Crystal clear technologies – How crystals are used in modern times ?

Dear reader, in today journey, we will come back to present times. Did you know that you use crystals every day, without knowing about it? or, How crystals are playing a crucial role in our everyday technology?

Along the way, I will show you how crystals are being used in technology, about the quartz crystal, examples of crystal technology, and show you, how you use crystal every day in your devices.

The crystal clear technologies path, will be an eye-opening adventure, and I’m sure after we finish the journey, you will look at the crystals and gems word in a more comprehensive way. I think we should start the journey !…

Fasten your seat belt, and let’s begin!

 

Crystal uses in technology

piezoelectric effectFirst, you need to know that, in the past 100 years, crystals have played a lead role in the development of entertainment and communication technology. Thanks to Crystallography (is a branch of science that examines crystals) we learn how to use and benefit from these crystals.

To understand better how crystals are used in technology, you need to know what is Piezoelectricity (also called the piezoelectric effect) – is the appearance of an electrical potential (a voltage, in other words) across the sides of a crystal when you subject it to mechanical stress (by squeezing it).

Now that you know all the technical stuff, let’s move forward and really discover how this process works.

 

Quartz crystal

Quartz crystalLet’s imagine we are walking throw a cave full of crystal and we admire their beauty, but besides the physical aspect, the quartz crystals are helping us in our everyday life, in terms of our 21st-century technologies’. But first, let’s stop for a second because I want to explain to you what is a quartz crystal and how we used it in modern technology.

So, what is a quartz crystal? – a quartz crystal is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms in a continuous framework.

Silicon and oxygen are the two most common elements in the Earth’s crust, and this makes the quartz crystals one of the most common minerals found on Earth.

Now, can you remember about Piezoelectricity?, because I want you to know that the piezoelectric effect in quartz crystals was first demonstrated in 1880 by Pierre and Jacques Curie. Thanks to these two amazing people, we used quartz crystals in many of our everyday devices.

Now let’s continue our journey…

 

Examples of crystal technologies

The technology is advancing at a rapid phase, and crystals are playing a very important role, the most important is quartz crystal. For me, and I’m sure for you as well, is very exciting to know that crystals beside their other amazing properties are also helping humankind in the development of new technology. I will show you, a very short number of examples, that use crystals:

  • Quartz technology
  • Liquid-crystal display ( LCD ) technology
  • Sonar technology
  • Computer chips technology
  • Radio technology

As you can see thanks to these wonders of nature, you can benefit of these technologies, but as you know, we are in the 21st century, and our expansion towards the future is only possible with the help of prehistoric crystals. I’m sure if you didn’t know this information yet, you had an ”Aha” moment. But we are not finished yet…

 

You use crystals every day

you use crystal every dayLet’s say you are not a fan of crystals and is perfectly fine, but I have to tell you, that without crystals technology, me and you we won’t be together on this journey.

Your mobile phone, laptop, radio, TV etc. are using crystals. If you carry your mobile phone with you, and I’m sure you do, remember that inside your phone they are tiny crystals, or if you have a digital watch on your hand now, please look at it, and remember that thanks to quartz technology you know what time it is, or simply reading this words is possible thanks to our longtime friends, the crystals.

The human kind evolution in technology is advancing at a very rapid phase, and guess what is making this possible ?, I will let you answer this question 🙂 .

 

Now you know

My dear friend, we arrived at the end of today’s journey. Along the way, you learn how crystals are used in technology, about the quartz crystal, also about the number of technologies that crystals are playing a lead role, and of course, know you know that you use crystals every day.

I’m sure you expanded your view towards crystals and in how many ways are these stones are helping us in everyday life. If you are the proud owner of a quartz crystal, hold it in your hand and look at it, knowing that thanks to it you can connect with the modern world very easily.

And, please know, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them with me. Now I have to go! But as usual…

 

Till next time ! 🙂

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Vicki

    A great post and I would love to know more about the quartz crystal as I found what you shared fascinating thank you

    Reply
    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Vicki,

      Thank you, I am really glad that you like it. In the next posts, I will also talk about the quartz crystal because is fascinating, so if you want you can visit my site again.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  2. Montana

    Very interesting read! I had no idea about any of this – but I do find it all really fascinating!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Montana,

      Thank you, I am really glad that you like it, and even if you don’t know too much about the stones, which is totally fine, at least you learn a new thing.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  3. Dave

    George,

    Very interesting information. I do realize we use crystals in our daily lives and especially in our electronic devices. What I’ve never understood, however, probably because I’m not an engineer, is why we cannot create massive amounts of energy using crystals. Is it not cost effective?

    Reply
    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Dave,

      First of all, thank you for your feedback. I’m not an engineer either, but as far as I know, there are some research being made, using crystals embedded in tarmac that can capture energy via the vehicle’s vibrations. Also, they already use crystal embedded in floor tiles for people to walk on them. In my opinion, it can be done, because is already used, but for now, only on a small scale.

      Now about the cost-effectiveness… I’m sure it is more cost effective for the future projects if they will implement the Piezoelectric Effect. I will explain more about this in the future posts.
      We will see what the future brings! 🙂

      Best wishes Dave!

      Reply

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