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H2 High Vacuum Deposition SystemH2 High Vacuum Deposition System

Multi-technique and multi-geometrical system for PVD and CVD coatings


The Intercovamex H2 High Vacuum deposition system is well recognized as a suitable system for new materials and advanced coatings for R&D purposes due to its easy position change of accessories as well as its operational flexibility for different applications as nanotechnology, MEMS, hard coatings, transparent conductor coatings, photovoltaics and several semi-conductive materials. The H2 is optimized for PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) for up to 6 materials by sputtering or evaporation (simultaneous or sequential) and is recommended for substrates of 100 mm diameter (125 mm max.) or 100 x 100 mm.


The standard cubic stainless steel cross includes six 250 mm flanges (ISO 250 MF). The disassembling of these flanges is very fast and allows an easy access into the chamber, the substrate or the deposition material. The six system flanges are designed for: 1) mounting the sources of deposition, 2) positioning the substrate, 3) pumping connection and 4) viewport. Other options are also available for: pulsed laser, ellipsometer, plasma analyzer, gas analyzer, thickness monitor or controllers. Optional loading chamber can also by installed (In this case CF 12" flanges are recomended instead of ISO 250 MF). The H2 has fully compatible components to vacuum range of 10-8 Torr. The ultimate vacuum depends on pumping system selected and number of options installed.
Several chambers can be connected together for assembling multi technique, multi chamber system.

H2 High Vacuum Deposition System

BAKE-OUT: The chamber can be baked up to 150° C with electric heating tapes. Optionally one or more UV lamps can be installed to accelerate the water desorption process and thus, reduce cycle time and improve ultimate vacuum and vacuum quality.

CHASIS AND CABINET: The H2 components are assembled on an aluminum chassis. The electrical and electronic components are integrated on a 1.70 m height cabinet. This flexible configuration allows user to choose the position of the cabinet relative to the chassis depending on laboratory space, user's comfort or specific needs.

This optional chamber allows the loading of substrates while keeping the process chamber under high vacuum
conditions. It can be used also for substrates preparation before
deposition when options like an ion gun, resistive evaporator cell, or sample heater are used. A standard loading chamber is evacuated by a 80 l/s turbo pump, backed by a rotary vane pump of 5m3/h. Other pumping systems are available as: higher capacity turbo, water trap or dry primary pump (oil free). A glove box can be placed in front of the loading door to manipulate substrates under controlled atmosphere.


The most economical version includes a 255 l/s turbomolecular pump baked by a rotary vane pump of 15 m3/h for an ultimate vacuum of 10-6 Torr. To improve vacuum up to 10-7 Torr range operation a 400 l/s or 700 l/s turbomolecular are recommended. For a 10-8 Torr vacuum range, a cryogenic pump is offered or a combination of turbo and other pumps. In all cases, when a vacuum better than 10-6 Torr range, a loading chamber is highly recommended. Dry pumping systems are also available. We offer also turbo pump special versions for processes where big amount of oxygen needs to be evacuated. Smaller ion pumps and cryogenic traps can be added as well to improve vacuum quality.

Many options are offered according to budget, the end-user application, and substrate sizes of 50, 75, 100 or 150 mm diameter. Intercovamex offers also a very useful size among photovoltaic developers: 100 x 100 mm. Three temperature ranges are available for heating: 500°C, 700°C or 900°C. Some heater elements are compatible with a pressure of 1 ATM and others with several mTorr of oxygen. Substrate biasing is also available (optional). Intercovamex engineers will help you define the best configuration adapted to your needs. Optionally a manual or electropneumatic substrate shutter is offered as well as motorized rotation to improve thickness homogeneity.

Up to 6 magnetrons for 25mm diameter targets, 4 magnetrons for 25mm, 50mm or 75mm diameter targets or, 2 magnetrons for 100mm diameter targets can be mounted on the bottom flange (sputtering up geometry). Each magnetron is equipped with an electro-pneumatic shutter with rotary or flip type motion. Swing type motion is optional. Each magnetron is installed on a bellow to optimize homogeneity of deposition and co-sputtering. Each magnetron can generate a DC, pulsed DC or RF plasma. Maximum power depends on the model of magnetron. For RF a low cost manual impe-dance matching networked is offered. An automatic one is recommended for long-term and unattended deposition. A re-circulating water chiller is necessary to cool the magnetron's magnets, it is offered as an option if not available in the laboratory.

Pulsated laser deposition is available with an optional YAG or Eximer laser passing through a quartz window.

The bottom flange can be equipped with up to 6 resistive evaporators or an electron gun with 1 to 6 crucibles. A configuration with 5 Knudsen cells has proven to be very successful for CIGS photovoltaics. Many Knudsen cells models are available according to the material to be deposited.

Rack H2 High Vacuum Deposition System


In this option, the ions produced can be accelerated toward the substrate for cleaning purposes previously to deposition. They can also be used during the deposition (ion beam assistance) resulting in better adhesion of deposited layers.

The standard gas introduction is done with a manual needle valve. For better reproducibility or when a mixture gas is used, 1 to 8 Mass flow controllers are optionally available.



In the basic version, the end user controls the pressure by reading the vacuum gauge and adjusting manually a gas introduction needle valve. For unattended processes and highly reproducible results, an automatic downstream pressure control system is offered. It consists of a motorized variable conductance valve (installed between the turbo and the process chamber), a high precision capacitance gauge and a controller. This latest will adjust the valve opening to maintain precisely the process pressure selected by the operator.

Several options are available for measuring growth rates and thickness deposited (monitor only) or to control deposition sources according to these parameters (controller). The controller permits programming of unattended multilayer's deposition. Up to 4 quartz balances con be mounted inside the chamber (evaporation configuration). In sputtering configurations, space available is usually much more restricted and only one movable quartz balance is positioned in place of substrate to calibrate rates and then removed during process. Each balance can be equipped with an individual shutter. A re-circulating water chiller is recommended to cool each quartz balance for reproducible measurements.


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