The Ins and Outs of Permeation

Steve Hansen

September 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Photonics and Microelectronics: Interfacing Silicon Photonics with Microelectronics

Dr. Abhijit Biswas

August 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry to Quickly Determine Whether a Substrate is Coated or Bare

Matt Linford and Team

July 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Functionally Engineered Materials: Low Dimensional Structures

Dr. Peter Martin

June 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Reactive Magnetron Sputtering Opens New Avenues for Advanced Biomedical Coatings

Dr. Megha Agrawal and Dr. Shyamasri Biswas

May 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Foldable Solar Cells: The Future of Solar Technology

Dr. Narendra Parmar, Dr. Ilker Bayer, Abhijit Biswas

April 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine
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Industry News

Berkeley Lab: LED Material Shines Under Strain

Smartphones, laptops, and lighting applications rely on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to shine bright. But the brighter these LED technologies shine, the more inefficient they become, releasing more energy as heat instead of light. Now, as reported in the journal Science, a team led by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley has demonstrated an approach for achieving near 100% light-emission efficiency at all brightness levels.

Pfeiffer Vacuum: Pfeiffer Vacuum Introduces the Reliable and Low-Vibration HiPace 80 Neo Turbopump

Nashua, New Hampshire – Pfeiffer Vacuum has introduced its new HiPace 80 Neo turbopump, which features a longer life before service and reduced vibration and noise emissions. These benefits are made possible with the new, advanced Laser Balancing™ system developed by Pfeiffer Vacuum for turbopump rotors. This patented technology, makes the vacuum pump particularly suitable for vibration-sensitive applications. Possible applications range from mass spectrometry and electron microscopy to leak detectors and RGA systems.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab: Scientists focus on cone targets to enhance temperature of electron beams

Intense short-pulse laser-driven production of bright high-energy sources, such as X-rays, neutrons and protons, has been shown to be an invaluable tool in the study of high energy density science. In an effort to address some of the most challenging applications, such as X-ray radiography of high areal density objects for industrial and national security applications, both the yield and energy of the sources must be increased beyond what has currently been achieved by state-of-the-art high-intensity laser systems.

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Vacuum Technology Primer

Since 2000 Vacuum Technology & Coating Magazine has been the industry's leading source for the latest articles, news, and product and service information. Below we describe some of the terms that you will find in a typical issue of VT&C.

Vacuum Coating (Vacuum Deposition and Thin Film Deposition) is the process of depositing a film or other material atom by atom or molecule by molecule onto a surface in a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Physical Vapor Deposition or PVD refers to vacuum deposition methods which involve the material (which is being deposited) going from a condensed phase to a vapor phase and then to a thin film condensed phase. Sputtering and evaporation are common PVD processes.

Sputtering refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from a target source.

Evaporation refers to the heated source material being evaporated in a vacuum. Vacuum allows vapor particles to travel directly to the target object, where they condense back to a solid state. (called a Deposition Source) refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from the target source (called a Deposition Source).

Vacuum Hardware refers to the types of hardware and components that are used in the vacuum process. There are many types of hardware used in this process, some examples are flanges, fittings, seals, valves, and chambers.

Thin Film Metrology involves determining the optimal thickness, composition and/or condition of a coating through various techniques and mathematical calculations.

Gas Analytical Systems are used in the analysis of residual gases within a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Vacuum Pumps are devices that remove gas atoms and molecules for the purpose of leaving behind a partial vacuum. Some examples of types of vacuum pumps are rotary vane pumps, diaphragm pumps, and scroll pumps.

Every issue of VT&C includes a product showcase focused on a specific topic relevant to Vacuum Processing, please see our editorial calendar which lists the topic for each issue.