A new technique using laser-induced micro-explosions in silicon could lead to more efficient methods for producing the exotic materials used in the semiconductor industry.
Developed by a team of physicists from The Australian National University and University College London, the clever breakthrough opens up the possibility for unusual and unexpected properties, according to research leader, Professor Andrei Rode.
Currently these materials are created using tiny diamond anvils to poke or squeeze materials. The ultra-short laser micro-explosion is able to create pressure many times higher than the current method, promising a cheaper and more industrially friendly way to manufacture these materials on a mass scale.
“The semiconductor industry is a multibillion-dollar operation — even a small change in the position of a few silicon atoms has the potential to have a major impact.” says Dr Jodie Bradby, also from ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.