Hexagonal boron nitride, as a solid material, has incredible application potential in optics, biology and health sciences

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What is Hexagonal Borion Nitride?
Hexagonalboron Nitride (HBN) ceramics are essential microwave communication materials in aerospace. However, HBN is a covalent compound that has a low selfdiffusion coefficient at high temperature and requires difficult sintering. This covalent bond compound is prepared usually by hot pressing sintering. The hot pressing pressure and temperature can be very high. This makes it difficult to create complex-shaped ceramic products. Reaction sintering and high pressure gas-solid combustion are still options, but it is hard to get sintered products that are satisfactory in size and shape. Following mechanochemical activate with hexagonal Boron Nitride Powder, press-free sintering was done on H-BN ceramics in order to achieve 70% of the AlN ceramics’ relative density.

The characteristics and applications of hexagonal Boron Nitride

Hexagonalboron nitride is a solid material that has amazing potential to be used in optics, biology, and other health sciences. This attracts more and more attention from around the globe. Professor Bernard Gil (National Centre for Scientific Research), as well as Professor Guillaume Cassabois from the University of Montpellier made important contributions to the physics of this fascinating material and to its ability to interact and control electromagnetic radiation. They collaborate with James H. Edgar from Kansas State University in the United States, to examine the use of hexagonal boron nutride to develop quantum information technologies. Professor Edgar has been working on advanced technologies to make high purity boron Nitride crystals.

Hexagonalboron Nitride (hBN), a versatile solid material, plays an important role in many traditional applications. It can be used for lubrication, cosmetic powder formulations, thermal control, neutron detection, and other purposes. HBN, which was originally synthesized in 1842 from a fragile powder, has a layered structure that is different than graphite. This includes tightly bound B, N atoms that are superimposed in a network plan of weak interactions. Similar to graphite, monolayer hBN and graphene are possible. hBN actually sits at the intersections of two worlds. It is widely used in shortwave, solid-state light sources as well as layered semiconductors, such as graphene, transition metal halogens and graphene. hBN is a candidate material that has unique properties and could be widely used.

HBN crystal growth

Since 2004, the field of hBN research and its application has seen a breakthrough in the form of new techniques to grow large (about 110.2mm3) hBN single crystals. Kansas State University’s Professor Edgar and his colleagues have played an important role in this area. They investigated the factors that influence the growth of crystals, their quality and eventual size, as also the effects on doping impurities or changing the boron ratio. HBN crystals are formed from solutions of molten elements, such as chromium or nickel, or iron and chrome, and can dissolve boron. Professor Edgar and collaborators demonstrated crystals made of pure boron have a higher quality than crystals made with hBN powder. They also examined the effects of gas composition, metal solvent selection, and crucible type upon the growth process.

Additionally, the research team developed new techniques to produce isotopically pure HBN crystals. Natural boron can be described as a mixture of two different isotopes: boron-10 (20%) or boron-11 (80%). They differ in nuclear mass, but share the same chemical characteristics and produce an indistinguishable structure for hBN. However, the LATTICE (or hBN) of an isotope has a profound impact on its vibration modes, also known by phonons. Crystals with boron-10 or boron-11 have shorter phonon lifespans. The crystal structure’s random distribution of boron Isotopes causes phonon modes and their lifetime to disperse faster. If hBN is made up of only one boron Isotope, phonon scattering decreases and the lifetime is extended. This reduces the hBN’s thermal conductivity, which makes it more efficient in dissipating warmth. Its optical characteristics are also very important, particularly in the field nanophotonics. This is the study of light reduced to dimensions below free space wavelengths. In this instance, the wavelength of light for h10BN has been reduced by a factor 150.

Quantum information technology and HBN

Modern quantum technology relies on the ability of individual photons to be generated and manipulated. Single-photon sources emit light, unlike traditional thermal sources like incandescent lamps or coherent sources (lasers), in the form single quantum particles (photons). These photons interact with each other and can be used for storage and generation of new information in quantum computing. In some cases, single-photon source can be a defect in crystal structures caused by impurity and atoms. In the case hBN, the possibility of a high-density defect combined with a large range provides an opportunity for a support single-photon source. Quantum applications are significantly more spectral than pure nanophotonics, as they require higher sample purity.

Photoluminescence experiments with hBN samples containing C and Si impurities showed that the spectral characteristics are significantly higher at 4.1eV light energy than pure hBN. Single-photon emission has been reported in recent cathode luminescence studies (in which phonon emissions are induced by an electronic beam), but it is not observed in laser-induced emit (photoluminescence). In photoluminescence experiments, many spectral lines lower than 4 eV were also seen. These may be single-photon emission defect defects. These defects are still controversial. Although the phenomena of single-photon emitting hBN is complicated, the research of Professors Edgar Gil, Cassabois and Cassabois provides solid evidence of the extraordinary capabilities of this material in quantum technology.

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