Defect engineering, a modern solution strategy
The Erlangen Crystal Growth Laboratory is a worldwide-acknowledged competence center for crystal growth. It has both the necessary experimental infrastructure and also powerful simulation tools to develop and apply innovative methods. Its successes are impressive. The Crystal Growth Laboratory played a crucial role in the development of the VGF process for the industrial production of GaAs and InP monocrystals and has grown crystals of this type with extremely low defect densities.
In cooperation with SCHOTT LITHOTEC AG the Crystal Growth Laboratory has developed special furnaces for growing calcium fluoride (CaF2) crystals that are used as lens material for lithography. SCHOTT LITHOTEC’s production facilities are now the largest in the world. In addition the Crystal Growth Laboratory has developed and built a new prototype furnace with which it will be possible to gain valuable knowledge for growing CaF2 crystals.