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What can be done with bigger diamonds?

  1. Oct 27, 2008 #1
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  3. Oct 27, 2008 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Could have interesting optical uses - especially for windows or for lenses in chip litho steppers.
    Diamond has the highest refractive index - although it would be a bugger to polish.
    It also has the highest ratio of thermal conductivity to electrical resistance so is an ideal chip substrate if you could get it to lattice match silicon a bit better.

    Most industrial uses as abrasives use diamond dust, this is cheaper than CVD diamond anyway.
     
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  5. Oct 27, 2008 #4

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    I seem to recall that diamond anvils are used for extremely high-pressure applications. Perhaps larger experiments could be conducted with the new diamonds.
     
  6. Oct 27, 2008 #5

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    You normally use the anvil to concentrate force at a point - larger diamonds mean lower pressures.
    I like topher's suggestion - presumably larger diamonds work on larger women?
     
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    Agreed, but the article seemed to indicate that the new synthetics might be stronger than natural diamonds, due to fewer defects. Wouldn't that allow for more pressure to be applied?
     
  8. Oct 28, 2008 #7

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    Larger diamonds on a diamond-edged saw would equate to courser grit, so the saw would cut faster. (The same, of course, for diamond sanders and all sorts of industrial applications.)
     
  9. Oct 28, 2008 #8
    Topher's post pictures it ALL!
     
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