Harnessing the Power of Diamonds
It is no secret that diamonds are the hardest material present in nature. Industrial applications of diamonds often include them in cutting, drilling, and grinding. However, it can also hold the potential to hold excellent electronic properties—that is according to recent research.
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"This is the first time showing the extremely large, uniform elasticity of diamond by tensile experiments. Our findings demonstrate the possibility of developing electronic devices through 'deep elastic strain engineering' of microfabricated diamond structures," said Dr Lu Yang, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MNE) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). "That's why diamond can be considered as 'Mount Everest' of electronic materials, possessing all these excellent properties.”
The study was the first to use the elastic straining of microfabricated diamond arrays through the nanomechanical approach. Findings observed the potential of strained diamonds as precursors for device development in microelectronics, photonics, and quantum information technologies. The results were published in the scientific journal Science, titled "Achieving large uniform tensile elasticity in microfabricated diamond."
Source: Science Daily