Using Heater Modules in Ultra High Vacuum Settings

Using Heater Modules in Ultra High Vacuum Settings

Heater modules are important technologies used in sample heating in both innovative academic research academic and industrial high and ultra high vacuum systems. They provide a cost-effective method of heating substrates for research and industrial needs. The application of heater modules in ultra high vacuum systems allows for advanced thin film, deposition and other novel processes at high temperatures and with process gases and atomic and molecular deposition sources.

At UHV Design, we are experts in the production of innovative and industry-leading heater modules specifically designed for ultra high vacuum that give users multiple options for the  designs of their heater stage. We strive to produce cutting edge technology as solutions for academic and industrial customers, UHV Design are committed to customer focused products. Below are explanations for how and why heater modules are used as well as specific ultra high vacuum settings they are optimally designed for.

How are Heater Modules Used?

UHV Design heater modules have a variety of practical utilizations for every need. Packaged in refractory metal cases, or optionally inert aerospace Inconel alloys, our CVD-processed heating elements can be used in ultra high vacuum applications and optionally with reactive gases. From radiant heating semiconductor wafers to acting as a holder for samples and a variety of substrates at extremely high temperatures, these cutting-edge components implement proven leading heating technology expertly devised for wide range of uses.

Why are Heater Modules Used?

With key features such as high uniformity heating to 1200°C and uncompromised performance at high temperatures due to a refractory metal hot zone composed of metals like molybdenum, tantalum, and with advanced technical ceramics. Heater modules are particularly optimised for use in ultra-high vacuum systems. Our use of these materials and our technical design and clean room assembly ensures that only the optimum technical  materials are used guaranteeing a quality ultra high vacuum environment. Another advantage to UHV Design’s innovative heater modules is the use of elements with large radiating surface to gap ratios. This serves to expand the range of temperatures these heaters can optimally function at, contributing to their unparalleled performance when compared to other conventional metal heaters.

UHV Settings They are Used in

Different heater module technologies are best applied for use in various specific UHV settings. For example, in a UHV setting where oxidising atmospheres are necessary, Inconel packaged UHV heaters with solid silicon carbide elements increase the durability of the module. For UHV environments that require the highest temperatures, silicon carbide coated graphite elements and refractory metal packaged modules are our recommendation for the optimal performance.

UHV Heater Modules in Ultra High Vacuum

This article stands is a brief overview of our design approach and methods. It also serves to review heater modules as well as the range of applications of this technology in ultra high vacuum. If you would like to learn more about any of the products mentioned above or the material recommendations summarised in this blog post, our team would be glad to hear from you. If you have any specific questions requiring a customised solution, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the UHV Design team today.