2 Important Factors for Coating in Sample Preparation

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Thin film coating is an important part of the sample preparation process for microscopy. Samples typically undergo a different preparation process depending on the type of microscope being used for observation, but there are two important factors to consider when coating samples for either type. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Sample Prep Biological materials, which include… Read More

Which Type of Thin Film Coating is Best?

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Thin film coatings serve a number of purposes for different applications, including across the opto-electronics, display, semiconductor and medical fields. Here is a quick rundown of a number of common coatings that are available, their properties, and the applications they’re optimized for in order to help you figure out the best coating for your performance… Read More

Thin Film Solutions for the Semiconductor Market

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By the end of 2018, the semiconductor industry is expected to grow to $451 billion, an increase of 7.5% from 2017. With more innovative technology and electronic devices expected to reach the market within the next five to 10 years, semiconductor manufacturers should prepare for growth and examine production solutions for future applications, including thin… Read More

Differences in Grain Size Between Deposition Methods

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Grain size refers to the size of the individual crystallites or particles that compose a solid metal. Grain size, as well as the boundaries between the grains, are important factors for determining physical properties of the entire metal. In thin film deposition, if the particles are deposited with high energy, and there is a high… Read More

Thin Film Deposition Solutions to LED Display Challenges

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The opto-electronics and display industry is expecting to see significant growth in several LED-driven sectors over the next decade. Precision thin film deposition will play an important role in boosting the performance of the various end-user applications that are being fueled by this growth, particularly LED displays. Types of LED Displays LEDs, or light-emitting diodes,… Read More

Thin Film Deposition System Requirements for Coating Companies

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For contract thin film coating companies, securing the right thin film deposition system, with the right enhancements for optimal control, manufactured by the right partner, is critical to business success. With significant growth in several target markets projected over the next five to ten years, thin film deposition equipment that enables both flexibility across multiple… Read More

Considerations for Indium Bump Deposition

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With today’s technological advances, higher pixel density in focal plane arrays is a necessity as demand for improved visual quality goes up. Because of this, feature sizes on focal plane arrays are getting smaller, which requires higher density interconnects to bond the detector array to the readout chip. The current electroplating process just can’t deliver… Read More

What is Ion Beam Deposition?

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Ion beam deposition (IBD) is a thin film deposition method that produces the highest quality films with excellent precision. Also referred to as ion beam sputtering (IBS), it’s a process that’s used when tight control over film thickness and stoichiometry is needed. How it Works During the ion beam deposition process, an ion source is… Read More

In-Situ Controls and Ion Source Solutions for Thin Film Deposition

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By adding an in-situ control or ion source to your thin film deposition system, you can achieve better performance and results, including higher yield and increased ROI. But how do you know which control choice is the right system addition for your application? In-Situ Controls In-situ controls allow you to observe the formation of thin… Read More

Effects of Cathode Placement on Elements of Sputtering Deposition

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There are several common types of thin film deposition techniques, with varying benefits depending on the method. But it’s not just the method that matters. Deposition source placement is one factor that can have a significant effect on thin film deposition. For sputtering, different cathode placement options can lead to different results for the thin… Read More