LNF Sputter Adding New Films
The LNF sputter systems have three access categories, user, technicians, and superuser. User level access allows access to the standard recipes whereas technicians and superuser have advanced access. Items such as changing targets, and modifying recipe conditions are part of this advanced access.
Requesting new materials
The functionality of this program is to help aid in research by promoting a stable set of variables allowed in the PVD systems.
- Create a request using the New Sputter Material Request Form.
- Create a helpdesk ticket to inform LNF staff of your request, and to provide us with a forum to communicate with you.
- Your request will be reviewed by the LNF management and staff.
- This process can; in some cases, take up to a month to complete.
See the Requesting a new material tutorial for specifics.
Ultra-High Purity Materials
In order to support this high standard of process dependability, we require that all sources used in the sputter systems below in impurities. Purity set related terms used in the metals market is, “nines”. In the case of LNF, we require materials to have a purity value of 99.995% or greater. This is often described as, “Four Nines Five” and typically written as “4N5”. In cases where 4N5 materials are not available, contact an LNF staff to discuss your options.
TORUS® Circular HV (High Vacuum) Magnetron Sputtering Sources
- These sources are in the Lab 18's. Each material requires a designated source shield for operation.
|TORUS Source Model||Target Diameter||Thickness
(Model TRS3 & TM03)
|3" +/-0.020"||0.050"- 0.255"||Fe: 0.08" Max (HSMA**)
Co: 0.125" Max (HSMA**) Ni: 0.125" (SMA***) or 0.250" Max (HSMA**)
TORUS® Mag Keeper™
- These sources are in the PVD 75. Each material requires a designated source shield for operation.
- Non-magnetic sources require a Target Keeper
Due to issues of cross-contamination, process development of co-sputtered films will require the purchase of private targets and shields.
Superuser access provides access to
- Target change
- Modify and run VP (variable parameter) recipes
- Create and support private recipes
- Support and train colleagues
- Custom film development
- Reactive sputtering
- Heated recipes (up to 350°C)
- Co-Sputtered films
- Applied bias voltages
- All privately supported materials in the LNF are developer supported
- Storage, cleaning, burn-in, and recipe development is the responsibility of the owner
- The LNF in collaboration with OSEH can assist with the disposal of these materials
- Each material requires a designated shield for processing.
- This is to prevent cross-contamination, and provide a more reliable maintenance schedule
- Storage and cleaning is the responsibility of the developer.