PORTABLE ON-LINE X-RAY DIFFRACTION SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 21718
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7 Commerce R, Danbury, CT, 06810
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David S Kurtz
 (203) 794-1100
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Research Institution
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Abstract
SPUTTER COATING IS A WIDELY USED COMMERCIAL TECHNIQUE FOR PRODUCING THIN FILM COATINGS. IN-SITU MONITORING OF CRITICAL THIN FILM PROPERTISE WOULD GREATLY ENHANCE PROCESS CONTROL IN A VARIETY OF SPUTTER COATING PROCESSES. TRADITIONAL 0/20 SCANNING X-RAY DIFFRACTOMETERS ARE POWERFUL ANALYSIS TOOLS CAPABLE OF MEASURING THIN FILM PROPERTISE SUCH AS PHASE COMPOSITION, DEGREE OF CRYSTALLINITY, PREFERRED ORIENTATION, THICKNESS, GRAIN SIZE, AND RESIDUAL STRESS. SCANNING DIFFRACTOMETERS ARE NOT WELL SUITED FOR ON-LINE MONITORING DUE TO THEIR LARGE SIZE AND SLOW COLLECTION TIMES. RESEARCHERS ARE MODIFYING AND INCORPORATING A POSITION SENSITIVE FIBER OPTIC SCINTILLATION X-RAY DETECTOR (PSSD) INTO A SPUTTER COATING CHAMBER. COMPARED TO SCANNING DIFFRACTOMETERS, THE PSSD SYSTEM IS VERY COMPACT AND ROBUST, REQUIRES NO SCANNING, AND HAS VERY RAPID SAMPLING TIMES (LESS THAN 1 SECOND). THE PROJECT IS DEVELOPING A METHOD FOR INCORPORATING THE PSSD DEVICE INTO A SPUTTER CHAMBER, AND INVESTIGATING ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN A SERIES OF COATING EXPERIMENTS.

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