Diamond thin films
Hamers, Robert J. Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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Very thin coatings that are applied to other materials to provide them with special physical or chemical properties unique to diamond. While crystalline diamond is extremely expensive, many of the useful properties of diamond can be obtained in a cost-effective manner by coating a substrate of interest with a polycrystalline film consisting of tiny diamond crystals that form a continuous film, often 1 micrometer or less in thickness. Diamond thin films can be grown on a variety of thicker materials that provide mechanical support and possibly electrical or thermal contact.
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