Monday, December 19, 2016

Tools to Measure Surface Roughness

Thin-film metrology tools manufacturer k-Space offers a number of tools that can be used to measure surface roughness:

kSA 400 determines surface quality by analyzing the RHEED streak profile.

kSA BandiT measures via above-gap scatter signal in MBE, PLD, ALD, sputtering and e-beam evaporation deposition.

kSA BandiT PV measures via above-gap scatter signal in thin-film in-line production.

kSA ICE measures surface roughness via analysis of above gap scatter signal in MOCVD reactors.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Semicon Japan 2016

Semicon Japan 2016 is taking place December 14-16 in Tokyo. Semicon is an exposition for the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain. It is one of the largest events for microelectronics in Japan, with more than 700 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees. Semicon has networking events, a symposium as well as lectures on technology and business.

At the SEMI Technology Symposium, visitors can learn about the newest developments in semiconductor manufacturing, such as areas as power devices, MEMS & sensors, test technologies, lithography, design for manufacturing, packaging, and advanced devices and processes.

k-Space Associates, a leading manufacturer of in situ, in-line, and ex situ metrology tools for the semiconductor, thin-film, and photovoltaic (PV) industries, will be represented by its distributor in Japan, R-DEC. Stop by booth 3312 to learn about metrology tools for semiconductor manufacturing, such as the kSA SpectraTemp, which can be used to monitor physical vapor deposition, the most widely used technology for depositing materials in semiconductor manufacturing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

19th International Conference on Molecular-Beam Epitaxy (MBE 2016)

The 19th International Conference on Molecular-Beam Epitaxy (MBE 2016) will take place in Montpellier, France, on September 4-9, 2016. This conference provides an international forum for new developments in fundamental and applied molecular beam epitaxy research.

Among the exhibitors will be k-Space Associates. The k-Space booth will feature a live demo of their metrology tools. Visitors can learn about their MBE metrology tools to measure parameters such as growth rate, temperature, curvature and stress in addition to analytical RHEED.

Program topics are: MBE fundamentals, III-V compounds, II-VI compounds, Group-IV semiconductors, Dilute Nitrides and Bismides, Wide Bandgap semiconductors, Oxide and Hybrid Epitaxial Systems, 2D materials (graphene, MoS2, WS2,...), Spintronics and Topological Materials, Nanostructures (QDs, nanowires,..), MBE grown Devices.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Tool for MOCVD Carrier Characterization

kSA Emissometer
k-Space Associates, Inc., a leading supplier of tools and software for ex-situ and in-situ metrology, introduced a new product, the kSA Emissometer, an ex-situ tool that provides MOCVD fabs with essential wafer carrier characterization, including emissivity uniformity and defect identification. The kSA Emissometer detects defects and microcracks that aren’t visible to the human eye. It provides full quantitative wafer carrier maps in 10 minutes.
"The real advantage of the kSA Emissometer is that it provides fabs with systematic carrier data that can be integrated into their quality control processes. It also provides a go-no-go decision on carrier use and quantitative determination of the carrier emissivity, allowing for temperature set-point adjustments for individual carriers. In the end, this will lead to lower production costs and better device yields," said k-Space CEO Darryl Barlett.

Monday, May 30, 2016

k-Space Receives DOE Award

Michigan based k-Space Associates, a world-wide supplier of advanced instrumentation and software for the surface science and thin-film technology industries, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an “Advanced, High-Sensitivity, Multi-Species, In Situ Film Growth Monitor Utilizing Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy”.

Phase I of the project, the development of a prototype Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) instrument, had been completed in 2015. This instrument was developed and tested on a sputter deposition system at Argonne National Laboratory. The instrument provides real-time atomic flux measurements to enable high-accuracy film growth control during the deposition of a broad variety of thin-film materials.

k-Space has a long history of bringing new products to market that not only address the need of one application, but lend themselves to broader applicability. k-Space’s development of a state-of-the-art Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy instrument is in high demand for thin-film growth monitoring in the laser, photovoltaic, OLED and LED industries.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Temperature Maps at the Click of a Button

k-Space has recently announced the release of their new temperature measurement tool suitable for Veeco K465i and EPIK700, called kSA Scanning Pyro. Traditional tools deliver spot temperature variables while the original pyrometer has a dual system that can provide data right away to facilitate the achievement of equal steady temperature characteristics in different areas of the carrier. With just one scan, a complete climate specifications map will become available.

The Pyrometer can also be set to match to operate with other units, for example, the Aixtron G4 and G5, and the Veeco EPIK700. This mechanism is created to provide quick, fast and easy reading of the temperatures across the map. The new scanner will produce reliable climate information and locate cold or overheated spots. This information will let technicians make certain changes to achieve uniform temperatures on carriers and wafers.

The innovative device will increase the overall execution and a number of specific characteristics such as yield and wafer uniformity. Besides, this new tool has two censors that will scan the entire carrier at the same time, and will provide temperature mapping starting from the central part to the external edges. Moreover, the tool users will be able to set adjustments in such a way to either obtain the entire temperature mapping or pick a specific area for scanning. The information kSA Scanning Pyro provides will let the users start the analysis and, with kSA software, locate problems. This tool will assist engineers, and let them make crucial adjustments to improve their product.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Copper Sheet Metal: A Versatile and Beautiful Building Product

Did you know that copper is a naturally occurring metal that man has used for 10,000 years? These days, most copper is used for electrical wiring due to its excellent electrical conductivity. However, because of its corrosion resistance, strength and malleability, this versatile metal has many other uses, including plumbing, industrial machinery and building construction and design. Copper is particularly easy to form, bend and stretch into copper sheet metal and complex shapes without breaking. It is even easily recyclable.

The Statue of Liberty’s copper sheeting may be the most famous use of copper, but it is also used on building walls, roofs, domes, plumbing, rain gutters, kitchen backsplashes and other adornments. Copper withstands the harshest of elements, making it attractive for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Many agree that it becomes more beautiful with age, as it develops that familiar green finish or “patina.” For building elements requiring beauty as well as a long lifespan and minimal maintenance, copper is a wise choice.

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Leasing Rules May Impact Solar Popularity in Arizona

Solar panels have successfully taken off in the U.S. mostly due to their increasing affordability. Solar used to be a hefty technology with highly expensive instruments for in-situ metrology, but nowadays the main obstacle is the nation’s utility companies.

A fight between solar panel companies on one side and utility companies on the other is currently taking place in the sunny state of Arizona, for example. There are new rules introduced in the state that offer its residents leasing instead of buying solar panels. The PV industry representatives see this move as a threat for solar panel industry because they suspect a hidden agenda coming from utility companies to slow down and eventually stop residential solar power installation.

The new leasing rules go in effect in January. The leasing company will have to provide the customers the approximate cost and yield of the panels, and will have to guarantee their efficiency for years to come because some of the contracts will be signed for twenty years. Consumers, however, will only have three days to change their minds after all the cost information is provided to them. Many other states, including Nevada, are considering to switch to the same model with extending the decision making time for up to five days.

This transition in solar power regulation has caused a lot of consumer complaints that can compromise solar panel popularity.

Friday, June 19, 2015

An Online Organizer for Busy Families

Stridepost has made it easier than ever to keep track of your family’s hectic daily schedules. Accessible on desktops and mobile devices, parents can keep track of sports practices, dance recitals or any other parts of daily family routines. Aside from just being an online family organizer, Stridepost also features tools to assign and track chores and tasks for children. Parents are able to place rewards of their choosing that can be given after completion of tasks, and kids can follow their own progress. Stridepost gives families everywhere the tools to organize and balance their lives at their own pace.