Vacuum Deposition and the Advantage of a Plasma Environment

ebeam_evapA vacuum-controlled environment plays a vital role.

Vacuum deposition is essentially the process of creating a thin film or coating on an object. By utilizing both high and low pressure deposition within a plasma environment; one can achieve a high-quality layering without sacrificing quality. How this process is done is explained below.

Vacuum Environment

The vacuum environment is an important factor because it not only increases the free path to reduce gaseous contamination but it keeps it at an appropriate level or rate. Because of the collision of atoms and ions, and being in constant circulation, there has to be a medium that controls the pressure. By creating a dense and even distribution of the particles bouncing off each other within the plasma, the vacuum is able to control and alter the sputtering process that occurs. Vacuum deposition systems were created with accuracy and designed to minimize faulty results.

PVD

In the process of physical vapor deposition (PVD), the high energy ions that are within the plasma can be utilized to sputter the surface and also alter the properties along the surface. Why this is important is because they activate the gases and vapors in the process and enhance the preceding effect.

Consistency Maintained

Similar to sputtering systems, vacuum deposition systems create a controlled environment where each variable is maintained at a constant rate. The versatility of PVD processing is that multiple variables can be transported as a vapor through the vacuum-controlled environment to be placed on substrate. Some processes can also be used to deposit compound materials upon the finished results of depositing materials in gas.


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