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1. US20170330736 - Device having two end blocks, an assembly and a sputter system comprising same, and a method of providing RF power to a target assembly using said device or assembly

Office United States of America
Application Number 15533901
Application Date 08.12.2015
Publication Number 20170330736
Publication Date 16.11.2017
Grant Number 10163611
Grant Date 25.12.2018
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01J 37/34
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes
34operating with cathodic sputtering
H01J 37/32
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes
CPC
H01J 37/32
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
H01J 37/32082
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
32009Arrangements for generation of plasma specially adapted for examination or treatment of objects, e.g. plasma sources
32082Radio frequency generated discharge
H01J 37/3405
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
34operating with cathodic sputtering
3402using supplementary magnetic fields
3405Magnetron sputtering
H01J 37/3435
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
34operating with cathodic sputtering
3411Constructional aspects of the reactor
3435Target holders (includes backing plates and endblocks)
H01J 37/3444
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
34operating with cathodic sputtering
3411Constructional aspects of the reactor
3444Associated circuits
H01J 37/347
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
34operating with cathodic sputtering
3464Operating strategies
347Thickness uniformity of coated layers or desired profile of target erosion
Applicants SOLERAS ADVANCED COATINGS BVBA
Inventors Wilmert De Bosscher
Ivan Van De Putte
Agents Workman Nydegger
Priority Data 14196851 08.12.2014 EP
Title
(EN) Device having two end blocks, an assembly and a sputter system comprising same, and a method of providing RF power to a target assembly using said device or assembly
Abstract
(EN)

A device for use in a sputter system, comprising at least a first end block and a second end block positioned at opposite sides of the sputter system. The device is adapted such that a target assembly comprising at least one target tube or sputter magnetron, when mounted on the first and second end blocks, may be powered actively with RF power at both sides of the assembly, and such that the target assembly, when mounted, is not actively powered continuously with RF power simultaneously at both extremities of a target tube or sputter magnetron. An assembly comprising said device and a control unit for controlling powering of opposite sides of the target assembly by RF power such that the target assembly, when mounted, is not actively powered continuously with RF power simultaneously at both extremities of a target tube or sputter magnetron.