silicon nitride


: any of several compounds of silicon and nitrogen
specifically : a compound Si3N4 that is a hard ceramic used in high-temperature applications and in composites

Examples of silicon nitride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting hybrid meta-optics consisted of a standard refractive lens 4.5 millimeters thick covered with a quartz meta-optic film 500 µm thick coated in square silicon nitride pillars 700 nanometers high. IEEE Spectrum, 9 June 2023 This material isn’t suitable for generating entangled photons though, so the researchers connected that section of the chip via a waveguide to a second section made from silicon nitride. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2023 At the moment, qubits include materials like silicon nitride and silicon oxide, which have so many defects that the qubits themselves have to be millimeter-sized to store electrical field energy, and crosstalk between adjacent qubits introduces considerable noise. Jessica Wade, WIRED, 27 Dec. 2022 The graphic dial on the new Crépuscule Cape Cod ($7,270), which will be available this summer, was actually created from a single 0.5 mm-thick plate coated with a minute film of silicon nitride measuring just 72 nanometers to achieve an intense blue color. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 18 Feb. 2022 For example, the experiments involved two silicon nitride membranes, each roughly 100 nanometers thick. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2019 The researchers made a couple of very thin silicon nitride membranes that were next to each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silicon nitride was in 1903

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“Silicon nitride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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