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Veeco Wins R&D 100 Award

The firm has been awarded for its SPECTOR-HT system which is used to create precision thin film coatings for laser machining, telecoms, laser diode manufacturing and laser guidance systems

Veeco Instruments has been honoured with an R&D 100 Award for its SPECTOR-HT Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) System.

Initiated in 1962 and called the “Oscars of Innovation," the R&D Awards, issued by R&D Magazine, recognise and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year.

The SPECTOR-HT is used to create precision thin film coatings for the optical market for applications such as laser machining, telecommunications, manufacturing of laser diodes, heads up displays and laser guidance systems.

"Veeco is honoured to receive this R&D 100 Award that recognises excellence and innovation in technology, and celebrates achievement," says William J. Miller, Veeco’s Executive Vice President.

"The SPECTOR-HT provides manufacturers the advantages of ion beam sputtering technology - stable deposition rates, high purity, high density and low roughness films; combining for stable low optical loss films - in a robust package that significantly boosts throughput and lowers cost of ownership," adds Miller.

Launched in 2012, the SPECTOR-HT Ion Beam Deposition System provides up to 400 percent increase in throughput, 300 percent increase in target utilisation and 50 percent improvement in material uniformity compared to previous generations of ion beam sputtering equipment. It also offers exceptional film quality, and a cost-effective manufacturing platform.

Veeco says it is the industry's first fully automated ion beam deposition system to achieve accelerated deposition rates at speeds comparable to competing optical deposition technologies, such as physical vapour deposition (PVD), evaporative coatings or ion assisted deposition, while maintaining high quality, optimal films.


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