X-Ray Studies of Synthetic Diamonds

Kathleen Lonsdale, H. Judith Milledge (née Grenville-Wells) and Eric Nave
University College, London, W.C. 1

Summary: Studies are described of various specimens of diamonds made by the General Electric Company of New York, and by Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget, Västeras, Sweden. The G.E. synthetic diamonds always contain single crystal inclusions of nickel or of a Ni-rich face-centred cubic compound. These are strictly parallel to the diamond surrounding them. If the nickel inclusions are twinned on (111), the diamond is similarly twinned; and this is usually the case. It is suggested that epitaxial growth is part of the mechanism of the graphite-to-diamond transformation in the G.E. technique. Other powdered or single-crystal inclusions are also found; some of those correspond to compounds that occur in meteoritic carbon. There is no parallel growth in such cases. The Swedish synthetic diamonds do not contain nickel, but they are generally less well-crystallized than the G.E. specimens. Both, however, give good diffraction spots indicating a well-ordered structure with (except very rarely) no trace of graphite present.

Mineralogical Magazine; September 1959 v. 32; no. 246; p. 185-201; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1959.032.246.02
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