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