MiniLab 080

MiniLab 080 systems offer tall chambers ideally suited for thermal, LTE and e-beam evaporation techniques requiring longer working distances for optimum uniformity.


Thermal evaporation, Low-temperature thermal evaporation (LTE), E-beam evaporation, Magnetron sputtering

The MiniLab 080 standard configuration includes a turbomolecular pump positioned on an ISO160 port at the rear of the vacuum chamber. The vacuum chamber sits on a double-rack frame that contains all system control electronics and power supplies. MiniLab 080 systems are available with load-locks—please call for details.

The tools are ideally suited to evaporation techniques where long working distances are required for best uniformity, and where evaporant incident angles close to 90° allow for optimal results for lift-off applications. However, as well as thermal, LTE and e-beam evaporation, the tools can also be fitted for magnetron sputtering (commonly as a multi-technique system).

Substrate stages, usually at the top of the chamber, can accommodate substrate sizes up to 11” diameter. Substrate heating, rotation, bias and Z-shift are available, together with planetary stages and source and substrate shutters. Configurations range from a manually operated thermal evaporation system up to a multi-technique tool with fully-automated process control.

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    Key features

    • Modular design
    • Front-loading D-shaped vacuum chamber
    • Turbomolecular and cryo pumping systems
    • Base pressures <5 × 10-7 mbar
    • Metals, dielectrics and organics deposition
    • Up to 11” diameter substrates
    • Up to 11” diameter substrates
    • Touchscreen HMI/PC for system control
    • Equipped for easy servicing
    • Comprehensive safety features and interlocks
    • Cleanroom compatible
    • Load-locks available


    • Pumping: Turbomolecular or cryogenic high-vacuum pumps, rotary or scroll backing pumps.
    • Gas/pressure: Manual or automatic control via MFCs and throttle valves.
    • Load-locks: Single- and multiple-sample.
    • Stages: Rotation, heating, cooling, Z-shift, bias and planetary.
    • Shutters: Source and substrate, pneumatic or motorised.
    • Operation: Manual or automatic via front panels, touchscreen HMI or PC.
    • Process: Quartz crystal sensor heads for rate/thickness monitoring or feedback-loop control.

    Typical configurations

    Thermal evaporation (metals):
    Four-source TE4 thermal evaporation component with source shutters and rotation stage. High power TEC-4A power supply and controller with recipe-based automated control. Quartz crystal sensor head with PC software for rate/thickness monitoring.

    Thermal evaporation (metals and organics)
    Two TE1 thermal evaporation sources for metals and four LTE-1CC components for organics. Source shutters and rotation stage. Evaporation power supplies linked to quartz crystal sensor head and Inficon SQC-310 process controller for automated process control per user-defined rates/thicknesses.

    E-beam evaporation
    Multi-pocket (e.g., 6 × 7 cc or 8 × 4 cc) water-cooled e-beam source with 5 kW power supply/controller and automated pocket selection. Source and substrate shutters, and rotation. Quartz crystal sensor heads with Inficon SQC-310 process controller for automated process control per user-defined rates/thicknesses.

    Service requirements

    All MiniLab 080 tools require chilled water, dry compressed air, nitrogen for venting (optional) and electrical power (three-phase for e-beam evaporation). Sputtering systems also require process gases (argon, oxygen and nitrogen). Exact requirements will be provided with quotations or on request.

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