Looking beyond semiconductors in Silicon Crystal
Silicon Valley is known for semiconductor electronics and computer industires.
Because silicon is an important element in semiconductors and high-technology devices, many places in the world bear its name.
For example, Silicon Valley in California, bears the element’s name since it is the base for a number of computer technology-related industries. Other geographic locations with connections to the industry have since been named after silicon as well. Examples include Silicon Forest in Oregon, Silicon Hills in Austin, Texas, Silicon Saxony in Germany, Silicon Valley in India, Silicon Border in Mexicali, Mexico, Silicon Fen in Cambridge, England, Silicon Roundabout in London, Silicon Glen in Scotland, and Silicon Gorge in Bristol, England.
But the material used in electronics can also take a differnet shape and be crafted into stunning and beautiful jewelry.
This pendant will display different patterns and colours according to light source and intensity.
This material is very rare and almost unobtainable for use outside the electronics industry as it is normally only used in semiconductor electronics and very expensive.
Watch out – Not to be confused with the silicon-containing synthetic polymer silicone !!!!!!!
Elemental silicon has a large impact on the modern world economy, though only relatively small portion(<10%) of very highly purified silicon is available and is exclusively used in semiconductor electronics.
Silicon is a solid at room temperature, with relatively high melting and boiling points of 1414 °C and 3265 °C. Silicon is a chemical element with symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is a tetravalent metalloid.
Some history …..
Controversy about silicon’s character dates to its discovery; it was first prepared and characterized in pure form in 1823. In 1808, it was given the name silicium (from Latin: silex, hard stone or flint), with an -ium word-ending to suggest a metal, a name which the element retains in several non-English languages. However, its final English name, first suggested in 1817, reflects the more physically similar elements carbon and boron.