Since the successful synthesis of diamond, especially the rapid development of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond technology, diamond has been used extensively in industry and the effective polishing of diamond surfaces has become increasingly important. Over the years, various techniques using a mechanical, chemical or a thermal method, or their synergistic combinations have been developed, of which the dynamic friction polishing (DFP) method is relatively new and appears to be an attractive alternative to provide the efficiency that the conventional methods cannot achieve.
In addition, the DFP is an abrasive free technique, requires simple machinery, and can be implemented in a normal ambient environment. This book reviews the latest development on DFP of diamond surfaces, which includes polishing equipments, estimation of interface temperature, exploration of the material removal mechanism, modelling of material removal rate, establishment of polishing map for nanometric surface finish and characterization of surface integrity. It also presents the applications of the method to single crystalline diamond, polycrystalline diamond composites, and CVD diamond films. (Imprint: Nova)