Better Bonding Through A Ukrainian Microwave Maker

Makers of advanced materials, Energy Dept. weapons labs, and former Soviet scientists all could get a boost from a new kind of gyrotron, a magnetic device for generating microwaves. The gyrotron was spotted at a Ukrainian institute by USP Holdings, an Ann Arbor (Mich.) company that searches for useful Russian and Ukrainian technology. Unlike gyrotrons built by U.S. companies, the Soviet one produces a focused, laserlike beam. USP executives think the beams could bond ceramics or diamonds onto metal surfaces. That's because they can heat just the "glue," not surrounding materials, which might be damaged by the high temperatures.

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