Working in partnership to advance the extreme performance capabilities of synthetic diamond supermaterials
Element Six is dedicated to delivering extreme performance solutions tailored to the needs of our customers across a wide range of industries.
To achieve this we apply our partnership experience to the commercial advantage of our customers and end users. We invest the right people into responding to their needs and are dedicated to delivering the right answer to them. In fact, some of our partnerships go back over 30 years.
A demonstration of how Element Six has quickly established productive business partnerships with customers, thanks to the significant application and technical expertise within Element Six, is as follows:
Synthetic diamond’s acoustic properties make it ideal for sound reproduction. In a loudspeaker a surface is vibrated to make the air vibrate and generate sound. A synthetic diamond tweeter dome is very light and stiff, and by generating sound reproduction of up to a frequency of at least 70 kHz, it ensures that the sound that is heard is perfect.
Working in close partnership with one of the world’s greatest names in hi-fi speakers, Bowers & Wilkins, our Element Six Technologies Division perfected making synthetic diamond into complex geometric shapes, including domes of the required thickness for unsurpassed sound reproduction. We worked alongside Bowers & Wilkins in the development of synthetic diamond tweeter domes for their flagship B&W 800 Series – what they call the quest for perfection in sound reproduction.
Synthetic diamond as a semiconductor material
Synthetic diamond has long been recognised as a semiconductor material that can detect many different types of radiation, from UV and X-rays. Element Six has the ability to make synthetic diamond material of the size, uncompromising quality and consistency required for advanced detection applications, such as in high energy physics research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project at CERN.
Element Six working in collaboration with the CERN RD42 Group developed the synthesis technology so that the synthetic diamond material produced could meet the needs of high-energy physics experiments. The work within Element Six produced electronic grade material with properties optimised for use in the LHC.
At CERN, scientists have the capability to collide two beams of particles head-on at extremely high speeds – much greater than has ever been previously achieved – in an attempt to recreate the conditions in the universe moments after the Big Bang.
Synthetic diamond is ideal for these types of extreme monitoring and detection applications. Silicon detectors cannot be used over long periods because of radiation damage whereas synthetic diamond is able to survive the harsh radiation environment for long periods.