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Crystal growth in space

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  • Klaus-W. Benz

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    1. Kristallographisches Institut Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Hebelstrasse 25, W-7800 Freiburg (FRG)
    • Kristallographisches Institut Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Hebelstrasse 25, W-7800 Freiburg (FRG)
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    • Obtained his Ph.D., in physics, from Stuttgart University. He is director of the Crystallographic Institute and the Freiburg Materials Science Center (FMF) of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. His main field of interest is the crystal growth of binary and ternary III–V, II–VI and chalcopyrite compound semiconductors. He is associate editor of “Journal of Crystal Growth”, “Crystal Research and Technology” and “Microgravity Science and Technology”.


Abstract

Magterials science in space, including the crystal growth of organic and inorganic materials, is an interesting discipline that dates back to the growth of the first single crystals in space during the Apollo and Soyuz missions. Progress made since then is reviewed and the current goals of today's crystal growth experiments in space are considered. Crystals growth in spae may not be larger or more beautiful than those grown under terrestial conditions, but such experiments can provide answers to basic scientific questions.

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