Portsdown Scientific distributes and provides support for instrumentation from the following manufacturers :
Scienta Omicron was formed by the merger of two of the most renowned companies in the field of surface science: Omicron NanoTech-nology.and VG Scienta. The company provides top capabilities and tailored solutions for the research community through its technology leadership in electron spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and thin film deposition.
Portsdown represents the products from the NanosScience group at Oxford Instruments. These comprise superconducting magnets and a wide range of cryostats from simple optical cryostats such as the new OptistatDry to large magnet cryostats such as the Triton dilution refrigerator (right) for research at mK temperatures. 2016 sees the introduction of enhanced Triton models. Oxford Instruments offers comprehensive installation and service support from their worldwide offices.
Established in 2003, Mantis designs and builds flexibly configured thin-film deposition systems as well as a full range of sources. Systems range from the QUBE (right) to full MBE systems. Sources include sputtering (DC, RF, pulsed and HiPIMS), E-beam, thermal and plasma as well as the Nanogen nanoparticle sources. They also offer a specialist coating development service using their unique nanoparticle deposition technology. Systems may be fully automated with Titanium control software. Mantis products are used in a range of academic and research applications at the forefront of thin-film coating technology.
Dr. Eberl MBE-Komponenten manufactures and sells thin film deposition equipment for MBE, surface science and other UHV applications. The product range comprises, effusion cells, including organic material effusion cells (OME), electron beam evaporators, gas sources and various customized equipment. Specialised sources include SUKO and SUSI for carbon and silicon sublimation respectively; DECO, a galium decomposition source and valved crackers for sulphur, selenium, arsenic, etc. Overall MBE-Komponenten has delivered MBE systems, components and services to more than 300 customers worldwide.
Established in 1990, Focus manufactures products for electron spectroscopy (CSA, PEEM, VUV sources) as well as electron beam evaporators (EFM series), and ion sourcesy. Their EFM evaporators (such as the EFM3, right) are very popular in surface science research labs and over 1000 have been sold. Other products include laser and electron beam welding.
UHV Design is a specialist manufacturer of motion and heating products for the UHV environment. They set the standards for innovative product development in the vacuum industry. All products are high quality and low maintenance. The range includes MagiDrive rotary drives; PowerProbe magnetic sample transfer arm; linear shift mechanisms; MultiCentre X-Y-Z sample manipulators (left); the EpiCentre range of deposition stages with substrate heating and rotation. UHV Design is happy to offer customisations to meet specific customer requests.
Founded in 1998 as a spin-off company from the University of Twente, TSST offers high quality thin-film solutions using the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique. The PLD systems are designed with maximum flexibility in mind and may be tailored to meet the customer's requirements. A range of different target and substrate holders are available. Options include Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED) under high-pressure conditions, which allows monitoring of the surface morphology during deposition.
Korvus Technology sells and manufactures the HEX Series of bench top thin film deposition systems. The company has over 20 years of experience in the thin film technology market, designing, manufacturing and installing HV and UHV deposition systems. The HEX platform offers an un-matched level of user control and customization, designed to incorporate the latest thin film technologies and performance into a bench top PVD system.
RBD Instruments started life as a service company, dedicated to the support of PHI surface science equipment. More recently they have expanded their mission to bring a range of innovative and affordable products to the materials science community. They offer the IG2 and IG3 low-cost ion sources for sample cleaning (right), a compact cylindrical mirror analyser (CMA) for Auger electron spectroscopy, a USB Picoammeter and UV and IR water-vapour desorption products for improved vacuum and pumpdown.
Ionautics specialises in High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS). This technique produces thin-films with improved properties (smoother, denser...). Ionautics produces the necessary hardware to convert standard DC sputtering systems to HiPIMS. Their HiPSTER pulser is able to drive exisitng DC power supplies. Ionautics also provides a range of coatings (DLC, ITO, etc.) produced by the HiPIMS method and is eager to collaborate or provide the R&D capability to develop new coatings on behalf of customers. Ionautics is hence well-qualified to offer extensive technical support to assist customers to get started with HiPIMS technology.
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