2 Considerations for Accurate Optical Monitoring

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Throughout the monitoring process, the system manufacturer and thin film engineer have several process choices to make regarding a number of factors. How do the different monitoring options affect the level of precision? Quartz Crystal vs. Optical Monitors Quartz crystal monitoring (QCM) is used to measure physical thickness while optical monitoring systems (OMS) measure optical… Read More

Checklist for a Good Service Provider

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In any industry, you want to partner with a solutions provider who delivers solid, reliable systems and products. Equally as important as the quality of the systems and tools you’re using is the quality of the service and support that keeps them up and running. So how can you be sure you’re signing on with… Read More

What Partnership Means to Us

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At Denton, we believe that a partnership means more than just providing a product or service. We don’t just supply you with a thin film deposition system and then part ways. We collaborate with you from the beginning, to understand your business and develop a design that fits your specific application, then serve as a… Read More

Importance of Thickness Uniformity in Thin Film Deposition

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Whether it’s coating a semiconductor chip with a protective thin film or applying anti-reflective coating to an eyeglass lens, process engineers have to achieve certain thickness specifications to meet performance requirements. Equally as important as the film thickness itself is the uniformity of the thickness. Achieving Uniformity for Performance Specs Without achieving proper thickness distribution,… Read More

Enhancing Thin Film Deposition System Performance with the Right Approach

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What’s the right approach to take when it comes to selecting a thin film deposition system? As a laser manufacturer, is it more efficient for you to draw up a checklist of necessary tools and hardware, to try to hit your desired performance spec? Or, should you start with the big picture–identifying the specs and… Read More

What to Consider When Buying Factory-Refurbished Equipment

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As the calendar year comes to a close, so do many fiscal budgets. It’s a time of year when engineers and managers alike reassess their needs and often try to use what they may have leftover to help pad the next year’s budget planning. According to a poll we recently ran during a webinar with… Read More

Optimize Your Manufacturing Process Flow for Better System Performance

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Achieve improved system performance for thin film deposition in semiconductor laser manufacturing by optimizing your process flow. The semiconductor laser market has seen phenomenal growth over the past 20 years, with diode lasers, largely driven by the fiber optics revolution, comprising around 45% of the $11B laser market. While growing, the semiconductor laser market is… Read More

Which PVD Method to Use: Magnetron Sputtering v. Evaporation

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The most common types of physical vapor deposition (PVD) are magnetron sputtering and evaporation, which could be either thermal or electron beam (e-beam). How do you determine when to use which method? First, let’s take a look at how each one works. What is Magnetron Sputtering? Sputter deposition is excellent for materials with high melting… Read More

The 5 Major Benefits of IAD

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In our last post, Why Use IAD, we talked about how IAD (Ion Assisted Deposition) works, and some of its benefits. This time, we’re going to dive into the five biggest benefits of using IAD and take a look at some options you have regarding your ion source. The Benefits of IAD Improved film properties:… Read More

Why Use IAD (Ion Assisted Deposition)?

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Take advantage of: Reduced cost of ownership Long mean time between maintenance (MTBM) Higher ROI & throughput With ion assisted deposition (IAD, sometimes also called ion beam assisted deposition), you can achieve performance similar to ion beam sputtering (IBS, also known as IBD, for ion beam deposition) but at a lower total cost of ownership… Read More