Scientists will grow semiconductor materials in Earth’s orbit. This is necessary to restore solar cells directly in space in the future.
Scientists from the Novosibirsk Institute of Semiconductor Physics. AV Rzhanov of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPP SB RAS) will grow semiconductor materials in Earth’s orbit. This task has been included in the long-term program of scientific and applied research on the ISS from Roscosmos.
We got into a long-term program of scientific and applied research on the ISS. This year we must complete climatic tests, tests of vibration resistance, and also radiation resistance. After that, it is planned that an experiment will be carried out already on the ISS in the next year or two.
Alexander Latyshev, Director of IPP SB RAS
It is better to experiment with space since a deep vacuum is available there: they are difficult to recreate on Earth.
Also, there are no working chamber walls in space, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time creating vacuum conditions there. Ultrapure conditions are required for the synthesis of semiconductor structures.
Latyshev added that in the future, the results of the experiment would make it possible to restore solar cells directly in space without complicated transportation of components from Earth.