UniversityWafer, Inc. with our partners are working on providing researchers with a vehicle that allows not only testing theories but actual production in the low orbit of space.
Below is just some of the services that will be provided.
- CVD with a range of precursor gases
- supporting continuous growth campaigns of up to 6 months
- supporting a range of growth temperatures up to 800C
Composite semiconductor materials including Gallium Nitride (GaN), Silicon Carbide (SiC) or even more exotic materials are possible are possible to grow in space
Why space-based fabrication? Simple, it’s about gravity. Without gravity novel methods of fabrication is possible.
Space-based lab research is the latest trend in scientific research. It takes advantage of the resources and technologies that we have available in space. This is done by utilizing the most up to date technology and materials available. We take these resources and utilize them in a way that allows us to make innovative new products, inventions, and solutions to our problems.
When you are performing this type of research it is important that your equipment is durable and resilient. It should be able to withstand a long period of time in the microgravity environment. The research that you do should produce results that you can actually use in real life. For instance, if your new product is an invention then you need to be able to show others how it works.
When you are using a liquid solution to study the effects of temperature changes on materials then you are working with a variety of media. These include both solid and gas, and liquids. Many times solid results are the result, but when using gases or liquids you must be sure to create a controlled environment. Otherwise the results you are trying to observe could be affected.
Space-based lab research is divided into two major categories. One type of research focuses on the properties of objects being launched into space. The properties can include weight, size, shape, and many other features. Using xenon gas in a high vacuum creates the potential to study the properties of an object under high vacuum conditions. Using xenon makes the possibility of studying weightlessness.
A second type of research concentrates on the interaction of various materials at varying temperatures. This type of research typically produces a model as the platform for the investigation. A common material used for this type of research is silicon carbide. When the surface of the semiconductor is exposed to an electric current, electrons will be produced, which can then be studied by various types of technology.
Another type of research uses a powdered compound that can be made into a solid, yet soft material, such as silicone oil. As the material is applied to a particular surface, it will convert from a solid into a semi-solid state. The material studied can include various plastics like polyethylene, polystyrene, styrofoam, and others.
The last type of research will focus on the use of radiation. This type of research is often used in the form of x-rays. An x-ray is a kind of radiation that uses high energy beams to penetrate the surface of an object. The beams can be emitted by a machine or by an arm. When an x-ray is used in a laboratory, it can help scientists find out information about the structure and composition of an object. Some of the things that can be found by using an x-ray are things like the structure of the atoms and molecules, the properties of the electrons, and how the nuclear forces affect the structure.
There are many different types of space based lab research that can be used by any type of researcher. These types of research all have one thing in common: they seek to understand the behavior of matter on a very tiny level. By doing this research, scientists hope to develop new materials and new applications for existing materials. There is plenty of work that can be done in this type of research, so there will always be room for experimentation. When doing space based lab research, it is important to remember that one small mistake could lead to some extremely unwanted consequences.