Laser heated furnace for growing crystals of novel materials

Lay summary
This project will establish a Floating Zone Furnace for growth of highest quality single crystals of a vast range of materials to be exploited for scientific investigations. The uniqueness of the proposed instrument is that heating is achieved by 5 powerful laser diodes, which produces a much more accurate molten zone. The equipment will be used to grow samples for a wide range of scientific projects by several groups within EPFL and will be open to collaborations with all Swiss research institutions.