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Compound Semiconductor week

Compound Semiconductor week

Last week I was in the beautiful city of Boston, among the red brick skyscrapers and the rarefied atmosphere of Harvard and MIT for Compound Semiconductor Week (CSW). CSW (actually 3 ½ days) is a combination of two conferences, the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors and the Internal Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials. …

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30 years of Power Semiconductor research celebrated at ISPSD, Chicago

Millennium park, Chicago

Back in 1987 I was leaving school and going off to University meanwhile in Philadelphia there was assembled a collection of global experts on a relatively new category of devices Power Semiconductors. Reading through the paper titles from that very first meeting the themes are common to those found today, namely innovative ways of designing, …

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CS Mantech in Texas, not one cowboy in sight

CSMantech

A few words on the event we attended last week, what an event it was. I have to praise the organising committee as they have again chosen a really beautiful city for the location of the conference in Austin. The conference has been attended by over 400 people from all over the world; the exhibition …

Processes, Technology

Two dimensional materials for on-chip photonics

2D material

Optoelectronic applications such as photodetectors and emitters rely on the ability of its active material to interact strongly with light and one could not be blamed for questioning the ability of two dimensional (2D) materials here. After all, its cross-section is made up of at most few atoms which means there is hardly enough matter …

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Micro LEDs – All things bright and beautiful

Micro LEDs are an exciting new technology that offers the potential to revolutionise the display industry. This Samsung 146inch micro LED TV “The Wall” shown at CES 2018 is a great example of the exciting opportunity that micro LED presents. “The Wall” showed amazing contrast and brightness. The micro LED technology is capable of providing …

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Another year of success at SEMICON China

Semicon China, ALE, ALD

It’s very difficult to get over the scale of SEMICON China in a simple article, not just for the number of exhibition halls full of stands plying their trade but the number of visitors.  I walked over 5 miles on the first morning without getting around all I wanted to see. I will admit that …

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 …

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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 …

Technology

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 …