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"Oh, they've encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well protected, if he survived the freezing process, that is."
C-3PO's observation of Han Solo being frozen in carbonite.[src]

Carbon-freezing was the process by which liquid carbonite was flash-frozen into a solid state, encasing materials for transport in a strong metal alloy.[1] Such materials could even include sentient beings.

During the process, gasses were encased by Carbonite.[2]



Captain Rex undergoing carbon freezing

During the Clone Wars, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker came up with the idea to be frozen in carbonite to avoid being detected by the the battle droid's scanners of Lola Sayu's blockade and the Citadel, which ultimately led to the Battle of Lola Sayu.[3]

During the Galactic Civil War, Han Solo was frozen in carbonite on Cloud City.[4] The freezing process resulted in hibernation sickness, causing temporary blindness.[5]

Surat Nuat had an office desk made with the frozen block of his brother.[6]

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