Author: Team Oxinst

Processes, Technology

Ion-beam Nano patterning: experimental results with chemically- assisted etching

Schematic of a ion beam been extracted through the grids

Below you will be able to find the first part of experimental results with chemically assisted etching which our expert Dr Sebastien Pochon presented at SPIE conference in San Jose, California last week. The need for forming gratings (for example used in VR headsets) in materials such as SiO2 has seen a recent surge in …


Bringing the Nanoworld Together – BTNT 2017

BTNT 2017 Hyderabad

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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A day in the life of a Service Engineer

A day in the life of an engineer

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 …


Has ALE found another home?

Image for Atomic Layer Etch blog post

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

Photo of two people dancing

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 …


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’!

Go green logo

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 …


The evolution of technology – Changing the art of the possible

Image of smartphone

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 …