His research is in the area of electronic and optical materials and devices, including microstuctures. Particular emphasis is on the synthesis of diamond and applications of diamond. An example of a recent diamond-related investigation is collaborative work with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Facility on the use of diamond foils for electron stripping of heavy ion beams. In this Department of Energy funded research, beams of xenon ions were accelerated through 1 micrometer thick diamond foils. Diamond electron-stripping foils, as illustrated in Figure 1, offer the potential of significantly longer life-times than conventional foils.
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