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The concept of energy storage in thin films has been around for a long time. One of the early uses of the term ‘Thin Film Battery’ (TFB) was in a 1976 patent by Exxon[1]. Nearly 20 years later, Bates and his team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) patented the sputter-based, all solid state battery utilizing the electrolyte LiPON.
Introduction to Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) has been described as a thin film deposition technology that can keep the semiconductor industry on track per Moore’s Law (or observation)[1] for a few more years. In its most ideal form, it is a process that enables monolayer, or sub-monolayer growth of certain materials through the sequential exposure of a functionalized substrate to a pair of precursor gases.
Understanding industry trends in the global marketplace is critical for a company’s sales and operations planning. In order to help our member companies fulfill this requirement, the Association of Vacuum Equipment Manufacturers (AVEM) is a participating association in the International Statistics on Vacuum Technology (ISVT) program.
There are many strongly held opinions regarding how the surface finish in a vacuum chamber affects the pumpdown time.
Over the last couple of decades, the market for Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) has been rapidly expanding.
Understanding industry trends in the global marketplace is critical for a company’s sales and operations planning.

The Evolving Technology of Quantum Computers - The continual growth in computing power that we have taken for granted for decades has an ultimate limit, at least given current technology.

ITER Sets the Stage for the Age of Fusion - For more than 60 years, scientists have been looking for a way to safely produce a commercial energy source using thermonuclear fusion. Since fusion requires temperatures and pressures similar to those found in the core of the sun, developing such technology has obviously been extraordinarily difficult. But an international effort undertaken by seven countries, known as ITER, looks poised to make fusion power a reality.

Recent advances in extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography are proving more promising than ever, and it’s now estimated that production-level EUV machines will be ready by 2015. This news is highly promising for the vacuum industry, since the new EUV machines will feature vacuum chambers to house the delicate lithography process.

From the manufacture of prosthetics and the coating of medical devices to magnetic resonance imaging and proton therapy, vacuum equipment has helped revolutionize modern medicine. Here are five medical applications in which vacuum technology currently plays a prominent role.

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