Desk V HP

The gold standard for electron microscopy sample preparation

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The Gold Standard in Sputter/Etch Systems

Denton’s Desk series deposition systems are the gold standard for electron microscopy sample preparation. Equipped for both evaporation and sputtering, the Desk V is a high productivity tool that delivers exceptional, consistent and highly repeatable results.

Desk V coating systems are available in two versions: Desk V HP and Desk V TSC.

The Desk V TSC, the turbo molecular-pumped sputter coater option, is a high resolution unit suitable for oxidizing and non-oxidizing metals. Its high resolution magnetron sputter unit precisely deposits a conductive coating for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation.

The Desk V deposits a broad choice of coating materials (including iridium), while the adjustable rotating and tilting stage ensures a highly uniform coating with excellent conformity, even on samples with highly irregular surfaces. The Desk V converts easily from metal sputter to carbon evaporation.

Use the Desk V when you want to:

  • Minimize sample charge on non-conductive samples
  • Reduce e-beam damage
  • Increase secondary electron emissions
  • Rotary shadowing

Used in these Industries


  • SEM sample preparation (Sputtering)
  • SEM sample preparation (Carbon Evaporation)
  • High resolution sample preparation
  • TEM sample preparation
  • Semiconductors
  • Geology
  • Forensics
  • Material Science
  • Medicine
  • Life science

Capabilities & Features

Desk V HP Features


Desk V TSC

DC Sputtering Yes Yes
Carbon Evaporation Opt. Opt.
Sputter etch samples Yes Yes
Tilting/rotating table to achieve superior sample
coverage, especially with rough surfaces (removes
ability to sputter etch samples)
Opt. Opt.
Up to 4″ (100 mm) diameter substrate with shutter
(not available with film thickness monitor option)
Opt. Opt.
Etch table with shutter allows user to pre clean
samples prior to deposition
Yes Yes
PLC full-color touch screen capable of storing up to 10
user-defined recipes
Yes Yes
Color touch screen to monitor and change process in
real time
Yes Yes
Mechanical Pump to reach 50 mtorr process pressure Yes Yes
6″ diameter glass process chamber Yes N/A
6″ diameter stainless steel chamber Opt. Yes
Steel chamber with turbo molecular pump to achieve
base pressure on 10e-6 torr scale to sputter oxidizing
metals for high resolution coatings
N/A Yes
Ability to set pressure set-points N/A Yes
Film thickness monitor to real time reading of
Opt. Opt.
Dry scroll pump (oil-free) to lower contaminants in
vacuum system
Opt. Opt.
High resolution for oxidizing and non-oxidizing metals N/A Yes