Vacuum-Assisted Production and Characterization of Lipid Derivatives and Surfactants Transforming Food, Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Industries

Dr. Megha Agrawal and Dr. Shyamasri Biswas

January 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

The Emerging Super Black Nanomaterials Poised for Broad Technological Impact

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

December 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine

Plotting XPS Narrow Scans and other Data with MATLAB Part 1

Matt Linford and Team

November 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine

Active Thin Films: Ferroelectric Thin Films and Nanostructures

Dr. Peter Martin

October 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine

THz Photonics for Next Generation High Capacity Wireless Communication Technologies Beyond 5G

Dr. Abhijit Biswas

September 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine

Laser Based Bioprinting Brings Hope in 3D Tissue Constructs from the Ground Up

Dr. Megha Agrawal, Dr. Aisha Siraj, Dr. Shyamasri Biswas

August 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine
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NCCAVS: NCCAVS 2020 Technical Symposium

The Northern California Chapter of the American Vacuum Society will convene its 2020 Technical Symposium around the topical theme of "The Quantum World." The Symposium will focus on technologies that include, but are not limited to, manipulating or taking advantage of quantum effects in these areas: Semiconductor device physics, transistors, etc. especially nano-structures Photovoltaics, photon energy conversion, plasmonics Superconductivity Chemistry, nuclear physics, unconventional bits of general engineering, etc. Advanced information transmission & computation e.g. Quantum Computing Nanophotonics and topological quantum photonics Quantum dot display technology Sensors

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL Researchers Advance Performance Benchmark for Quantum Computers

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 2, 2020—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. Their findings were published in npj Quantum Information. Quantum computers use the laws of quantum mechanics and units known as qubits to greatly increase the threshold at which information can be transmitted and processed. Whereas traditional “bits” have a value of either 0 or 1, qubits are encoded with values of both 0 and 1, or any combination thereof, allowing for a vast number of possibilities for storing data.

Ulvac Inc.: ULVAC Inc. and Silex Microsystems AB Sign Joint Development Agreement on Leading-Edge Sputtered PZT for MEMS

Kanagawa, Japan – November 25th, 2019 – ULVAC, Inc. (ULVAC), headquartered in Kanagawa, Japan and lead by CEO Setsuo Iwashita and SILEX Microsystems AB (Silex), headquartered in Järfälla, Sweden and lead by CEO Edvard Kälvesten, today announced they have signed an agreement to develop a production thin film piezoelectric process (PZT) for MEMS actuators and sensors with cutting edge performance and reliability.

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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.

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