Portsdown Scientific distributes and provides support for instrumentation from the following manufacturers :
Scienta Omicron GmbH
Scienta Omicron was formed by the merger of two of the most renowned companies in the field of vacuum surface science: Omicron Nano-Technology and VG Scienta. The company provides advanced solutions to the research community in the fields of electron spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and thin film deposition.
Oxford Instruments Ltd
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.
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 designs and manufactures products for electron spectroscopy (CSA, PEEM, VUV sources) as well as electron beam evaporators (EFM series), and ion sources. 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 Ltd
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.
Twente Solid State Technology
Founded in 1998 as a spin-off 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 high pressure RHEED, which allows monitoring of the surface morphology during deposition.
Korvus Technology Ltd
Korvus Technology, 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.
Located in South Wales, UK, Epimax manufactures the PVC range of UHV vacuum system con-trollers for precision pressure measurement and offers these together with ion guages, Piranis, cabling, etc. Additionally they product EpiTemp temperature controllers and the EpiSoft deposition control system.
RBD Instruments, Inc
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 low-cost ion source 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.
ITL Vacuum Components
ITL Vacuum Components manufactures a full range of competitively priced Conflat, KF and ISO flanges and components as well as providing custom fabrications and vacuum chambers. ITL also offers a wide range of common accessories for the vacuum lab - valves, bellows, tubing, gaskets, nuts & bolts, O-rings, etc.
The Extorr XT residual gas analyzer (RGA) is a quadrupole mass spectrometer complete with a built-in Pirani gauge and Ion gauge. Hence it provides both total pressure measurement as well as the partial pressure of individual gases. The XT RGA models are available in 100, 200 and 300 amu packages with a high sensitivity electron multiplier detector as an option. All models mount to a 2.75" CF flange and include PC software.
The company was established in 1998 and operates under two main divisions: Vacuum Optics offering a full range of UHV viewports, AR coated optics and general vacuum products; and X-Ray and Electron-Optical (XEO) offering surface analysis instruments and products for synchrotron applications. All products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art factory located in Bexhill-on-Sea UK