Next gen diamond production technology unveiled outside Moscow

Next gen diamond production technology unveiled outside MoscowA Rusnano project company has developed a new methodology that may enable Russia?s ALROSA to look for large diamonds without destroying kimberlite strata.

Neutron Technologies, a young Russian company based in Dubna some 130km north of Moscow, has developed a new methodology that may enable ALROSA, Russia?s diamond-producing giant, to look for large diamonds without destroying kimberlite strata, announced Rusnano, Russia?s biggest nanotech company and the largest shareholder of Neutron Technologies. Neutron Technologies is reported to have successfully researched into the use of tagged neutrons, the Dubna developer?s key know-how, in probing rock for large diamonds without resorting to kimberlite fragmentation. At the heart of the new methodology is a technology developed at Dubna?s United Institute for Nuclear Studies. The technology calls for the irradiation of an object under study by fast tagged neutrons yielding 14 MeV of energy. This reportedly results in the object emitting 1-to-10 MeV gamma-ray photons. This ?glow? is specific for each element, and by analyzing the spectrum of gamma-ray photons one can determine the elemental composition of a substance?for example, find in a piece of rock a diamond that consists of carbon...





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