Kaufman & Robinson incorporates its patented end-Hall (eH) technology into a product line of gridless plasma-ion sources that produce and control ion species with a specific energy, chemical reactivity, current density, and trajectory. All designs are straightforward and easily retrofit into existing vacuum systems, or can easily integrate into new OEM systems.
The compact, low-profile eH series is available in different sizes that cover both R&D and high-yield production requirements. All of the models include the patented modular anode, making them easy to maintain, assemble, and disassemble, enabling high productivity. Our models can also be equipped with optional hardware to tailor the product to your processing and installation needs.
Our eH products can be applied to these common vacuum processes:
- Ion-beam-assisted deposition in thermal and e-beam evaporation (IBAD)
- Ion-beam-assisted deposition in magnetron sputtering (IBAD)
- In-situ preclean in sputtering and evaporation (PC)
- Surface modification and activation (SM)
- Direct deposition of thin hard or functional coatings (DD)
- Low-energy ion-beam etching (LIBE)
- Biased target ion-beam sputter deposition (BTIBSD)
|Discharge||DC Magnetic Confinement||DC Magnetic Confinement||DC Magnetic Confinement||DC Magnetic Confinement||DC Magnetic Confinement|
|- Discharge Voltage||40-300V VDC||40-300V VDC||40-300V VDC||50-250V VDC||40-200V VDC|
|- Discharge Size @ Source||~ 4cm||~ 5cm||~ 5cm||~ 7cm|
|- Anode Construction||Modular Assembly||Modular Assembly||Modular Assembly||Modular Assembly||Modular Assembly|
|- Cathode / Neutralizer||Filament, Sidewinder Filament or Hollow Cathode||Filament, Sidewinder Filament or Hollow Cathode||Filament, Sidewinder Filament or Hollow Cathode||Filament, Sidewinder Filament or Hollow Cathode||Filamentless|
|- Beam Divergence||> 45° (hwhm)||> 45° (hwhm)||>45° (hwhm)||> 45° (hwhm)||> 45° (hwhm)|
|- Anode||Standard or Grooved||Standard or Grooved||Standard or Grooved||Standard or Grooved||Standard or Grooved|
|- Water Cooling||Front Plate Water Cooling||Front Plate Water Cooling||Front Plate Water Cooling||Front Plate & Anode Water Cooling|
|- Mount||Remote or Direct Flange||Remote or Direct Flange||Remote or Direct Flange||Remote or Direct Flange||Remote or Direct Flange|
|- Height (Nominal)||3.0″||4.0″||4.0″||6.0″||10cm|
|- Width (Nominal)||10cm|
|- Length (Nominal)||~ 100cm|
|- Diameter (Nominal)||3.7″||5.7″||5.7″||9.7″|
|- Materials Processed||Metals, Dielectrics, Semiconductors||Metals, Dielectrics, Semiconductors||Metals, Dielectrics, Semiconductors||Metals, Dielectrics, Semiconductors|
|- Process Gases||Ar, Xe, Kr, O2, N2, Organic Precursors||Ar, Xe, Kr, O2, N2, Organic Precursors||Ar, Xe, Kr, O2, N2, Organic Precursors||Ar, Xe, Kr, O2, N2, Organic Precursors||Ar, Xe, Kr, O2, N2, Others|
|- Typical Installation Distance||6-30″||10-36″||16-45″||16-45″|
|- Process (Common)||Pre-Cleaning, Surface Modification, Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, Direct Deposition||Pre-Cleaning, Surface Modification, Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, Direct Deposition||Pre-Cleaning, Surface Modification, Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, Direct Deposition||Pre-Cleaning, Surface Modification, Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, Direct Deposition|
|- Auto Controller||Controls up to 4 Gases with Blending Capabilities and Recipe Storage||Controls up to 4 Gases with Blending Capabilities and Recipe Storage||Controls up to 4 Gases with Blending Capabilities and Recipe Storage||Controls up to 4 Gases with Blending Capabilities and Recipe Storage|
From the plasma discharge, ions accelerate into a beam with a divergent ion current flux. The half maximum-half angle exceeds a 45º angle from the source axis. The divergent beam from an eH product covers a large area. The capability to uniformly cover a wide process zone facilitates high throughput operation, since a process run with a large load of parts or large substrate area becomes practical with an eH product.
The eH product technology relies on a gridless construction. The ions accelerate directly from the plasma discharge to form the beam. The gridless eH technology complements our gridded ion source products, because it produces desirable beam properties not easily available with gridded sources. Other benefits of the eH gridless feature, include no need to maintain, align or replace grids. The eH products are rugged and simple to operate. And they typically cost less than their gridded counterparts.
High Density DC Discharge
The KDC products utilize a well-proven and efficient plasma generation process. In the discharge chamber, a cathode thermionically emits a reliable source of electrons. The electrons are attracted to a DC biased metal anode. The neutral gas species is efficiently ionized due to a confining magnetic field. This mechanism produces a high density plasma of many gases, including Ar, Xe, O2, N2 and other reactive gases.
Low Energy & High Current Output
The eH products output a high current and low energy beam. The high ion current meets critical arrival ratios for high process rates. Also, the high current enables productive processing on tough, hard materials. While the low energy ion bombardment eliminates damage to surfaces and interfaces. The capability to process at low energies has proven merit when working with delicate materials.
The standard KDC neutralizer configuration is an inexpensive refractory metal filament stretched across the ion beam. The filament is heated to thermionic emission temperature. The filament neutralizer may be replaced with an alternative non-immersed neutralizer. The non-immersed neutralizer sits to the side of the source and outside the ion beam. When the neutralizer is outside the beam, the time between maintenance is significantly longer for the non-immersed neutralizer versus the filament neutralizer. This non-immersed configuration is suited for low frequency maintenance installations and long operational runs when it is important to minimize the risk of process interruption.
Quick Change Anode Module
The eH Product incorporates our patented quick- change anode module assembly. The anode module can be quickly removed from the ion source for maintenance, while the source body remains in the chamber. The anode module is light weight and interchangeable. By simply exchanging the working anode module with a spare module, the eH product can be ready to run within minutes. The removed anode module can be easily maintained on a work bench while your vacuum chamber continues to be productive. The uptime benefits are significant.
The KDC product line provides a dedicated and regulated electron source neutralizer. With a reliable source of electrons, the KDC products can process dielectric, electrically isolated, and electrostatic sensitive substrates. The amount of electrons is precisely controlled to match positive charges. The correct amount electrons are present in the ion beam and they arrive at the substrate surface to provide an electrically neutral process. The KDC operation does not need to rely on an ambiguous source of electrons such as exposed and conductive chamber hardware. Coating build-up and stray electromagnetic fields, which may be present in the vacuum chamber, will not disturb the ion beam quality, stability or neutralization of the KDC products. However, in the case, when the neutralization process is not so critical, the KDC products do allow operation without the neutralizer.