Container materials for crystal growth chambers must be carefully selected in order to prevent sample contamination. To address the issue of contamination, high purity SCN was exposed to a variety of potential chamber construction materials, e.g., metal alloys, soldering materials, and sealants, at a temperature approximately 25 K above the melting point of SCN (58°C), over periods of up to one year. Acceptability, or lack thereof, of candidate chamber materials was determined by performing periodic melting point checks of the exposed samples. Those materials which did not measurably affect the melting point of SCN over a one-year period were considered to be chemically compatible and therefore eligible for use in constructing the flight chamber. A growth chamber constructed from compatible materials (304 SS and borosilicate glass) was filled with pure SCN. A thermistor probe placed within the chamber permitted in situ measurement of the melting point and, indirectly, of the purity of the SCN. Melting point plateaus were then determined, to assess the actual chamber performance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry