Diamond was known to be the hardest material found on planet earth but not any more. A group of scientists have discovered a new form of carbon which they say is harder than diamond.

Q Carbon Replaces Diamond As Hardest Material

Researchers at North Carolina State University claim that they have found a third phase of carbon named as Q-Carbon. This third phase is different from graphite and diamond.

Microscopic view of diamond layers Credit Jagdish Narayan and Anagh Bhaumik
Microscopic view of diamond layers
Credit Jagdish Narayan and Anagh Bhaumik

Scientists claim that not only Q-Carbon is harder but it has some unexpected properties. Q Carbon is a ferromagnetic material which is intriguing for material scientists. Further it tends to glow in the presence of energy.

The approach used to create Q-carbon, was described  within the Journal of Applied Physics. A laser beam is trained onto a tiny amount of amorphous carbon for 200 nanoseconds, heating it extremely quick. The spot then cools in a process often known as quenching, creating Q-carbon.

Applications

This can be a huge breakthrough in materials and diamond industry. Researchers are still working to verify these properties. Possible purposes of Q carbon are still work in progress, such as creating artificial body components, improving instruments like deep-water drills, and producing much brighter, longer lasting screens for televisions and cellphones.

 

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