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Thin Film Industry

Physical Vapor Deposition or PVD has become an established commercial process for manufacturing all types of thin film products. Whether through a momentum transfer of charged ions to individual atoms (sputtering) or a direct transfer of amplified light to a material target (laser ablation), a collimated source of accelerated focused ion beam bombardment directly to a material target (ion deposition) or thermal transfer (evaporation) resultant films can be deposited on selective substrates to produce products which are technologically advanced, less expensive, easier to fabricate, lighter in weight and more refined than their bulk material counterparts.

Through PVD, virtually every element, alloy, composite or refractory material can be transformed from bulk to thin film form. These processes and products span a wide range of commercial industries as well as playing a leading role in material and technology development. Plasmaterials, Inc. offers these materials in many different forms including evaporation pellets, wire, powder, electron beam starter sources or sputtering targets.

As a worldwide manufacture and marketer of specialty materials for use in the thin film industry, Plasmaterials, Inc. offers a diversified range of products that span from ceramics, metals, and elemental forms for use in R&D, pilot and full-scale production. Most materials can be fabricated in specific geometries to fit all commercially available, as well as custom designed systems. These products include ceramics, nitrides, carbides, oxides, refractories, zone refined materials, ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals.

Our Expertise

Plasmaterials, Inc. strives to be technically innovative in all forms of material fabrication. New materials and processes are constantly being developed to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry.

Powder Metallurgy

In the past several years, Plasmaterials, Inc. has developed a variety of metallurgical processes to service the product requirements of the Thin Film Industry. This technology includes hot pressing, cold isostatic pressing or “CIPing”, vacuum sintering, hot isostatic pressing or “HIPing” for refractory ceramics, (oxides, nitrides, borides, sulfides, selenides, tellurides, carbides, etc.) as well as composite materials.

These technologies are often blended with other fabrication procedures to provide superior PVD products. Grain reduction, densification, purification and blending are just a few of the metallurgical processes and parameters designed into the products produced by Plasmaterials Inc.

Vacuum Melting & Casting

Plasmaterials, Inc. employs a number of different techniques to produce metal and metal alloy materials. Depending upon temperature ranges required and physical properties of the constituents; materials are either vacuum arc melted or electron-beam melted. These materials are further processed through zone refining for purification and then fabricated into the desired shape or form.

Analytic Capability

Purity and composition are constantly monitored on all materials being produced. Various testing resources include Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (GDMS) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for bulk material analysis. Additionally, surface morphology and subsurface analysis can be evaluated utilizing AUGER-ESCA and Microprobe testing. The result is that compositional integrity, as well as consistency, and homogeneity are maintained for each target or evaporation source.

Material Development

Through our technological development, all phases of material characterization can be accomplished. The properties of a metal or compound can be accurately determined through the use of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques. This approach is especially helpful in developing new materials for specific applications or refining current materials to meet tighter quality requirements.

Advanced Engineering

Plasmaterials, Inc. has developed a large range of fabrication techniques. Materials can be formed or shaped into unique contours for enhanced designs, rotary targets, and evaporation charges, etc.

Plasma Spraying

Plasmaterials, Inc. has been innovative in developing the technology to plasma spray materials directly onto cooling plates for both planar and rotary sputtering applications.

A new generation of materials can now be supplied which previously had been impossible to fabricate. Nonequilibrium alloys, phase pure composite, amorphous materials and supersaturated solutions can be supplied on the backing plates and tubes to help create the next generation of thin film development.

Quality Control

Plasmaterials, Inc. is committed to providing the highest quality products and services while matching the changing needs and expectations of its customers.

Safety Data Sheets

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Ag Silver Download PDF
Al Aluminum Download PDF
Al2O3 Aluminum Oxide, Alumina Download PDF
AlN Aluminum Nitride Download PDF
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Au Gold Download PDF
B Boron Download PDF
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Co Cobalt Download PDF
Cr Chromium Download PDF
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Cu Copper Download PDF
DyF3 Dysprosium Fluoride Download PDF
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Er Erbium Download PDF
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Ga Gallium Download PDF
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Ge Germanium Download PDF
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Hf Hafnium Download PDF
HfN Hafnium Nitride Download PDF
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In Indium Download PDF
In2O3 Indium Oxide Download PDF
Ir Iridium Download PDF
ITO Indium Tin Oxide Download PDF
LaF3 Lanthanum Fluoride Download PDF
Li2O Lithium Oxide Download PDF
LiCl Lithium Chloride Download PDF
Lu Lutetium Download PDF
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Mg Magnesium Download PDF
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Mn Manganese Download PDF
Mo Molybdenum Download PDF
MoS2 Molybdenum Sulphide Download PDF
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NaF Sodium Fluoride Download PDF
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Rh Rhodium Download PDF
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Si Silicon Download PDF
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SiC Silicon Carbide, Carbon Silicide, Carorundum, Silundum Download PDF
SiO2 Silicon Dioxide Download PDF
Sm Samarium Download PDF
Sn Tin Download PDF
Sr Strontium Download PDF
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Ta Tantalum Download PDF
Ta2O5 Tantalum Oxide, Tantalum Pentoxide, Tantalum (V) Oxide Download PDF
Ta5Si3 Tantalum Silicide Download PDF
TaB Tantalum Boride Download PDF
TaC Tantalum Carbide Download PDF
TaN Tantalum Nitride Download PDF
Tb Terbium Download PDF
Te Tellurium Download PDF
Ti-W Titanium Tungsten Download PDF
Ti Titanium Download PDF
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TiB2 Titanium Boride Download PDF
TiC Titanium Carbide Download PDF
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TiOx Titanium Oxide Download PDF
V Vanadium Download PDF
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VC Vanadium Carbide Download PDF
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W Tungsten Download PDF
WB Tungsten Boride Download PDF
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WO2 Tungsten Oxide Download PDF
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Y Yttrium Download PDF
Y2O3 Yttrium Oxide Download PDF
Yb Ytterbium Download PDF
YF3 Yttrium Fluoride Download PDF
Zn Zinc Download PDF
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Zr Zirconium Download PDF
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