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

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