In crystal growing, crystalline materials are heated using a susceptor in a controlled inert atmosphere or inert vacuum chamber zirconium for to 950° and higher. By tightly controlling temperatures for up to a period of 6 continuous weeks, manufacturers are able to produce high quality crystals, to be used in a variety of industrial markets. Common materials used in crystal growing include silicon, sapphire, rubies, and cubic zirconia. Induction crystal growing provides a number of key benefits, including:
- Maintaining temperatures with little variation
- Tight process control ensuring a high quality end product
- Reliable modular system that is easily maintained and service
- Efficient operation across a wide frequency range
Typical industries for crystal growing are research labs; crystals for photovoltaic cells; sapphires for bulletproof glass; and silicon for integrated circuits (ICs).