Jackson, Kenneth A. AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
Wagner, Richard S. AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
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Single crystals that have grown in filamentary form. Such filamentary growths have been known for centuries and can form by a variety of mechanisms. Some grow from their base: either these are extruded to relieve pressure in the base material or they grow as a result of a chemical reaction at the base. In both cases, the growth occurs at a singularity in the base material. Other crystal whiskers grow at their tip, into a supersaturated medium, and the filamentary growth results from a strong anisotropy in the growth rate. See also: Single crystal; Supersaturation
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