Author: Dr Mark Dineen

Processes

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

Connected world image

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 …

Events

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 …

Processes

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 Light Fantastic

The-Light-fantastic

  ‘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 …

Technology

Atomic Scale Processing

Atomic Scale Processing cluster tool diagram

‘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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UV LEDs making waves with clean water

water

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 …

Processes

Plasma Etch 101 – Mask, Mask, Mask

Plasma Etch 101 - part 1

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 …

Events

Semicon China success for Oxford Instruments

Semicon China Logo

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 …

Technology

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 …