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A Proven, Industrial Magnetron Sputtering System With Excellent Expansion And Scale-Up Capabilities
Author(s): D. Griffin
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Paper Abstract

Airco Solar Products began as a business unit of Airco Temescal in the early 1970's. The first large area magnetron sputtering deposition occurred in 1974, and the first large area magnetron sputtering system was built and operated under contract to Guardian Industries in Carleton, Michigan in 1977, and was later sold to Guardian. This system continues in three-shift production today. A smaller development system, designed for use in the architectural glass coating industry, was introduced in parallel with the large area coaters. There are now over seventeen of these systems, called the ILS-1600, in use or on order throughout the world. This is a proven, industrial-style development sputter deposition system and has an excellent field record in the areas of versatility and low maintenance requirements. Airco Solar Products has recently begun to market this system into other applications such as the photovoltaics industry, the flat panel display industry and other specialty industries. The features of this system such as overall design, expandability, process scale-up and available options will be discussed. Expanded versions of this system currently in the field will be reviewed, and future applications will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1987
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0823, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VI, (12 November 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941863
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D. Griffin, Airco Solar Products (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0823:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VI
Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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