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Methods for manufacturing monocrystalline or near-monocrystalline cast materials

United States Patent

8,709,154
April 29, 2014
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Methods are provided for casting one or more of a semiconductor, an oxide, and an intermetallic material. With such methods, a cast body of a monocrystalline form of the one or more of a semiconductor, an oxide, and an intermetallic material may be formed that is free of, or substantially free of, radially-distributed impurities and defects and having at least two dimensions that are each at least about 35 cm.
Stoddard; Nathan G. (Gettysburg, PA)
AMG IdealCast Solar Corporation (Wayne, PA)
12/ 670,212
20100192838
July 23, 2008
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Subcontract No. ZDO-2-30628-03 under Department of Energy (DOE) Contract No. DE-AC36-98GO10337, awarded by DOE. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.