Crystals are the unacknowledged pillars of modern technology. The modern technological developments depend greatly on the availability of suitable single crystals, whether it is for lasers, semiconductors, magnetic devices, optical devices, superconductors, telecommunication, etc. In spite of great technological advancements in the recent years, we are still in the early stage with respect to the growth of several important crystals such as diamond, silicon carbide, PZT, gallium nitride, and so on. Unless the science of growing these crystals is understood precisely, it is impossible to grow them as large single crystals to be applied in modern industry. This book deals with almost all the modern crystal growth techniques that have been adopted, including appropriate case studies. Since there has been no other book published to cover the subject after the Handbook of Crystal Growth, Eds. DTJ Hurle, published during 1993-1995, this book will fill the existing gap for its readers. The book begins with ""Growth Histories of Mineral Crystals"" by the most senior expert in this field, Professor Ichiro Sunagawa. The next chapter reviews recent developments in the theory of crystal growth, which is equally important before moving on to actual techniques. After the first two fundamental chapters, the book covers other topics like the recent progress in quartz growth, diamond growth, silicon carbide single crystals, PZT crystals, nonlinear optical crystals, solid state laser crystals, gemstones, high melting oxides like lithium niobates, hydroxyapatite, GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy, superconducting crystals, morphology control, and more. For the first time, the crystal growth modeling has been discussed in detail with reference to PZT and SiC crystals.


Scientists and engineers in a wide variety of industries including crystal growers, physicists, chemists, engineers, bioengineers, solid state scientists, materials scientists, earth scientists, etc.

Table of Contents

1. Growth Histories of Mineral Crystals as Seen from Their Morphological Features 2. Theory of Crystal Growth from Vapor and Solution 3. Epitaxial Growth of III-V Compounds 4. CVD Diamond Growth 5. Laser-Assisted Growth and Characterization of Multicomponent Lead 6. Zirconate-Titanate Films 7. Silicon Carbide Crystals - Part 1, Growth and Characterization 8. Silicon Carbide Crystals - Part 2, Process Physics and Modeling 9. Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Perovskite Synthesis in Hydrothermal Solution 10. Growth of Multicomponent Perovskite Oxide Crystals 11. Crystal Growth, Size and Morphology Control of Nd:ROV4 under Mild Hydrothermal Conditions 12. Hydrothermal Growth of Quartz under Specific Conditions and the Raman Spectra of Ions Species in a Hydrothermal Growth Solution 13. Growth and Characterization and Technologically Important Oxide Single Crystals 14. Growth and Development of Nonlinear Optical Borate Crystals and Generation of Visible and UV Light 15. Growth of High Tc Crystals 16. Crystal Growth of Zinc Chalcogenides 17. Growth of Hydroxyapatite Crystals 18. Crystal Growth of Gemstones


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About the authors

Kullaiah Byrappa

Dr. K. Byrappa is a Professor at the University of Mysore in India. He specializes in hydrothermal t

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Mysore, India

Tadashi Ohachi

Affiliations and Expertise

Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan