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Indium Phosphide (InP) – There is a light that never goes out

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Perhaps The Smiths were thinking a little more esoteric when they penned that tune and it is maybe a little bit of artistic license to say that InP lasers never go out. But somewhere on this planet there is always an InP laser blinking away rapidly, transmitting information, demonstrating how much we have come to …

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Bringing the Nanoworld Together – BTNT 2017

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Nanotechnology has changed the dynamics in various spheres of life. It has revolutionised many industries and is set to take a giant leap. To understand its use in various fields’, research is being conducted globally by all nations at various scales.  At Oxford Instruments, we realised the need for synergy between Industry and Academia; to …

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Five reasons to visit our stand at Semicon Europa: Booth B1-210

Semicon Europa 2017 is fast approaching and I am sure everyone is looking forward finding out what’s new and exciting in the Semiconductor industry as well as catching up with friends old and new. Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology will be exhibiting for the 30th year in a row and we would love to see you …

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A day in the life of a Service Engineer

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Every day our highly skilled engineers are working across the globe providing tailored services to meet the individual needs of our customers. Whether it’s installation, preventative maintenance, upgrading systems or contract services. Meet Justin Moreau, Senior Customer Support Engineer based in Boston, USA. Justin has been part of the Plasma Technology family for the past …

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The 17th International conference on Atomic Layer Deposition

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The conference in Denver, USA was the largest yet of this series, with about 900 registrations. Plasma Technology presented and co-authored several posters on both atomic layer etching and deposition. Dr Harm Knoops, our Technical ALD Sales Specialist based at TU Eindhoven, was on the programme committee – several presentations were given by that group. …

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Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan and Oxford Instruments (OI), UK: The voyage of discovery continues

It was recently my privilege to attend the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ITRI and OI for a second time. The first part of the journey started for me back in 2011 with the signing of an MOU between the two organisations. With OI and ITRI priding themselves on both being technological …

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Has ALE found another home?

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ALE? What’s that I hear you say? And no, it’s not a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, before you all rush off to Wikipedia. ALE is far more exciting. It’s another one of those semiconductor process acronyms that describes Atomic Layer Etching. ALE is the etch equivalent to Atomic Layer Deposition …

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It takes two to Tango

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Partnerships between universities and businesses are nothing new, but these partnerships have become especially relevant in today’s economic environment. Businesses face growing economic pressure and global competition, the problems to solve are becoming increasingly complex, often requiring interdisciplinary approaches. It is crucial for commercial organisations to continuously innovate products, processes, and services in order to …

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Materials fabrication processes for biomedical applications

Biomedical devices such as sensors and drug delivery patches pose an interesting challenge in material fabrication due to stringent requirements of substrates, thermal budgets etc. This post outlines five examples from literature of plasma and thermal processes done on Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology tools used for applications in healthcare. ZnO nanowire sensors fabricated using ALD …

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Deposition – A question of choice

Atomic Layer deposition

Often the first question in any discussion on deposition processes is which technique is best suited. Often the answer to this question is clear, but in some cases it requires a detailed understanding of the application and production targets in order to give a qualified answer. Typical questions to understand which technique to use are: …

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Our Go Green initiative ‘goes electric’!

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As sustainable travel becomes a more pressing global issue, we’ve taken action and made it a reality here at Plasma Technology with our Go Green initiative! Two recent initiatives have been put in place at the company near Bristol with the support of local authority, North Somerset Council. With over 100,000 electric vehicles now on …

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I got 99 problems, but an etch ain’t one

Plasma etch 101 part 2

Following my previous blog post I hope you have created a good etch mask…do not get me started again on masks…so what else do we need to consider? Well, when I was conducting research for my PhD, my supervisor said the first thing to do every day is to make a small sacrifice to the …

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The evolution of technology – Changing the art of the possible

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Technology is integrated in our lives today in ways that seem natural, yet must seem so surprising to earlier generations.  Although, I should also say that I think that sometimes we really should be without our technology – too much focus can also hinder our appreciation of the world around us.  So, keeping it in …

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Anyone for CS Mantech?

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This year, CS Mantech (22 – 25 May) was held in Indian Wells, California, a place I had only heard of because Andy Murray played a tennis tournament here in the spring. Andy and his cohorts weren’t here for the conference.  It was not really conducive to playing three sets of tennis in temperatures of …

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The Light Fantastic

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  ‘In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary’ Aaron Rose I’m sitting in Bristol and I type ‘Hiya mate’ (emoji is not an option) on WhatsApp to my friend in Shanghai and within seconds the message is downloaded onto his phone nearly 6,000 miles away. This is amazing, how is this …

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Atomic Scale Processing

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‘I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe’ Richard P. Feynman Everything we do involves the manipulation of atoms so what’s the big deal about Atomic Scale Processing? It is the creation or removal of material one atomic layer at a time that’s what, which I still find amazing. Consider a human hair, …

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Silence is golden

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At Plasma Technology we make a conscious effort to support our local community whether it be through our Go Green initiative (blog coming soon) or through our fundraising efforts to support local causes. There are so many charities close to our hearts, so each year we ask our employees to vote for the charity they …

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Atomic Layer Etching – Changing the Art of the Possible

The society of vacuum coaters (SVC) deserves to be better known. It was founded in 1957 during a surge in the use of vacuum coating techniques such as sputtering and evaporation. The techniques go back a very long way: that man Edison filed a patent for coating phonograph cylinders in 1892 (It will never catch …

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UV LEDs making waves with clean water

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Oxford Instruments systems now facilitate water purification technology With World Earth Day last week I’ve decided to make this weeks blog about how new technology is being used to enhance people’s lives in a fundamental way. The UN recognises that clean drinking water is a global issue with over 660 million people lacking access. One …

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It’s a cleanroom life

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A friend once commented to me that being in a cleanroom was a great place to be as all the things that kicked off her allergies were filtered out allowing her some respite from hay fever. Now I’m not suggesting that we all move into cleanrooms but as semiconductor devices become smaller and smaller, they …

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Can 2D materials make an impact in biomedicine?

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There has been a deluge of scientific investigation into the application of graphene and other two dimensional (2D) materials in biomedicine in the recent past. Claims range from proof of concept detection of glucose, Hemoglobin, Dopamine, DNA etc all the way to products that aid in analysis of proteins, peptides and aptamers.   So how …

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Plasma Etch 101 – Mask, Mask, Mask

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Plasma etching can be a difficult, complex procedure but by following a few simple rules you can greatly increase the chance of achieving the results you need. I would challenge anyone who has ever performed plasma etching to say with all honestly, hand on heart, that they have never ever had any problems with their …

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The toolbox for Atomic Scale Processing

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Next week in Grenoble, France we are hosting  a workshop on Atomic Scale Processing, organised with Minatec which I must say I am quite looking forward to. I think the subject is timely and in line with what many are expecting to be a trend in which current and novel processing technologies are combined to do …

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Semicon China success for Oxford Instruments

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The booths are dismantled and the halls cleared as another Semicon China comes to a close. It was a great show for us with many customer visits and in-depth discussions. I’ve been coming to the show on and off for about five years and it is the sheer scale of the thing that never ceases …

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British Science global impact – Oxford Instruments is ‘The Business of Science’

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It’s British Science week this week and there are events all over the UK celebrating science and its impact on our lives. Oxford Instruments is ‘The business of science’. Our products and services are enabled by science, developed by scientists, and used in laboratories all over the world. They are also out there in the …

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Here come the girls!

Today marks International Women’s Day (IWD) – a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. This year’s theme #BeBoldForChange is calling on all of us to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. Did you know that research indicates that the probability of female …

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The development of Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Devices

A Plasma Technology and University of Glasgow collaboration Working at Plasma Technology means that you are working on projects that truly offer a global impact and working with people that are global experts, a great combination. An example of this is the collaboration on the PowerGaN project with Glasgow University. In the next few years people …

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A creative and innovative place to work

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Choosing the right company to have an interesting, enjoyable and fulfilling career is an important decision. The team at Plasma Technology created this video especially for you, to give you an insight into what it is like to have a career with us. Using their own words they describe how it feels to work here. …

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Welcome to the Plasma Technology Blog

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We’ve created this blog for everyone interested in all things Plasma Technology. Whether it’s Plasma Etch, PECVD, Ion Beam Etch, 2D Materials such as Graphene or you’re just generally interested in what we do then please join us every Wednesday for our latest blog. Our blogs will be brought to you by our highly knowledgeable …

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