A method of horizontal ribbon growth from a melt of material includes forming a leading edge of the ribbon using radiative cooling, drawing the ribbon in a first direction along a surface of the melt, removing heat radiated from the melt in a region adjacent the leading edge of the ribbon by setting a temperature T.sub.c of a cold plate proximate a surface of the melt at a value that is greater than 50.degree. C. below a melting temperature T.sub.m of the material, setting a temperature at a bottom of the melt at a value that is between 1.degree. C. and 3.degree. C. greater than the T.sub.m, and providing the heat flow through the melt at a heat flow rate that is above that of an instability regime characterized by segregation of solutes during crystallization of the melt, and is below a heat flow rate for stable isotropic crystal growth.
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