14 March 2012
The April 2012 issue of the National Geographic Magazine includes a handsome one-page article about our technology. Felicitously titled ''Gemstone DNA,'' it features a stunning photograph their photographer caught of the plasma bloom that occurred the moment one of our gem-quality samples of tourmaline was struck by the laser. To give an idea of its scale, here is a rather less exciting shot of that same sample.
Materialytics worked with tourmaline early in its research, primarily because of the material’s complexity, compared with corundum and beryl, for example. We wanted to learn how well the M2S® process handled that complexity. The answer is: very well. While continuing to build its geomaterials database, Materialytics is shifting focus to development of other industrial and commercial applications of M2S.