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Thin-Films Research is prepared to meet your custom thin-film coating requirements. Using state-of-the-art equipment and over 40 years of experience, Thin-Films Research offers technology for the electro-optics, semiconductors, sensors & medical electronic industries.  Learn More


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ACP dry roughing pumps are reliable with low maintenance requirements. They feature no internal seals or internal lubrication to reduce wear and contamination.  Learn More.


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The Hiden HPR-30 is a residual gas analyser configured for analysis of gases and vapours in vacuum processes and for vacuum diagnostics.

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 Capacitance Manometers that Last  

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The rugged design of the Brooks XacTorr handles byproduct build-up, lasting up to three times longer even in aggressive processes.  Learn more.


Brooks Instrument

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The VD Series dual stage, oil rotary vacuum pumps are available in pumping speeds from 600 - 800 l/min. They're lightweight and feature low noise with minimal vibration levels. Learn More. 

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EdwardsEdwards Vacuum
Trade-in your old vacuum pump for a new GXS dry vacuum pump, with intelligent onboard control features and exceptional pumping speeds, at a fantastic price.


YTI Ultrasource
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The YTI ULTRA SOURCE retains all the advantages of the Sloan e-beam source: large hearth capacity, high deposition rates, long filament life, and reliability, but has been re-engineered for improved productivity and uptime.  Learn More. 


YTI Thin Film Products and Services

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InficonInficon Sept 2011

thin film deposition controllers, monitors and accessories, including customizable sensors and feedthroughs, offer features, function and value targeted to your application. View our catalog and contact us today!

 Rigaku Rigaku

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Rigaku solid-shaft Superseal rotary motion feedthroughs are the ultimate value, rotary sealing solution. They are the lowest cost feedthroughs while being recognized for their quality and performance.  Learn More.   

Rigaku Vacuum Products


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  Comdel June 2011  

Comdel's CV Series Delivers Stable Power for VHF Applications

Comdel's CV series offers stable power at frequencies from 30 to 80 MHz.  Ideal for use in VHF plasma systems, solar/photovoltaics, CW and pulsed laser systems.   Learn more.



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Gloucester, MA 01930
978-282-0620 or 800-468-3144 
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From AR Coatings to Notch Filters, and from TCOs to DBRs, Evatec offers customized coating platforms and complete process solutions based on enhanced evaporation and sputter. 


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SolidSealingSolid Sealing Technology


Solid Sealing Technology designs and manufactures hermetic assemblies using metalizing, brazing and glass-ceramic sealing including standard and custom Feedthroughs/Connectors for extreme environments and UHV.



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October 2012 
In This Issue
Plasma Treatment to Remove Carbon from Indium UV Filters
NASA X-Ray Concept Inspired from a Roll of Tape
Plasma Etching Improves 'Fire' in Diamonds
SVC Announces its First 2013 TechCon Promotional Partners
Helping Displays Deliver Higher Performance
Sticky Tape Helps Make Flexible Batteries
$20 Million Partnership Announced by PVMC
PV Technology Roadmap and Buying Cycle: Replace Legacy Equipment
Release Proceess Holds Promise for GaN Semiconductors
Batteries from the World's Thinnest Material
One-Molecule-Thick Material has Big Advantages
Thermal Optimization on Insulating Glass Units
Plasma Treatment to Remove Carbon from Indium UV Filters

From NASA Tech Briefs, September 1, 2012,: "In a project to improve the performance of optical and solar blind detectors, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA (JPL) developed a plasma process capable of removing carbon contamination from indium metal. In this work, a low-power, low-temperature hydrogen plasma reacts with the carbon contaminants in the indium to form methane, but leaves the indium metal surface undisturbed. This process was recently tested in a proof-of-concept experiment with a filter provided by the University of Colorado."


"A low-power, hydrogen plasma treatment is generated in a Detector Assemby and Filter - NASA Tech Briefs PlasmaTherm RIE etcher using a mixture of argon and hydrogen gas. The gas ratio is optimized in order to control the following variables: bias voltage, atomic hydrogen content, and substrate temperature."

"Hydrogen plasma cleaning is used in sterilization applications in healthcare as an alternative to autoclaving."


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NASA X-Ray Concept Inspired from a Roll of Scotch® Tape
From NASA News & Features, July 26, 2012, by Lori Keesey, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:  "Experts at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have begun investigating the feasibility of fashioning a low-cost mirror from plastic tape and tightly rolling it.

Space Image - NASA With funding from NASA's Center Innovation Fund, the team has already begun testing candidate materials that could be fashioned into a rolled mirror capable of collecting X-rays - in itself a challenging proposition. To capture these ever-elusive photons, the mirrors must be curved and nested inside a cylindrical optical assembly. They are acquiring and testing candidate tape that would be coated on one side with a multilayer of reflective material and then wound into a roll, forming a large number of densely packed nested shells that are spaced by the varying thickness of the tape. Multiple rolls then would be placed in an optical assembly, providing a much larger collecting area, or, in other words, a larger mirror."

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Plasma Etching Improves 'Fire' in Diamonds
From Gems & Gemology, Winter 2009, by Al Gilbertson, Benjamin Gudlewski, Mary Johnson, George Maltezos, Axel Scherer, and James Shigley: "A new microlithography process developed to create high-resolution diffraction grating patterns on portions of certain facets can improve the dispersion of light and thus the amount of "fire" in a diamond. These Nanocut plasma-etched diamonds can be identified with magnification by the presence of small, unpolished-appearing areas on the facets where the grating pattern has been created. Round brilliant-cut diamonds displaying such patterns will be classified by the GIA Laboratory as modified round brilliants; as such, they will receive color and clarity grades, but not a cut grade." Figure 13 Bob Lynn/Robert Weldon


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Gems & Gemology, "Cutting Diffraction Gratings to Improve Dispersion ("Fire") in Diamonds" Winter 2009 

Image: Gems & Gemology, Courtesy of Bob Lynn; photo by Robert Weldon

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Material Support: Helping Displays Deliver Higher Performance
From Solid State Technology, September 2012, by Andreas Weisheit and Greg Shuttleworth:  " With the rapid development of advanced display technologies, such as high definition 3D and smart displays, continuing to deliver improved performance is challenging traditional display manufacturing techniques. New materials and manufacturing approaches will be required to deliver display products with the features demanded by customer but at market friendly prices and with reduced environmental impact.

Solid State Technology Conventional TFT-LCD displays manufacturing is a sequence of complex processes. Polysilicon transistors could deliver the required performance but would cost up to twice as much as much of the manufacturing process becomes more complex. A more promising approach is to use metal oxide transistors. This will increase the electron mobility by a factor of up to 40 compared to conventional technology."


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Sticky Tape Helps Make Flexible Batteries
From Machine Design, August 20, 2012, by Lindsey Frick:  "Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist) in Daejeon, South Korea have developed a fabrication technique for high-performance flexible batteries called the universal transfer method. To make a 10-µm thick flexible battery,
Machine Design / Keon Jae Lee 
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researchers deposit battery materials onto a brittle mica substrate and then use sticky tape to peel the mica substrate away layer by layer. After around 10 minutes of peeling, the remaining layers are transferred onto a flexible polymer sheet and covered with another flexible polymer sheet. The result is a flexible Li-ion battery that can be made with the addition of an electrode material."

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$20 Million Parternership between SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Ceres Technologies on CIGS Research
From Nanowerk News, August, 29 2012: "U.S. Photovoltaic Consortium (PVMC) and Ceres Technologies, a Hudson Valley-based nanotechnology manufacturer, have launched a $20 million partnership in which Ceres will become one of the first official suppliers of manufacturing equipment to the PVMC. The PVMC is headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex. The PVMC is a $400 million consortium for cooperative research and development (R&D) among industry, university, and government partners to accelerate the development, commercialization, and manufacturing of next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Ceres will join PVMC as a core member and serve as a key partner in establishing an advanced manufacturing development facility at CNSE to enable rapid prototyping of innovative solar devices.

Doug Hall, PV Manufacturing Initiative Portfolio Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, said, "These advanced manufacturing tools will enable PVMC to lead the US CIGS module and supply chain community in making critical improvements in the efficiency and cost of next-generation solar technology."

Source: Read the full article...


PV Technology Roadmap and Buying Cycle: Replace Legacy Equipment
From NPD Solar Buzz, July 16, 2012:  "A technology roadmap for the PV industry is set to emerge during 2013, bringing the PV industry into alignment with adjacent technology sectors where roadmaps typically have broad industry support. The creation of the new PV technology roadmap will be a leading indicator for the new technology buying cycle, which will be driven collectively by top-tier c-Si manufacturers in China and Taiwan. Until now, each tier 1 PV manufacturer has implemented a different technology roadmap. This lack of synergy has been a factor preventing cell efficiencies from reaching the 20% level.

This (technology) shakeout is likely to reduce the number of cell and thin-film manufacturers from almost 400 in 2011 to less than 100 by 2016. The shakeout along the value-chain will be accompanied by a re-ordering of preferred tool providers, as new capital equipment suppliers challenge existing PV equipment leaders." 


Solar Array / NREL    


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NPD Solar Buzz:

Image: NREL 

Release Process Holds Promise for GaN Semiconductors
From Photonics Spectra, July 2012, by Ashley N. Paddock:  "Nitride semiconductors grow only on certain surfaces, and their utility is limited by the substrate on which they are fabricated. But a new release process not only makes the method cheaper and easier, it also expands the potential uses of the materials.

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) demonstrated the process with a technique called mechanical transfer using a release layer (MeTRe). They grew a very thin hexagonal layer of boron nitride (h-BN) between a sapphire substrate and a gallium nitride (GaN)-based semiconductor. Sandwiched in the middle, the h-BN works as a release layer, allowing the investigators to easily detach the semiconductor and transfer it to other substrates without using expensive laser beam machining or chemical treatment.

Boron nitride also is difficult to grow on a single-crystal sapphire substrate because of a very different crystal structure. However, the researchers optimized its growth using metallorganic chemical vapor deposition."

The research appeared in Nature (doi: 10.1038/nature10970).

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Photonics Spectra: 

Batteries from the World's Thinnest Material
From Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, August 20, 2012: "Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made a sheet of paper from the world's thinnest material, graphene, and then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result is a graphene anode material that can be charged or discharged 10 times faster than conventional graphite anodes used in today's lithium (Li)-ion batteries.

Thermally Reduced Graphene The ions used the cracks and pores in paper as shortcuts to move quickly into or out of the graphene-greatly increasing the battery's overall power density. Despite the countless microscale pores, cracks, and voids that are ubiquitous throughout the structure, the graphene paper anode is remarkably robust, and continued to perform successfully even after more than 1,000 charge/discharge cycles. The process of making these new graphene paper anodes for Li-ion batteries can easily be scaled up to suit the needs of industry."

Results are published in the journal ACS, (doi: 10.1021/nn303145j).


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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 
Image: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
One-Molecule-Thick Material has Big Advantages
From MIT News Office, August 23, 2012, by David L. Chandler: "Researchers at MIT - who struggled for several years to build electronic circuits out of graphene with very limited results have already succeeded in making a variety of electronic components from molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). They say the material could help usher in radically new products, from whole walls that glow to clothing with embedded electronics to glasses with built-in display screens.

Like graphene, itself a 2-D form of graphite, molybdenum disulfide has MoS2 MIT News been used for many years as an industrial lubricant. But it had never been seen as a 2-D platform for electronic devices until last year, when scientists at the Swiss university EPFL produced a transistor on the material. MIT found a good way to make large sheets of the material using a chemical vapor deposition process.

They were able to fabricate a variety of basic electronic devices on the material. The material is so thin that it's completely transparent, and it can be deposited on virtually any other material. For example, MoS2 could be applied to glass, producing displays built into a pair of eyeglasses or the window of a house or office."

Report was published in the journal Nano Letters.


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Thermal Optimization on Insulating Glass Units
From USGlass, August 2012, adapted from a white paper from Mike McHugh:

"The insulating glass (IG) business has gone through continuous transformation in the last 30 years. The accumulation of these improvements have resulted in a much higher performing and better quality insulating unit.

We can all strategize exactly where on the cost value curve we would like to reside in the design and construction of high-performing fenestration products. While there have been too many changes to explore in this document, the accumulation of these changes now presents us with a new challenge: How do we best combine all these improvements to produce the highest performing insulating unit that is both durable and cost effective? Among the many options to consider are:

    • Hard coat or soft coat
    • Single, double or triple silver coating;
    • 4th-surface coatings in two-pane units;
    • 6th-surface coatings in three-pane units;
    • Double-pane vs. triple-pane;
    • Symmetric vs. asymmetric;
    • Edge effect of spacer;
    • Argon, or krypton, or air;
    • Argon, and krypton, and air; and
    • Overall IG unit thickness."
The article provides data such as gas consumption costs, cost per sq. ft. vs. U-value, and most cost-effective way to achieve each U-value target.

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