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Abstract

Gravity has profound influences on most solidification and crystal growth processes. Modification of gravity over practical time scales for the purposes of modifying or controlling solidification proves to be a far more daunting and expensive technological challenge. This article discusses various microgravity solidification experiments that involve pure metals, alloys, and semiconductors and presents the official NASA acronyms for them. The experiments include MEPHISTO, TEMPUS, isothermal dendritic growth experiment, and advanced gradient heating facility.

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