Silicon is the second most abundant element in the world and single crystals of this element are grown by a process known as the Czochralski method. These crystals, when doped with elements such as Boron, Gallium, Germanium, Phosphorous or Arsenic are used in the manufacture of solid state electronic devices, such as transistors, solar cells, rectifiers and microchips.
Two types of metallic silicon are processed by Agate Products, namely; monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Monocrystalline Silicon is used in the Solar and Semiconductor Industries, to name but two, and is available in purities of over 99.99%. Polycrystalline Silicon is a cheaper alternative that is sometimes used in the Solar Industry where its lower efficiency is offset against the lower cost of the material.
Agate Products manufacture complex silicon components to customer’s drawings either using free issue material or material sourced by ourselves. It can be obtained in doped or un-doped wafer form as used for the manufacture of Silicon chips or in larger sections produced from ingots. Silicon can be polished to give a very high surface finish.