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Silicon is a key constituent of most glasses, and in its pure amorphous or crystalline forms is controllable as a semiconductor of electricity so has become vital in the electronics, solar, and computer industries. Silicon grown as a single crystal is most often sliced and finished into wafers for this purpose. However, larger solid pieces with intricate features can be specified for R and D purposes due to its unique properties.

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Silicon is well known as a key component of electronic devices and also of solar cells. For these applications, the silicon must be purified...

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