence of diamond surface termination on thermal boundary conductance between Al and diamond

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    Monachon, Christian; Weber, Ludger [Laboratoire de Metallurgie Mecanique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland)] [Laboratoire de Metallurgie Mecanique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2013-05-14

    The effect of diamond surface treatment on the Thermal Boundary Conductance (TBC) between Al and diamond is investigated. The treatments consist in either of the following: exposition to a plasma of pure Ar, Ar:H and Ar:O, and HNO{sub 3}:H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} acid dip for various times. The surface of diamond after treatment is analyzed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, revealing hydrogen termination for the as-received and Ar:H plasma treated samples, pure sp{sup 2} termination for Ar treated ones and oxygen (keton-like) termination for the other treatments. At ambient, all the specific treatments improve the TBC between Al and diamond from 23 {+-} 2 MW m{sup -2} K{sup -1} for the as-received to 65 {+-} 5, 125 {+-} 20, 150 {+-} 20, 180 {+-} 20 MW m{sup -2} K{sup -1} for the ones treated by Ar:H plasma, acid, pure Ar plasma, and Ar:O plasma with an evaporated Al layer on top, respectively. The effect of these treatments on temperature dependence are also observed and compared with the most common models available in the literature as well as experimental values in the same system. The results obtained show that the values measured for an Ar:O plasma treated diamond with Al sputtered on top stay consistently higher than the values existing in the literature over a temperature range from 78 to 290 K, probably due a lower sample surface roughness. Around ambient, the TBC values measured lay close to or even somewhat above the radiation limit, suggesting that inelastic or electronic processes may influence the transfer of heat at this metal/dielectric interface.

  18. Conversion of p-type to n-type diamond by exposure to a deuterium plasma

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    Kalish, R.; Saguy, C.; Cytermann, C.; Chevallier, J.; Teukam, Z.; Jomard, F.; Kociniewski, T.; Ballutaud, D.; Butler, J.E.; Baron, C.; Deneuville, A. [Physics Department, Solid State Institute, Technion, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Laboratoire de Physique des Solides et de Cristallogenese, UMR CNRS 8635, 1 place A.Briand, 92195 Meudon Cedex (France); Naval Research Laboratory, Code 6174, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Laboratoire d'Etudes des Proprietes Electroniques des Solides, CNRS, Boite Postale 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France)

    2004-12-15

    The lack of a shallow donor in diamond with reasonable room temperature conductivity has been a major obstacle, until now, for the realization of many diamond based electronic devices. Most recently it has been shown that exposure of p-type (B doped) homoepitaxial diamond layers to a deuterium plasma can result in the formation of n-type diamond with a shallow donor state (E{sub a}=0.34 eV) and high room temperature mobility (430 cm{sup 2}/V s) [Z. Teukam et al., Nat. Mater. 2, 482 (2003); C. Saguy et al., Diamond Relat. Mater. 13, 700 (2004)]. Experimental results, based on the comparison of secondary ion mass spectrometry profiles of B and D and Hall effect measurements at different temperatures are presented. They confirm the previous speculation that some deuterium related complex is responsible for the donor activity in diamond. These donors are shown to be formed in a two-step process. First, deuterium diffuses into the entire B containing layer rather slowly, being trapped by the boron acceptors and passivating them. Once all B have formed complexes, further exposure to a D plasma results in the formation of a layer that contains about twice as many D atoms as the B content. This step is the one that gives rise to the excellent n-type features observed. The most recent theoretical attempts to explain the donor state by simulations of various boron-hydrogen complexes in diamond are reviewed.

  19. Friction and Wear Properties of As-Deposited and Carbon Ion-Implanted Diamond Films

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1996-01-01

    Recent work on the friction and wear properties of as-deposited and carbon ion-implanted diamond films was reviewed. Diamond films were produced by the microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. Diamond films with various grain sizes and surface roughnesses were implanted with carbon ions at 60 keV ion energy, resulting in a dose of 1.2 x 10(exp 17) carbon ions per cm(exp 2). Various analytical techniques, including Raman spectroscopy, proton recoil analysis, Rutherford backscattering, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction, were utilized to characterize the diamond films. Sliding friction experiments were conducted with a polished natural diamond pin in contact with diamond films in the three environments: humid air (40% relative humidity), dry nitrogen (less than 1 percent relative humidity), and ultrahigh vacuum (10(exp -7) Pa). The CVD diamond films indeed have friction and wear properties similar to those of natural diamond in the three environments. The as-deposited, fine-grain diamond films can be effectively used as self-lubricating, wear-resistant coatings that have low coefficients of friction (0.02 to 0.04) and low wear rates (10(exp -7) to lO(exp -8) mm(exp 3) N(exp -1) m(exp -1)) in both humid air and dry nitrogen. However, they have high coefficients of friction (1.5 to 1.7) and a high wear rate (10(exp -4) mm(exp 7) N(exp -1) m(exp -1)) in ultrahigh vacuum. The carbon ion implantation produced a thin surficial layer (less than 0.1 micron thick) of amorphous, non-diamond carbon on the diamond films. In humid air and dry nitrogen, the ion-implanted, fine and coarse-grain diamond films have a low coefficient of friction (around 0.1) and a low wear rate (10(exp -7) mm(exp 3) N(exp -1) m(exp-1)). Even in ultrahigh vacuum, the presence of the non-diamond carbon layer reduced the coefficient of friction of fine-grain diamond films to 0.1 or lower and the wear rate to 10(exp -6) mm(exp 3) N(exp -1) m(exp -1). Thus, the carbon ion-implanted, fine-grain diamond films can be effectively used as wear-resistant, self-lubricating coatings not only in air and dry nitrogen, but also in ultrahigh vacuum.

  20. Improving nanocrystalline diamond coatings for micro end mills

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    Heaney, Patrick J.

    A new method is presented for coating 300 mum diameter tungsten carbide (WC) micro end mills with diamond using a hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) method. This method has been developed to create uniform, conformal and continuous diamond coatings. Initial work is shown to prove the feasibility and concept of the project. This was the first work known to coat and evaluate the machining performance WC micro end mills. The performance of uncoated and coated micro end mills was evaluated by dry machining channels in 6061-T6 aluminum. The test results showed a 75% and 90% decrease in both cutting and trust forces for machining, respectfully. The coated tools produced a more predictable surface finish with no burring. These improved results are due to the superior tribological properties of diamond against aluminum. Initial results indicated severe problems with coating delamination causing complete tool failure. After proving the initial concept, new methods for optimizing the coating and improving performance were studied. Each optimization step is monitored through surface analysis techniques to monitor changes in coating morphology and diamond quality. Nucleation density was increased by improving the seed method, using ultra dispersed diamond (UDD) seed. The increase in nucleation density allowed the synthesis of coatings as thin as 60 nm. The adhesion of the coating to the tool was improved through carbon ion implantation (CII). CII is a different surface preparation technique that deactivates the effect of Co, while not weakening the tool. CII also creates a great nucleation layer which diamond can directly grow from, allowing the diamond coating to chemically bond to the substrate improving adhesion and eliminating the need for a seed layer. These thin coatings were shown to be of high quality sp3 trigonaly bonded diamond that resulted in lower machining forces with less delamination. The 90% reduction in machining forces that thin conformal diamond coatings can achieve for micro end mills directly influences the accuracy of parts and the speed with which they can be made. A 50% reduction in forces could be used to double the material removal rate, cutting the part machining cost in half.

  1. Diamonds: Exploration, mines and marketing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    George H. Read

    2009-01-01

    The beauty, value and mystique of exceptional quality diamonds such as the 603 carat Lesotho Promise, recovered from the Letseng Mine in 2006, help to drive a multi-billion dollar diamond exploration, mining and marketing industry that operates in some 45 countries across the globe. Five countries, Botswana, Russia, Canada, South Africa and Angola account for 83% by value and 65%

  2. Finishing tubular diamond turned optics

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    Brown, N.J.; Fuchs, B.A.

    1986-08-01

    Single Point Diamond Turning can produce adequate accuracy in figure and roundness for most x-ray grazing incidence optics. It cannot produce adequate smoothness, necessitating that the metallic optics be diamond-polished using the method described in this report.

  3. ‘BLACK DIAMOND’ THORNLESS TRAILING BLACKBERRY

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Washington Agricultural Research Center have released 'Black Diamond', a thornless (botanically “spineless”) blackberry for the processing and fresh market. 'Black Diamond...

  4. Micro CVD diamond heat sink

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    Lu, Wenzhuang; Ai, Guoping; Li, Pin; Sun, Yuli; Zhang, Dan; Zuo, Dunwen

    2013-08-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond film has broad application prospect as heat sink in microelectronic field for its excellent thermal conductivity. The micro CVD diamond heat sinks with the size of 50?m×100?m×2000?m were prepared using mould copy technique. The micro silicon moulds for deposition of micro CVD diamond heat sinks were fabricated using inductivity coupling plasma (ICP) etching process. Micro CVD diamond heat sinks were synthesized under 2% methane and 98% hydrogen by hot filament CVD (HFCVD) method. The micro CVD diamond heat sinks were investigated by SEM, Raman and photo thermal deflection. The results show that favorable micro CVD heat sinks having a thermal conductivity of 960W·m-1·K-1 can be prepared by mould copy technique.

  5. Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 13931401 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond

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    Tzeng, Yonhua

    Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 1393­1401 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond CVD diamond grown Abstract Diamond has been deposited on silicon and molybdenum substrates by microwave plasma enhanced/O ratio around 1:1 was found necessary for diamond to be deposited under our deposition conditions

  6. Diamond nanoelectrode arrays for the detection of surface sensitive adsorption.

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    Hees, Jakob; Hoffmann, René; Yang, Nianjun; Nebel, Christoph E

    2013-08-19

    Nanocrystalline diamond nanoelectrode arrays (NEAs) have been applied to investigate surface-sensitive adsorption phenomena at the diamond-liquid interface. The adsorption of neutral methyl viologen (MV(0) ) was used as a model system. The adsorption of MV(0) was examined on hydrogen- and oxygen-terminated surfaces. On the hydrogenated nanoelectrode surface, a sharp anodic stripping peak was observed upon oxidation of MV(0) , revealing strong adsorption of MV(0) . In contrast, a sigmoidal voltammogram was recorded with an oxygenated electrode surface, indicating there was no MV(0) adsorption. The changes in the shapes of these voltammograms are due to the drastic changes that occur in the diffusion profiles during the transition. The diffusion profile changes from hemispherical diffusion on oxygen-terminated surfaces to thin-layer electrochemistry upon adsorption on hydrogen-terminated surfaces. Different types and concentrations of buffer solutions were then used to vary the interaction of MV(0) with diamond NEAs. The results suggest that the adsorption of MV(0) on hydrogen-terminated diamond NEAs is controlled by hydrophobic interactions. Therefore, diamond NEAs are ideal for the study of adsorption phenomena at the liquid-solid interface with voltammetry. PMID:23846868

  7. The EKATI - Kimberlite - Diamond - Mine in Canada

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Janine Mundt

    This paper deals with the kimberlites and diamonds of the Ekati Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada, which lies in the central part of the canadian slave craton and is operated by the BHP Billiton Diamond Inc.. 150 kimberlites were discovered at Ekati and five of them are mined for diamonds. The most Ekati kimberlites are pipe-like bodies and their age rang

  8. Thursday, February 28, 2013 Diamond Alumni Centre

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    Thursday, February 28, 2013 Diamond Alumni Centre List revised: 2/25/2013 2:53:00 PM Community Award Gaze, Christopher Order of British Columbia Giardini, Anne Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Taylor, Carole Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Thirsk

  9. Curriculum Vitae Mr. Howard J. Diamond

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    Curriculum Vitae Mr. Howard J. Diamond NOAA/National Climatic Data Center 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite) Fax: +1-301-427-0033 Email: howard.diamond@noaa.gov or h.diamond@auckland.ac.nz Personal Statement: Howard Diamond has worked in various positions within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  10. REVIEW ARTICLE: Diamond for bio-sensor applications

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    Nebel, Christoph E.; Rezek, Bohuslav; Shin, Dongchan; Uetsuka, Hiroshi; Yang, Nianjun

    2007-10-01

    A summary of photo- and electrochemical surface modifications applied on single-crystalline chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond films is given. The covalently bonded formation of amine- and phenyl-linker molecule layers is characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), cyclic voltammetry and field-effect transistor characterization experiments. Amine- and phenyl-layers are very different with respect to formation, growth, thickness and molecule arrangement. We detect a single-molecular layer of amine-linker molecules on diamond with a density of about 1014 cm-2 (10% of carbon bonds). Amine molecules are bonded only on initially H-terminated surface areas to carbon. In the case of electrochemical deposition of phenyl-layers, multi-layer formation is detected due to three-dimensional (3D) growths. This gives rise to the formation of typically 25 Å thick layers. The electrochemical grafting of boron-doped diamond works on H-terminated and oxidized surfaces. After reacting such films with hetero-bifunctional crosslinker molecules, thiol-modified ss-DNA markers are bonded to the organic system. Application of fluorescence and AFM on hybridized DNA films shows dense arrangements with densities of up to 1013 cm-2. The DNA is tilted by an angle of about 35° with respect to the diamond surface. Shortening the bonding time of thiol-modified ss-DNA to 10 min causes a decrease of DNA density to about 1012 cm-2. Application of AFM scratching experiments shows threshold removal forces of around 75 nN for DNA bonded on phenyl-linker molecules and of about 45 nN for DNA bonded to amine-linker molecules. DNA sensor applications using Fe(CN6)3-/4- mediator redox molecules, impedance spectroscopy and DNA-field effect transistor devices performances are introduced and discussed.

  11. Direct coating adherent diamond films on Fe-based alloy substrate: the roles of Al, Cr in enhancing interfacial adhesion and promoting diamond growth.

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    Li, X J; He, L L; Li, Y S; Yang, Q; Hirose, A

    2013-08-14

    Direct CVD deposition of dense, continuous, and adherent diamond films on conventional Fe-based alloys has long been considered impossible. The current study demonstrates that such a deposition can be realized on Al, Cr-modified Fe-based alloy substrate (FeAl or FeCrAl). To clarify the fundamental mechanism of Al, Cr in promoting diamond growth and enhancing interfacial adhesion, fine structure and chemical analysis around the diamond film-substrate interface have been comprehensively characterized by transmission electron microscopy. An intermediate graphite layer forms on those Al-free substrates such as pure Fe and FeCr, which significantly deteriorates the interfacial adhesion of diamond. In contrast, such a graphite layer is absent on the FeAl and FeCrAl substrates, whereas a very thin Al-rich amorphous oxide sublayer is always identified between the diamond film and substrate interface. These comparative results indicate that the Al-rich interfacial oxide layer acts as an effective barrier to prevent the formation of graphite phase and consequently enhance diamond growth and adhesion. The adhesion of diamond film formed on FeCrAl is especially superior to that formed on FeAl substrate. This can be further attributed to a synergetic effect including the reduced fraction of Al and the decreased substrate thermal-expansion coefficient on FeCrAl in comparison with FeAl, and a mechanical interlocking effect due to the formation of interfacial chromium carbides. Accordingly, a mechanism model is proposed to account for the different interfacial adhesion of diamond grown on the various Fe-based substrates. PMID:23829602

  12. Friction and Wear Properties of As-deposited and Carbon Ion-implanted Diamond Films

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1994-01-01

    Recent work on the friction and wear properties of as-deposited and carbon ion-implanted diamond films was reviewed. Diamond films were produced by the microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. Diamond films with various grain sizes and surface roughnesses were implanted with carbon ions at 60 ke V ion energy, resulting in a dose of 1.2310(exp 17) carbon ions/cm(exp 2). Various analytical techniques, including Raman spectroscopy, proton recoil analysis, Rutherford backscattering, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction, were utilized to characterize the diamond films. Sliding friction experiments were conducted with a polished natural diamond pin in contact with diamond films in the three environments: humid air (40 percent relative humidity), dry nitrogen (less than 1 percent relative humidity), and ultrahigh vacuum (10(exp -7) Pa). The CVD diamond films indeed have friction and were properties similar to those of natural diamond in the three environments. The as-deposited, fine-grain diamond films can be effectively used as self-lubricating, wear-resistant coatings that have low coefficients of friction (0.02 to 0.04) and low wear rates (10(exp -7) to 10(exp -8)mm(exp 3)/N-m) in both humid air and dry nitrogen. However, they have high coefficients of friction (1.5 to 1.7) and a high wear rate (10(exp -4)mm(exp 3/N-m) in ultrahigh vacuum. The carbon ion implanation produced a thin surficial layer (less than 0.1 micron thick) of amorphous, nondiamond carbon on the diamond films. In humid air and dry nitrogen, the ion-implanted, fine- and coarse-grain diamond films have a low coefficient of friction (around 0.1) and a low wear rate (10(exp -7)mm(exp 3/N-m). Even in ultrahigh vacuum, the presence of the nondiamond carbon layer reduced the coefficient of friction of fine-grain diamond films to 0.1 or lower and the wear rate to 10(exp -6)mm(exp 3)/N-m. Thus, the carbon ion-implanted, fine-grain diamond films can be effectively used as wear-resistant, self-lubricating coatings not only in air and dry nitrogen, but also in ultrahigh vacuum. The wear mechanism of diamond films is that of small fragments chipping off the surface. The size of wear particles is related to the extent of wear rates.

  13. Reducing GaN-on-diamond interfacial thermal resistance for high power transistor applications

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    Sun, Huarui; Simon, Roland B.; Pomeroy, James W.; Francis, Daniel; Faili, Firooz; Twitchen, Daniel J.; Kuball, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Integration of chemical vapor deposited polycrystalline diamond offers promising thermal performance for GaN-based high power radio frequency amplifiers. One limiting factor is the thermal barrier at the GaN to diamond interface, often referred to as the effective thermal boundary resistance (TBReff). Using a combination of transient thermoreflectance measurement, finite element modeling and microstructural analysis, the TBReff of GaN-on-diamond wafers is shown to be dominated by the SiNx interlayer for diamond growth seeding, with additional impacts from the diamond nucleation surface. By decreasing the SiNx layer thickness and minimizing the diamond nucleation region, TBReff can be significantly reduced, and a TBReff as low as 12 m2K/GW is demonstrated. This enables a major improvement in GaN-on-diamond transistor thermal resistance with respect to GaN-on-SiC wafers. A further reduction in TBReff towards the diffuse mismatch limit is also predicted, demonstrating the full potential of using diamond as the heat spreading substrate.

  14. Diamonds in the Sky

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    Brotherton, M.

    2004-12-01

    My first science fiction novel, Star Dragon, just recently available in paperback from Tor, features a voyage to the cataclysmic variable star system SS Cygni. My second novel, Spider Star, to appear early in 2006, takes place in and around a dark matter ``planet'' orbiting a neutron star. Both novels are ``hard'' science fiction, relying on accurate physics to inform the tales. It's possible to bring to life abstract concepts like special relativity, and alien environments like accretion disks, by using science fiction. Novels are difficult to use in a science class, but short stories offer intriguing possibilities. I'm planning to edit an anthology of hard science fiction stories that contain accurate science and emphasize fundamental ideas in modern astronomy. The working title is Diamonds in the Sky. The collection will be a mix of original stories and reprints, highlighting challenging concepts covered in a typical introductory astronomy course. Larry Niven's classic story, ``Neutron Star," is an excellent demonstration of extreme tidal forces in an astronomical context. Diamonds in the Sky will include forewards and afterwards to the stories, including discussion questions and mathematical formulas/examples as appropriate. I envision this project will be published electronically or through a print-on-demand publisher, providing long-term availabilty and keeping low cost. I encourage interested parties to suggest previously published stories, or to suggest which topics must be included.

  15. Carrier transport mechanism of Ohmic contact to p-type diamond

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    Yokoba, M.; Koide, Yasuo; Otsuki, A.; Ako, F.; Oku, T.; Murakami, Masanori

    1997-05-01

    The carrier transport mechanism through the p-diamond/metal interface was studied by measuring specific contact resistances (?c) using a transmission line method for Ti, Mo, and Cr (carbide forming metals) and Pd and Co (carbon soluble metals) metals contacting to the boron-doped polycrystalline diamond films. Schottky barrier heights (?B) of around 0.5 eV were measured for the annealed contacts. The present result indicates that formation of thermally stable graphite layers at the diamond/metal interfaces upon annealing would pin the Fermi level of the p-diamond. This model led to the preparation of in situ Ohmic contacts by depositing a thin diamondlike carbon on the p-diamond surface prior to metal deposition, and also to excellent Schottky contacts with breakdown voltages higher than 900 V. The present experiment concluded that the existence of a graphite layer at the diamond/metal interface controlled the electrical properties through the p-diamond/metal interface.

  16. Investigation of nucleation and growth processes of diamond films by atomic force microscopy

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    George, M. A.; Burger, A.; Collins, W. E.; Davidson, J. L.; Barnes, A. V.; Tolk, N. H.

    1994-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposited polycrystalline diamond films were studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). AFM images were obtained for (1) nucleated diamond films produced from depositions that were terminated during the initial stages of growth, (2) the silicon substrate-diamond film interface side of diamond films (1-4 micrometers thick) removed from the original surface of the substrate, and (3) the cross-sectional fracture surface of the film, including the Si/diamond interface. Pronounced tip effects were observed for early-stage diamond nucleation attributed to tip convolution in the AFM images. AFM images of the film's cross section and interface, however, were not highly affected by tip convolution, and the images indicate that the surface of the silicon substrate is initially covered by a small grained polycrystalline-like film and the formation of this precursor film is followed by nucleation of the diamond film on top of this layer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra indicate that some silicon carbide is present in the precursor layer.

  17. Investigation of nucleation and growth processes of diamond films by atomic force microscopy

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    George, M. A.; Burger, A.; Collins, Warren E.; Hu, Z.

    1995-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited (PECVD) polycrystalline diamond films were studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). AFM images were obtained for: (1) nucleated diamond films produced from depositions that were terminated during the initial stages of growth, (2) the silicon substrate-diamond film interface side of diamond films (1-4 micrometers thick) removed from the original surface of the substrate, and (3) cross-sectional fracture surface of the film, including the Si/diamond interface. Pronounced tip effects were observed for early-stage diamond nucleation attributed to tip convolution in the AFM images. AFM images of the films cross-section and interface however were not affected by tip convolution, and the images indicate that the surface of the silicon substrate is initially covered by small grained polycrystalline-like film and the formation of this precursor film is followed by nucleation of the diamond film on top of this layer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscoy (XPS) spectra indicates that some silicon carbide is present in the precursor layer.

  18. Electrochemically grafted polypyrrole changes photoluminescence of electronic states inside nanocrystalline diamond

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    Galá?, P.; ?ermák, J.; Malý, P.; Kromka, A.; Rezek, B.

    2014-12-01

    Hybrid diamond-organic interfaces are considered attractive for diverse applications ranging from electronics and energy conversion to medicine. Here we use time-resolved and time-integrated photoluminescence spectroscopy in visible spectral range (380-700 nm) to study electronic processes in H-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films (NCD) with 150 nm thin, electrochemically deposited polypyrrole (PPy) layer. We observe changes in dynamics of NCD photoluminescence as well as in its time-integrated spectra after polymer deposition. The effect is reversible. We propose a model where the PPy layer on the NCD surface promotes spatial separation of photo-generated charge carriers both in non-diamond carbon phase and in bulk diamond. By comparing different NCD thicknesses we show that the effect goes as much as 200 nm deep inside the NCD film.

  19. "Compressed graphite" formed during C60 to diamond transformation as revealed by scattering computed tomography.

    PubMed

    Álvarez-Murga, M; Bleuet, P; Garbarino, G; Salamat, A; Mezouar, M; Hodeau, J L

    2012-07-13

    The collapsing of C60 into polycrystalline diamond has been studied after nonhydrostatic pressurization at ambient temperature using x-ray scattering computed tomography. Using this selective structural probe we provide evidence of concentric coexistence of "compressed graphite" (d(00l)?3.09-3.11??Å), sp2-graphitelike phase (d(00l)?3.35-3.42??Å), and sp3-like amorphous carbon surrounding polycrystalline diamond (a?3.56-3.59??Å). The so-called "compressed graphite" exhibits a collapsed c axis and is textured with disordered layers. This latter phase is better described as a short interlayered carbon phase with buckled sp2-sp3 layers with possible interlayer bonding. Additionally, our 3D maps of phase distribution and of the residual stress retained in the polycrystalline diamond phase support the importance of stressed synthesis conditions for diamond formation. PMID:23030177

  20. ``Compressed Graphite'' Formed During C60 to Diamond Transformation as Revealed by Scattering Computed Tomography

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    Álvarez-Murga, M.; Bleuet, P.; Garbarino, G.; Salamat, A.; Mezouar, M.; Hodeau, J. L.

    2012-07-01

    The collapsing of C60 into polycrystalline diamond has been studied after nonhydrostatic pressurization at ambient temperature using x-ray scattering computed tomography. Using this selective structural probe we provide evidence of concentric coexistence of “compressed graphite” (d00l˜3.09-3.11Å), sp2-graphitelike phase (d00l˜3.35-3.42Å), and sp3-like amorphous carbon surrounding polycrystalline diamond (a˜3.56-3.59Å). The so-called “compressed graphite” exhibits a collapsed c axis and is textured with disordered layers. This latter phase is better described as a short interlayered carbon phase with buckled sp2-sp3 layers with possible interlayer bonding. Additionally, our 3D maps of phase distribution and of the residual stress retained in the polycrystalline diamond phase support the importance of stressed synthesis conditions for diamond formation.

  1. Enhanced Nucleation and Smoothness of Nanocrystalline Diamond Films via W-C Gradient Interlayer

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    Wei, Qiuping; Yu, Zhiming; Ma, Li; Yin, Dengfeng

    CVD diamond coating was deposited on to 13%wt. Co-containing tungsten cemented carbide surfaces using a hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) to improve wear properties and performance of WC-13%wt.Co. Prior to the deposition of the diamond films, a W-C gradient intermediate layer had been sputtered on WC-13%wt.Co. The surface and cross-section morphology, phase transformation, and grain size distribution of the samples were investigated by means of field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and atomic force microscope (AFM), respectively. The results show that W-C gradient intermediate layers can effectively reduce the diffusion of Co in cemented carbide substrates during diamond deposition process, resulting high nucleation density and ultra smooth nanocrystalline diamond films.

  2. Chemical-Vapor-Deposited Diamond Film

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1999-01-01

    This chapter describes the nature of clean and contaminated diamond surfaces, Chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) diamond film deposition technology, analytical techniques and the results of research on CVD diamond films, and the general properties of CVD diamond films. Further, it describes the friction and wear properties of CVD diamond films in the atmosphere, in a controlled nitrogen environment, and in an ultra-high-vacuum environment.

  3. Building Diamond-free Posets Aaron Dutle

    E-print Network

    Biro, Csaba

    Building Diamond-free Posets Aaron Dutle AMS Southeastern Sectional October 5, 2013 Joint with ´Eva Czabarka, Travis Johnston, and L´aszl´o Sz´ekely Dutle Building Diamond-free Posets #12;The Diamond Johnston, and L´aszl´o Sz´ekely Dutle The Diamond Conjecture is False #12;#12;Building Diamond-free Posets

  4. Competitive graphitization and diamond growth on hot-dip aluminized carbon steel substrate

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    Li, Y. S.; Ma, H. T.; Yang, L. Z.; Zhang, C. Z.; Feng, R. F.; Yang, Q.; Hirose, A.

    2014-09-01

    When carbon steel is directly exposed in 99%H2-1%CH4 gas mixture for plasma enhanced CVD deposition of diamond coatings, an intermediate graphite layer is preferentially formed on the substrate surface, and the substrate is subjected to a severe internal carburization attack. The diamond coatings formed easily delaminate from the steel substrate. Hot dip aluminizing treatment of the carbon steel has markedly promoted diamond nucleation, growth and interfacial adhesion. The formation of graphite intermediate phase on the substrate surface is effectively inhibited and the substrate carburization is also suppressed. The possible mechanism of this transition is discussed based on a series of analytical techniques.

  5. Diamond and Related Materials 6 ( 1997) 1759-I771 Simulation of morphological instabilities during diamond

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    Dandy, David

    Diamond and Related Materials 6 ( 1997) 1759- I771 Simulation of morphological instabilities during diamond chemical vapor deposition P. Mahalingam, D.S. Dandy * Departnlent of Chemical Engineering Abstract The diamond chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process has been investigated theoretically

  6. Bias-enhanced nucleation of diamond on molybdenum: A photoelectron spectroscopy study of the initial stages of the growth process

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    Reinke, P.; Oelhafen, P.

    1998-09-01

    In this study we present an investigation of the bias-enhanced nucleation and early stages of diamond growth on molybdenum. The progression of the different stages of the nucleation and growth was observed using photoelectron spectroscopy with excitation energies in the ultraviolet and x-ray regime. Subsequent to the film deposition the samples were transferred to the analysis chamber without breaking the vacuum. To achieve high nuclei densities methane concentrations in excess of about 20% diluted in hydrogen and a dc bias of -400 V are required. During the bias-enhanced nucleation period a molybdenum carbide interface is formed and the codeposition of a graphitic carbon layer and diamond is observed. The graphitic carbon layer is subsequently removed during the diamond growth step, where deposition conditions conducive of diamond growth are maintained and a continuous diamond film is formed after 40 min. The results are compared with those obtained for the bias-enhanced nucleation on silicon.

  7. Tailoring nanocrystalline diamond film properties

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); McCauley, Thomas G. (Somerville, MA); Zhou, Dan (Orlando, FL); Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL)

    2003-07-15

    A method for controlling the crystallite size and growth rate of plasma-deposited diamond films. A plasma is established at a pressure in excess of about 55 Torr with controlled concentrations of hydrogen up to about 98% by volume, of unsubstituted hydrocarbons up to about 3% by volume and an inert gas of one or more of the noble gases and nitrogen up to about 98% by volume. The volume ratio of inert gas to hydrogen is preferably maintained at greater than about 4, to deposit a diamond film on a suitable substrate. The diamond film is deposited with a predetermined crystallite size and at a predetermined growth rate.

  8. Properties of CVD diamond domes

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    Wort, C.J.H.; Brandon, J.R.; Dorn, B.S.C. [Diamanx Products Ltd., Isle of Man (United Kingdom)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    This paper describes the properties of CVD diamond material, which can be fabricated as domes up to 70 mm in diameter, by plasma assisted CVD (PACVD). Domes of {open_quotes}near-net-shape{close_quotes} are reported, showing that good thickness and crystal morphology uniformity are obtained during the synthesis stage. Preliminary results on the processing of {open_quotes}as-grown{close_quotes} CVD diamond domes and the tolerances achieved (in the correct spherical shape) for IR optical applications are presented. Finally, the characterisation of IR and optical properties and mechanical strength of CVD diamond planar samples is reported.

  9. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (1324 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60515)

    1994-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic hydrogen defect free diamond or diamond like films on a substrate. The method involves providing vapor containing fullerene molecules with or without an inert gas, providing a device to impart energy to the fullerene molecules, fragmenting at least in part some of the fullerene molecules in the vapor or energizing the molecules to incipient fragmentation, ionizing the fullerene molecules, impinging ionized fullerene molecules on the substrate to assist in causing fullerene fragmentation to obtain a thickness of diamond on the substrate.

  10. Method of dehalogenation using diamonds

    DOEpatents

    Farcasiu, Malvina (Roslyn Harbor, NY); Kaufman, Phillip B. (Lafayette, LA); Ladner, Edward P. (Pittsburgh, PA); Anderson, Richard R. (Brownsville, PA)

    2000-01-01

    A method for preparing olefins and halogenated olefins is provided comprising contacting halogenated compounds with diamonds for a sufficient time and at a sufficient temperature to convert the halogenated compounds to olefins and halogenated olefins via elimination reactions.

  11. Diamond turning of optical crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Saito, T.T.; Syn, C.K.; Fuchs, B.A.; Velsko, S.P.

    1990-03-01

    Diamond turning (DT) has proven to be a cost effective optical fabrication technique for both aspherical and spherical/flat figures when precise geometrical tolerances are important. We are interested in the DT of crystals for several reasons. DT has been very effective to insure requisite accurate geometrical orientation of optical surfaces to crystalline axes for frequency conversion applications. Also, DT can achieve figure up to the edge of the crystal. Another key DT benefit is enhanced laser damage threshold, which we feel in part is due to the freedom of the surface from polishing impurities. Several important issues for diamond turning optical crystals are the tool wear, associated surface finish, and laser damage properties. We have found that careful selection and control of diamond turning parameters can yield production techniques for crystals previously considered incompatible with diamond turning. 8 refs., 2 tabs.

  12. Fabrication of amorphous diamond films

    DOEpatents

    Falabella, S.

    1995-12-12

    Amorphous diamond films having a significant reduction in intrinsic stress are prepared by biasing a substrate to be coated and depositing carbon ions thereon under controlled temperature conditions. 1 fig.

  13. Growth of twin-free heteroepitaxial diamond on Ir/YSZ/Si(111)

    SciTech Connect

    Fischer, M.; Brescia, R.; Gsell, S.; Schreck, M.; Stritzker, B. [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg, D-86135 Augsburg (Germany); Brugger, T.; Greber, T.; Osterwalder, J. [Physik-Institut, Universitaet Zuerich, CH-8057 Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2008-12-15

    Heteroepitaxial nucleation and growth of twin-free diamond on Ir(111) is reported. The bias enhanced nucleation (BEN) technique was applied in a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition setup to induce diamond nucleation on the new multilayer stack Ir/YSZ/Si(111). We demonstrate that the gathering of the diamond nuclei in so-called 'domains', a pattern formation process unique for diamond nucleation on iridium, is also present on Ir(111). The 1-2 nm thick carbon layer deposited by BEN does not show any crystalline diamond structures in electron diffraction and high resolution lattice imaging microscopy. In contrast, x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) measurements yield C 1s diffractograms with clear threefold symmetry. The main features are comparable to measurements on diamond (111) single crystal surfaces. The weaker fine structure in the XPD patterns of the BEN layers is attributed to some disorder due to the harsh ion bombardment. However, this ion bombardment did not induce any measurable amount of twinning as deduced from the threefold symmetry. After 3 h diamond growth, the signal due to twins in the x-ray diffraction pole figures is still below the noise level of {approx}1%. Negligible twinning and the low mosaic spread of 0.96 deg. (tilt) and 1.85 deg. (twist) indicate that these films mark a breakthrough toward heteroepitaxial diamond films with (111) orientation. They provide interesting growth substrates, e.g., for phosphorous doped diamond or for the formation of heterojunction devices by deposition of wurtzite-type wide band gap semiconductor materials.

  14. Surface Design and Engineering Toward Wear-Resistant, Self-Lubricating Diamond Films and Coatings

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    1999-01-01

    The tribological properties of chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) diamond films vary with the environment, possessing a Jekyll-and-Hyde character. CVD diamond has low coefficient of friction and high wear resistance in air but high coefficient of friction and low wear resistance in vacuum. Improving the tribological functionality of materials (such as achieving low friction and good wear resistance) was an aim of this investigation. Three studies on the surface design, surface engineering, and tribology of CVD diamond have shown that its friction and wear are significantly reduced in ultrahigh vacuum. The main criteria for judging whether diamond films are an effective wear-resistant, self-lubricating material were coefficient of friction and wear rate, which must be less than 0.1 and on the order of 10(exp 6) cu mm/N(dot)m, respectively. In the first study the presence of a thin film (less than 1 micron thick) of amorphous, nondiamond carbon (hydrogenated carbon, also called diamondlike carbon or DLC) on CVD diamond greatly decreased the coefficient of friction and the wear rate. Therefore, a thin DLC film on CVD diamond can be an effective wear-resistant, lubricating coating in ultrahigh vacuum. In the second study the presence of an amorphous, nondiamond carbon surface layer formed on CVD diamond by ion implantation significantly reduced the coefficient of friction and the wear rate in ultrahigh vacuum. Therefore, such surface layers are acceptable for effective self-lubricating, wear-resistant applications of CVD diamond. In the third study CVD diamond in contact with cubic boron nitride exhibited low coefficient of friction in ultra high vacuum. Therefore, this materials combination can provide an effective self-lubricating, wear-resistant couple in ultrahigh vacuum.

  15. 3D neutron and X-ray imaging of diamondiferous eclogites, Siberia: Evidence for the secondary origin of diamonds

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    Howarth, G. H.; Pernet-Fisher, J. F.; Sobolev, N. V.; Penumadu, D.; Puplampu, S.; Ketcham, R. A.; Maisano, J. A.; Taylor, D.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    Non-destructive, 3D tomography of diamondiferous eclogites (Siberia) has effectively imaged diamonds and their spatial and textural relationships in situ. A rare suite of 17 diamondiferous eclogites have been analyzed, representing the largest collection outside of Siberia. New innovations in X-ray imaging, in combination with the first effective use of neutron imaging techniques, allow for the identification of secondary metasomatic minerals and the delineation of metasomatic pathways through the eclogites. Combining observations from both imaging techniques provides first-order characterizations and textural descriptions critical for understanding diamond genesis that has heretofore been absent in the literature. Eclogitic diamonds are generally octahedral in morphology, but dodecahedral diamonds are also observed, completely enclosed within the eclogites, implying in situ resorption. Diamonds are never observed in contact with primary minerals - i.e., always surrounded by secondary phases. Primary garnet and clinopyroxene show varying degrees of alteration, discerning the delineation of metasomatic pathways. In general, such pathways are observed as interconnected networks of veinlets, commonly cross-cutting the eclogites. Furthermore, clinopyroxene-rich layers observed show higher degrees of alteration, relative to garnet-rich layers within the same sample, highlighting clinopyroxene as more susceptible to metasomatic alteration than garnet. Diamonds are always observed within such metasomatic pathways. For example, eclogite U-112 contains ~22 macro-diamonds, all of which are contained within an altered clinopyroxene-rich layer. In addition, no spatial relationship is observed between diamonds and sulfide phases. The ubiquitous association of diamonds with metasomatic minerals and pathways provides compelling evidence for the secondary origin of diamonds, in agreement with current interpretations on the origin of diamonds [1,2]. However, diamonds are generally believed to be ancient (1-3 Ga) [3], whereas the metasomatic mineral assemblages observed within eclogites are interpreted to have formed much later, perhaps just prior to incorporation into the rising kimberlite magma [4]. This age dichotomy indicates that either the metasomatic pathways have remained open for billions of years or that diamond growth is significantly younger than previously believed. We suggest that diamond growth may be related to metasomatic fluids circulating just prior to kimberlite emplacement and that diamonds may be significantly younger than previously believed. [1] T. Stachel, J.W. Harris, Ore. Geol. Rev. 34, 5 (2008). [2] Y. Liu et al., Lithos 112S, 1014 (2009). [3] S.B. Shirey, S.H. Richardson, Science 333, 434 (2011). [4] K.C. Misra et al., Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 146, 696 (2004).

  16. 33 CFR 110.6 - Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island...Special Anchorage Areas § 110.6 Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond...

  17. 33 CFR 110.6 - Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island). 110.6 Section 110.6 Navigation...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island)....

  18. 33 CFR 110.6 - Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island). 110.6 Section 110.6 Navigation...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island)....

  19. 33 CFR 110.6 - Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island). 110.6 Section 110.6 Navigation...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island)....

  20. 33 CFR 110.6 - Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island). 110.6 Section 110.6 Navigation...Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine (between Little Diamond Island and Great Diamond Island)....

  1. A procedure for diamond turning KDP crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Montesanti, R.C.; Thompson, S.L.

    1995-07-07

    A procedure and the equipment necessary for single-point diamond flycutting (loosely referred to as diamond turning) potassium di-hydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals are described. It is based on current KDP diamond turning activities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), drawing upon knowledge from the Nova crystal finishing development during the 1980`s and incorporating refinements from our efforts during 1995. In addition to describing a step-by-step process for diamond turning KDP, specific discussions are included on the necessary diamond tool geometry and edge sharpness, cutting fluid, and crystal preparation, handling, cleaning, and inspection. The authors presuppose that the reader is already familiar with diamond turning practices.

  2. Carbon onions as nanoscopic pressure cells for diamond formation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Banhart; P. M. Ajayan

    1996-01-01

    SPHERICAL particles of carbon consisting of concentric graphite-like shells ('carbon onions') can be formed by electron irradiation of graphitic carbon materials1,2. Here we report that, when such particles are heated to ~700 °C and irradiated with electrons, their cores can be transformed to diamond. Under these conditions the spacing between layers in the carbon onions decreases from 0.31 in the

  3. Simplified Monte Carlo simulations of chemical vapour deposition diamond growth.

    PubMed

    May, Paul W; Allan, Neil L; Ashfold, Michael N R; Richley, James C; Mankelevich, Yuri A

    2009-09-01

    A simple one-dimensional Monte Carlo model has been developed to simulate the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of a diamond (100) surface. The model considers adsorption, etching/desorption, lattice incorporation, and surface migration along and across the dimer rows. The top of a step-edge is considered to have an infinite Ehrlich-Schwoebel potential barrier, so that mobile surface species cannot migrate off the edge. The reaction probabilities are taken from experimental or calculated literature values for standard CVD diamond conditions. The criterion used for the critical nucleus needed to form a new layer is considered to be two surface carbon species bonded together, which forms an immobile, unetchable step on the surface. This nucleus can arise from two migrating species meeting, or from direct adsorption of a carbon species next to a migrating species. The analysis includes film growth rate, surface roughness, and the evolving film morphology as a function of varying reaction probabilities. Using standard CVD diamond parameters, the simulations reveal that a smooth film is produced with apparent step-edge growth, with growth rates (?1 µm h(-1)) consistent with experiment. The ?-scission reaction was incorporated into the model, but was found to have very little effect upon growth rates or film morphology. Renucleation events believed to be due to reactive adsorbates, such as C atoms or CN groups, were modelled by creating random surface defects which form another type of critical nucleus upon which to nucleate a new layer. These were found to increase the growth rate by a factor of ?10 when the conditions were such that the rate-limiting step for growth was new layer formation. For other conditions these surface defects led to layered 'wedding cake' structures or to rough irregular surfaces resembling those seen experimentally during CVD of nanocrystalline diamond. PMID:21832309

  4. Simplified Monte Carlo simulations of chemical vapour deposition diamond growth

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    May, Paul W.; Allan, Neil L.; Ashfold, Michael N. R.; Richley, James C.; Mankelevich, Yuri A.

    2009-09-01

    A simple one-dimensional Monte Carlo model has been developed to simulate the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of a diamond (100) surface. The model considers adsorption, etching/desorption, lattice incorporation, and surface migration along and across the dimer rows. The top of a step-edge is considered to have an infinite Ehrlich-Schwoebel potential barrier, so that mobile surface species cannot migrate off the edge. The reaction probabilities are taken from experimental or calculated literature values for standard CVD diamond conditions. The criterion used for the critical nucleus needed to form a new layer is considered to be two surface carbon species bonded together, which forms an immobile, unetchable step on the surface. This nucleus can arise from two migrating species meeting, or from direct adsorption of a carbon species next to a migrating species. The analysis includes film growth rate, surface roughness, and the evolving film morphology as a function of varying reaction probabilities. Using standard CVD diamond parameters, the simulations reveal that a smooth film is produced with apparent step-edge growth, with growth rates (~1 µm h-1) consistent with experiment. The ?-scission reaction was incorporated into the model, but was found to have very little effect upon growth rates or film morphology. Renucleation events believed to be due to reactive adsorbates, such as C atoms or CN groups, were modelled by creating random surface defects which form another type of critical nucleus upon which to nucleate a new layer. These were found to increase the growth rate by a factor of ~10 when the conditions were such that the rate-limiting step for growth was new layer formation. For other conditions these surface defects led to layered 'wedding cake' structures or to rough irregular surfaces resembling those seen experimentally during CVD of nanocrystalline diamond.

  5. Stiff diamond/buckypaper carbon hybrids.

    PubMed

    Holz, T; Mata, D; Santos, N F; Bdikin, I; Fernandes, A J S; Costa, F M

    2014-12-24

    Given the specific properties of each carbon allotrope such as high electrical/thermal conductivity of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and extreme hardness and high inertness of nanocrystalline diamond (NCD), the integration of both carbon phases is highly desirable. Therefore, in the present work, buckypapers were produced from MWCNT suspensions and were used as free-standing substrates to be coated with NCD by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD). The integration of both allotropes was successfully achieved, the CNTs being preserved after diamond growth as confirmed by ?-Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Additionally, a good linkage was observed, the CNTs remaining embedded within the NCD matrix, thus reinforcing the interface of the resulting hybrid structure. This was corroborated by bending tests in a modified nanohardness tester. The increase of the Young's modulus from 0.3 to 300 GPa after NCD growth enables the use of this material in a wide range of applications including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Additionally, a highly anisotropic electrical resistivity behavior was confirmed: low in-plane values were found for the CNT layer (1.39 × 10(-2) ?.cm), while high transverse ones were measured for both the NCD coated and uncoated CNT buckypapers (8.13 × 10(5) and 6.18 × 10(2) ?.cm, respectively). PMID:25412196

  6. DIAMOND CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION Nucleation and Early Growth Stages

    E-print Network

    Dandy, David

    DIAMOND CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION Nucleation and Early Growth Stages by Huimin Liu David S. Dandy of high-quality diamond coatings on preshaped parts and synthesis of free-standing shapes of diamond a reality. Epi- taxial diamond has been grown on diamond and cubic-BN. Polycrystalline diamond films have

  7. Diamonds: Exploration, mines and marketing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Read, George H.; Janse, A. J. A. (Bram)

    2009-11-01

    The beauty, value and mystique of exceptional quality diamonds such as the 603 carat Lesotho Promise, recovered from the Letseng Mine in 2006, help to drive a multi-billion dollar diamond exploration, mining and marketing industry that operates in some 45 countries across the globe. Five countries, Botswana, Russia, Canada, South Africa and Angola account for 83% by value and 65% by weight of annual diamond production, which is mainly produced by four major companies, De Beers, Alrosa, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton (BHPB), which together account for 78% by value and 72% by weight of annual diamond production for 2007. During the last twelve years 16 new diamond mines commenced production and 4 re-opened. In addition, 11 projects are in advanced evaluation and may begin operations within the next five years. Exploration for diamondiferous kimberlites was still energetic up to the last quarter of 2008 with most work carried out in Canada, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Botswana. Many kimberlites were discovered but no new economic deposits were outlined as a result of this work, except for the discovery and possible development of the Bunder project by Rio Tinto in India. Exploration methods have benefitted greatly from improved techniques of high resolution geophysical aerial surveying, new research into the geochemistry of indicator minerals and further insights into the formation of diamonds and the relation to tectonic/structural events in the crust and mantle. Recent trends in diamond marketing indicate that prices for rough diamonds and polished goods were still rising up to the last quarter of 2008 and subsequently abruptly sank in line with the worldwide financial crisis. Most analysts predict that prices will rise again in the long term as the gap between supply and demand will widen because no new economic diamond discoveries have been made recently. The disparity between high rough and polished prices and low share prices of publicly traded diamond companies may be due to investors losing patience with the slow pace or absence of new promising discoveries and switching into shares of base metals and fertilizers for agriculture (potash and phosphates).

  8. Electron microscopic evidence for a tribologically induced phase transformation as the origin of wear in diamond

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Xinyi; Schneider, Reinhard; Müller, Erich; Mee, Manuel; Meier, Sven; Gumbsch, Peter; Gerthsen, Dagmar

    2014-02-01

    Tribological testing of a coarse-grained diamond layer, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, was performed on a ring-on-ring tribometer with a diamond counterpart. The origin of the wear of diamond and of the low friction coefficient of 0.15 was studied by analyzing the microstructure of worn and unworn regions by transmission and scanning electron microscopy. In the worn regions, the formation of an amorphous carbon layer with a thickness below 100 nm is observed. Electron energy loss spectroscopy of the C-K ionization edge reveals the transition from sp3-hybridized C-atoms in crystalline diamond to a high fraction of sp2-hybridized C-atoms in the tribo-induced amorphous C-layer within a transition region of less than 5 nm thickness. The mechanically induced phase transformation from diamond to the amorphous phase is found to be highly anisotropic which is clearly seen at a grain boundary, where the thickness of the amorphous layer above the two differently oriented grains abruptly changes.

  9. Electron microscopic evidence for a tribologically induced phase transformation as the origin of wear in diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Xinyi; Schneider, Reinhard; Müller, Erich; Gerthsen, Dagmar [Laboratory for Electron Microscopy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engesserstr. 7, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Mee, Manuel; Meier, Sven [Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Wöhlerstr. 11, D-79108 Freiburg (Germany); Gumbsch, Peter [Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Wöhlerstr. 11, D-79108 Freiburg (Germany); Institute for Applied Materials IAM, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Kaiserstr. 12, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2014-02-14

    Tribological testing of a coarse-grained diamond layer, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, was performed on a ring-on-ring tribometer with a diamond counterpart. The origin of the wear of diamond and of the low friction coefficient of 0.15 was studied by analyzing the microstructure of worn and unworn regions by transmission and scanning electron microscopy. In the worn regions, the formation of an amorphous carbon layer with a thickness below 100?nm is observed. Electron energy loss spectroscopy of the C-K ionization edge reveals the transition from sp{sup 3}-hybridized C-atoms in crystalline diamond to a high fraction of sp{sup 2}-hybridized C-atoms in the tribo-induced amorphous C-layer within a transition region of less than 5?nm thickness. The mechanically induced phase transformation from diamond to the amorphous phase is found to be highly anisotropic which is clearly seen at a grain boundary, where the thickness of the amorphous layer above the two differently oriented grains abruptly changes.

  10. The Science of Diamonds and Their Inclusions: Can such Data be Used to Establish Diamond Provenance?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. A. Taylor; N. V. Sobolev; M. Ghazi; M. Anand; R. J. Bodner

    2002-01-01

    The physics and chemistry of diamonds and their mineral inclusions can be used to determine the geographic source of rough diamonds. The science of diamonds includes their morphology and external features, N aggregation states and zonations, delta 13C, delta 15N, trace-element chemistry, and the nature of their rims and coatings. The science of the diamond inclusions (DIs) includes their mineralogy

  11. Properties of chemical vapor infiltration diamond deposited in a diamond powder matrix

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Janda K. G. Panitz; D. R. Tallant; C. R. Hills; D. J. Staley

    1994-01-01

    Densifying nonmined diamond powder precursors with diamond produced by chemical vapor infiltration is an attractive approach for forming thick diamond deposits that avoids many potential manufacturability problems associated with predominantly chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. We have developed two techniques: electrophoretic deposition and screen printing, to form diamond powder precursors on substrates. We then densify these precursors in a hot

  12. Welcome to Diamond Light Source Parking Visitors can park outside Diamond

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    Crowther, Paul

    Welcome to Diamond Light Source Parking ­ Visitors can park outside Diamond House, or if that is full, in the Visitor car park. Users should park around the ring. On Arrival ­ Diamond does not have 8500). Then take a seat 2 and wait for your Diamond contact to collect you. Users ­ Fast track users

  13. Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 16861696 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond

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    Tzeng, Yonhua

    Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 1686­1696 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond Synthesis of diamond in high power-density microwave methane/hydrogen/oxygen plasmas at elevated substrate temperatures and oxygen additive on the chemical vapor deposition of diamond are presented. High power-density microwave

  14. Combined single-crystalline and polycrystalline CVD diamond substrates for diamond electronics

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    Vikharev, A. L., E-mail: val@appl.sci-nnov.ru; Gorbachev, A. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Applied Physics (Russian Federation); Dukhnovsky, M. P. ['Istok' Scientific and Industrial Enterprise (Russian Federation); Muchnikov, A. B., E-mail: mab1@appl.sci-nnov.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Applied Physics (Russian Federation); Ratnikova, A. K.; Fedorov, Yu. Yu. ['Istok' Scientific and Industrial Enterprise (Russian Federation)

    2012-02-15

    The fabrication of diamond substrates in which single-crystalline and polycrystalline CVD diamond form a single wafer, and the epitaxial growth of diamond films on such combined substrates containing polycrystalline and (100) single-crystalline CVD diamond regions are studied.

  15. Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 18631874 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond

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    Swihart, Mark T.

    Diamond and Related Materials 8 (1999) 1863­1874 www.elsevier.com/locate/diamond Characterization of diamond J.M. Larson, M.T. Swihart 1, S.L. Girshick * Department of Mechanical Engineering, University atmospheric-pressure radio- frequency (RF) plasma diamond chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Model predictions

  16. Fabrication and characterization of an all-diamond tubular flow microelectrode for electroanalysis.

    PubMed

    Hutton, Laura A; Vidotti, Marcio; Iacobini, James G; Kelly, Chris; Newton, Mark E; Unwin, Patrick R; Macpherson, Julie V

    2011-07-15

    The development of the first all-diamond hydrodynamic flow device for electroanalytical applications is described. Here alternate layers of intrinsic (insulating), conducting (heavily boron doped), and intrinsic polycrystalline diamond are grown to create a sandwich structure. By laser cutting a hole through the material, it is possible to produce a tubular flow ring electrode of a characteristic length defined by the thickness of the conducting layer (for these studies ?90 ?m). The inside of the tube can be polished to 17 ± 10 nm surface roughness using a diamond impregnanted wire resulting in a coplanar, smooth, all-diamond surface. The steady-state limiting current versus volume flow rate characteristics for the one electron oxidation of FcTMA(+) are in agreement with those expected for laminar flow in a tubular electrode geometry. For dopamine detection, it is shown that the combination of the reduced fouling properties of boron doped diamond, coupled with the flow geometry design where the products of electrolysis are washed away downstream of the electrode, completely eradicates fouling during electrolysis. This paves the way for incorporation of this flow design into online electroanalytical detection systems. Finally, the all diamond tubular flow electrode system described here provides a platform for future developments including the development of ultrathin ring electrodes, multiple apertures for increased current response, and multiple, individually addressable ring electrodes incorporated into the same flow tube. PMID:21644592

  17. Large area graphene layer synthesis

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    Kuen-Liang Chang; Kai-Hung Hsu; Chien-Min Sung; Ting-Ying Wu

    2010-01-01

    The large area graphene layer is synthesized by a conventional metal melting method (MMM). And we use the mechanism of diamond synthesis in liquid phase and produced graphene of about 5 ?? 7 cm2. This promising process appears scalable for making device-sized graphene in the near future. This paper also presented many intriguing aspects related to the growth of large

  18. Modular dynamics in diamonds

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    Romeo Brunetti; Valter Moretti

    2010-09-25

    We investigate the relation between the actions of Tomita-Takesaki modular operators for local von Neumann algebras in the vacuum for free massive and massless bosons in four dimensional Minkowskian spacetime. In particular, we prove a long-standing conjecture that says that the generators of the mentioned actions differ by a pseudo-differential operator of order zero. To get that, one needs a careful analysis of the interplay of the theories in the bulk and at the boundary of double cones (a.k.a. diamonds). After introducing some technicalities, we prove the crucial result that the vacuum state for massive bosons in the bulk of a double cone restricts to a KMS state at its boundary, and that the restriction of the algebra at the boundary does not depend anymore on the mass. The origin of such result lies in a careful treatment of classical Cauchy and Goursat problems for the Klein-Gordon equation as well as the application of known general mathematical techniques, concerning the interplay of algebraic structures related with the bulk and algebraic structures related with the boundary of the double cone, arising from quantum field theories in curved spacetime. Our procedure gives explicit formulas for the modular group and its generator in terms of integral operators acting on symplectic space of solutions of massive Klein-Gordon Cauchy problem.

  19. Are diamond nanoparticles cytotoxic?

    PubMed

    Schrand, Amanda M; Huang, Houjin; Carlson, Cataleya; Schlager, John J; Omacr Sawa, Eiji; Hussain, Saber M; Dai, Liming

    2007-01-11

    Finely divided carbon particles, including charcoal, lampblack, and diamond particles, have been used for ornamental and official tattoos since ancient times. With the recent development in nanoscience and nanotechnology, carbon-based nanomaterials (e.g., fullerenes, nanotubes, nanodiamonds) attract a great deal of interest. Owing to their low chemical reactivity and unique physical properties, nanodiamonds could be useful in a variety of biological applications such as carriers for drugs, genes, or proteins; novel imaging techniques; coatings for implantable materials; and biosensors and biomedical nanorobots. Therefore, it is essential to ascertain the possible hazards of nanodiamonds to humans and other biological systems. We have, for the first time, assessed the cytotoxicity of nanodiamonds ranging in size from 2 to 10 nm. Assays of cell viability such as mitochondrial function (MTT) and luminescent ATP production showed that nanodiamonds were not toxic to a variety of cell types. Furthermore, nanodiamonds did not produce significant reactive oxygen species. Cells can grow on nanodiamond-coated substrates without morphological changes compared to controls. These results suggest that nanodiamonds could be ideal for many biological applications in a diverse range of cell types. PMID:17201422

  20. Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.

    PubMed

    Dall'oca, C; Bondi, M; Merlini, M; Cipolli, M; Lavini, F; Bartolozzi, P

    2012-08-01

    Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow failure and skeletal abnormalities. Patients frequently present failure to thrive, susceptibility to infections and short stature. A persistent or intermittent neutropenia occurs in 88-100% of patients. Bone marrow biopsy usually reveals a hypoplastic specimen with varying degrees of hypoplasia and fat infiltration. Some patients may develop myeloblastic syndrome and acute myeloblastic leukemia. The genetic defect in SDS has been identified in 2002. The osteoporosis is increased in patients with SDS, and also, bone malformations are included among the primary characteristics of the syndrome. The severity and location change with age and sexes. The typical characteristics include the following: secondary ossification centers delayed appearance, metaphysis enlargement and irregularity (very common in childhood, particularly in coastal and femur), growth cartilage progressive thinning and irregularity (possibly asymmetric growth), generalized osteopenia with cortical thinning. We describe a clinical case regarding an SDS patient with severe bone abnormalities and treated surgically for corrective osteotomy. The persistent or intermittent neutropenia that characterized this disease and the consequent risk of infection is a contraindication for short stature correction and limbs lengthening. PMID:22201042

  1. Ultimate Atomic Bling: Nanotechnology of Diamonds

    SciTech Connect

    Dahl, Jeremy

    2010-05-25

    Diamonds exist in all sizes, from the Hope Diamond to minuscule crystals only a few atoms across. The smallest of these diamonds are created naturally by the same processes that make petroleum. Recently, researchers discovered that these 'diamondoids' are formed in many different structural shapes, and that these shapes can be used like LEGO blocks for nanotechnology. This talk will discuss the discovery of these nano-size diamonds and highlight current SLAC/Stanford research into their applications in electronics and medicine.

  2. Nanocrystalline diamond synthesized from C60

    SciTech Connect

    Dubrovinskaia, N.; Dubrovinsky, L.; Langehorst, F.; Jacobsen, S.; Liebske, C. (Bayreuth)

    2010-11-30

    A bulk sample of nanocrystalline cubic diamond with crystallite sizes of 5-12 nm was synthesized from fullerene C{sub 60} at 20(1) GPa and 2000 C using a multi-anvil apparatus. The new material is at least as hard as single crystal diamond. It was found that nanocrystalline diamond at high temperature and ambient pressure kinetically is more stable with respect to graphitization than usual diamonds.

  3. Molecular orientation of lead phthalocyanine on (100) oriented single crystal diamond surfaces.

    PubMed

    Dexters, Wim; Bourgeois, Emilie; Nesládek, Milos; D'Haen, Jan; Goovaerts, Etienne; Haenen, Ken

    2015-04-01

    Lead phthalocyanine (PbPc) thin films of 5 and 50 nm have been deposited on hydrogen and oxygen terminated single crystal diamond (SCD) using organic molecular beam deposition. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies showed that PbPc grown on the hydrogen terminated SCD forms layers with a high degree of crystallinity, dominated by the monoclinic (320) orientation parallel to the diamond surface. The oxygen terminated diamond led to a randomly oriented PbPc film. Absorption and photocurrent measurements indicated the presence of both polymorphs of PbPc, however, the ratio differed depending on the termination of the SCD. Finally, polarized Raman spectroscopy was used to determine the orientation of the molecules of the thin film. The results confirmed the random orientation on the O-terminated diamond. On SCD:H, the PbPc molecules are lying down in accordance with the XRD results. PMID:25779759

  4. Diamond Composite Films for Protective Coatings on Metals and Method of Formation

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    Ong, Tiong P. (Inventor); Shing, Yuh-Han (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    Composite films consisting of diamond crystallites and hard amorphous films such as diamond-like carbon, titanium nitride, and titanium oxide are provided as protective coatings for metal substrates against extremely harsh environments. A composite layer having diamond crystallites and a hard amorphous film is affixed to a metal substrate via an interlayer including a bottom metal silicide film and a top silicon carbide film. The interlayer is formed either by depositing metal silicide and silicon carbide directly onto the metal substrate, or by first depositing an amorphous silicon film, then allowing top and bottom portions of the amorphous silicon to react during deposition of the diamond crystallites, to yield the desired interlayer structure.

  5. Ohmic contacts to semiconducting diamond

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    Zeidler, James R.; Taylor, M. J.; Zeisse, Carl R.; Hewett, C. A.; Delahoussaye, Paul R.

    1990-10-01

    Work was carried out to improve the electron beam evaporation system in order to achieve better deposited films. The basic system is an ion pumped vacuum chamber, with a three-hearth, single-gun e-beam evaporator. Four improvements were made to the system. The system was thoroughly cleaned and new ion pump elements, an e-gun beam adjust unit, and a more accurate crystal monitor were installed. The system now has a base pressure of 3 X 10(exp -9) Torr, and can easily deposit high-melting-temperature metals such as Ta with an accurately controlled thickness. Improved shadow masks were also fabricated for better alignment and control of corner contacts for electrical transport measurements. Appendices include: A Thermally Activated Solid State Reaction Process for Fabricating Ohmic Contacts to Semiconducting Diamond; Tantalum Ohmic Contacts to Diamond by a Solid State Reaction Process; Metallization of Semiconducting Diamond: Mo, Mo/Au, and Mo/Ni/Au; Specific Contact Resistance Measurements of Ohmic Contracts to Diamond; and Electrical Activation of Boron Implanted into Diamond.

  6. Diamond and diamond-like films for transportation applications

    SciTech Connect

    Perez, J.M.

    1993-01-01

    This section is a compilation of transparency templates which describe the goals of the Office of Transportation Materials (OTM) Tribology Program. The positions of personnel on the OTM are listed. The role and mission of the OTM is reviewed. The purpose of the Tribology Program is stated to be `to obtain industry input on program(s) in tribology/advanced lubricants areas of interest`. The objective addressed here is to identify opportunities for cost effective application of diamond and diamond-like carbon in transportation systems.

  7. Diamond Drilling Specification Manual and Course Outline.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.

    This publication presents the standards required of a person practicing diamond drilling in western Canada and provides an outline for teaching the skills and knowledge. It is divided into two parts. The Diamond Drilling Specification Manual establishes the levels of skill and knowledge required in the four certified levels of diamond drilling.…

  8. Diamond signs: generic stones and particular gems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Susan Falls

    2008-01-01

    Analysis of narratives from ethnographic research with diamond consumers representing the target market (largely middle-class white women between 20 and 50 years of age) reveals how symbolic associations promoted by industry are refracted through interpretations of both adverts and diamonds in general, but shows that local contingencies (basic attitudes and knowledge about diamonds and their production, circumstances of acquisition, and

  9. Traditionally configured prawn trawls contain small diamond-

    E-print Network

    434 Traditionally configured prawn trawls contain small diamond- shaped meshes in the codend, and small diamond-mesh sections. A strategically located panel of 85-mm netting was inserted on the bar with a conventional diamond-mesh codend (control) showed that both square-mesh designs significantly re- duced

  10. REPRESENTATIONDIRECTED DIAMONDS 1. Introduction and Main Result

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    Bielefeld, University of

    REPRESENTATION­DIRECTED DIAMONDS PETER DR Ë? AXLER 1. Introduction and Main Result Following [Ri2] a (right) module D over an associative ring A said to be a diamond provided it has a simple essential submodule and a superfluous maximal submodule. Obviously any diamond is indecomposable. If A happens

  11. Diamond Amplified Photocathodes John Smedley1

    E-print Network

    Diamond Amplified Photocathodes John Smedley1 , Ilan Ben-Zvi1 , Jen Bohon2 , Xiangyun Chang1 protecting the cathode from the accelerator. The amplifier is a thin diamond wafer which converts energetic. The electrons drift through the diamond under an external bias and are emitted into vacuum via a hydrogen

  12. Jared M. Diamond: physiologist, ornithologist, geographer, ecologist

    E-print Network

    Harms, Kyle E.

    Jared M. Diamond: physiologist, ornithologist, geographer, ecologist John C. Mittermeier Louisiana State University, BIOL 7083 April 3, 2014 #12;Why Jared Diamond? #12;#12;1937 1961 1966 1964 #12;In Diamond's words, he divides his time between four things 1. Teaching undergraduate geography 2. Field

  13. Diamond-free Families Jerrold R. Griggs

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    Griggs, Jerrold R.

    Diamond-free Families Jerrold R. Griggs Wei-Tian Li Linyuan Lu August 28, 2011 Abstract Given. For k 2 let Dk denote the k-diamond poset {A that continues to stymie all interested researchers is the diamond poset on four elements. We present a better

  14. Pro-Q Diamond Phosphoprotein Gel Stain

    E-print Network

    Lebendiker, Mario

    Pro-Q Diamond Phosphoprotein Gel Stain In-gel Detection Technology for Protein Phosphorylation and phosphoproteomics, the Pro-Q Diamond phos- phoprotein gel stain is a breakthrough technology that provides a simple phosphoproteins, the Pro-Q Diamond signal is linear over three orders of magnitude and the strength of the signal

  15. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Diamond Alumni Centre

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    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Diamond Alumni Centre List revised 2/27/2014 10:14:18 AM Community AwardsCohen, MarjorieCohen, Marjorie Governor General of Canada Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal SFU President Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Hogg, RobertHogg, RobertHogg, RobertHogg, Robert Confederation

  16. Development of Designer Diamond Technology for High Pressure High Temperature Experiments in Support of Stockpile Stewardship Program

    SciTech Connect

    Vohra, Yogesh, K.

    2009-10-28

    The role of nitrogen in the fabrication of designer diamond was systematically investigated by adding controlled amount of nitrogen in hydrogen/methane/oxygen plasma. This has led to a successful recipe for reproducible fabrication of designer diamond anvils for high-pressure high-temperature research in support of stockpile stewardship program. In the three-year support period, several designer diamonds fabricated with this new growth chemistry were utilized in high-pressure experiments at UAB and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The designer diamond anvils were utilized in high-pressure studies on heavy rare earth metals, high pressure melting studies on metals, and electrical resistance measurements on iron-based layered superconductors under high pressures. The growth chemistry developed under NNSA support can be adapted for commercial production of designer diamonds.

  17. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of homoepitaxial diamond multilayers and delta-doped structures

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    Bousquet, J.; Chicot, G.; Eon, D.; Bustarret, E. [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France)

    2014-01-13

    The optimization of diamond-based unipolar electronic devices such as pseudo-vertical Schottky diodes or delta-doped field effect transistors relies in part on the sequential growth of nominally undoped (p{sup –}) and heavily boron doped (p{sup ++}) layers with well-controlled thicknesses and steep interfaces. Optical ellipsometry offers a swift and contactless method to characterize the thickness, roughness, and electronic properties of semiconducting and metallic diamond layers. We report ellipsometric studies carried out on delta-doped structures and other epitaxial multilayers with various boron concentrations and thicknesses (down to the nanometer range). The results are compared with Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy and transport measurements.

  18. Fabrication of GaP disk resonator arrays coupled to nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

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    Thomas, Nicole K.; Barbour, Russell; Song, Yuncheng; Lee, Minjoo L.; Fu, Kai-Mei C.

    2014-02-01

    Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers coupled to scalable optical networks have the potential to realize solid-state quantum information processing platforms. Toward this goal, we demonstrate coupling of near-surface NV- centers to an array of GaP optical resonators. The use of GaP as the optical waveguiding materials is appealing due to the possibility of realizing integrated photonic switches based on the linear electro-optic effect. We explore large-area integration of GaP on diamond through two routes: molecular beam deposition directly onto diamond substrates and layer transfer of single-crystalline sheets. While the direct deposition benefits from simpler, monolithic processing, the layer transfer route benefits from higher material quality. In the latter approach, we demonstrate the transfer of submicrometer thick, mm2-sized GaP sheets from a GaP/AlGaP/GaP substrate to a diamond sample prepared with near-surface NV- centers. We fabricate large arrays of GaP disk resonators with varying diameters (1 to 20 ?m) on the diamond substrate via electron beam lithography and dry etching, and show coupling of the NV- center emission to the cavity structures. Quality factors above 10,000 were observed in 5 ?m diameter disks on the non-etched diamond substrate. Similar quality factors in smaller sized devices are expected with diamond substrate etching to further confine the optical mode. This approach opens a path towards the integration of coupled optical components in the hybrid GaP/diamond system, an essential step towards large-scale photonic networks utilizing NV- centers in diamond.

  19. Underground at Black Diamond Mines

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    Higgins, C.T.

    1989-10-01

    Although California is noted for its mining history and annually leads the nation in total monetary value of minerals produced, there a few opportunities for the public to tour underground mines. One reason is that nearly all mining in the state today is done above ground in open pits. Another reason is that active underground mines are not commonly favorable to public tours. There is one place, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, where the public can safely tour a formerly active underground mine. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is a 3,600-acre parkland about 5 miles southwest of Antioch in Contra Costa County. The Preserve was established in the early 1970s and is administered by the East Bay Regional Park District. Black Diamond Mines Preserve is noteworthy for its mining history as well as its natural history, both of which are briefly described here.

  20. Hyperfine interaction studies in diamond

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    Bharuth-Ram, K.

    2007-02-01

    Some of the physical and chemical properties of diamond make it an ideal material for optoelectronic devices capable of operating over a wide frequency bandwidth, with high thermal throughput, and at high operational temperatures. This has stimulated considerable research in using ion implantation methods to incorporate suitable dopant ions in the diamond lattice. Several hyperfine interaction methods have been applied to study the nature of the implantation sites of the different ions in diamond and the annealing of implantation-induced lattice damage. Recent investigations using 19F-time differential perturbed angular distributions (TDPADs), 12B ?-NMR, 111In- and 181Hf-perturbed angular correlations (PACs), and Mössbauer studies using 57Co source, recoil-implanted 57Fe * and ion-implanted 57Mn *, are reviewed and their main results are presented.

  1. Diamond-silicon carbide composite

    DOEpatents

    Qian, Jiang; Zhao, Yusheng

    2006-06-13

    Fully dense, diamond-silicon carbide composites are prepared from ball-milled microcrystalline diamond/amorphous silicon powder mixture. The ball-milled powder is sintered (P=5–8 GPa, T=1400K–2300K) to form composites having high fracture toughness. A composite made at 5 GPa/1673K had a measured fracture toughness of 12 MPa.dot.m1/2. By contrast, liquid infiltration of silicon into diamond powder at 5 GPa/1673K produces a composite with higher hardness but lower fracture toughness. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra indicate that amorphous silicon is partially transformed into nanocrystalline silicon at 5 GPa/873K, and nanocrystalline silicon carbide forms at higher temperatures.

  2. The promising results obtained with our diamond p/n diodes proved the relevance of diamond for optoelectronics devices submitted to high temperature and to UV emission, one

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    an experimental process in order to reduce the effect of defects on electronic properties of the devices. Moreover in the layers and then to propose a process to reduce this effect. The oxygen or hydrogen Reactive Ion Etching, a new quantitative analysis of electronic transport in {111} phosphorus-doped diamond allowed

  3. Charge Collection and Propagation in Diamond X-ray Detectors

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    Keister, J.; Smedley, J; Dimitrov, D; Busby, R

    2010-01-01

    Diamond is a unique material for x-ray energy conversion. Its high thermal conductivity and low coefficient of thermal expansion make it ideal for high heat load environments. High material strength and x-ray transmission also are potentially useful features for certain applications in x-ray science. However, its large bandgap, while offering insensitivity to visible light, makes charge trapping more likely (thermal detrapping less likely) than in silicon; energy conversion efficiency is also 3-4 times less even under the best conditions. Limitations to charge collection efficiency such as recombination and charge trapping have been investigated quantitatively using quasi-continuous tunable synchrotron radiation under flexible biasing schemes as well using detailed Monte Carlo simulations. In the case of charge collection efficiency, the magnitude of the applied field, initial particle energy, and probe depth are adjusted. The diffusion and drift of photo-generated charge clouds are explicitly considered for the specific scattering behavior of diamond. While recombination loss at the entrance window of diamond diodes is qualitatively similar to a treatment for an additional 'dead' carbon window layer, the observed field and photon energy dependence implies that the more sophisticated model is more correct quantitatively. In addition, charge propagation in diamond is unique in that photoconductive gain is possible. Effectively, charge trapping of one carrier leads to screening of the applied field. In order to avoid photoconductive gain, either blocking contacts or explicit detrapping is required. Initial investigations of photoconductive gain as a function of applied field, waveform and photon energy have provided insight into the performance of state of the art single crystal diamond. Simple models are proposed to assist in extrapolating the observed behavior towards useful detector devices.

  4. Charge Collection and Propagation in Diamond X-Ray Detectors

    SciTech Connect

    Keister, J.W.; Smedley, J.; Dimitrov, D.; Busby, R.

    2009-11-13

    Diamond is a unique material for x-ray energy conversion. Its high thermal conductivity and low coefficient of thermal expansion make it ideal for high heat load environments. However, its large bandgap, while offering insensitivity to visible light, makes charge trapping more likely (thermal detrapping less likely) than in silicon; energy conversion efficiency is also 3-4 times less even under the best conditions. High material strength and x-ray transmission also are potentially useful features for certain applications in x-ray science. Limitations to charge collection efficiency such as recombination and charge trapping have been investigated quantitatively using quasi-continuous tunable synchrotron radiation under flexible biasing schemes as well using detailed Monte Carlo Simulations. In the case of charge collection efficiency, the magnitude of the applied field, initial particle energy, and probe depth are adjusted. The diffusion and drift of photo-generated charge clouds are explicitly considered for the specific energy loss behavior of diamond. While recombination loss at the entrance window of diamond diodes is qualitatively similar to a treatment for an additional 'dead' carbon window layer, the observed field and photon energy dependence implies that the more sophisticated model is more correct quantitatively. In addition, charge propagation in diamond is unique in that photoconductive gain is possible. Effectively, charge trapping of one carrier leads to screening of the applied field. In order to avoid photoconductive gain, either blocking contacts or explicit detrapping is required. Quantitative analysis of photoconductive gain as a function of applied field, x-ray power, waveform and photon energy offers insight into the fundamental limitations of state of the art single crystal diamond. Simple models are proposed to assist in extrapolating the observed behavior towards useful detector devices.

  5. Nanodiamonds in the Younger Dryas boundary sediment layer.

    PubMed

    Kennett, D J; Kennett, J P; West, A; Mercer, C; Hee, S S Que; Bement, L; Bunch, T E; Sellers, M; Wolbach, W S

    2009-01-01

    We report abundant nanodiamonds in sediments dating to 12.9 +/- 0.1 thousand calendar years before the present at multiple locations across North America. Selected area electron diffraction patterns reveal two diamond allotropes in this boundary layer but not above or below that interval. Cubic diamonds form under high temperature-pressure regimes, and n-diamonds also require extraordinary conditions, well outside the range of Earth's typical surficial processes but common to cosmic impacts. N-diamond concentrations range from approximately 10 to 3700 parts per billion by weight, comparable to amounts found in known impact layers. These diamonds provide strong evidence for Earth's collision with a rare swarm of carbonaceous chondrites or comets at the onset of the Younger Dryas cool interval, producing multiple airbursts and possible surface impacts, with severe repercussions for plants, animals, and humans in North America. PMID:19119227

  6. High-fluence Si-implanted diamond: Optimum implantation temperature for SiC formation

    SciTech Connect

    Weishart, H.; Eichhorn, F.; Heera, V.; Pecz, B.; Barna, A.; Skorupa, W. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany)

    2005-08-15

    In this paper the authors investigate the effect of implantation temperature on the structural properties of diamond implanted with high fluences of Si between 5.3x10{sup 17} Si cm{sup -2} and 1x10{sup 18} Si cm{sup -2}. In order to reduce radiation-induced damage and to enhance SiC formation the implantations were performed at elevated temperatures in the range from 900 to 1200 deg. C. Subsequently, all samples were annealed for 10 min at 1500 deg. C in a rf-heated furnace. X-ray diffraction revealed the formation of cubic SiC nanocrystallites in a buried layer inside the implanted diamond. The implantation-induced damage was assessed by analyzing graphitization of the surface-near layer using Raman spectroscopy. With increasing Si fluence the implantation-induced damage rises and the nearly perfect alignment of the formed SiC crystallites within the host diamond lattice deteriorates. However, raising the implantation temperature from 900 to 1000 deg. C reduces the damage in the diamond and increases the amount, size, and epitaxial alignment of the crystalline SiC precipitates. Further increase of the implantation temperature gives no improvement in the quality of the SiC-rich layer. Instead, the damaged diamond converts into graphite and the formation of SiC crystallites is obstructed.

  7. Fabrication of ultra-thin diamond films using hydrogen implantation and Lift-off technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Popov, V. P.; Antonov, V. A.; Safronov, L. N.; Kupriyanov, I. N.; Pal'yanov, Yu. N.; Rubanov, S.

    2012-11-01

    The Lift-off technique based on high fluence (>3×1016cm-2) implantation of hydrogen (H-) ions has been developed to increase the structural quality and electro-optical properties of the diamond thin membranes. According to the XTEM study the Vacuum Pressure - High Temperature (VPHT) treatment of the H2+ implanted (111) diamond plates at 1200-1600°C and 10-3Pa forms buried glassy like graphite layers in the implanted areas. High Pressure - High Temperature (HPHT) annealing at the same temperatures but under the pressure 4-8 GPa leads to the epitaxial growth of graphite in the buried implanted layers, which could not be etched chemically, but could be easily removed by etching in the anodic cell. Visible light Raman spectroscopy has shown that the H-Lift-off technique is suitable for formation of ultra-thin (down to 30 nm) high quality single crystal diamond membranes and heterostructures. High concentration of nitrogen-vacancy NV- centres (˜1020cm-3) was observed under graphite contacts in thin layer (?100 nm). Thin, 30 nm single crystal diamond films are the thinnest and largest area single crystal diamond structure produced to date by the Lift-off technique.

  8. Diamond cutting element in a rotating bit

    SciTech Connect

    Grappendorf, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    An improved tooth for use in rotating diamond bits incorporating a generally triangular prismatic polycrystalline diamond element is devised by integrally forming an oval shaped base about the tooth or element extending from the face of the rotating bit, thereby providing a lateral reinforcing collar. The diamond element is also reinforced by a tapered trailing support having a leading surface contiguous and substantially congruous with the trailing surface of the diamond element. In one embodiment, a prepad provides reinforcement or support for the leading surface of the diamond element.

  9. Thermal Conductivity Of Natural Type IIa Diamond

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Vandersande, Jan; Vining, Cronin; Zoltan, Andrew

    1992-01-01

    Report describes application of flash diffusivity method to measure thermal conductivity of 8.04 x 8.84 x 2.35-mm specimen of natural, white, type-IIa diamond at temperatures between 500 and 1,250 K. Provides baseline for comparison to isotopically pure (12C) diamond. Results used as reference against which diamond films produced by chemical-vapor deposition at low pressures can be compared. High thermal conductivity of diamond exploited for wide variety of applications, and present results also used to estimate heat-conduction performances of diamond films in high-temperature applications.

  10. Method for machining steel with diamond tools

    DOEpatents

    Casstevens, John M. (Greenville, TX)

    1986-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a method for machining optical quality inishes and contour accuracies of workpieces of carbon-containing metals such as steel with diamond tooling. The wear rate of the diamond tooling is significantly reduced by saturating the atmosphere at the interface of the workpiece and the diamond tool with a gaseous hydrocarbon during the machining operation. The presence of the gaseous hydrocarbon effectively eliminates the deterioration of the diamond tool by inhibiting or preventing the conversion of the diamond carbon to graphite carbon at the point of contact between the cutting tool and the workpiece.

  11. Method for machining steel with diamond tools

    DOEpatents

    Casstevens, J.M.

    1984-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a method for machine optical quality finishes and contour accuracies of workpieces of carbon-containing metals such as steel with diamond tooling. The wear rate of the diamond tooling is significantly reduced by saturating the atmosphere at the interface of the workpiece and the diamond tool with a gaseous hydrocarbon during the machining operation. The presence of the gaseous hydrocarbon effectively eliminates the deterioration of the diamond tool by inhibiting or preventing the conversion of the diamond carbon to graphite carbon at the point of contact between the cutting tool and the workpiece.

  12. Friction and wear performance of boron doped, undoped microcrystalline and fine grained composite diamond films

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    Wang, Xinchang; Wang, Liang; Shen, Bin; Sun, Fanghong

    2015-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond films have attracted more attentions due to their excellent mechanical properties. Whereas as-fabricated traditional diamond films in the previous studies don't have enough adhesion or surface smoothness, which seriously impact their friction and wear performance, and thus limit their applications under extremely harsh conditions. A boron doped, undoped microcrystalline and fine grained composite diamond (BD-UM-FGCD) film is fabricated by a three-step method adopting hot filament CVD (HFCVD) method in the present study, presenting outstanding comprehensive performance, including the good adhesion between the substrate and the underlying boron doped diamond (BDD) layer, the extremely high hardness of the middle undoped microcrystalline diamond (UMCD) layer, as well as the low surface roughness and favorable polished convenience of the surface fine grained diamond (FGD) layer. The friction and wear behavior of this composite film sliding against low-carbon steel and silicon nitride balls are studied on a ball-on-plate rotational friction tester. Besides, its wear rate is further evaluated under a severer condition using an inner-hole polishing apparatus, with low-carbon steel wire as the counterpart. The test results show that the BD-UM-FGCD film performs very small friction coefficient and great friction behavior owing to its high surface smoothness, and meanwhile it also has excellent wear resistance because of the relatively high hardness of the surface FGD film and the extremely high hardness of the middle UMCD film. Moreover, under the industrial conditions for producing low-carbon steel wires, this composite film can sufficiently prolong the working lifetime of the drawing dies and improve their application effects. This research develops a novel composite diamond films owning great comprehensive properties, which have great potentials as protecting coatings on working surfaces of the wear-resistant and anti-frictional components.

  13. OH and H2O of garnets in diamond-bearing and diamond-free garnet-clinopyroxene rocks from the Kumdy-kol area, Kokchetav Massif

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    Sakamaki, K.; Ogasawara, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Garnet-clinopyroxene (Grt-Cpx) rocks consisting mainly of Grt + Na-poor Cpx + calcite with various proportions, occur in the Kumdy-kol area. Diamond-bearing Grt-Cpx rock was first reported by Sobolev and Shatsky (1990) and has been well-known as one of the Kokchetav diamond-bearing rocks. UHP evidence, e.g., coesite exsolution from supersilicic titanite, was discovered also in the diamond-free Grt-Cpx rock (Inoue and Ogasawara, 2003). Presence/lack of diamond in Grt-Cpx rocks is one of important features to understand the stability of diamond in the Kokchetav UHP calcsilicate and carbonate rocks. We focused on OH and H2O in garnets in two types of Grt-Cpx rock to clarify fluid conditions during UHP metamorphism. One of the samples, the diamond-bearing Grt-Cpx rock (sample no. 25018; provided by Prof. H.-P. Schertl) is composed of two monomineralic layers, Grt-layer and Cpx-layer, with minor amounts of rutile and calcite. Coarse-grained diamond (up to 0.15 mm across) is included in garnet. Another Grt-Cpx rock, diamond-free one (sample no. XX16) shows a glanoblastic texture, and consists of Grt (30 %) + Cpx (30 %) + calcite (30 %) × titanite (5 %) with exsolved coesite-needles and plates. The precursor supersilicic compositions of titanite indicate six-coordinated Si at UHP conditions (Ogasawara et al, 2002; Sakamaki and Ogasawara, IGR in press). To understand the fluid environments during the formation of these two calcsilicate rocks, we chose garnets and conducted micro FT-IR spectroscopy. IR spectra of garnets in the diamond-bearing Grt-Cpx rock showed OH bands at 3430 and 3570 cm-1, sometimes with a week band at 3675 cm-1. The absorption band at 3570 cm-1 is the strongest and is sharp, whereas the band at 3430 cm-1 is broad. IR spectra of garnets in diamond-free one show strong OH bands at 3400 and 3555 cm-1, sometimes with week bands at 3590 and 3640 cm-1. The OH band at 3555 cm-1 is the strongest and is sharp, whereas the band at 3400 cm-1 is broad. IR analyses of garnets in the Grt-Cpx rocks show bimodal spectra; the relatively sharp band at ~3550 cm-1 and the broad band at ~3400 cm-1. The former band is attributed to OH in garnet structure and the latter one molecular H2O. The similar bimodal spectra were obtained from garnet in diamond-bearing dolomite marble. When we regard the total absorption at the range of 3100-3750 cm-1 as structural OH, the garnets in diamond-bearing Grt-Cpx rock contain 797 to 2506 ppm wt. H2O, and those in the diamond-free Grt-Cpx rock contain 679 to 2169 ppm wt. H2O. To evaluate the absorption spectra of the garnets in the Grt-Cpx rocks, we analyzed the garnet of different origin, Cr- and pyrope-rich garnet in mantle peridotite from the Garnet Ridge, northern Arizona. This peridotitic garnet shows a single-modal absorption band of OH at 3575 cm-1. No molecular H2O band was detected. Such results suggest that the environment during Kokchetav UHP metamorphism of calcsilicate may be saturated in H2O in contrast with the peridotitic garnet from the Garnet Ridge. The molecular H2O in the garnets of the Kokchetav Grt-Cpx rocks probably is submicron fluid inclusions trapped during UHP metamorphism. We thank Prof. H.-P. Schertl for providing us a very precious sample, diamond-bearing garnet-clinopyroxene rock.

  14. Superhard material comparable in hardness to diamond

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    Badzian, Andrzej R.

    1988-12-01

    Superhard boron suboxides, with hardness close to that of diamond, were synthesized from boron/boron oxide mixtures. Such hardness is expected when a material's molar volume approaches the value characteristic for diamond. These materials consist of boron-rich phases belonging to the boron-oxygen system. The phase which contains 4 at. % oxygen and a crystal structure related to ?-rhombohedral boron can scratch diamond faces. During scratching of diamond the suboxide is worn also, and the wear debris is amorphized. Wear on the {100} diamond faces results from a cleavage mechanism which leaves a rough surface covered with cleaved {111} microfaces. The {100} faces are more easily abraded than the {111} diamond faces. Wear on {111} faces consumes much more energy and leaves grooves of plastically deformed diamond.

  15. Superhard material comparable in hardness to diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Badzian, A.R.

    1988-12-19

    Superhard boron suboxides, with hardness close to that of diamond, were synthesized from boron/boron oxide mixtures. Such hardness is expected when a material's molar volume approaches the value characteristic for diamond. These materials consist of boron-rich phases belonging to the boron-oxygen system. The phase which contains 4 at. % oxygen and a crystal structure related to ..beta..rhombohedral boron can scratch diamond faces. During scratching of diamond the suboxide is worn also, and the wear debris is amorphized. Wear on the lt. slash/100/ diamond faces results from a cleavage mechanism which leaves a rough surface covered with cleaved lt. slash/111/ microfaces. The lt. slash/100/ faces are more easily abraded than the lt. slash/111/ diamond faces. Wear on lt. slash/111/ faces consumes much more energy and leaves grooves of plastically deformed diamond.

  16. Zr/oxidized diamond interface for high power Schottky diodes

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    Traoré, A., E-mail: aboulaye.traore@neel.cnrs.fr; Muret, P.; Fiori, A.; Eon, D.; Gheeraert, E. [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Inst NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Pernot, J., E-mail: julien.pernot@neel.cnrs.fr [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Inst NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Institut Universitaire de France, 103 Boulevard Saint-Michel, F-75005 Paris (France)

    2014-02-03

    High forward current density of 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2} (at 6 V) and a breakdown field larger than 7.7 MV/cm for diamond diodes with a pseudo-vertical architecture, are demonstrated. The power figure of merit is above 244 MW/cm{sup 2} and the relative standard deviation of the reverse current density over 83 diodes is 10% with a mean value of 10{sup ?9} A/cm{sup 2}. These results are obtained with zirconium as Schottky contacts on the oxygenated (100) oriented surface of a stack comprising an optimized lightly boron doped diamond layer on a heavily boron doped one, epitaxially grown on a Ib substrate. The origin of such performances are discussed.

  17. Surface smoothing of CVD-diamond membrane for X-ray lithography by Gas Cluster Ion Beam

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    Nishiyama, A.; Adachi, M. [Central Research Institute, Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Omiya, Japan 330-8508 (Japan); Toyoda, N.; Hagiwara, N.; Matsuo, J.; Yamada, I. [Ion Beam Engineering Experimental Lab., Kyoto Univ., Kyoto, Japan 606-8501 (Japan)

    1999-06-10

    Results of the surface smoothing of a CVD-diamond membrane by gas cluster ion beams are presented. An as-deposited diamond membrane with a surface roughness of 400 Aa Ra was irradiated by Ar cluster ions with a energy of 20 keV. A very smooth surface of 30 Aa Ra was obtained at a dose of 3x10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}. This result can be clarified by computer simulation which shows that the surface smoothing of the diamond membrane was improved by a lateral sputtering of the cluster ions. However, a thin graphite layer was formed on the surface by contamination of monomer ions in the cluster beam, which decreased the transparency of the diamond membrane. A subsequent irradiation with O{sub 2} cluster ions removed these graphite layers.

  18. Microinclusions in polycrystalline diamonds: insights into processes of diamond formation

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    Jacob, D. E.; Wirth, R.; Enzmann, F.; Schwarz, J. O.; Kronz, A.

    2009-04-01

    Polycrystalline diamond aggregates (framesites) contain silicates of eclogitic and peridotitic affinity (e.g. Kurat and Dobosi, 2000). The minerals occur mostly in interstices and are intimately intergrown with the diamonds, indicating contemporaneous crystallization within the diamond stability field in the Earth's mantle. In addition to silicates, rarer phases such as Fe-carbide can sometimes be found in framesites that record unusually low local oxygen fugacity at the time of their formation (Jacob et al., 2004). Furthermore, while most gem-sized diamonds have old, often Archaean formation ages, some polycrystalline diamond aggregates have been shown to form directly preceding the kimberlite eruption (Jacob et al., 2000). Thus, these samples may provide a unique source of information on the nature and timing of small scale processes that lead to diamond formation and complement evidence from gem-sized diamonds. Here, we present a study of micro- and nano-inclusions in diamonds from a polycrystalline diamond aggregate (framesite) from the Orapa Mine (Botswana) and combine results from TEM/FIB analyses with high-resolution computerized micro-tomography (HR-µCT) and electron microprobe analyses to further constrain the formation of diamond in the Earth's mantle. Results In total, 14 microinclusions from fifteen FIB foils were investigated. Micro- and nano-inclusions identified by TEM were smaller than 1µm down to ca. 50nm in size, and are both monomineralic and multi-phase. The cavities are often lath-shaped and oriented parallel to each other; many show lattice dislocations in the surrounding diamond. In addition, inclusions are found along open cracks within the diamond single crystals. Mineral phases in the microinclusions comprise rutile, omphacite and a FeS phase (pyrrhotite). The multiphase inclusions most often consist of cavities that are only partly occupied (less than 50% of the total space), suggesting that the empty space was originally filled by a fluid. One multiphase inclusion was found to be still fluid-bearing, showing characteristic continuous changes in diffraction contrast due to density fluctuations caused by the electron beam. No other elements than carbon were detected during AEM of this area which suggests that the fluid consists of relatively pure C-H-O species. In addition to the fluid, this inclusion contained fine-grained FeS, a silicate phase rich in Fe, P, Mg, Al, Ca and K and a quench phase, rich in Fe, P and Si. Macroinclusions (>5µm) are magnetite, often surrounded by hematite, FeS, low-Cr garnet (Py50Alm39Grs11) and omphacite (Jd23). Garnet and cpx were found as non-touching inclusions and yield 1256°C at 5 GPa. Most of the magnetite inclusions are single crystals and some are strongly deformed with signs of recrystallization. Hematite occurs as porous aggregates of nano-granules of ca. 5-7 nm sizes. High Resolution µ-Computer Tomography (HR-µCT) shows pores in the sample and the included mineral phases as areas of differing grey-values. These are a direct function of the specific x-ray density of the specific phase and can be used to differentiate oxides and silicates. Based on the 3D tomogram, the amount of pores per total volume of the diamond plus inclusion matrix is calculated to be 0.65 vol%, while magnetite inclusions amount to 3.16 vol%. The average equivalent radius of the magnetite grains (radius of a sphere with the same volume as the grain) is 17.8 µm, while that of the pores is 12.6µm. Discussion The occurrence of omphacite, rutile and FeS as microinclusions within the diamond crystals clearly shows that these phases are cogenetic to the diamonds. However, magnetite and hematite were only encountered as large inclusions in cavities that appear to be interstitial porosity. Moreover, analysis of the equivalent radius distribution of the pores and the magnetite inclusions derived from HR-µCT shows a complete overlap of the mode, indicating that magnetite preferentially fills the porosity in the sample. Furthermore, hematite occurs exclusively along the outer rim of

  19. Diamond-like amorphous carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Robertson

    2002-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is a metastable form of amorphous carbon with significant sp3 bonding. DLC is a semiconductor with a high mechanical hardness, chemical inertness, and optical transparency. This review will describe the deposition methods, deposition mechanisms, characterisation methods, electronic structure, gap states, defects, doping, luminescence, field emission, mechanical properties and some applications of DLCs. The films have widespread applications

  20. Infrared refractive index of diamond

    SciTech Connect

    Edwards, D.F.; Ochoa, E.

    1981-05-01

    The refractive index of natural Type IIa diamond is reported for spectral region 2.5--25mm. The data have been filtered to a Herzberger-type dispersion formula with a quality of fit of a few places in the fifth decimal place. The resultant index uncertainty is abut 10/sup -3/.

  1. MUTUAL DIAMOND Sy D. Friedman

    E-print Network

    MUTUAL DIAMOND Sy D. Friedman Department of Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology Zoran-like principle for singular cardinals based on the notion of mutual stationarity due to Magidor and prove that it holds in L. In a joint work with Foreman [1], Magidor used the notion of mutual stationarity to show

  2. MUTUAL DIAMOND Sy D. Friedman

    E-print Network

    MUTUAL DIAMOND Sy D. Friedman Department of Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology Zoran­like principle for singular cardinals based on the notion of mutual stationarity due to Magidor and prove that it holds in L. In a joint work with Foreman [1], Magidor used the notion of mutual stationarity to show

  3. Diamond/diamond-like carbon coated nanotube structures for efficient electron field emission

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    Dimitrijevic, Steven (Inventor); Withers, James C. (Inventor); Loutfy, Raouf O. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a nanotube coated with diamond or diamond-like carbon, a field emitter cathode comprising same, and a field emitter comprising the cathode. It is also directed to a method of preventing the evaporation of carbon from a field emitter comprising a cathode comprised of nanotubes by coating the nanotube with diamond or diamond-like carbon. In another aspect, the present invention is directed to a method of preventing the evaporation of carbon from an electron field emitter comprising a cathode comprised of nanotubes, which method comprises coating the nanotubes with diamond or diamond-like carbon.

  4. The comparative study on diamond film by near-field Raman spectroscopy and micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Wang, Jingjing; Yan, Hong; Deng, Yujun; Li, Hongdong; Zhang, Yufeng; Zhang, Fan; Xia, Zongju; Gao, Qiaojun; Du, Weimin; Zhou, Hetian; Zou, Yinghua

    2000-06-01

    By combining a Dilor XY Raman spectrograph with a homemade scanning near-field optical microscope, we studied the near-field Raman spectrum of a diamond film prepared by hot filament chemical vapor deposition. Several quite different near-field Raman spectra were observed in different positions of a diamond film. The results were compared with micro-Raman spectra at the same positions. We found the top layer of the film gave more contribution to the near-field Raman spectra.

  5. Novel diamond conditioner dressing characteristics of CMP polishing pad

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ming-Yi Tsai; Shun-Tong Chen; Yunn-Shiuan Liao; James Sung

    2009-01-01

    A diamond pad conditioner or dresser is required to regenerate the asperity structure of a pad used in chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). A conventional diamond dresser (CDD) is made by attaching discrete diamond grits to the flat surface of a substrate. Although the CDD has regularly distributed diamond grits, the tips of diamond grits are not leveled to the same

  6. Diamond-coated ATR prism for infrared absorption spectroscopy of surface-modified diamond nanoparticles

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    Remes, Z.; Kozak, H.; Rezek, B.; Ukraintsev, E.; Babchenko, O.; Kromka, A.; Girard, H. A.; Arnault, J.-C.; Bergonzo, P.

    2013-04-01

    Linear antenna microwave chemical vapor deposition process was used to homogeneously coat a 7 cm long silicon prism by 85 nm thin nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) layer. To show the advantages of the NCD-coated prism for attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) of nanoparticles, we apply diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) of 5 nm nominal size with various surface modifications by a drop-casting of their methanol dispersions. ATR-FTIR spectra of as-received, air-annealed, plasma-oxidized, and plasma-hydrogenated DNPs were measured in the 4000-1500 cm-1 spectral range. The spectra show high spectral resolution, high sensitivity to specific DNP surface moieties, and repeatability. The NCD coating provides mechanical protection against scratching and chemical stability of the surface. Moreover, unlike on bare Si surface, NCD hydrophilic properties enable optically homogeneous coverage by DNPs with some aggregation on submicron scale as evidenced by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Compared to transmission FTIR regime with KBr pellets, direct and uniform deposition of DNPs on NCD-ATR prism significantly simplifies and speeds up the analysis (from days to minutes). We discuss prospects for in situ monitoring of surface modifications and molecular grafting.

  7. Self-Lubricating, Wear-Resistant Diamond Films Developed for Use in Vacuum Environment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1996-01-01

    Diamond's outstanding properties--extreme hardness, chemical and thermal inertness, and high strength and rigidity--make it an ideal material for many tribological applications, such as the bearings, valves, and engine parts in the harsh environment found in internal-combustion engines, jet engines, and space propulsion systems. It has been demonstrated that chemical-vapor-deposited diamond films have low coefficients of friction (on the order of 0.01) and low wear rates (less than 10(sup -7) mm (sup 3/N-m)) both in humid air and dry nitrogen but that they have both high coefficients of friction (greater than 0.4) and high wear rates (on the order of 1(sup -4) mm sup 3/N-m)) in vacuum. It is clear that surface modifications that provide acceptable levels of friction and wear properties will be necessary before diamond films can be used for tribological applications in a space-like, vacuum environment. Previously, it was found that coatings of amorphous, non-diamond carbon can provide low friction in vacuum. Therefore, to reduce the friction and wear of diamond film in vacuum, carbon ions were implanted in an attempt to form a surface layer of amorphous carbon phases on the diamond films.

  8. Adhesive bonding and brazing of nanocrystalline diamond foil onto different substrate materials

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    Lodes, Matthias A.; Sailer, Stefan; Rosiwal, Stefan M.; Singer, Robert F.

    2013-10-01

    Diamond coatings are used in heavily stressed industrial applications to reduce friction and wear. Hot-filament chemical vapour deposition (HFCVD) is the favourable coating method, as it allows a coating of large surface areas with high homogeneity. Due to the high temperatures occurring in this CVD-process, the selection of substrate materials is limited. With the desire to coat light materials, steels and polymers a new approach has been developed. First, by using temperature-stable templates in the HFCVD and stripping off the diamond layer afterwards, a flexible, up to 150 ?m thick and free standing nanocrystalline diamond foil (NCDF) can be produced. Afterwards, these NCDF can be applied on technical components through bonding and brazing, allowing any material as substrate. This two-step process offers the possibility to join a diamond layer on any desired surface. With a modified scratch test and Rockwell indentation testing the adhesion strength of NCDF on aluminium and steel is analysed. The results show that sufficient adhesion strength is reached both on steel and aluminium. The thermal stress in the substrates is very low and if failure occurs, cracks grow undercritically. Adhesion strength is even higher for the brazed samples, but here crack growth is critical, delaminating the diamond layer to some extent. In comparison to a sample directly coated with diamond, using a high-temperature CVD interlayer, the brazed as well as the adhesively bonded samples show very good performance, proving their competitiveness. A high support of the bonding layer could be identified as crucial, though in some cases a lower stiffness of the latter might be acceptable considering the possibility to completely avoid thermal stresses which occur during joining at higher temperatures.

  9. Device processing, fabrication and analysis of diamond pseudo-vertical Schottky barrier diodes with low leak current and high blocking voltage

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Kumaresan; H. Umezawa; N. Tatsumi; K. Ikeda; S. Shikata

    2009-01-01

    Diamond pseudo-vertical structure Schottky barrier diodes (PVSBD) have been fabricated by developing a simple and efficient fabrication technology, in which 14 µm thick p? layer was selectively etched out and ohmic contact was made onto the low resistive p+ layer from topside. The electrical characteristics were evaluated by fabricating Mo\\/Diamond Schottky barrier diodes in pseudo-vertical structure. With the fabricated structure, a

  10. Medical applications of diamond particles and surfaces.

    SciTech Connect

    Narayan, R. J.; Boehm, R. D.; Sumant, A. V. (Center for Nanoscale Materials); (Univ. of California)

    2011-04-01

    Diamond has been considered for use in several medical applications due to its unique mechanical, chemical, optical, and biological properties. In this paper, methods for preparing synthetic diamond surfaces and particles are described. In addition, recent developments involving the use of diamond in prostheses, sensing, imaging, and drug delivery applications are reviewed. These developments suggest that diamond-containing structures will provide significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions over the coming years. Diamond is an allotrope of carbon that is being considered for use in several medical applications. Ramachandran determined that the crystal structure of diamond consists of two close packed interpenetrating face centered cubic lattices; one lattice is shifted with respect to the other along the elemental cube space diagonal by one-quarter of its length. If one approximates carbon atoms as equal diameter rigid spheres, the filling of this construction is 34%. Due to the carbon-carbon distance (1.54 {angstrom}), diamond crystal exhibits the highest atomic density (1.76 x 10{sup 23} cm{sup -3}) of any solid. The very high bond energy between two carbon atoms (83 kcal/mol) and the directionality of tetrahedral bonds are the main reasons for the high strength of diamond. Diamond demonstrates the highest Vickers hardness value of any material (10,000 kg/mm{sup 2}). The tribological properties of diamond are also impressive; the coefficient of friction of polished diamond is 0.07 in argon and 0.05 in humid air. Diamond is resistant to corrosion except in an oxygen atmosphere at temperatures over 800 C. In addition, type IIa diamond exhibits the highest thermal conductivity of all materials (20 W cm{sup -1} K{sup -1} at room temperature).

  11. Synthesizing Diamond from Liquid Feedstock

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    Tzeng, Yonhua

    2005-01-01

    A relatively economical method of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been developed for synthesizing diamond crystals and films. Unlike prior CVD methods for synthesizing diamond, this method does not require precisely proportioned flows of compressed gas feedstocks or the use of electrical discharges to decompose the feedstocks to obtain free radicals needed for deposition chemical reactions. Instead, the feedstocks used in this method are mixtures of common organic liquids that can be prepared in advance, and decomposition of feedstock vapors is effected simply by heating. The feedstock used in this method is a solution comprising between 90 and 99 weight percent of methanol and the balance of one or more other oxyhydrocarbons that could include ethanol, isopropanol, and/or acetone. This mixture of compounds is chosen so that dissociation of molecules results in the desired proportions of carbon-containing radicals (principally, CH3) and of OH, H, and O radicals. Undesirably, the CVD temperature and pressure conditions thermodynamically favor the growth of graphite over the growth of diamond. The H radicals are desirable because they help to stabilize the growing surface of diamond by shifting the thermodynamic balance toward favoring the growth of diamond. The OH and O radicals are desirable because they preferentially etch graphite and other non-diamond carbon, thereby helping to ensure the net deposition of pure diamond. The non-methanol compounds are included in the solution because (1) methanol contains equal numbers of C and O atoms; (2) an excess of C over O is needed to obtain net deposition of diamond; and (3) the non-methanol molecules contain multiple carbon atoms for each oxygen atom and thus supply the needed excess carbon A typical apparatus used in this method includes a reservoir containing the feedstock liquid and a partially evacuated stainless-steel reaction chamber. The reservoir is connected to the chamber via tubing and a needle valve or other suitable flow controller. When the liquid enters the low-pressure environment inside the chamber, it evaporates to form a vapor mixture of the same chemical composition. In addition to the inlet for the feedstock liquid, the chamber is fitted with an outlet connected to a vacuum pump (not shown) through a throttle valve (also not shown) that is automatically controlled to keep the pressure at or near the required value throughout the deposition process. Inside the chamber, a spiral filament made of tungsten, tantalum, graphite, or other high-melting-temperature material is electrically heated to a temperature >2,000 C high enough to cause dissociation of vapor molecules into the aforementioned radicals. A deposition substrate typically, a diamond-polished silicon wafer about 2.5 cm square is positioned about 2 cm away from the filament. The exact location of the substrate is chosen so that the substrate becomes heated by the filament to a deposition temperature in the approximate range of 800 to 1,000 C.

  12. Modelling the rheology of sea ice as a collection of diamond-shaped floes

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    Alexander V. Wilchinsky; Daniel L. Feltham

    2006-01-01

    In polar oceans, seawater freezes to form a layer of sea ice of several metres thickness that can cover up to 8% of the Earth’s surface. The modelled sea ice cover state is described by thickness and orientational distribution of interlocking, anisotropic diamond-shaped ice floes delineated by slip lines, as supported by observation. The purpose of this study is to

  13. Diamond anvil cell for spectroscopic investigation of materials at high temperature, high pressure and shear

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    Westerfield, Curtis L. (Espanola, NM); Morris, John S. (Los Alamos, NM); Agnew, Stephen F. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1997-01-01

    Diamond anvil cell for spectroscopic investigation of materials at high temperature, high pressure and shear. A cell is described which, in combination with Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, permits the spectroscopic investigation of boundary layers under conditions of high temperature, high pressure and shear.

  14. Diamond anvil cell for spectroscopic investigation of materials at high temperature, high pressure and shear

    DOEpatents

    Westerfield, C.L.; Morris, J.S.; Agnew, S.F.

    1997-01-14

    Diamond anvil cell is described for spectroscopic investigation of materials at high temperature, high pressure and shear. A cell is described which, in combination with Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, permits the spectroscopic investigation of boundary layers under conditions of high temperature, high pressure and shear. 4 figs.

  15. 16 CFR 23.13 - Disclosure of treatments to diamonds

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION GUIDES AND TRADE PRACTICE RULES GUIDES FOR THE JEWELRY, PRECIOUS METALS, AND PEWTER INDUSTRIES § 23.13 Disclosure of treatments to diamonds A diamond is a gemstone product. Treatments to diamonds...

  16. 16 CFR 23.13 - Disclosure of treatments to diamonds

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION GUIDES AND TRADE PRACTICE RULES GUIDES FOR THE JEWELRY, PRECIOUS METALS, AND PEWTER INDUSTRIES § 23.13 Disclosure of treatments to diamonds A diamond is a gemstone product. Treatments to diamonds...

  17. Network-Aware Partitioning of Computation in Diamond

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    Network-Aware Partitioning of Computation in Diamond Alex Nizhner1 Larry Huston2 Peter Steenkiste Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Abstract The Diamond storage architecture enables efficient interactive search efficient use of resources under dynamic conditions, Diamond adaptively partitions computation among

  18. 21 CFR 872.4535 - Dental diamond instrument.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Dental diamond instrument. 872.4535 Section 872...Surgical Devices § 872.4535 Dental diamond instrument. (a) Identification. A dental diamond instrument is an abrasive device...

  19. 21 CFR 872.4535 - Dental diamond instrument.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Dental diamond instrument. 872.4535 Section 872...Surgical Devices § 872.4535 Dental diamond instrument. (a) Identification. A dental diamond instrument is an abrasive device...

  20. 21 CFR 872.4535 - Dental diamond instrument.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Dental diamond instrument. 872.4535 Section 872...Surgical Devices § 872.4535 Dental diamond instrument. (a) Identification. A dental diamond instrument is an abrasive device...

  1. 21 CFR 872.4535 - Dental diamond instrument.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Dental diamond instrument. 872.4535 Section 872...Surgical Devices § 872.4535 Dental diamond instrument. (a) Identification. A dental diamond instrument is an abrasive device...

  2. 21 CFR 872.4535 - Dental diamond instrument.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Dental diamond instrument. 872.4535 Section 872...Surgical Devices § 872.4535 Dental diamond instrument. (a) Identification. A dental diamond instrument is an abrasive device...

  3. Coordinating diamond interchange and arterial street signal control

    E-print Network

    Engelbrecht, Roelof Johannes

    1997-01-01

    In urban areas, diamond interchanges are often located on arterial streets. There are significant functional differences between diamond interchanges and arterial streets, as arterial streets serve mainly through traffic, while diamond interchanges...

  4. Chemical vapor deposited diamond-on-diamond powder composites (LDRD final report)

    SciTech Connect

    Panitz, J.K.; Hsu, W.L.; Tallant, D.R.; McMaster, M.; Fox, C.; Staley, D.

    1995-12-01

    Densifying non-mined diamond powder precursors with diamond produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) is an attractive approach for forming thick diamond deposits that avoids many potential manufacturability problems associated with predominantly chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. The authors developed techniques for forming diamond powder precursors and densified these precursors in a hot filament-assisted reactor and a microwave plasma-assisted reactor. Densification conditions were varied following a fractional factorial statistical design. A number of conclusions can be drawn as a result of this study. High density diamond powder green bodies that contain a mixture of particle sizes solidify more readily than more porous diamond powder green bodies with narrow distributions of particle sizes. No composite was completely densified although all of the deposits were densified to some degree. The hot filament-assisted reactor deposited more material below the exterior surface, in the interior of the powder deposits; in contrast, the microwave-assisted reactor tended to deposit a CVD diamond skin over the top of the powder precursors which inhibited vapor phase diamond growth in the interior of the powder deposits. There were subtle variations in diamond quality as a function of the CVI process parameters. Diamond and glassy carbon tended to form at the exterior surface of the composites directly exposed to either the hot filament or the microwave plasma. However, in the interior, e.g. the powder/substrate interface, diamond plus diamond-like-carbon formed. All of the diamond composites produced were grey and relatively opaque because they contained flawed diamond, diamond-like-carbon and glassy carbon. A large amount of flawed and non-diamond material could be removed by post-CVI oxygen heat treatments. Heat treatments in oxygen changed the color of the composites to white.

  5. Diamond nanowires: fabrication, structure, properties, and applications.

    PubMed

    Yu, Yuan; Wu, Liangzhuan; Zhi, Jinfang

    2014-12-22

    C(sp(3) )?C-bonded diamond nanowires are wide band gap semiconductors that exhibit a combination of superior properties such as negative electron affinity, chemical inertness, high Young's modulus, the highest hardness, and room-temperature thermal conductivity. The creation of 1D diamond nanowires with their giant surface-to-volume ratio enhancements makes it possible to control and enhance the fundamental properties of diamond. Although theoretical comparisons with carbon nanotubes have shown that diamond nanowires are energetically and mechanically viable structures, reproducibly synthesizing the crystalline diamond nanowires has remained challenging. We present a comprehensive, up-to-date review of diamond nanowires, including a discussion of their synthesis along with their structures, properties, and applications. PMID:25376154

  6. Syngenetic phlogopite inclusions in kimberlite-hosted diamonds: implications for role of volatiles in diamond formation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. V. Sobolev; A. M. Logvinova; E. S. Efimova

    2009-01-01

    We discuss the chemistry of exceptionally rare phlogopite inclusions coexisting with ultramafic (peridotitic) and eclogitic minerals in kimberlite-hosted diamonds of Yakutia, Arkhangelsk, and Venezuela provinces. Phlogopite inclusions in diamonds are octahedral negative crystals following the diamond faceting in all 34 samples (including polymineralic inclusions). On this basis phlogopite inclusions have been interpreted as syngenetic and in equilibrium with the associated

  7. The carbon isotopic composition of diamonds: relationship to diamond shape, color, occurrence and vapor composition

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Peter Deines

    1980-01-01

    Three hundred and thirty new 13 C analyses of diamonds are presented, indicating, in conjunction with earlier published work, a range of about 30%. in the carbon isotopic composition of diamonds. The frequency distribution of diamond 13 C analyses shows a very pronounced mode at -5 to -6%.vs PDB, a large negative skewness, and a sharp boundary at about -1%..

  8. PREFACE: Science's gem: diamond science 2009 Science's gem: diamond science 2009

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alison Mainwood; Mark E. Newton; Marshall Stoneham

    2009-01-01

    Natural diamond has been valued for its appearance and mechanical properties for at least two thousand years. As a gem stone diamond is unsurpassed. However, scientific work, especially in the last 20 years, has demonstrated that diamond has numerous surprising properties and many unique ones. Some of the extreme properties have been known for many years, but the true scale

  9. 76 FR 37684 - Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model (Diamond) DA 40 Airplanes...

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    2011-06-28

    ...Aircraft Industries GmbH Model (Diamond) DA 40 Airplanes Equipped With Certain Cabin...maintenance inspections of the Diamond Model DA 40 airplanes equipped with a VCS installed...Aircraft Industries GmbH Model (Diamond) DA 40 Airplanes Equipped With Certain...

  10. TSP diamonds open new potential for bits

    SciTech Connect

    King, W.W.

    1986-04-01

    The maximum performance potential of a one-piece bit in a given formation is, to a large degree, dependent upon the size, shape and quality of the diamond material used in the bit's cutting structure. The introduction of a thermally stable polycrystalline (TSP) diamond has opened new potential for one-piece bits, and offered fresh challenges in the determination of how this material is to be best employed. This article describes the advantages of the TSP diamond.

  11. Diamond detector for alpha-particle spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Dueñas, J A; de la Torre Pérez, J; Martín Sánchez, A; Martel, I

    2014-08-01

    An artificially grown high purity diamond was used as a detector for alpha-particle spectrometry. Diamond detectors can match the performance of silicon detectors employed in standard continuous air monitoring systems. Its radiation hardness and electronic properties make them ideal to work under extreme condition such as high temperature and ambient lights. A 50 ?m thickness single-crystal diamond detector has been compared with a 300 ?m passivated implanted planar silicon detector, under ambient conditions. PMID:24768983

  12. Nanotwinned diamond with unprecedented hardness and stability

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    Huang, Quan; Yu, Dongli; Xu, Bo; Hu, Wentao; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanbin; Zhao, Zhisheng; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan; Tian, Yongjun

    2014-06-01

    Although diamond is the hardest material for cutting tools, poor thermal stability has limited its applications, especially at high temperatures. Simultaneous improvement of the hardness and thermal stability of diamond has long been desirable. According to the Hall-Petch effect, the hardness of diamond can be enhanced by nanostructuring (by means of nanograined and nanotwinned microstructures), as shown in previous studies. However, for well-sintered nanograined diamonds, the grain sizes are technically limited to 10-30 nm (ref. 3), with degraded thermal stability compared with that of natural diamond. Recent success in synthesizing nanotwinned cubic boron nitride (nt-cBN) with a twin thickness down to ~3.8 nm makes it feasible to simultaneously achieve smaller nanosize, ultrahardness and superior thermal stability. At present, nanotwinned diamond (nt-diamond) has not been fabricated successfully through direct conversions of various carbon precursors (such as graphite, amorphous carbon, glassy carbon and C60). Here we report the direct synthesis of nt-diamond with an average twin thickness of ~5 nm, using a precursor of onion carbon nanoparticles at high pressure and high temperature, and the observation of a new monoclinic crystalline form of diamond coexisting with nt-diamond. The pure synthetic bulk nt-diamond material shows unprecedented hardness and thermal stability, with Vickers hardness up to ~200 GPa and an in-air oxidization temperature more than 200 °C higher than that of natural diamond. The creation of nanotwinned microstructures offers a general pathway for manufacturing new advanced carbon-based materials with exceptional thermal stability and mechanical properties.

  13. Nanotwinned diamond with unprecedented hardness and stability.

    PubMed

    Huang, Quan; Yu, Dongli; Xu, Bo; Hu, Wentao; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanbin; Zhao, Zhisheng; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan; Tian, Yongjun

    2014-06-12

    Although diamond is the hardest material for cutting tools, poor thermal stability has limited its applications, especially at high temperatures. Simultaneous improvement of the hardness and thermal stability of diamond has long been desirable. According to the Hall-Petch effect, the hardness of diamond can be enhanced by nanostructuring (by means of nanograined and nanotwinned microstructures), as shown in previous studies. However, for well-sintered nanograined diamonds, the grain sizes are technically limited to 10-30?nm (ref. 3), with degraded thermal stability compared with that of natural diamond. Recent success in synthesizing nanotwinned cubic boron nitride (nt-cBN) with a twin thickness down to ?3.8?nm makes it feasible to simultaneously achieve smaller nanosize, ultrahardness and superior thermal stability. At present, nanotwinned diamond (nt-diamond) has not been fabricated successfully through direct conversions of various carbon precursors (such as graphite, amorphous carbon, glassy carbon and C60). Here we report the direct synthesis of nt-diamond with an average twin thickness of ?5?nm, using a precursor of onion carbon nanoparticles at high pressure and high temperature, and the observation of a new monoclinic crystalline form of diamond coexisting with nt-diamond. The pure synthetic bulk nt-diamond material shows unprecedented hardness and thermal stability, with Vickers hardness up to ?200?GPa and an in-air oxidization temperature more than 200?°C higher than that of natural diamond. The creation of nanotwinned microstructures offers a general pathway for manufacturing new advanced carbon-based materials with exceptional thermal stability and mechanical properties. PMID:24919919

  14. Diamond-silicon carbide composite and method

    DOEpatents

    Zhao, Yusheng (Los Alamos, NM)

    2011-06-14

    Uniformly dense, diamond-silicon carbide composites having high hardness, high fracture toughness, and high thermal stability are prepared by consolidating a powder mixture of diamond and amorphous silicon. A composite made at 5 GPa/1673K had a measured fracture toughness of 12 MPam.sup.1/2. By contrast, liquid infiltration of silicon into diamond powder at 5 GPa/1673K produces a composite with higher hardness but lower fracture toughness.

  15. Mineral resource of the month: diamond

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Olson, Donald W.

    2009-01-01

    The article presents information on diamond, which is regarded as the world's most popular gemstone. It states that there is strength in the covalent bonding between its carbon atoms, resulting to the strength of its physical properties. The presence of colors in diamonds may be attributed to the impurities that settle in the crystal lattice. Diamonds have been used as decorative items since the ancient era.

  16. The equilibrium boundary between grahite and diamond

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Scott Kennedy; George C. Kennedy

    1976-01-01

    The equilibrium boundary between diamond and graphite has been determined over the temperature interval 1100°C-1625°C. A piston-cylinder apparatus and a ''zero-friction'' cell were used. Pressures were computed by force\\/area measurements and are independent of any calibration points. Visual observations of diamond dissolution or diamond growth were used in fixing the position of the boundary. Our newly determined boundary has the

  17. Diamond turning machine controller implementation

    SciTech Connect

    Garrard, K.P.; Taylor, L.W.; Knight, B.F.; Fornaro, R.J.

    1988-12-01

    The standard controller for a Pnuemo ASG 2500 Diamond Turning Machine, an Allen Bradley 8200, has been replaced with a custom high-performance design. This controller consists of four major components. Axis position feedback information is provided by a Zygo Axiom 2/20 laser interferometer with 0.1 micro-inch resolution. Hardware interface logic couples the computers digital and analog I/O channels to the diamond turning machine`s analog motor controllers, the laser interferometer, and other machine status and control information. It also provides front panel switches for operator override of the computer controller and implement the emergency stop sequence. The remaining two components, the control computer hardware and software, are discussed in detail below.

  18. Glutamate biosensors based on diamond and graphene platforms.

    PubMed

    Hu, Jingping; Wisetsuwannaphum, Sirikarn; Foord, John S

    2014-01-01

    l-Glutamate is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the mammalian central nervous system, playing a vital role in many physiological processes and implicated in several neurological disorders, for which monitoring of dynamic levels of extracellular glutamate in the living brain tissues may contribute to medical understanding and treatments. Electrochemical sensing of glutamate has been developed recently mainly using platinum, carbon fibre and carbon nanotube electrodes. In the present work, we explore the fabrication and properties of electrochemical glutamate sensors fabricated on doped chemical vapour deposition diamond electrodes and graphene nanoplatelet structures. The sensors incorporate platinum nanoparticles to catalyse the electrooxidation of hydrogen peroxide, glutamate oxidase to oxidise glutamate, and a layer of poly-phenylenediamine to impart selectivity. The performance of the devices was compared to a similar sensor fabricated on glassy carbon. Both the diamond and the graphene sensor showed very competitive performance compared to the majority of existing electrochemical sensors. The graphene based sensor showed the best performance of the three investigated in terms of sensitivity, linear dynamic range and long term stability, whereas it was found that the diamond device showed the best limit of detection. PMID:25427169

  19. Growth, characterization and device development in monocrystalline diamond films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Davis, R. F.; Glass, J. T.; Nemanich, R. J.; Trew, R. J.

    1993-03-01

    Silicon-germanium films have been grown by electron-beam deposition on naturally occurring p-type semiconducting diamond (OO1) substrates. As evidenced by low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy, the SiGe layers were polycrystalline. Corresponding current-voltage (I-V) measurements conducted at room temperature demonstrated the formation of a low-barrier rectifying contact. Consistent with the observed low-barrier height, the I-V measurements recorded at 300 C exhibited ohmic-behavior. In addition, subsequent post-growth annealing of the SiGe contacts at 850 C in ultra-high vacuum showed an apparent degradation in the I-V characteristics. Microwave performance of p-type diamond MESFET's is under investigation. A simulation program is being developed to enable a realistic evaluation of diamond MESFETs for high temperature and RF power applications. The program currently accounts for incomplete activation and will eventually account for all physical phenomena believed to be significant, including thermal and breakdown effects.

  20. Diamond turning of thermoplastic polymers

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, E.; Scattergood, R.O.

    1988-12-01

    Single point diamond turning studies were made using a series of thermoplastic polymers with different glass transition temperatures. Variations in surface morphology and surface roughness were observed as a function of cutting speed. Lower glass transition temperatures facilitate smoother surface cuts and better surface finish. This can be attributed to the frictional heating that occurs during machining. Because of the very low glass transition temperatures in polymeric compared to inorganic glasses, the precision machining response can be very speed sensitive.

  1. Direct Coating of Nanocrystalline Diamond on Steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsugawa, Kazuo; Kawaki, Shyunsuke; Ishihara, Masatou; Hasegawa, Masataka

    2012-09-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond films have been successfully deposited on stainless steel substrates without any substrate pretreatments to promote diamond nucleation, including the formation of interlayers. A low-temperature growth technique, 400 °C or lower, in microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition using a surface-wave plasma has cleared up problems in diamond growth on ferrous materials, such as the surface graphitization, long incubation time, substrate softening, and poor adhesion. The deposited nanocrystalline diamond films on stainless steel exhibit good adhesion and tribological properties, such as a high wear resistance, a low friction coefficient, and a low aggression strength, at room temperature in air without lubrication.

  2. Wave-front correctors by diamond turning

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meinel, A. B.; Meinel, M. P.; Stacy, J. E.; Saito, T. T.; Patterson, S. R.

    1986-01-01

    The production of wave-front correctors by single-point diamond turning is reported. Interferograms are shown which demonstrate excellent agreement between the diamond-turned surface and the desired surface. It is concluded from this experiment that it is now feasible by means of single-point diamond turning to make generalized wave-front control surfaces or to produce any unusual surface desired by the optical designer. The maximum departure from the nearest regular surface is set by the dynamic range and maximum diamond point acceleration permitted by the machine.

  3. Electromagnetic Radiation Hardness of Diamond Detectors

    E-print Network

    T. Behnke; M. Doucet; N. Ghodbane; A. Imhof; C. Martinez; W. Zeuner

    2001-08-22

    The behavior of artificially grown CVD diamond films under intense electromagnetic radiation has been studied. The properties of irradiated diamond samples have been investigated using the method of thermally stimulated current and by studying their charge collection properties. Diamonds have been found to remain unaffected after doses of 6.8 MGy of 10 keV photons and 10 MGy of MeV-range photons. This observation makes diamond an attractive detector material for a calorimeter in the very forward region of the proposed TESLA detector.

  4. Negative Electron Affinity Mechanism for Diamond Surfaces

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Krainsky, I. L.; Asnin, V. M.

    1998-01-01

    The energy distribution of the secondary electrons for chemical vacuum deposited diamond films with Negative Electron Affinity (NEA) was investigated. It was found that while for completely hydrogenated diamond surfaces the negative electron affinity peak in the energy spectrum of the secondary electrons is present for any energy of the primary electrons, for partially hydrogenated diamond surfaces there is a critical energy above which the peak is present in the spectrum. This critical energy increases sharply when hydrogen coverage of the diamond surface diminishes. This effect was explained by the change of the NEA from the true type for the completely hydrogenated surface to the effective type for the partially hydrogenated surfaces.

  5. Metallisation of single crystal diamond radiation detectors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ong, Lucas; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Alves, Andrew; Barberio, Elisabetta

    2012-10-01

    Properties such as a large band gap, high thermal conductivity and resistance to radiation damage make diamond an extremely attractive candidate for detectors in next generation particle physics experiments. This paper presents our technique for metallisation of a single crystal diamond grown by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) for use as a radiation detector, suitable for operation in places such as the Large Hadron Collider. The front and back side of the diamond are metalised with aluminium and gold on top of titanium respectively, after which the diamond is mounted and read out via a charge sensitive preamplifier. The device is found to collect charge at an efficiency of 97%.

  6. Diamond Theory: Symmetry in Binary Spaces

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Cullinane, Steven.

    This Web site provides detailed discussions of Diamond Theory, and is intended for college math students or mathematicians. Diamond Theory, according to the author, is best classified in the subject of "finite automorphism groups of algebraic, geometric, or combinatorial structures." The main focus of the material is the technical aspects of the concept, but there are some references to its philosophical beginnings. Despite having extensive information on this site, the author also includes several links to offsite resources. The "Diamond 16 Puzzle" is a curious challenge that might be easier after learning about the Diamond Theory.

  7. Friction and wear characteristics of various prosthetic materials sliding against smooth diamond-coated titanium alloy

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C Met; L Vandenbulcke; M. C Sainte Catherine

    2003-01-01

    Duplex coating with an external nano-smooth fine-grained diamond (SFGD) layer, a thin titanium carbide interlayer and a carbon diffusion layer have been deposited by PACVD on titanium alloy at 600°C. These coatings have already shown low wear against various counterfaces in ambient air. They might have potential applications in the field of prostheses because of their high resistance to corrosion

  8. (Chemically vapor deposited diamond films)

    SciTech Connect

    Clausing, R.E.; Heatherly, L. Jr.

    1990-09-22

    The NATO-ASI on Diamond and Diamond-Like Films and Coatings'' was an opportunity for us to learn the latest research results from ongoing programs in the leading laboratories of the world and relate them to our work. Specific examples are given in the comprehensive report which follows. The meeting format provided an ideal environment to meet and interact with our international counterparts. It is clear that our studies are well regarded, and that we have established an excellent reputation in a short time. New opportunities for collaboration were identified. A panel discussion at the end of the meeting addressed the needs and opportunities in the synthesis of CVD diamond. The key scientific needs are those related to modeling the nucleation and growth processes and to elucidation of the critical roles of atomic hydrogen and the mechanisms of carbon addition to the growing surfaces. The development and more extensive use of in situ diagnostics for both surface and gas phases are important to solving these issues. The more immediate practical questions concern the identification of the growth-rate-limiting steps, the relation of growth parameters to the resulting film structure, and the dependence of properties on structure.

  9. Diamonds and their mineral inclusions from the A154 South pipe, Diavik Diamond Mine, Northwest territories, Canada

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Cara L. Donnelly; Thomas Stachel; Steven Creighton; Karlis Muehlenbachs; Sean Whiteford

    2007-01-01

    Mineral inclusions recovered from 100 diamonds from the A154 South kimberlite (Diavik Diamond Mines, Central Slave Craton, Canada) indicate largely peridotitic diamond sources (83%), with a minor (12%) eclogitic component. Inclusions of ferropericlase (4%) and diamond in diamond (1%) represent “undetermined” parageneses.Compared to inclusions in diamonds from the Kaapvaal Craton, overall higher CaO contents (2.6 to 6.0 wt.%) of harzburgitic garnets

  10. Maskless milling of diamond by a focused oxygen ion beam

    PubMed Central

    Martin, Aiden A.; Randolph, Steven; Botman, Aurelien; Toth, Milos; Aharonovich, Igor

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in focused ion beam technology have enabled high-resolution, maskless nanofabrication using light ions. Studies with light ions to date have, however, focused on milling of materials where sub-surface ion beam damage does not inhibit device performance. Here we report on maskless milling of single crystal diamond using a focused beam of oxygen ions. Material quality is assessed by Raman and luminescence analysis, and reveals that the damage layer generated by oxygen ions can be removed by non-intrusive post-processing methods such as localised electron beam induced chemical etching. PMID:25753406

  11. Maskless milling of diamond by a focused oxygen ion beam

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martin, Aiden A.; Randolph, Steven; Botman, Aurelien; Toth, Milos; Aharonovich, Igor

    2015-03-01

    Recent advances in focused ion beam technology have enabled high-resolution, maskless nanofabrication using light ions. Studies with light ions to date have, however, focused on milling of materials where sub-surface ion beam damage does not inhibit device performance. Here we report on maskless milling of single crystal diamond using a focused beam of oxygen ions. Material quality is assessed by Raman and luminescence analysis, and reveals that the damage layer generated by oxygen ions can be removed by non-intrusive post-processing methods such as localised electron beam induced chemical etching.

  12. Method and apparatus for making diamond-like carbon films

    DOEpatents

    Pern, Fu-Jann (Golden, CO); Touryan, Kenell J. (Indian Hills, CO); Panosyan, Zhozef Retevos (Yerevan, AM); Gippius, Aleksey Alekseyevich (Moscow, RU)

    2008-12-02

    Ion-assisted plasma enhanced deposition of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films on the surface of photovoltaic solar cells is accomplished with a method and apparatus for controlling ion energy. The quality of DLC layers is fine-tuned by a properly biased system of special electrodes and by exact control of the feed gas mixture compositions. Uniform (with degree of non-uniformity of optical parameters less than 5%) large area (more than 110 cm.sup.2) DLC films with optical parameters varied within the given range and with stability against harmful effects of the environment are achieved.

  13. Maskless milling of diamond by a focused oxygen ion beam.

    PubMed

    Martin, Aiden A; Randolph, Steven; Botman, Aurelien; Toth, Milos; Aharonovich, Igor

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in focused ion beam technology have enabled high-resolution, maskless nanofabrication using light ions. Studies with light ions to date have, however, focused on milling of materials where sub-surface ion beam damage does not inhibit device performance. Here we report on maskless milling of single crystal diamond using a focused beam of oxygen ions. Material quality is assessed by Raman and luminescence analysis, and reveals that the damage layer generated by oxygen ions can be removed by non-intrusive post-processing methods such as localised electron beam induced chemical etching. PMID:25753406

  14. Very High Efficiency, Miniaturized, Long-Lived Alpha Particle Power Source Using Diamond Devices for Extreme Space Environments

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kolawa, Elizabeth A. (Inventor); Patel, Jagdishbhai U. (Inventor); Fleurial, Jean-Pierre (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A power source that converts a-particle energy into electricity by coulomb collision in doped diamond films is described. Alpha particle decay from curium-244 creates electron-hole pairs by free- ing electrons and holes inside the crystal lattice in N- and P-doped diamond films. Ohmic contacts provide electrical connection to an electronic device. Due to the built-in electric field at the rectifying junction across the hT- and P-doped diamond films, the free electrons are constrained to traveling in generally one direction. This one direction then supplies electrons in a manner similar to that of a battery. The radioactive curium layer may be disposed on diamond films for even distribution of a-particle radiation. The resulting power source may be mounted on a diamond substrate that serves to insulate structures below the diamond substrate from a-particle emission. Additional insulation or isolation may be provided in order to prevent damage from a-particle collision. N-doped silicon may be used instead of N-doped diamond.

  15. PREFACE: Science's gem: diamond science 2009 Science's gem: diamond science 2009

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mainwood, Alison; Newton, Mark E.; Stoneham, Marshall

    2009-09-01

    Natural diamond has been valued for its appearance and mechanical properties for at least two thousand years. As a gem stone diamond is unsurpassed. However, scientific work, especially in the last 20 years, has demonstrated that diamond has numerous surprising properties and many unique ones. Some of the extreme properties have been known for many years, but the true scale of diamond's other highly desirable features is still only coming to light as control in the synthesis of diamond, and hence material perfection, improves. The ultimate prize for man-made diamond is surely not in the synthesis of gem stones, but in delivering technological solutions enabled by diamond to the challenges facing our society today. If the special properties are to be exploited to their full potential, at least four crucial factors must be considered. First, there must be sufficient scientific understanding of diamond to make applications effective, efficient and economical. Secondly, the means of fabrication and control of properties have to be achieved so that diamond's role can be optimised. Thirdly, it is not enough that its properties are superior to existing materials: they must be so much better that it is worth initiating new technologies to exploit them. Finally, any substantial applications will have to address the society's major needs worldwide. The clear technology drivers for the 21st century come from the biomedical technologies, the demand for energy subject to global constraints, and the information technologies, where perhaps diamond will provide the major enabling technology [1]. The papers in this volume concern the solid state physics of diamond, and primarily concern the first two factors: understanding, and control of properties. They address many of the outstanding basic problems, such as the identification of existing defects, which affect the material's properties, both desirable and less so. Regarding future substantial applications, one paper discusses diamond's exceptional properties for quantum information processing [2], a topic on which there have been many recent papers, and where a diamond colour centre single photon source is already commercially available. Biomedical applications of diamond are recognised, partly tribological and partly electrochemical, but lie outside the present group of papers. Processing and controlling diamond surfaces and interfaces with other materials in their environment are critical steps en route to exploitation. Boron-doped diamond has already found application in electro-analysis and in the bulk oxidation of dissolved species in solution [3]. Energy-related applications—ranging from high-power electronics [3] to a potential first wall of fusion reactors [4]—are further exciting potential applications. Even small and ugly diamonds have value. Their mechanical properties [5] dominate, with significant niche applications such as thermal sinks. The major applications for diamond to date exploit only a fraction of diamond's special properties: visual for status diamonds, and mechanical for working diamonds. Diamond physics reaches well beyond the usual laboratory, to the geological diamond formation processes in the Earth's mantle. Characterization of natural gem diamonds [6, 7] is one part of the detective story that allows us to understand the conditions under which they formed. It was only half a century ago that the scientific and technological challenges of diamond synthesis were met systematically. Today, most of the recent research on diamond has concentrated on synthetics, whether created using high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) techniques or chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The HPHT synthesis of diamond has advanced dramatically [8, 9] to the extent that dislocation birefringence [10] can be largely eliminated. In silicon technology, the elimination of dislocations was a major step in microelectronics. Now, even diamond can be synthesised containing virtually no dislocations. The understanding of the critical processes that are involved in CVD diamond growth are

  16. Properties of chemical vapor infiltration diamond deposited in a diamond powder matrix

    SciTech Connect

    Panitz, J.K.G.; Tallant, D.R.; Hills, C.R.; Staley, D.J.

    1993-12-31

    Densifying non-mined diamond powder precursors with diamond produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) is an attractive approach for forming thick diamond deposits that avoids many potential manufacturability problems associated with predominantly chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. The authors have developed two techniques: electrophoretic deposition and screen printing, to form nonmined diamond powder precursors on substrates. They then densify these precursors in a hot filament assisted reactor. Analysis indicated that a hot filament assisted chemical vapor infiltration process forms intergranular diamond deposits with properties that are to some degree different from predominantly hot-filament-assisted CVD material.

  17. Formation of diamond in the Earth's mantle

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    Stachel, Thomas; Harris, Jeff W.

    2009-09-01

    The principal sources of natural diamonds are peridotitic (about 2/3 of diamonds) and eclogitic (1/3) domains located at 140-200 km depth in the subcratonic lithospheric mantle. There, diamonds probably form during redox reactions in the presence of melt (likely for eclogitic and lherzolitic diamonds) or under subsolidus conditions in the presence of CHO fluids (likely for harzburgitic diamonds). Co-variations of ?13C and the nitrogen content of diamonds suggest that two modes of formation may have been operational in peridotitic sources: (1) reduction of carbonates, that during closed system fractionation drives diamond compositions to higher ?13C values and lower nitrogen concentrations and (2) oxidation of methane, that in a closed system leads to a trend of decreasing ?13C with decreasing nitrogen. The present day redox state of subcratonic lithospheric mantle is generally too reduced to allow for methane oxidation to be a widespread process. Therefore, reduction of carbonate dissolved in melts and fluids is likely the dominant mode of diamond formation for the Phanerozoic (545 Ma-present) and Proterozoic (2.5 Ga-545 Ma). Model calculations indicate, however, that for predominantly Paleoarchean (3.6-3.2 Ga) to Mesoarchean (3.2-2.8 Ga) harzburgitic diamonds, methane reduction is the principal mode of precipitation. This suggests that the reduced present day character (oxygen fugacity below carbonate stability) of peridotitic diamond sources may be a secondary feature, possibly acquired during reducing Archean (>2.5 Ga) metasomatism. Recycling of biogenic carbonates back into the mantle through subduction only became an important process in the Paleoproterozoic (2.5-1.6 Ga) and diamonds forming during carbonate reduction, therefore, may predominantly be post-Archean in age. For eclogitic diamonds, open system fractionation processes involving separation of a CO2 fluid appear to dominate, but in principal the same two modes of formation (methane oxidation, carbonate reduction) may have operated. Direct conversion of graphitized subducted organic matter is not considered to be an important process for the formation of eclogitic diamonds. The possible derivation of 12C enriched carbon in eclogitic diamonds from remobilized former organic matter is, however, feasible in some cases and seems likely involved, for example, in the formation of sublithospheric eclogitic diamonds from the former Jagersfontein Mine (South Africa).

  18. The mechanical and strength properties of diamond.

    PubMed

    Field, J E

    2012-12-01

    Diamond is an exciting material with many outstanding properties; see, for example Field J E (ed) 1979 The Properties of Diamond (London: Academic) and Field J E (ed) 1992 The Properties of Natural and Synthetic Diamond (London: Academic). It is pre-eminent as a gemstone, an industrial tool and as a material for solid state research. Since natural diamonds grew deep below the Earth's surface before their ejection to mineable levels, they also contain valuable information for geologists. The key to many of diamond's properties is the rigidity of its structure which explains, for example, its exceptional hardness and its high thermal conductivity. Since 1953, it has been possible to grow synthetic diamond. Before then, it was effectively only possible to have natural diamond, with a small number of these found in the vicinity of meteorite impacts. Techniques are now available to grow gem quality synthetic diamonds greater than 1 carat (0.2 g) using high temperatures and pressures (HTHP) similar to those found in nature. However, the costs are high, and the largest commercially available industrial diamonds are about 0.01 carat in weight or about 1 mm in linear dimension. The bulk of synthetic diamonds used industrially are 600 µm or less. Over 75% of diamond used for industrial purposes today is synthetic material. In recent years, there have been two significant developments. The first is the production of composites based on diamond; these materials have a significantly greater toughness than diamond while still maintaining very high hardness and reasonable thermal conductivity. The second is the production at low pressures by metastable growth using chemical vapour deposition techniques. Deposition onto non-diamond substrates was first demonstrated by Spitsyn et al 1981 J. Cryst. Growth 52 219-26 and confirmed by Matsumoto et al 1982 Japan J. Appl. Phys. 21 L183-5. These developments have added further to the versatility of diamond. Two other groups of materials based on carbon, namely the fullerenes and graphines have been identified in recent years and are now the subject of intense research. PMID:23168381

  19. The mechanical and strength properties of diamond

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    Field, J. E.

    2012-12-01

    Diamond is an exciting material with many outstanding properties; see, for example Field J E (ed) 1979 The Properties of Diamond (London: Academic) and Field J E (ed) 1992 The Properties of Natural and Synthetic Diamond (London: Academic). It is pre-eminent as a gemstone, an industrial tool and as a material for solid state research. Since natural diamonds grew deep below the Earth's surface before their ejection to mineable levels, they also contain valuable information for geologists. The key to many of diamond's properties is the rigidity of its structure which explains, for example, its exceptional hardness and its high thermal conductivity. Since 1953, it has been possible to grow synthetic diamond. Before then, it was effectively only possible to have natural diamond, with a small number of these found in the vicinity of meteorite impacts. Techniques are now available to grow gem quality synthetic diamonds greater than 1 carat (0.2 g) using high temperatures and pressures (HTHP) similar to those found in nature. However, the costs are high, and the largest commercially available industrial diamonds are about 0.01 carat in weight or about 1 mm in linear dimension. The bulk of synthetic diamonds used industrially are 600 µm or less. Over 75% of diamond used for industrial purposes today is synthetic material. In recent years, there have been two significant developments. The first is the production of composites based on diamond; these materials have a significantly greater toughness than diamond while still maintaining very high hardness and reasonable thermal conductivity. The second is the production at low pressures by metastable growth using chemical vapour deposition techniques. Deposition onto non-diamond substrates was first demonstrated by Spitsyn et al 1981 J. Cryst. Growth 52 219-26 and confirmed by Matsumoto et al 1982 Japan J. Appl. Phys. 21 L183-5. These developments have added further to the versatility of diamond. Two other groups of materials based on carbon, namely the fullerenes and graphines have been identified in recent years and are now the subject of intense research.

  20. Infrared spectral and carbon isotopic characteristics of micro- and macro-diamonds from the Panda kimberlite (Central Slave Craton, Canada)

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    Melton, G. L.; Stachel, T.; Stern, R. A.; Carlson, J.; Harris, J. W.

    2013-09-01

    One hundred and twenty-one micro-diamonds (< 1 mm) and 90 macro-diamonds (2.5 mm to 3.4 mm) from the Panda kimberlite (Ekati mine, Central Slave Craton, Canada) were analyzed for nitrogen content, nitrogen aggregation state (%B) and platelet and hydrogen peak areas (cm- 2). Micro-diamond nitrogen concentrations range from < 10 at. ppm to 1696 at. ppm (median = 805 at. ppm) and the median aggregation state is 23%B. Macro-diamonds range from < 10 at. ppm to 1260 at. ppm (median = 187 at. ppm) nitrogen and have a median nitrogen aggregation of 26%B. Platelet and hydrogen peaks were observed in 37% and 79% of the micro-diamonds and 79% and 56% of the macro-diamonds, respectively. Nitrogen based time averaged residence temperatures indicate that micro- and macro-diamonds experienced similar thermal mantle residence histories, both populations displaying bimodal residence temperature distributions with a gap between 1130 °C and 1160 °C (at 3.5 Ga residence). In addition, SIMS carbon isotopic analyses for the micro-diamonds were obtained: ?13C compositions range from - 6.9‰ to + 1.8‰ (median = - 4.3‰). CL imaging reveals distinct growth layers that in some samples differ by > 2‰, but mostly vary by < 0.5‰. Comparison of only the “gem-quality” samples (n = 49 micro- and 90 macro-diamonds) between the two diamond sets, indicates a statistically significant shift of + 1.3‰ in average ?13C from macro- to micro-diamonds and this shift documents distinct diamond forming fluids, fractionation process or growth histories. A broad transition to heavier isotopic values is also observed in connection to decreasing mantle residence temperatures. The bimodal mantle residence temperature distribution may coincide with the transition from highly depleted shallow to more fertile deep lithospheric mantle observed beneath the Central Slave Craton. The increase in ?13C with decreasing residence temperature (proxy for decreasing depth) is interpreted to reflect diamond formation from a carbonate-bearing metasomatic fluid/melt that isotopically evolves as it percolates upward through the lithosphere.

  1. Raman Scattering in Natural Diamond Crystals Implanted with High-Energy Ions and Irradiated with Fast Neutrons

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    Poklonskaya, O. N.; Vyrko, S. A.; Khomich, A. A.; Averin, A. A.; Khomich, A. V.; Khmelnitsky, R. A.; Poklonskia, N. A.

    2015-01-01

    Raman scattering is studied in natural diamond crystals with radiation-induced defects produced by implantation of high energy Xe and Kr ions (ion kinetic energy >1 MeV/amu) and by irradiation with fast reactor neutrons (kinetic energy >100 keV). Confocal measurements of the Raman spectra along the surface of an oblique section of the ionimplanted diamonds are used to study the radiation damage profile. The evolution of the Raman scattering spectra with depth of the damaged layer in the ion-implanted diamonds, and as a function of annealing temperature of the neutron-irradiated diamond, is determined by spatial localization of phonons in the radiation disordered crystal lattice and by the formation of associations of intrinsic defects in the lattice.

  2. Progress on diamond amplified photo-cathode

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    E. Wang; I. Ben-Zvi; A. Burrill; J. Kewisch; X. Chang; T. Rao; J. Smedley; Q. Wu; E. Muller; T. Xin

    2011-01-01

    Two years ago, we obtained an emission gain of 40 from the Diamond Amplifier Cathode (DAC) in our test system. In our current systematic study of hydrogenation, the highest gain we registered in emission scanning was 178. We proved that our treatments for improving the diamond amplifiers are reproducible. Upcoming tests planned include testing DAC in a RF cavity. Already,

  3. Energy Harvesting Diamond Channel with Energy Cooperation

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    Ulukus, Sennur

    Energy Harvesting Diamond Channel with Energy Cooperation Berk Gurakan Sennur Ulukus Department@umd.edu Abstract--We consider the energy harvesting diamond channel, where the source and two relays harvest energy the option of wirelessly transferring some of its energy to the relays via energy cooperation. We find

  4. Polycrystalline diamond coatings on steel substrates

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    V. F. Neto; T. Shokuhfar; M. S. A. Oliveira; J. Grácio; N. Ali

    2008-01-01

    The usage of polycrystalline diamond onto steel substrates for potential usage in cutting tools, plastic injection moulds and biomedical tools, would be of great importance. In this paper, a review of the different approaches used to improve coating adhesion has been presented. Before this, the major problems hindering the successful nucleation and growth of diamond on steel and a layout

  5. Double bevel construction of a diamond anvil

    DOEpatents

    Moss, William C. (San Mateo, CA)

    1988-01-01

    A double or multiple bevel culet geometry is used on a diamond anvil in a high pressure cell apparatus to provide increased sample pressure and stability for a given force applied to the diamond tables. Double or multiple bevel culet geometries can also be used for sapphire or other hard crystal anvils. Pressures up to and above 5 Megabars can be reached.

  6. Double bevel construction of a diamond anvil

    DOEpatents

    Moss, W.C.

    1988-10-11

    A double or multiple bevel culet geometry is used on a diamond anvil in a high pressure cell apparatus to provide increased sample pressure and stability for a given force applied to the diamond tables. Double or multiple bevel culet geometries can also be used for sapphire or other hard crystal anvils. Pressures up to and above 5 Megabars can be reached. 8 figs.

  7. Ultraprecision diamond turning of aluminium single crystals

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    S. To; W. B. Lee; C. Y. Chan

    1997-01-01

    Ultraprecision diamond turning is an important technology to generate a high surface finish in precision components and optics. In this paper, the diamond turning of aluminium single crystal rods with crystallographic axes normal to , and is analysed. The effect of the crystallographic anisotropy on the machining of these single crystals is investigated in the light of the mechanics of

  8. Diamond film growth argon-carbon plasmas

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL); Liu, Shengzhong (Canton, MI); Pan, Xianzheng (Wuhan Hubei, CN); Zuiker, Christopher D. (LaGrange, IL)

    1998-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrogen and hydrocarbon and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate.

  9. Diamond film growth from fullerene precursors

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL); Liu, Shengzhong (Woodridge, IL); Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL); Pan, Xianzheng (Woodridge, IL)

    1997-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a fullerene vapor, providing a noble gas stream and combining the gas with the fullerene vapor, passing the combined fullerene vapor and noble gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the fullerene and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate.

  10. The nature and origin of interstellar diamond

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. F. Blake; Friedemann Freund; K. F. M. Krishnan; C. J. Echer; Ruth Shipp; T. E. Bunch; A. G. Tielens; R. J. Lipari; C. J. D. Hetherington; Sherwood Chang

    1988-01-01

    The C-delta component of the Allende meteorite is a microscopic diamond some of whose properties seem in conflict with those expected of diamond. High spatial resolution analytical data are presented here which may help explain such results. Surface and interfacial carbon atoms in the component, which may comprise as much as 25 percent of the total, impart an 'amorphous' character

  11. Sintered Diamond Compacts with a Cobalt Binder

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    Howard Katzman; W. F. Libby

    1971-01-01

    Diamond powder can be successfully cemented with cobalt. At 62 kilobars the sintering occurs over the temperature range from 1570 degrees to 1610 degrees C. The maximum microhardness of the compact (> 3000 kilograms per square millimeter on the Knoop scale) is obtained with a mixture of 20 percent cobalt (by volume) and a diamond particle size of 1 to

  12. Single Color Centers Implanted in Diamond Nanostructures

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    Birgit J. M. Hausmann; Thomas M. Babinec; Jennifer T. Choy; Jonathan S. Hodges; Sungkun Hong; Irfan Bulu; A. Yacoby; M. D. Lukin; Marko Lon?ar

    2010-09-21

    The development of materials processing techniques for optical diamond nanostructures containing a single color center is an important problem in quantum science and technology. In this work, we present the combination of ion implantation and top-down diamond nanofabrication in two scenarios: diamond nanopillars and diamond nanowires. The first device consists of a 'shallow' implant (~20nm) to generate Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers near the top surface of the diamond crystal. Individual NV centers are then isolated mechanically by dry etching a regular array of nanopillars in the diamond surface. Photon anti-bunching measurements indicate that a high yield (>10%) of the devices contain a single NV center. The second device demonstrates 'deep' (~1\\mu m) implantation of individual NV centers into pre-fabricated diamond nanowire. The high single photon flux of the nanowire geometry, combined with the low background fluorescence of the ultrapure diamond, allows us to sustain strong photon anti-bunching even at high pump powers.

  13. The World According to Jared Diamond.

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    McNeil, J. R.

    2001-01-01

    Reviews the book, "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" (Jared Diamond). Examines the strengths of the book, focusing on its distinctive aspects, while also offering criticism. States that the final chapter is the most problematic part of Diamond's work. (CMK)

  14. Fracture of synthetic diamond M. D. Droty

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    Ritchie, Robert

    Fracture of synthetic diamond M. D. Droty Ctystallume, 3506 Bassett Street, Santa Clara, California 1995) The fracture behavior of synthetic diamond has been investigated using indentation methods and by the tensile testing of pre-notched fracture-mechanics type samples. Specifically, the fracture toughness

  15. Deposition, characterization and electrochemical evaluation of Ni-P-nano diamond composite coatings

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    Mazaheri, Hamed; Allahkaram, Saeed Reza

    2012-03-01

    Simultaneous electroless deposition of particles between layers of Ni-P depositions can improve their properties, especially general corrosion and erosion-corrosion behavior by means of nano diamond as reinforcing particles. In this study Ni-P/nano-diamond composite deposition were coated on steel substrate. Structure of the coatings and corrosion resistance of them were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical evaluations in salty media. The nano-sized structure of the composite depositions was obtained without using any surfactants. The results demonstrated higher corrosion resistance and greater hardness as compared to the deposited Ni-P. The optimum concentration of diamond nano-particles was found by study of hardness measurement, linear polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  16. Impedance analysis of Al2O3/H-terminated diamond metal-oxide-semiconductor structures

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    Liao, Meiyong; Liu, Jiangwei; Sang, Liwen; Coathup, David; Li, Jiangling; Imura, Masataka; Koide, Yasuo; Ye, Haitao

    2015-02-01

    Impedance spectroscopy (IS) analysis is carried out to investigate the electrical properties of the metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structure fabricated on hydrogen-terminated single crystal diamond. The low-temperature atomic layer deposition Al2O3 is employed as the insulator in the MOS structure. By numerically analysing the impedance of the MOS structure at various biases, the equivalent circuit of the diamond MOS structure is derived, which is composed of two parallel capacitive and resistance pairs, in series connection with both resistance and inductance. The two capacitive components are resulted from the insulator, the hydrogenated-diamond surface, and their interface. The physical parameters such as the insulator capacitance are obtained, circumventing the series resistance and inductance effect. By comparing the IS and capacitance-voltage measurements, the frequency dispersion of the capacitance-voltage characteristic is discussed.

  17. Graphene diamond-like carbon films heterostructure

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    Zhao, Fang; Afandi, Abdulkareem; Jackman, Richard B.

    2015-03-01

    A limitation to the potential use of graphene as an electronic material is the lack of control over the 2D materials properties once it is deposited on a supporting substrate. Here, the use of Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) interlayers between the substrate and the graphene is shown to offer the prospect of overcoming this problem. The DLC films used here, more properly known as a-C:H with ˜25% hydrogen content, have been terminated with N or F moieties prior to graphene deposition. It is found that nitrogen terminations lead to an optical band gap shrinkage in the DLC, whilst fluorine groups reduce the DLC's surface energy. CVD monolayer graphene subsequently transferred to DLC, N terminated DLC, and F terminated DLC has then been studied with AFM, Raman and XPS analysis, and correlated with Hall effect measurements that give an insight into the heterostructures electrical properties. The results show that different terminations strongly affect the electronic properties of the graphene heterostructures. G-F-DLC samples were p-type and displayed considerably higher mobility than the other heterostructures, whilst G-N-DLC samples supported higher carrier densities, being almost metallic in character. Since it would be possible to locally pattern the distribution of these differing surface terminations, this work offers the prospect for 2D lateral control of the electronic properties of graphene layers for device applications.

  18. Nature and genesis of Kalimantan diamonds

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    Smith, Chris B.; Bulanova, Galina P.; Kohn, Simon C.; Milledge, H. Judith; Hall, Anne E.; Griffin, Brendan J.; Pearson, D. Graham

    2009-11-01

    The origin of alluvial diamonds from the four main diamond mining districts in Kalimantan was studied through characterisation of their properties, and determination of PT and age of formation of representative collections of diamonds from four localities of the island. The diamonds are mostly colourless, yellow or pale brown, shiny surfaced, dodecahedroids, octahedron/dodecahedroids, and more rarely cube combination forms. They are intensively resorbed. They have surface radiation damage and show abrasion features indicative of fluvial transportation and crustal recycling. The diamonds were polished down to expose internal structures and mineral inclusions. The majority of the diamonds are internally homogeneous or have simple octahedral zonation and show plastic deformation. Analysis by Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy of their N content and aggregation characteristics shows that many diamonds are well-aggregated type IaB implying a long-term, mantle residence time and/or high temperatures of formation. Identified inclusion parageneses are 68% peridotitic and 32% eclogitic. The peridotitic inclusions are represented by olivine, chromite, garnet, orthopyroxene and pentlandite. Olivines (Fo 92-93) belong to the dunite-harzburgite paragenesis, with one at Fo 90 identified as lherzolitic. Chromite inclusions with 65-66 wt.% Cr 2O 3 and < 1 wt.% TiO 2 are typical of chromite diamond inclusions world-wide. Two garnet inclusions identified are a subcalcic high chrome harzburgite "G10" and a mildly subcalcic type transitional between "G9" and "G10". The eclogitic inclusions are represented by omphacite, rutile, kyanite and coesite. Re/Os dating of a high Ni sulphide inclusion from one peridotitic diamond gave an Archean model age of 3.1 Ga ± 0.2 (2 sigma). In terms of their external and internal morphology, N aggregation characteristics and paragenesis the Kalimantan diamonds resemble those transported to surface by kimberlite or lamproite from sources in the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Five distinctive genetic groups of diamond have been recognised but occur mixed in each of the four diamond mining districts due to a presumed long history of sedimentary recycling and alluvial transportation. Thermobarometry calculations from diamond inclusion chemistry (930 °C to 1250 °C; > 4.2 GPa) are consistent with a paleo-heat flow of 38 to 40 mW/m 2 and derivation from 120 to 160 km depth, i.e. subcontinental mantle lithosphere conditions similar to diamonds from African and Yakutian cratonic situations.

  19. Diamond as an inert substrate of graphene

    SciTech Connect

    Hu Wei; Li Zhenyu; Yang Jinlong [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2013-02-07

    Interaction between graphene and semiconducting diamond substrate has been examined with large-scale density functional theory calculations. Clean and hydrogenated diamond (100) and (111) surfaces have been studied. It turns out that weak van der Waals interactions dominate for graphene on all these surfaces. High carrier mobility of graphene is almost not affected, except for a negligible energy gap opening at the Dirac point. No charge transfer between graphene and diamond (100) surfaces is detected, while different charge-transfer complexes are formed between graphene and diamond (111) surfaces, inducing either p-type or n-type doping on graphene. Therefore, diamond can be used as an excellent substrate of graphene, which almost keeps its electronic structures at the same time providing the flexibility of charge doping.

  20. Structures of diamond-like phases

    SciTech Connect

    Greshnyakov, V. A.; Belenkov, E. A., E-mail: belenkov@csu.ru [Chelyabinsk State University (Russian Federation)

    2011-07-15

    The diamond-like phases containing carbon atoms with the same degree of hybridization, which is close to sp{sup 3}, are classified. It is found that twenty such phases can exist, and ten of them are described for the first time. Molecular mechanics and semi-empirical quantum-mechanical methods are used to calculate the geometrically optimized structures of diamond-like phase clusters and to determine their structural parameters and properties, such as the density, the bulk modulus, and the sublimation energy. The difference between the properties of the diamond-like phases and those of diamond is found to be determined by the difference between the structures of these phases and diamond.

  1. Continental mantle signature of Bushveld magmas and coeval diamonds.

    PubMed

    Richardson, Stephen H; Shirey, Steven B

    2008-06-12

    The emplacement of the 2.05-billion-year-old Bushveld complex, the world's largest layered intrusion and platinum-group element (PGE) repository, is a singular event in the history of the Kaapvaal craton of southern Africa, one of Earth's earliest surviving continental nuclei. In the prevailing model for the complex's mineralization, the radiogenic strontium and osmium isotope signatures of Bushveld PGE ores are attributed to continental crustal contamination of the host magmas. The scale of the intrusion and lateral homogeneity of the PGE-enriched layers, however, have long been problematical for the crustal contamination model, given the typically heterogeneous nature of continental crust. Furthermore, the distribution of Bushveld magmatism matches that of seismically anomalous underlying mantle, implying significant interaction before emplacement in the crust. Mineral samples of the ancient 200-km-deep craton keel, encapsulated in macrodiamonds and entrained by proximal kimberlites, reveal the nature of continental mantle potentially incorporated by Bushveld magmas. Here we show that sulphide inclusions in approximately 2-billion-year-old diamonds from the 0.5-billion-year-old Venetia and 1.2-billion-year-old Premier kimberlites (on opposite sides of the complex) have initial osmium isotope ratios even more radiogenic than those of Bushveld sulphide ore minerals. Sulphide Re-Os and silicate Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope compositions indicate that continental mantle harzburgite and eclogite components, in addition to the original convecting mantle magma, most probably contributed to the genesis of both the diamonds and the Bushveld complex. Coeval diamonds provide key evidence that the main source of Bushveld PGEs is the mantle rather than the crust. PMID:18548068

  2. Alpha-Voltaic Sources Using Diamond as Conversion Medium

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    Patel, Jagadish U.; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Kolawa, Elizabeth

    2006-01-01

    A family of proposed miniature sources of power would exploit the direct conversion of the kinetic energy of a particles into electricity in diamond semiconductor diodes. These power sources would function over a wide range of temperatures encountered in terrestrial and outer-space environments. These sources are expected to have operational lifetimes of 10 to 20 years and energy conversion efficiencies >35 percent. A power source according to the proposal would include a pair of devices like that shown in the figure. Each device would contain Schottky and p/n diode devices made from high-band-gap, radiation-hard diamond substrates. The n and p layers in the diode portion would be doped sparsely (<1014 cm-3) in order to maximize the volume of the depletion region and thereby maximize efficiency. The diode layers would be supported by an undoped diamond substrate. The source of a particles would be a thin film of 244Cm (half-life 18 years) sandwiched between the two paired devices. The sandwich arrangement would force almost every a particle to go through the active volume of at least one of the devices. Typical a particle track lengths in the devices would range from 20 to 30 microns. The a particles would be made to stop only in the undoped substrates to prevent damage to the crystalline structures of the diode portions. The overall dimensions of a typical source are expected to be about 2 by 2 by 1 mm. Assuming an initial 244Cm mass of 20 mg, the estimated initial output of the source is 20 mW (a current of 20 mA at a potential of 1 V).

  3. Toroidal plasma enhanced CVD of diamond films

    SciTech Connect

    Zvanya, John, E-mail: zvanya03@students.rowan.edu; Cullen, Christopher, E-mail: cullen38@students.rowan.edu; Morris, Thomas, E-mail: morris1j@students.rowan.edu; Krchnavek, Robert R., E-mail: krchnavek@rowan.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028 (United States); Holber, William, E-mail: b.holber@plasmability.com; Basnett, Andrew, E-mail: abasnett54@yahoo.com; Basnett, Robert, E-mail: b.basnett@plasmability.com [Plasmability LLC, Austin, Texas 78732 (United States); Hettinger, Jeffrey, E-mail: hettinger@rowan.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    An inductively coupled toroidal plasma source is used as an alternative to microwave plasmas for chemical vapor deposition of diamond films. The source, operating at a frequency of 400 kHz, synthesizes diamond films from a mixture of argon, methane, and hydrogen. The toroidal design has been adapted to create a highly efficient environment for diamond film deposition: high gas temperature and a short distance from the sample to the plasma core. Using a toroidal plasma geometry operating in the medium frequency band allows for efficient (?90%) coupling of AC line power to the plasma and a scalable path to high-power and large-area operation. In test runs, the source generates a high flux of atomic hydrogen over a large area, which is favorable for diamond film growth. Using a deposition temperature of 900–1050?°C and a source to sample distance of 0.1–2.0?cm, diamond films are deposited onto silicon substrates. The results showed that the deposition rate of the diamond films could be controlled using the sample temperature and source to sample spacing. The results also show the films exhibit good-quality polycrystalline diamond as verified by Raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction results show that the samples exhibit diamond (111) and diamond (022) crystallites. The Raman results show that the sp{sup 3} peak has a narrow spectral width (FWHM 12?±?0.5?cm{sup ?1}) and that negligible amounts of the sp{sup 2} band are present, indicating good-quality diamond films.

  4. Opalescent Diamonds Enriched in Hydrocarbon Fluids

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    Leung, I.; Tsao, C.

    2006-05-01

    We studied a large number of diamonds from Liaoning, China. These diamonds are not gem-quality, do not have sharp corners and sharp edges, they are not suitable for making cutting tools. Such industrial diamonds are usually crushed to form abrasives, thus, they might escape the scrutiny of researchers. In China, diamonds were routinely soaked in HF overnight to remove mud and other substances, and no oil and grease were used in the processing. It is not uncommon to see iridescence in pink, pale yellow and grey diamonds. The most common opalescent colors are alternating sharp bands of intense pink and indigo blue, and, less frequently, bands of yellow and blue-green, all may appear in the same diamond. As the bands have uniform thickness, their colors might not be due simply to optical effects, but rather, might be chemically related. We had chosen 10 diamonds to study their FT-IR spectra. Six of the crystals exhibited a group of hydrocarbons (HCs) peaks located just below 3000 cm-1, while all but one had a C-H stretch peak at 3107 cm-1. Two other diamonds had weak HCs peaks, but a very strong peak at 3107 cm-1. Two more diamonds had very weak HCs and C-H stretch peaks. To sum up, when a spectrum has strong HCs peaks, the C-H stretch peak is weak, and vice versa. There seems to be a chemical relationship between the substances represented by these peaks. Our observations indicate that hydrocarbon fluids might have been trapped during crystallization, but subsequently unmixed into well- organized thin bands. If fluids observed in the opalescent diamonds were soaked up in the mantle, then the amount of hydrocarbons existing in Earth's mantle might be quite appreciable in some environment.

  5. An insight into what superconducts in polycrystalline boron-doped diamonds based on investigations of microstructure

    PubMed Central

    Dubrovinskaia, N.; Wirth, R.; Wosnitza, J.; Papageorgiou, T.; Braun, H. F.; Miyajima, N.; Dubrovinsky, L.

    2008-01-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in polycrystalline boron-doped diamond (BDD) synthesized under high pressure and high temperatures [Ekimov, et al. (2004) Nature 428:542–545] has raised a number of questions on the origin of the superconducting state. It was suggested that the heavy boron doping of diamond eventually leads to superconductivity. To justify such statements more detailed information on the microstructure of the composite materials and on the exact boron content in the diamond grains is needed. For that we used high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. For the studied superconducting BDD samples synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures the diamond grain sizes are ?1–2 ?m with a boron content between 0.2 (2) and 0.5 (1) at %. The grains are separated by 10- to 20-nm-thick layers and triangular-shaped pockets of predominantly (at least 95 at %) amorphous boron. These results render superconductivity caused by the heavy boron doping in diamond highly unlikely. PMID:18697937

  6. Morphology, functionality and molecular conformation study of CVD diamond surfaces functionalised with organic linkers and DNA

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    Wenmackers, Sylvia

    This PhD thesis fits within a joint-venture of physicists and biomedical researchers, aimed at the development of diamond-based DNA sensors. CVD diamond was chosen as the substrate material, because a strong covalent carbon-carbon bond can be created in this case, creating a highly stable platform for reusable biosensors or even for continuous monitoring. Moreover, diamond has favourable properties for sensing based on optical (transparency for a large spectral range) as well as electrical signals (semiconductor, stable in aqueous solutions with a wide potential window). The first specific goal for this thesis within the project was to establish the initial functionalisation of CVD diamond surfaces that would allow for the covalent linking of biomolecules, in casu DNA. This was obtained by UV attachement of omega-unsaturated fatty acid molecules (10-undecenoic acid) followed by the use of the zero-length crosslinker EDC to attach amino-modified DNA. The second goal was to characterise the diamond surfaces extensively with physical and (bio-)chemical methods to check the effectiveness of various surface treatments, and to elucidate the molecular organisation of the obtained linker layers and DNA brushes. Point mutation-sensitivity was achieved with end-point fluorescence as well as a real-time label-free electrical sensor prototype. The conformation of the end-tethered DNA molecules was investigated with spectroscopic ellipsometry.

  7. Diamond nucleation and growth at the early stages on Si(100) monitored by electron spectroscopies

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    Le Normand, F.; Ababou, A.; Braul, N.; Carriére, B.; Fayette, L.; Marcus, B.; Mermoux, M.; Romeo, M.; Speisser, C.

    1994-11-01

    Diamond growth on Si(100) is studied by scanning Auger microscopy (SAM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), electron loss spectroscopy (ELS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) focussing on the early stages of nucleation and growth. The low nucleation density allows us to monitor the evolution of both the substrate and the deposit intensities during the deposition process. Using the structural and chemical imaging probe provided by scanning Auger electron microscopy, we localize areas formed by carbon, only of diamond-type, and featureless areas with C, Si and O. The carbon nature on these last domains is initially a complex mixture of amorphous carbon, carbide and diamond. The amorphous deposit rapidly disappears (30 min), but the occurrence of surface carbide is still detected even after 120 min of growth. The surface carbon content, recorded both by AES focussed on the featureless domains and by XPS, initially drops. This is interpreted by the formation of silicon carbide embedding or removing the amorphous carbon layer. We identify three different sites of nucleation, which are (i) diamond seeds left by the substrate pretreatment; (ii) amorphous carbon at the very beginning of the nucleation process and (iii) silicon carbide. Then the diamond growth and the carbide formation are competitive processes, limited by (i) the reactive content in the gas phase and (ii) diffusion and etching of the silicon.

  8. Creation of deep blue light emitting nitrogen-vacancy center in nanosized diamond

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    Himics, L., E-mail: himics.laszlo@wigner.mta.hu; Tóth, S.; Veres, M.; Koós, M. [Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Wigner Research Center for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1525 Budapest, P.O. Box 49 (Hungary); Balogh, Z. [Uzhhorod National University, 88000 Uzhhorod (Ukraine)

    2014-03-03

    This paper reports on the formation of complex defect centers related to the N3 center in nanosized diamond by employing plasma immersion and focused ion beam implantation methods. He{sup +} ion implantation into nanosized diamondlayer” was performed with the aim of creating carbon atom vacancies in the diamond structure, followed by the introduction of molecular N{sub 2}{sup +} ion and heat treatment in vacuum at 750?°C to initiate vacancy diffusion. To decrease the sp{sup 2} carbon content of nanosized diamond formed during the implantation processes, a further heat treatment at 450?°C in flowing air atmosphere was used. The modification of the bonding properties after each step of defect creation was monitored by Raman scattering measurements. The fluorescence measurements of implanted and annealed nanosized diamond showed the appearance of an intensive and narrow emission band with fine structures at 2.98?eV, 2.83?eV, and 2.71?eV photon energies.

  9. The Science of Diamonds and Their Inclusions: Can such Data be Used to Establish Diamond Provenance?

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    Taylor, L. A.; Sobolev, N. V.; Ghazi, M.; Anand, M.; Bodner, R. J.

    2002-05-01

    The physics and chemistry of diamonds and their mineral inclusions can be used to determine the geographic source of rough diamonds. The science of diamonds includes their morphology and external features, N aggregation states and zonations, ? 13C, ? 15N, trace-element chemistry, and the nature of their rims and coatings. The science of the diamond inclusions (DIs) includes their mineralogy and chemical/isotopic compositions, the variation of mineral chemistry between diamonds and as multiple DIs within a single diamond, and the relations of DIs to geologic locales. For example, the exotic DIs in Brazilian diamonds appear to be unique and world famous; but are they really? The ? 34S values of the sulfide DIs are yet another type of data that may prove useful for paragenetic identification, but the requisite data are not presently available. A recently attempted method for discerning the locale of a diamond's origin involves the combined use of laser-ablation, high-resolution, inductively-coupled-plasma, mass spectrometry (LA-HR-ICPMS) and Raman spectroscopy. These sophisticated instruments are combined in a study of the outermost rims of coated diamonds. The premise to this endeavor is that these coatings contain the signatures of the very latest stages of diamond formation, within the kimberlite, as the diamonds are carried to the Earth's surface. Based upon xenolith and DI studies, the mantle of the Earth at a depth of 150 km, although heterogeneous on a small scale, is actually quite similar worldwide. Diamonds grown in the mantle may also have similar characteristics worldwide. However, the chemistry of kimberlite magmas, as they traverse the upper mantle and lower crust, on their way to the surface, can pick up late-stage characteristics that differ from place to place. Some of these definitive signatures may be preserved in the outermost coated regions of the diamonds. The bottom line to the question of provenance for rough diamonds, as addressed at the website http://web.utk.edu/~pgi/research/diamond.html, is the same for all possible techniques ? new, large populations of diamonds from known localities are necessary for the gathering of sufficient statistics. Geologists have largely viewed diamond deposits as geologic curiosities, without the attainment of forensic data. The potential for the development of scientific identification techniques exists, but a detailed, well-funded, research program must be in place to specifically and successfully address the provenance of diamonds.

  10. Understanding diamond pricing using unconditional quantile regressions Nicolas Vaillant*

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Understanding diamond pricing using unconditional quantile regressions Nicolas Vaillant* François of diamonds and their weight in carats. For this purpose, we use a unique sample of 112,080 certified diamonds collected from www.info-diamond.com during the first week of July 2011. We find substantial differences

  11. COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE NUCLEATION OF DIAMOND FROM

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    Adler, Joan

    COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE NUCLEATION OF DIAMOND FROM LIQUID CARBON UNDER EXTREME PRESSURES ANASTASSIA SORKIN #12;COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE NUCLEATION OF DIAMOND FROM LIQUID CARBON UNDER EXTREME of symbols 2 1 Introduction 4 2 Diamond and other allotropes of carbon 6 2.1 The structure of diamond

  12. Influencing factors for diamond formation from several starting carbons

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    Akihiro Tsuzuki; Shin-Ichi Hirano; Shigeharu Naka

    1985-01-01

    The possible influencing factors for diamond formation which prevent non-graphitic carbons from transforming to diamond in the presence of nickel as solvent-catalyst were pursued. The relative amount of nickel to carbon did not affect the behaviour of each starting carbon on diamond formation. The existence of a graphitic structure in the starting carbon was not the major prerequisite for diamond

  13. Deposition of nanocrystalline diamond films by MW plasma CVD

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    Bristol, University of

    of the complex mechanisms and processes involved in diamond formation can be transferred into different diamondDeposition of nanocrystalline diamond films by MW plasma CVD & Gas-phase diagnostics using in contemporary issues concerning both the fundamental science underpinning diamond synthesis by chemical vapour

  14. Magnetically Orchestrated Formation of Diamond at Lower Temperatures and Pressures

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    Reginald B. Little; Eric Lochner; Robert Goddard

    2005-01-01

    Man's curiosity and fascination with diamonds date back to ancient times. The knowledge of the many properties of diamond is recorded during Biblical times. Antoine Lavoisier determined the composition of diamond by burning in O2 to form CO2. With the then existing awareness of graphite as carbon, the race began to convert graphite to diamond. The selective chemical synthesis of

  15. Diamond Provenance Through Shape, Colour, Surface Features and Value

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    J. Harris

    2002-01-01

    The physical properties of diamond provide a possible means by which run-of-mine productions may be identified. Such properties as shape, the regularity and angularity of the crystal form, the level of transparency, colour, syngenetic inclusion content and surface feature characteristics, all as a function of diamond size, can classify diamond productions. In early work, up to 1500 diamonds in specific

  16. Cathodoluminescence of diamond as an indicator of its metamorphic history

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    Maya Kopylova; Loryn Bruce; Micaela Longo; John Ryder; Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya

    2010-01-01

    Diamond displays a supreme resistance to chemical and mechanical weathering, ensuring its survival through complex and prolonged crustal processes, including metamorphism and exhumation. For these reasons, volcanic sources and secondary and tertiary collectors for detrital placer diamonds, like Ural or Bingara diamonds, may be difficult to determine. If metamorphic processes leave their marks on diamond, they can be used to

  17. International Kimberlite Conference Long Abstract 1 DIAMONDS AND THEIR INCLUSIONS

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    Taylor, Lawrence A.

    8th International Kimberlite Conference Long Abstract 1 DIAMONDS AND THEIR INCLUSIONS axiom that mineral inclusions in diamonds (DIs) are syngenetic with their host diamonds (Ds) is herein in many studies is the requirement for co- crystallization of diamonds with their mineral inclusions

  18. Polycrystalline diamond shaving conditioner for CMP pad conditioning

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    Ming-Yi Tsai

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates a new design of diamond conditioner that is made by shaping a sintered matrix of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) to form serrated blades. These blades are arranged and embedded in a predetermined groove on a substrate surface of cylinder. This newly designed diamond conditioner is referred to here as a blade diamond disk. The dressing characteristics of pad

  19. A Diamond Curse?Civil War and a Lootable Resource

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    Päivi Lujala; Nils Petter Gleditsch; Elisabeth Gilmore

    2005-01-01

    While territory, oil, and water are frequently mentioned as resources likely to promote interstate conflict, diamonds have emerged as a prominent factor in explanations of civil war. In this article, the authors report on a new database on diamond deposits and production and analyze the relationship between diamonds and armed conflict incidence. They find a strong bivariate relationship between diamonds

  20. Would Diamond Nanorods Be Stronger than Fullerene Nanotubes?

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    Brenner, Donald W.

    Would Diamond Nanorods Be Stronger than Fullerene Nanotubes? Olga Shenderova,, Donald Brenner of literature ab initio data, we show that diamond nanorods would have a brittle fracture force and a zero on the orientation of the diamond nanorod. The energetic stability of diamond nanorods is predicted by molecular

  1. Appendix A SIMS profiles of hydrogen and deuterium in diamond

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    Goddard III, William A.

    127 Appendix A SIMS profiles of hydrogen and deuterium in diamond A.1 Introduction A diamond sample ion­beam doping. Impurity levels were profiled as a function of depth from the diamond surface using­type reactor, consisting of a quartz tube with diamond­coated quartz substrate holder. The substrate

  2. Mineral inclusions in fibrous diamonds: constraints on cratonic mantle refertilization and diamond formation

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    Miller, Christine E.; Kopylova, Maya; Smith, Evan

    2014-06-01

    We analyzed mineral microinclusions in fibrous diamonds from the Wawa metaconglomerate (Superior craton) and Diavik kimberlites (Slave craton) and compared them with published compositions of large mineral inclusions in non-fibrous diamonds from these localities. The comparison, together with similar datasets available for Ekati and Koffiefontein kimberlites, suggest a general pattern of metasomatic alteration imposed on the ambient mantle by formation of fibrous diamond. Calcium and Fe enrichment of peridotitic garnet and pyroxenes and Fe enrichment of olivine associated with fibrous diamond-forming fluids contributes to refertilization of the cratonic mantle. Saline—carbonatitic—silicic fluid trapped by fibrous diamonds may represent one of the elusive agents of mantle refertilization. Calcium enrichment of peridotitic garnet and pyroxenes is expected in local mantle segments during fibrous diamond production, as Ca in the carbonatitic fluids is deposited into the surrounding mantle when oxidized carbon is reduced to diamond. Harzburgitic garnet evolves towards Ca-rich compositions even when it interacts with Ca-poor saline fluids. An unusual trend of Mg enrichment to Fo95-98 is observed in some olivine inclusions in Wawa fibrous diamonds. The trend may result from the carbonatitic composition of the fluid that promotes crystallization of magnesian olivine and preferentially oxidizes the fayalite component. We propose a generic model of fibrous and non-fibrous diamond formation from carbonatitic fluids that explains enrichment of the mantle in mafic magmaphile and incompatible elements and accounts for locally metasomatized compositions of diamond inclusions.

  3. Absolute age Determinations on Diamond by Radioisotopic Methods: NOT the way to Accurately Identify Diamond Provenance

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    Shirey, S. B.

    2002-05-01

    Gem-quality diamond contains such low abundances of parent-daughter radionuclides that dating the diamond lattice directly by isotopic measurements has been and will be impossible. Absolute ages on diamonds typically are obtained through measurements of their syngenetic mineral inclusions: Rb-Sr in garnet; Sm-Nd in garnet and pyroxene; Re-Os and U-Th-Pb in sulfide; K-Ar in pyroxene; and U-Pb in zircon. The application of the first two isotope schemes in the list requires putting together many inclusions from many diamonds whereas the latter isotope schemes permit ages on single diamonds. The key limitations on the application of these decay pairs are the availability and size of the inclusions, the abundance levels of the radionuclides, and instrumental sensitivity. Practical complications of radioisotope dating of inclusions are fatal to the application of the technique for diamond provenance. In all mines, the ratio of gem-quality diamonds to stones with datable inclusions is very high. Thus there is no way to date the valuable, marketable stones that are part of the conflict diamond problem, just their rare, flawed cousins. Each analysis destroys the diamond host plus the inclusion and can only be carried out in research labs by highly trained scientists. Thus, these methods can not be automated or applied to the bulk of diamond production. The geological problems with age dating are equally fatal to its application to diamond provenance. From the geological perspective, for age determination to work as a tool for diamond provenance studies, diamond ages would have to be specific to particular kimberlites or kimberlite fields and different between fields. The southern African Kaapvaal-Zimbabwe Craton and Limpopo Mobile Belt is the only cratonic region where age determinations have been applied on a large enough scale to a number of kimberlites to illustrate the geological problems in age measurements for diamond provenance. However, this southern African example is seen as typical of other cratons. Here, the nearly universal occurrence of Archean or Proterozoic diamonds in much younger (often Cretaceous) kimberlites proves that diamonds are xenocrysts inherited from the ancient mantle lithospheric keel by the host kimberlite as it erupts. Differences in diamond ages are on the scale of the geological assembly of the mantle lithospheric keel and relate to geological terranes in the lithosphere; they have little to do with individual kimberlites. In southern Africa, two age groupings of diamonds exist: Archean (3.2 to 2.9 Ga) diamonds associated with initial creation/final stabilization of the mantle lithosphere and Proterozoic (1 to 2 Ga) diamonds associated with compositional changes to the mantle keel from magmatism and metasomatism. The distribution of these two age types is cratonwide, encompasses many kimberlites and both age groupings can occur in an individual kimberlite. One expects a recurrence of similar ages with a possible 2 Ga age spread from many different kimberlites across the craton. Similar old ages are seen on other cratons (e.g. Siberian, Slave); thus age can not even distinguish diamond source at the scale of a craton. A further complication is that both sampling of diamonds from their lithospheric host and the resting position of diamonds at the final solidification level of the kimberlite in the crust are accidental. This can produce significant variability in the diamond population which is further complicated if erosion and deposition of the diamonds to form alluvial deposits has obscured their host kimberlite.

  4. J. Phys. D:Appl. Phys. 25 (1992) 1418-1424. Printed in the UK I Friction of diamond on diamond in

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    Tzeng, Yonhua

    J. Phys. D:Appl. Phys. 25 (1992) 1418-1424. Printed in the UK I Friction of diamond on diamond, in final form 18June 1992 Abstract. Effectson diamond-diamond friction of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) (-4 x 1O in their molecular and atomic states have been investigated. The friction coefficientfor diamond sliding on diamond

  5. Diamond and Related Materials 7 (1998) 14911502 Growth of diamond films using an enclosed methyl-acetylene and

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    Dandy, David

    Diamond and Related Materials 7 (1998) 1491­1502 Growth of diamond films using an enclosed methyl Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA Received 20 November 1997; accepted 4 June 1998 Abstract Diamond-stabilized, low pressure, flat, premixed flame was used to deposit continuous, uniform thickness diamond films

  6. Extending Quantum Coherence in Diamond

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    C. A. Ryan; J. S. Hodges; D. G. Cory

    2010-08-18

    We experimentally demonstrate over two orders of magnitude increase in the coherence time of nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond by implementing decoupling techniques. We show that equal pulse spacing decoupling performs just as well as non-periodic Uhrig decoupling and has the additional benefit that it allows us to take advantage of "revivals" in the echo (due to the coherent nature of the bath) to explore the longest coherence times. At short times, we can extend the coherence of particular quantum states out from T_2*=2.7 us out to an effective T_2 > 340 us. For preserving arbitrary states we show the experimental importance of using pulse sequences, that through judicious choice of the phase of the pulses, compensate the imperfections of individual pulses for all input states. At longer times we use these compensated sequences to enhance the echo revivals and show a coherence time of over 1.6 ms in ultra-pure natural abundance 13C diamond.

  7. The Geopolitical Setting of Conflict Diamonds.

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    Haggerty, S. E.

    2002-05-01

    September 11, 2001 will live in infamy. Ideological differences have also led to senseless atrocities in Angola, Congo Republic, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Hundreds of thousands have died, scores mutilated, and millions displaced. These have gone virtually unnoticed for decades. Unnoticed that is until it became evident that these barbaric acts were fueled by the sale or bartering of diamonds for arms, or by more ingenious ways that are less traceable. There is no end in sight. Industry has long recognized that about 20% of diamonds reaching the open market are smuggled from operating mines, and more recently that an additional 4% originates from conflict diamond sources. Diamond identification by laser inscription, ion implantation, or certification protocols are subject to fraudulent tampering. And these applied methods are thwarted if cutting and polishing centers are infiltrated, or if terrorist facilities are independently established. Mark ups are substantial (40-60%) from raw material to finished product. Tracking the paths of rough stones from mines to faceted gems is impractical because some 30-50 million cts of top quality material, or about 100 million stones, would require branding each year. Moreover, the long standing tradition of site-holdings and the bourse system of mixing or matching diamonds, inadvertently ensures regional anonymity. Conflict diamonds are mined in primary kimberlites and from widely dispersed alluvial fields in tropical jungle. Landscapes, eroded by 1-5 vertical km over 100 Ma, have transformed low grade primary deposits into unconsolidated sedimentary bonanzas. The current value of stones retrieved, by motivated diggers and skillful jiggers, in rebel held territories, is impossible to determine, but in 1993 amounted to tens of millions USD. Diamonds over 100 cts continue to surface at premier prices. Borders are porous, diamonds flow easily, and armed networks are permeable and mobile. Diamonds form at great depths (over 200 km) in the Earth's mantle, are old (about 3 Ga), and are emplaced volcanically into continental crust (cratons), at specific times geologically. Clusters of diamond volcanoes are common throughout the world, and in Africa spill over into several countries. Although there are subtle distinctions in geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of diamondiferous settings globally, these differences decrease within provinces (1000 sq km), and are minor at the district level (10-100 sq km). For diamonds: clear, sharp edged octahedra are typical of Siberia; pink stones are mostly from W. Australia; Cape yellow and blue diamonds occur in South Africa and India; corroded and etched diamonds are prevalent in E. Africa; and fibrous diamonds, once considered the domain of the Congo Republic and Sierra Leone were recently discovered in the non conflict, Slave Province, Canada. These examples are neither craton nor site specific. Is there a non destructive analytical method to uniquivocally identify diamonds regionally, or ideally at a more localized level? The intrinsic approach (vs applied) is challenging because geographical boundaries do not correspond to geological contacts. Spectroscopy, trace elements, isotopes, mineral inclusions, and the conductivities of diamonds show some promise but the overlaps are large. Refinements will evolve and analytical innovations will develop. However, legally acquired conflict diamonds are needed on which to perform basic experiments, establish background levels, and develop a data base for global comparisons. US assistance, UN permission, and funding (e.g. NSF, DOD) are urgently required if this geoscientific initiative is to move forward in stopping the flow of conflict diamonds into the hands of terrorist organizations. We have a scientific obligation to society.

  8. Adhesion between CVD diamond films and tungsten

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    Alam, M. (New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (USA)); Peebles, D.E.; Tallant, D.R. (Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA))

    1991-01-01

    Adhesion between diamond films synthesized by a CVD method and tungsten has been investigated by a scratch and pull testing methods. Diamond films have been deposited at temperatures from 1173 to 1323 K with a growth rate ranging from 0.2 to 0.45 {mu}m/hour. The films are highly crystalline and are dominated by (100) faces at low temperatures, changing to (111) at higher temperatures. Grain size and residual stress in the films increases with increasing deposition temperature. X-ray diffraction shows the expected diamond diffraction peaks plus peaks attributed to WC and W{sub 2}C. Raman spectroscopy shows a sharp diamond band for all of the films, with a small broad peak, attributed to amorphous carbon. There is no distinct correlation between diamond/amorphous carbon intensity with deposition temperature. Scratch adhesion testing shows the expected failure mode for brittle coatings, but can not be quantified because of severe degradation of the diamond stylus tip. Sebastion pull testing shows that the failure mode of the films correlates with deposition temperature, but specific adhesion strength values do not. Efforts are continuing to correlate adhesion strength with deposition and structural parameters of the diamond films. 7 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Progress on diamond amplified photo-cathode

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    Wang, E.; Ben-Zvi, I.; Burrill, A.; Kewisch, J.; Chang, X.; Rao, T.; Smedley, J.; Wu, Q.; Muller, E.; Xin, T.

    2011-03-28

    Two years ago, we obtained an emission gain of 40 from the Diamond Amplifier Cathode (DAC) in our test system. In our current systematic study of hydrogenation, the highest gain we registered in emission scanning was 178. We proved that our treatments for improving the diamond amplifiers are reproducible. Upcoming tests planned include testing DAC in a RF cavity. Already, we have designed a system for these tests using our 112 MHz superconducting cavity, wherein we will measure DAC parameters, such as the limit, if any, on emission current density, the bunch charge, and the bunch length. The diamond-amplified photocathode, that promises to support a high average current, low emittance, and a highly stable electron beam with a long lifetime, is under development for an electron source. The diamond, functioning as a secondary emitter amplifies the primary current, with a few KeV energy, that comes from the traditional cathode. Earlier, our group recorded a maximum gain of 40 in the secondary electron emission from a diamond amplifier. In this article, we detail our optimization of the hydrogenation process for a diamond amplifier that resulted in a stable emission gain of 140. We proved that these characteristics are reproducible. We now are designing a system to test the diamond amplifier cathode using an 112MHz SRF gun to measure the limits of the emission current's density, and on the bunch charge and bunch length.

  10. Self-composite comprised of nanocrystalline diamond and a non-diamond component useful for thermoelectric applications

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M. (Downers Grove, IL)

    2009-08-11

    One provides nanocrystalline diamond material that comprises a plurality of substantially ordered diamond crystallites that are sized no larger than about 10 nanometers. One then disposes a non-diamond component within the nanocrystalline diamond material. By one approach this non-diamond component comprises an electrical conductor that is formed at the grain boundaries that separate the diamond crystallites from one another. The resultant nanowire is then able to exhibit a desired increase with respect to its ability to conduct electricity while also preserving the thermal conductivity behavior of the nanocrystalline diamond material.

  11. Self-composite comprised of nanocrystalline diamond and a non-diamond component useful for thermoelectric applications

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.

    2012-09-04

    One provides nanocrystalline diamond material that comprises a plurality of substantially ordered diamond crystallites that are sized no larger than about 10 nanometers. One then disposes a non-diamond component within the nanocrystalline diamond material. By one approach this non-diamond component comprises an electrical conductor that is formed at the grain boundaries that separate the diamond crystallites from one another. The resultant nanowire is then able to exhibit a desired increase with respect to its ability to conduct electricity while also preserving the thermal conductivity behavior of the nanocrystalline diamond material.

  12. Large improvement of phosphorus incorporation efficiency in n-type chemical vapor deposition of diamond

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    Ohtani, Ryota; Yamamoto, Takashi; Janssens, Stoffel D.; Yamasaki, Satoshi; Koizumi, Satoshi

    2014-12-01

    Microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition is a promising way to generate n-type, e.g., phosphorus-doped, diamond layers for the fabrication of electronic components, which can operate at extreme conditions. However, a deeper understanding of the doping process is lacking and low phosphorus incorporation efficiencies are generally observed. In this work, it is shown that systematically changing the internal design of a non-commercial chemical vapor deposition chamber, used to grow diamond layers, leads to a large increase of the phosphorus doping efficiency in diamond, produced in this device, without compromising its electronic properties. Compared to the initial reactor design, the doping efficiency is about 100 times higher, reaching 10%, and for a very broad doping range, the doping efficiency remains highly constant. It is hypothesized that redesigning the deposition chamber generates a higher flow of active phosphorus species towards the substrate, thereby increasing phosphorus incorporation in diamond and reducing deposition of phosphorus species at reactor walls, which additionally reduces undesirable memory effects.

  13. Thermal conductivity of CVD diamond films

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    Chae, H.B. [Soonchunhyang Univ., Chungnam (Korea, Republic of); Park, K.H. [Choongbook National Univ., Chungju (Korea, Republic of); Seong, D.J.; Kim, J.C. [Korea Research Inst. of Standards and Science, Daejon (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    Diamond films 60 and 170 {mu}m in thickness were grown by PACVD (plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition) under similar conditions. The thermal diffusivity of these freestanding films was measured between 100 and 800 K using AC calorimetry. Radiation heat loss from the surface was estimated by analyzing both the amplitude and the phase shift of a lock-in amplifier signal. Thermal conductivity was calculated using the specific heat data of natural diamond. At room temperature, the thermal conductivity of the 60 and 170 {mu}m films is 9 and 16 W {center_dot}cm{sup {minus}1}{center_dot}K{sup {minus}1} respectively, which is 40-70% that of natural diamond. The temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of the 60 and 170 {mu}m films is 9 and 16 W {center_dot}{sup {minus}1}{center_dot}K{sup {minus}1} respectively, which is 40-70% that of natural diamond. The temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of the CVD diamond films is similar to that of natural diamond. Phonon scattering processes are considered using the Debye model. The microsize of the grain boundary has a significant effect on the mean free path of phonons at low temperatures. The grain in CVD diamond film is grown as a columnar structure. Thus, the thicker film has the larger man grain size and the higher thermal conductivity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy were used to study the microstructure of the CVD diamond films. In this experiment, we evaluated the quality of CVD diamond film of the whole sample by measuring the thermal conductivity.

  14. Diamond inclusions in garnets from metamorphic rocks: a new environment for diamond formation

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    N. V. Sobolev; V. S. Shatsky

    1990-01-01

    DIAMONDS commonly occur in kimberlites, lamproites and alluvial sediments derived from these rocks. More recently, diamonds (or their graphite pseudomorphs) have been discovered in ultramafic massifs1 and picrites2. Here we report the occurrence of diamonds in situ in crustal rocks: highly retrograded high-pressure metamorphic garnet-pyroxene and pyroxene-carbonate-garnet rocks, biotite gneisses and schists from the Kokchetav massif, northern Kazakhstan, USSR. The

  15. The nature and origin of interstellar diamond

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    Blake, David F.; Freund, Friedemann; Shipp, Ruth; Krishnan, Kannan F. M.; Echer, Charles J.

    1988-01-01

    The C-delta component of the Allende meteorite is a microscopic diamond some of whose properties seem in conflict with those expected of diamond. High spatial resolution analytical data are presented here which may help explain such results. Surface and interfacial carbon atoms in the component, which may comprise as much as 25 percent of the total, impart an 'amorphous' character to some spectral data. These data support the proposed high-pressure conversion of amorphous carbon and graphite into diamonds due to grain-grain collisions in the ISM, although a low-pressure mechanism of formation cannot be ruled out.

  16. Supernovae as sources of interstellar diamonds

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    Nuth, Joseph A., III; Allen, John E., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Small hydrocarbon grains in the vicinity of a supernova could be annealed by the absorption of several far-ultraviolet photons to produce the tiny diamonds found in meteorites. These freshly-synthesized diamond grains would be bombarded by the heavy ions and neutrals in the supernovae outflow and would thereby acquire the distinctive noble-gas isotopic signature by which they were first isolated. Only diamonds formed relatively close to supernovae would acquire such a signature, since grains formed farther out would be subjected to a much diluted and less energetic plasma environment.

  17. Bonding Diamond To Metal In Electronic Circuits

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    Jacquez, Andrew E.

    1993-01-01

    Improved technique for bonding diamond to metal evolved from older technique of soldering or brazing and more suitable for fabrication of delicate electronic circuits. Involves diffusion bonding, developed to take advantage of electrically insulating, heat-conducting properties of diamond, using small diamond bars as supports for slow-wave transmission-line structures in traveling-wave-tube microwave amplifiers. No fillets or side coats formed because metal bonding strips not melted. Technique also used to mount such devices as transistors and diodes electrically insulated from, but thermally connected to, heat sinks.

  18. Development of boron-doped diamond thin-films as voltammetric and amperometric detectors

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    Xu, Jishou

    2000-10-01

    The utilization of boron-doped diamond thin-films for applications in electroanalysis was investigated. Voltammetric analysis in static solution, and amperometric detection coupled with flow injection analysis and HPLC were performed. The results were compared to those for glassy carbon. The electroactivity, the merit of detection figures, the adsorption of polar organic molecules, and the resistance to fouling were studied. Surface characterization was performed to elucidate the surface property-electroacticvity relationship. The results showed that diamond thin-films, compared with glassy carbon, had comparable electroactivity to simple electron transfer processes (e.g., Ru(NH3)6+2/+3, Fe(CN)6 -3/-4, IrCl6-2/-3, azide, chlorpromazine), but had lower electroactivity for the electron transfer processes involving surface-confined intermediate (e.g., hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution, 4-methyl catechol, hydrazine). The diamond thin-films had a wide working potential up to 4.0 V in aqueous media. They also had small double layer capacitance, voltammetric background current, and amperometric residual current. These properties had leaded to higher signal-to-background ratios and signal-to-noise ratios. The diamond thin-films had lower limits of detection in voltammetric measurements of several analytes, and had lower limits of detection in amperometric measurements of all compounds studied. The diamond thin-films had negligible adsorption of polar organic molecules (e.g., anthraquinone 2,6-disulfonate, chlorpromazine), compared to glassy carbon. This is due to the fact that the diamond surfaces are primarily composed of sp3 carbon and hydrogen terminated. This leaded to less decay of the electroactivity by storage and operation, and higher resistance to fouling. The surface property-electroactivity relationship depends on the specific mechanism for electron transfer. The extent of non-diamond impurities (e.g., oxygen evolution), diamond crystalline size, surface termination (e.g., azide), and surface boron sites (hydrazine) could all affect the electroactivity for diamond thin-films.

  19. First principles study of Fe in diamond: A diamond-based half metallic dilute magnetic semiconductor

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    Benecha, E. M. [Department of Physics, University of South Africa, P.O. Box 392, UNISA 0003 Pretoria (South Africa); Lombardi, E. B., E-mail: lombaeb@unisa.ac.za [College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, P.O. Box 392, UNISA 0003 Pretoria (South Africa)

    2013-12-14

    Half-metallic ferromagnetic ordering in semiconductors, essential in the emerging field of spintronics for injection and transport of highly spin polarised currents, has up to now been considered mainly in III–V and II–VI materials. However, low Curie temperatures have limited implementation in room temperature device applications. We report ab initio Density Functional Theory calculations on the properties of Fe in diamond, considering the effects of lattice site, charge state, and Fermi level position. We show that the lattice sites and induced magnetic moments of Fe in diamond depend strongly on the Fermi level position and type of diamond co-doping, with Fe being energetically most favorable at the substitutional site in p-type and intrinsic diamond, while it is most stable at a divacancy site in n-type diamond. Fe induces spin polarized bands in the band gap, with strong hybridization between Fe-3d and C-2s,2p bands. We further consider Fe-Fe spin interactions in diamond and show that substitutional Fe{sup +1} in p-type diamond exhibits a half-metallic character, with a magnetic moment of 1.0??{sub B} per Fe atom and a large ferromagnetic stabilization energy of 33?meV, an order of magnitude larger than in other semiconductors, with correspondingly high Curie temperatures. These results, combined with diamond's unique properties, demonstrate that Fe doped p-type diamond is likely to be a highly suitable candidate material for spintronics applications.

  20. Quantum information processing in diamond

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    F. Jelezko; J. Wrachtrup

    2005-10-19

    Quantum computing is an attractive and multidisciplinary field, which became a focus for experimental and theoretical research during last decade. Among other systems, like ions in traps or superconducting circuits, solid-states based qubits are considered to be promising candidates for first experimental tests of quantum hardware. Here we report recent progress in quantum information processing with point defect in diamond. Qubits are defined as single spin states (electron or nuclear). This allows exploring long coherence time (up to seconds for nuclear spins at cryogenic temperatures). In addition, the optical transition between ground and excited electronic states allows coupling of spin degrees of freedom to the state of the electromagnetic field. Such coupling gives access to the spin state readout via spin-selective scattering of photon. This also allows using of spin state as robust memory for flying qubits (photons).