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Customer Application Spotlight: Northwestern University's Pulsed Laser Deposition Core Facility

At PVD Products, we work with each of our customers to ensure that they get a custom-made deposition system that meets their individual needs while conforming to their budget and schedule requirements. We are highlighting how some of our customers use our products in unique and creative ways. We kick things off with an interview of D. Bruce Buchholz.
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Advancing Thin Film Deposition Methodology: Three Factors for High Throughput Deposition

Complex coating processes, such as combinatorial sputter deposition and pulsed laser deposition (PLD), require significant attention to detail, and successful results rely on quality equipment. PVD Products is continually developing innovative solutions to overcome common technical challenges that accompany newer processes for PLD and combinatorial deposition. The following improvements are three examples of these solutions:
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Growth of High Quality Double-Sided YBCO on MgO Substrates for Microwave Applications

A customer approached PVD Products to develop a production-oriented tool to deposit high-quality Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films onto MgO substrates for microwave applications, specifically for microwave filters for cellular phone applications. Our team had to demonstrate our technology's capabilities that would produce the desired quality of the films. Films with a minimum quality as noted below had to be provided:
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