The use of moissanite (single crystal SiC) for backing plates within diamond anvil cells (DACs) has been developed. These have significant technical advantages in certain experiments. For example, moissanite is non-magnetic so is suitable for use in high magnetic fields and for magnetization experiments. Being translucent to light, including x-rays, means that openings are not required in the backing plate and as such has significant mechanical advantages and can provide enhanced scattering angles for x-ray diffraction experiments. The new backing plates have been successfully tested to over 25 GPa using diamond anvils with 0.5 mm culets.

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