Thin Film Deposition System Platform
Deposition & Metallization System up to 100mm x 100mm Substrate
The Kurt J. Lesker Company® Mini SPECTROS™ is the next generation thin film deposition system based on the workhorse SPECTROS platform. With more than 100 units in service worldwide, the SPECTROS platform is a proven, robust, and versatile design. The Mini SPECTROS builds on the successes of the original design with improved system base pressures and pump down times. A technically superior chamber design, an industry best software control system with advanced programming capability, real time recipe thread operation, and numerous features for optimized thin film performance are a few of the key advantages offered in this innovative, best of class design.
The Mini SPECTROS™ is compatible with the following techniques:
- 1cc or 10cc LTE Sources (up to 4 sources in addition to thermal sources)
- 4" Thermal Sources (up to 4 Sources in addition to LTE Sources)
- TORUS® Magnetron Sputtering sources (up to six 2" or 3" sources)
- Electron Beam Evaporation Source (4 pocket 8cc, 8 pocket 12cc, 6 pocket 20cc)
- Combinations of the above techniques are also available.
- Custom configurations are available upon request
KJLC's software allows user friendly recipe creation along with a reliable, uninterruptable processing module that allows process completion, regardless of the state of the computer user interface. For more information on this intuitive, unique, and reliable software package, please see the Software Tab.
Modular Process Chamber
- Box Shaped 304L Stainless Steel chamber: 15.25" wide x 16.50" deep x 24" high (387.4mm wide x 419.1mm deep x 609.6mm high), internal dimensions
- This chamber comes standard with up to ten spare ports (2-3/4" CF) depending on system configuration.
- Please see the performance tab (above) for information on pumpdown times and base pressures
Fully enclosed system electronics rack.
- *Compact frame, 53.41" wide x 36.18" deep x 75.75" high (1356.7mm wide x 919mm deep x 1924.1mm high)
- Allows all electrical components to be safely housed behind lockable cabinet doors
- EMO Protection is standard on all KJLC systems.
- Isolation transformer and safety interlocks are standard on all KJLC systems
*System dimensions and mounting dependent on options selected
Utilizing industry leading components allows KJLC to produce the highest quality PVD R&D tool on the market. Components and key manufacturing points are:
- One year warranty standard
- Pfeiffer Turbomolecular pumps
- CTI-Cryogenics® Cryopump Systems
- VAT high vacuum valves
- KJLC Low Temperature Sources
- Orbital welding on all process gas lines / manifolds
- CE marking is a standard on the Mini SPECTROS with CSA and NRTL available upon request
The Mini SPECTROS offers two types of high vacuum pumping on its process chamber a Pfeiffer 790 L/s turbomolecular pump as standard or an optional Brooks CTI-8F 1500 L/s cryo pump. Either pump is an option for any of the deposition configurations for the Mini SPECTROS. The Pfeiffer 790 L/s being a good choice for overall cost effective high quality pumping particularly for Low Temperature and Thermal evaporations. The Brook CTI-8F finding use in applications that require the lowest vacuum possible particularly for thermal evaporation and electron beam applications.
The chart to the right demonstrates average expected pumping performance by pump type for an outfitted Mini SPECTROS process chamber that is clean and dry with (3) TORUS 3" Mag-keeper sources installed and a 3' long 1.5" metal flex bellows roughing line.
The Mini SPECTROS was re-designed to mount the high vacuum valve directly to the process chamber without the 4" half nipple and now accommodates a larger 790 L/s pump or CTI8 pump. This allows the Mini SPECTROS to reach lower base pressures and faster pumpdown times than similarly equipped systems.
TORUS® sources are operated at typical sputtering pressures (< 20 mTorr) and utilize Si wafers for deposition. SiO2 Target run with RF Power, film thickness >=500Å. Al Target run with DC Power, film thickness >=1500Å. Ni Target run with High Strength TORUS® & DC Power, film thickness >=1500Å.
KJLC electron beam deposition runs utilize Si wafers for deposition. Ti evaporant material with film thickness >=1500Å.
- All Films are measured on a properly calibrated Profilometer, Reflectometer or Ellipsometer (if applicable).
- Measurement points are taken starting at the center of the substrate and then radially outward every 0.5 inches (12.7mm), nominally (reference figure to the right).
- Uniformity calculation formula is: ((Max - Min) / (2 x Avg)) x 100% with a 0.2 inch (5mm) edge exclusion.
KJLC E-beam sources are also designed to eliminate unnecessary o-rings, seals, and feedthroughs to lower pumpdown times and provide excellent base pressures. Only three feedthrough's are required for the KJLC E-beam source and there is no dynamic water to vacuum o-ring seal in this design which greatly reduces the risk of a water leak in the vacuum chamber.
Thermal evaporation sources typically centered on the substrate fixture have been moved to the outer edges of the fixture in the Mini SPECTROS to allow for better uniformities. The fixtures allow a source adjustment of up to an inch to allow for optimization to a particular application.
Typical Deposition Uniformities
Only KJLC offers Mag-Keeper sputter sources with zero o-rings in the cathode body and a magnetically coupled target to allow for easy target changes. Our "patent pending" cooling well design enables operation at power densities ≥ 200 watts/.in2. This cathode is designed to sputter up to a 0.375" thick targets. The high strength design is able to sputter up to a 0.125" thick Fe target with 3" and 4" cathodes, or 0.0625" thick Fe target with 2" Mag-Keepers. Without a hold down clamp or dark space shield this cathode is capable of running as low as ≤ 1mTorr. The unique dome shutter design eliminates the need for additional cross contamination shielding required with standard flip or swing shutters.
To learn more about sputtering rates and uniformity, click here.
HV Pumping Options
- Cryo Pump - This package replaces the 790 L/sec turbo pump in the base system with a CTI-8F 1500 L/sec cryo pump. Base pressure for a properly conditioned chamber is 5.3 x 10-8 torr (6.67 x 10-8 mbar).
- Dry Pump - Edwards nXDS10i - 7.5 cfm (12.7 m3/hr) Scroll roughing pump.
- Dry pump - Edwards XDS35i - 25 cfm (43 m3/hr) Scroll roughing pump.
- 3-position VAT gate valve for CTI-8F 1500L/s Cryo Pump
- 3-position VAT gate valve for Pfeiffer 790 L/sec turbo
- VAT Variable position downstream pressure control valve
PROCESS EQUIPMENT OPTIONS
Low Temperature Evaporation Sources (Up to Four)
- 1cc and 10cc Sources
- Unique Plugin Design
- Easy to Refill and Maintain
- Quartz crystal controller is available with thermal options
- KJLC 10cc and 1cc (Low Temperature Evaporation) source, suitable for Organic and low temperature materials (0-550°C)
Thermal Evaporation Source (Up To Four)
- KJLC Thermal evaporation (TE) assembly, Up to four 4" thermal evaporation sources (in sequential or co-deposition configurations)
- KJLC Thermal evaporation (TE) assembly, Up to six 2" thermal evaporation sources (in sequential configuration)
- Standard thermal power supply (5v @ 375A)
- High output power options (5v @900A)
- Quartz crystal controller is available with thermal options
TORUS® Magnetron Sputtering Source (Up to Six)
- Up to six KJLC TORUS® 2" or 3" magnetron sputtering sources. Flex head assembly and high strength magnet assemblies options available.
- Up to four KJLC TORUS® 4" magnetron sputtering sources. Flex head assembly and high strength magnet assemblies options available
For more information on our new Mag Keeper sources please see the following link.
Standard Substrate Fixtures
|Size||100mm x 100mm||4"||100mm x 100mm||4"|
(accommodates multiple substrate(s) and sizes)
(accommodates multiple substrate(s) and sizes)
|Single holder||Single holder|
|Rotation||Up to 20 RPM||Up to 20 RPM||Up to 20 RPM||Up to 20 RPM|
|Heating||Up to 350°C||Up to 350°C||Up to 350°C||Up to 350°C|
Upstream Pressure Control
- Up to four Fujikin FCST1000F Mass Flow controllers and a 100mTorr Capacitance Manometer
- One Fujikin FCST1000F Mass Flow controller and a 100mTorr Capacitance Manometer
- Up to three Fujikin FCST1000F Mass Flow controllers for a reactive gas.
- Substrate gas ring is available
The SPECTROS™ Series is now easily integrated with a glove box. The process chamber features large sliding, full-access, aluminum doors. This new chamber design makes opening and closing the chamber door inside the glovebox a snap while providing quick and easy access to your substrate fixture and deposition sources. There is also a large swing style rear door for easy access to maintain the system.
Kurt J Lesker is able to offer a wide array of standard and custom glovebox suites, from a standard 4 port or 6 port arrangement, to custom lengths and depths.
- All stainless steel construction of the glovebox
- Specifically designed to integrate with KJL deposition system
- All stainless steel Swagelok valves, fittings and piping
- Modular design (for easy expansion)
- Lexan front window
- Quick release front window
- Electrical feedthrough with a six (6) outlet power strip
- LED light fixtures
- All stainless steel antechamber; size 15" diameter x 24"L with sliding tray
- Shock assisted door lifting mechanisms
- All stainless steel mini antechamber; size 8" diameter x 15"L
- Stainless steel stand with leveling feet and casters
- Stainless steel vacuum gauges
- Adjustable bin storage unit (adjustable shelving)
- Spare KF40 feedthroughs
- Two (2) HEPA gas flow filters; one (1) inlet, one (1) outlet
- Push button evacuation and refill of antechamber
- All stainless steel 24V DC solenoid valve for refill of antechamber
- Automatic electro-pneumatic valve for evacuation of the antechamber (KF40)
- Common vent line
- Stainless steel filter column for the removal of oxygen and moisture including automatic electro-pneumatic valves (KF40 size)
- Fully automatic system with Siemens PLC control unit and 7" color touch screen with built in operating instructions and system diagnostics. Includes:
- O2, H20 and pressure trending
- Maintenance alarms
- Power saver mode for vacuum pump/lights (optional)
- Automatic regeneration process using 3-5% hydrogen gas mixture
- Capable of removing 36 liters of oxygen from inert gas before needing a regeneration
- Capable of removing 1300 grams of moisture from inert gas before needing a regeneration
- Continuous oxygen monitoring
- Continuous moisture monitoring
- Includes 50 cfm circulation blower
- Built for continuous operation
- Manual solvent removal system including stainless steel filter column, 10lbs of activated carbon, manual bypass and isolation valves, evacuation and refill valves, and refill drain port (optional)
- Automatic solvent removal system including stainless steel filter column with 20lbs of molecular sieve, automatic bypass and isolation valves with automatic reactivation of filter material (optional)
- Automatic purge valve-200 L/min flow rate
Along with the gloveboxes and system adaptor boxes the following accessories can be supplied:
- Spin Coaters
- Hot Plates
- UV Ozone Curing
- Regenerable Solvent Purification System
- Other accessories upon request
Kurt J. Lesker Company® eKLipse™ Controls Software is utilized on all KJLC platforms. The eKLipse™ controls platform utilizes a .NET application running on a Windows PC for its User Interface and Recipe Editor. Equipment automation is accomplished via a standalone Real Time Controller.
- Graphical Recipe Builder – Easily create recipes by clicking on the desired component and set that item's attributes
- Scripted Recipe Builder – A more traditional "scripted" recipe editor exposes more details for setting or checking the value of any system component during a process.
- Real Time Controller – The system operates independently of the Windows software package and will continue the recipe should the software / computer malfunction.
- Independent Thermal Evaporation Thin Film Control – There is no third party software requiring a "handshake" or "handoff" between the Systems Manufacturers software and the thin film controller's software.
Unlimited Recipes, (import/export capable)
- Unlimited recipes with user security level features
- Recipe import/export capability (for transferring recipes between similarly equipped tools)
- Any recipe step can be configured to allow the user to alter a value, enabling process condition changes, without affecting the master recipe. As an example, at the time of execution, the recipe can prompt the user for the desired deposition thickness, or power setting.
- Consistent User experience across all deposition techniques and KJLC platforms (Sputter, Thermal, EBeam, ALD)
- Multi chamber and multi PC control for cluster tools
Custom Chart Recorder and Datalogging
- Custom Chart with up to 10 simultaneous plots
- Chart Recorder can be used to display any setpoint or feedback parameter
- Automatic datalogging of each recipe step for all recipes
- Chart data and configuration can be saved
- Graphical selection of signals to be recorded
Custom Maintenance Counters
- Custom Maintenance Counters are available for each component
- Periodic Maintenance interlocks and recipe checks can be configured for any maintenance counter
- Sputter Target kiloWatt*Hour and custom material usage tracking
- Supports multiple user accounts and password levels with custom security access for recipes and screens
- Software screen access can be customized per user
- Recipe editing and manual operation features can be assigned on a per user basis;
- Users with full access have the ability to edit recipes and control interlocks. Restricted access users will be limited to running certain recipes and have no control over interlocks.
- Every control object can be assigned to a standard user security level.
- Individual screen access can be separately assigned to any user.
Multi User Facility Features
- System event log captures all user login/logout events, all recipes executed, and system status messages
- Interlocking of vacuum and deposition equipment provides continuous system status monitoring while restricting unapproved system usage (no need to 'power off' system screen or PC)
Remote Support Utility and Apps
- Customized Version of TeamViewer allows remote support (free Android and IOS apps)
- Remote connection supports system monitoring/control and file transfer