Reactive Magnetron Sputtering Opens New Avenues for Advanced Biomedical Coatings

Dr. Megha Agrawal and Dr. Shyamasri Biswas

May 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Foldable Solar Cells: The Future of Solar Technology

Dr. Narendra Parmar, Dr. Ilker Bayer, Abhijit Biswas

April 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Programmable Silicon Photonics Circuits

Dr. Abhijit Biswas

March 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Guides to Vacuum Technology: Difficult Deliveries

Steve Hansen

February 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Understanding the Frequency and Nature of Errors in XPS Data Analysis in the Scientific Literature

Dr. Matt Linford and Team

January 2021 VT&C Digital Magazine

Photorefractive Polymers, Introduction

Dr. Peter Martin

December 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine
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Industry News

MKS Instruments: MKS Instruments Powers its Way to Market Share Gains in 2020

Growth Driven by Critical Technology in Vacuum Products, especially RF Power and Remote Plasma ANDOVER, Mass., April 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced significant market share gains across a number of product categories in 2020, as recently reported by VLSI, an independent research and analytics firm.

Berkeley Lab: News Center To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature

Despite our efforts to sort and recycle, less than 9% of plastic gets recycled in the U.S., and most ends up in landfill or the environment. Biodegradable plastic bags and containers could help, but if they’re not properly sorted, they can contaminate otherwise recyclable #1 and #2 plastics. What’s worse, most biodegradable plastics take months to break down, and when they finally do, they form microplastics – tiny bits of plastic that can end up in oceans and animals’ bodies – including our own.

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Vacuum Technology Primer

Since 2000 Vacuum Technology & Coating Magazine has been the industry's leading source for the latest articles, news, and product and service information. Below we describe some of the terms that you will find in a typical issue of VT&C.

Vacuum Coating (Vacuum Deposition and Thin Film Deposition) is the process of depositing a film or other material atom by atom or molecule by molecule onto a surface in a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Physical Vapor Deposition or PVD refers to vacuum deposition methods which involve the material (which is being deposited) going from a condensed phase to a vapor phase and then to a thin film condensed phase. Sputtering and evaporation are common PVD processes.

Sputtering refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from a target source.

Evaporation refers to the heated source material being evaporated in a vacuum. Vacuum allows vapor particles to travel directly to the target object, where they condense back to a solid state. (called a Deposition Source) refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from the target source (called a Deposition Source).

Vacuum Hardware refers to the types of hardware and components that are used in the vacuum process. There are many types of hardware used in this process, some examples are flanges, fittings, seals, valves, and chambers.

Thin Film Metrology involves determining the optimal thickness, composition and/or condition of a coating through various techniques and mathematical calculations.

Gas Analytical Systems are used in the analysis of residual gases within a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Vacuum Pumps are devices that remove gas atoms and molecules for the purpose of leaving behind a partial vacuum. Some examples of types of vacuum pumps are rotary vane pumps, diaphragm pumps, and scroll pumps.

Every issue of VT&C includes a product showcase focused on a specific topic relevant to Vacuum Processing, please see our editorial calendar which lists the topic for each issue.