Technical Blog

Reactive Sputtering Dynamics: Some Insights from a Linearized Model
In my work on modelling reactive processes, I became interested in whether eigenvalue analysis of the linearized model could explain the instability in the part of the control curve inaccessible by flow control.
Blog post by David Christie, Advanced Energy Inc.
Corporate Sponsor News
MKS Instruments, Inc 
MKS Completes Acquisition of Granville-Phillips

ANDOVER, Mass., May 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (Nasdaq:MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Granville-Phillips, formerly a division of Brooks Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq:BRKS), for $87 million in cash.

Indium Corporation
Indium Corporation Announces New Vice President of Operations

Indium Corporation announces that Brian Reid has joined the company as vice president of operations.  Reid is responsible for managing operations to achieve superior productivity, efficiency, quality, capability, and delivery.

Toray Plastics (America) 
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Hires Two Industry Veterans
North Kingstown, Rhode Island (August 26, 2014)--Toray Plastics (America), Inc. (, the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films, announces that two seasoned industry professionals, Anne Ballard and Gregg Ockun, have joined the company.  Link
Sputtering Components, Inc. 

Announcing the 2nd Annual Deposition Technology Workshop

Sputtering Components, Inc. invites you to register for our second annual Deposition Technology Workshop to be held on Wednesday, November 19th in San Francisco, California, U.S.A Link

Angstrom Sciences Inc.
Angstrom Science is Pleased to Announce an Exciting New Addition to the Sales Team
Anthony DiDomenico (Sales Support Specialist) joined our home office in Duquesne, PA.  Anthony will be working with our Product Managers, Executive Management, Engineering, and Manufacturing groups to translate customer purchase orders into the a defined package of documentation that enables Angstrom Sciences to effectively design and construct the products that we manufacture.  Anthony will also support the sales team with a proactive approach towards after sales support and support marketing outreach programs. Link
R.D. Mathis Company
R.D. Mathis Acquires and Merges with Jori Resources
The R.D. Mathis Company is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired and merged operations with Jori Resources of Thousand Oaks, CA. Jori Resources has been manufacturing tungsten, tantalum and molybdenum evaporation sources to the thin film industries for more than 40 years. Customers from both companies can continue to expect the same products, quality and service they have been used to receiving. One new benefit to this merger is that The R.D. Mathis Company now has one of the widest selections of evaporation sources in the industry to offer to you. We also continue to develop custom and modified sources to meet your specific coating needsLink
Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG Awards Doctoral Candidate Award Together with GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

For the first time, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH have jointly awarded a doctoral candidate award. The laureate is Dr. Mohammad Shahab Sanjari who received the award for his dissertation on particle detection in storage rings. The award, which is endowed with a € 1,000 prize, was presented by Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG Management Board Member Nathalie Benedikt together with GSI Director of Research Professor Karlheinz Langanke in the course of the GSI colloquium on July 1, 2014. Pfeiffer Vacuum is the sponsor of the award which from now on is to be awarded annuallyLink

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc

Advanced Energy Announces Yuval Wasserman as President and CEO

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announces the appointment and promotion of company president, Yuval Wasserman, to the position of president and chief executive officer and board member, effective October 1, 2014. Yuval succeeds Garry Rogerson who has been in the role since August 2011Link



Corporate Sponsor Product Spotlight

Yeagle Technology, Inc. (YTI)  

YTI Adds Human Touch and Elevates Technology 

YTI, Inc. installs human machine interface (HMI) panels to its new and refurbished vacuum coating systems.  The touch panels are custom programmed for each application, providing efficient operation and remote troubleshooting functions that save significant time and money.  All upgraded vacuum systems remain outfitted with manual operability for back-up and testing functions. Link
Hiden Analytical, Inc  
New Compact SIMS - Mass Spectrometry in Solid Material 
The Hiden Compact SIMS tool is designed for fast and easy characterisation of layer structures, surface contamination and impurities with sensitive detection of positive ions being assisted by the oxygen primary ion beam and provides isotopic sensitivity across the entire periodic table. The ion gun geometry is optimised to be ideal for nanometre depth resolution and near surface analysis. Link

MKS Instruments, Inc 

MKS Offers Dynamic Frequency Tuning

Andover, MA, MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has introduced Dynamic Frequency Tuning (DFT) technology in RF plasma generators. DFT is a patented new capability which provides significant enhancement over conventional frequency tuning schemes which require more than 500µsec of coarse and fine steps to search for the minima in reflected power. Link

Midwest Tungsten Services 

MTS Expands Product Line

MTS is pleased to announce that we are expanding our Diffusion Pump Oil line to include one-gallon containers MT-705.  Please contact us to learn more, request pricing or request technical data. Link

Sputtering Components, Inc. 

Sputtering Components Releases Demonstration Video for the Swing-DUO™ (Dynamic Uniformity Optimization) Software

The demonstration video provides an example of the software's input criteria, output data including a motion profile and a cam table that can be used to program the Swing Cathode's servos. Link

Kurt J. Lesker Company,® 

New Radial Transfer Arm for Vacuum Applications

Jefferson Hills, PA. The Kurt J. Lesker Company® is the exclusive North American Distributor for the brand new Radial Telescopic Transfer Arm (RTTA) from UHV Design. Designed for space efficiency, the RTTA provides a sample reach of 760mm beyond the chamber connection flange. Link

Denton Vacuum 

Streamline Your TEM Sample Preparation

TEM organic molecule imaging presents unique challenges. Small samples, such as DNA or complex proteins, are difficult to image using traditional staining techniques. Moreover, TEM processing inevitably degrades stained samples making follow-up characterization impossible. Link

Vacuum Engineering & Materials (VEM) 

VEM Posts Products and Services Company Video

VEM leads the way in manufacturing high-quality sputtering targets and evaporation materials for over 25 years. Link

Telemark, Inc 

Detecting Cut Points on Challenging Optical Monitoring Applications

One of the principal issues of optical monitoring and control is the ability to handle cut points on difficult or noisy applications. Making measurements when things are easy is, by definition, easy! It gets more difficult when the nature of the actual measurement becomes less stable caused by the actual process parameters. Link

Pfeiffer Vacuum

Turbopumps with Hybrid Bearing

The combination of ceramic ball bearing on the fore-vacuum side and a permanent magnetic radial bearing on the high vacuum side is called hybrid bearing. Link

Indium Corporation

Indium Corporation Announces New EZ-Pour™ Gallium Trichloride

Indium Corporation announces the release of a revolutionary new product called EZ-Pour™ Gallium Trichloride (GaCl3). "EZ-Pour™ Gallium Trichloride is much more efficient, and less cumbersome to work with than traditional GaCl3," said Bill Jackson, Indium Corporation director and general manager of compounds. "Its storage container is easily handled, transferred, resealed, and reused. This enables process engineers and operators to save time, increase quality, and optimize their profits." Link

Fil-Tech, Inc

Quality, Savings, and Stock on Replacement Parts

Fil-Tech supplies 6MHz and 5MHz Quality Crystals®, sensor heads and feedthroughs, electron beam gun replacement parts, ion source parts, ionization and thermocouple gauges, FT704 diffusion pump oil, hydrocarbon oils, and DuPont Krytox®.  Link

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Offers Complete Pumping Systems for Architectural Glass

Within the various application of coatings for architectural glass and large area coatings as such, the demand for high-quality functional glass is soaring, especially for Low-E glass in functional combinations with other glass types. The requirements for the manufacturing of such quality glasses are high and heavily dependent on the quality of the vacuum processes involved. Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has been partnering customers in large area and architectural glass coating with an immense know-how in thin film deposition. At the Glasstec Exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany, Hall 12, Booth F37, customers are invited to update their knowledge on optimized vacuum systems.  Link

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc

Advanced Energy Announces Ascent® DMS Advanced Dual-Magnetron Sputtering Accessories-30 to 180 kW

The Ascent® DMS series offers unprecedented power-delivery ease and control for dual-magnetron sputtering, enabling precise tuning of film characteristics. With selectable frequency, regulation mode, and duty cycle, as well as low stored energy and simplified, modular system configuration, the Ascent DMS accessory distinguishes itself as truly next-generation technology. Cost-effective, scalable, and versatile, it minimizes complexity, increases quality, and boosts throughput, to enable advanced process innovation.  Link

R.D. Mathis Company

GP100, Inert Gas Purifier: Purifies Argon from 99.8% to 99.999% 

The GP-100 purifier has been designed to fill the needs of research and development engineers and scientists, as well as production staff to provide a Light weight, compact, low-cost inert gas purification system. This unit operates off of standard cylinder gas to purify inert gases to ultra-high purity and avoids the problem of cylinder walls outgassing during storage. It can be placed in operation in less than 1 hour, simply by connecting the inlet, outlet fittings and 110vac electrical connection.  Link

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SVC Spotlight

Meet Dr. Hana Baránková, Professor at the Uppsala University and Research Leader of the Plasma Group at the Angstrom Laboratory.


* Secretary of the SVC Board

* Chair of the Student Sponsorship Committee

* TAC Chair of the Coatings for Biomedical and Environmental Applications

* Co-organizer of Heuréka session

* SVC Tutorial Course Instructor

* Member of the SVC Education, Strategic Planning and International Relations Committees


Hana received her PhD in Electronics and Vacuum Technique from the Czech Academy of Science.  Her primary interests are development of plasma sources and processes, innovation in coating technology, and plasma treatment of surfaces, gases and liquids. She has published over 160 scientific papers and conference contributions and holds several industrial patents on plasma systems. She is an inventor of metastable assisted deposition and co-inventor of the Linear Arc Discharge (LAD) source, the Magnets-in-Motion concept in plasma sources and Fused Hollow Cathode and Hybrid Hollow Electrode Activated Discharge (H-HEAD) cold atmospheric plasma sources. She has been serving 6 years on the SVC Board of Directors, and previously served as TAC Chair of Emerging Technologies and organizer of Atmospheric Plasma Technologies session over the years. Hana is the 2006 Mentor Award recipient for the development of numerous novel plasma sources. She acts as a consultant and is a co-founder of two companies, BB Plasma HB and BB Plasma Design AB.

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