Category: Processes

Processes

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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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 …

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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

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 …

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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 …