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Burton, C. V. One of the early inves¬tigators into the problem of diamond synthesis. In 1905, he claimed to have produced minute diamond crystals by using an alloy of molten lead and about one percent of metal¬lic calcium to hold charcoal in solu¬tion. To separate the calcium, he in¬troduced steam into the fused mass, thus crystallizing part of the carbon. He believed that if the alloy was in a state of ignition when the steam was introduced, graphite crystals would be formed; if at a lower tem¬perature, diamond crystals. There is no proof that his experiments were successful. See SYNTHETIC DIAMOND.
 
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