Surface Engineering & Metrology
AEP is the world leader in surface metrology and technology innovation. From its inception it has developed cutting edge instruments to aid researchers and users. As the pioneers of innovation in hi tech engineering, it has grown steadily in worldwide markets. Currently it has offices in America, Asia and Europe.
In addition to manufacturing optical profiler, interferometer and contact profilometer AEP also produces ex-situ and in-situ stress monitors for thin film deposition processes. Please contact us for any questions. Our team of scientists from silicon valley are always excited to answer your questions and help solve your problems.
Step heights measurement
Surface Roughness measurement
Quantify scratch and dig features, wear depth, width and volume
Flatness or curvature measurement
2D thin film stress measurement
Surface Profiling – defect, features etc. depth, width and volume
AJA International, Inc. was founded in Scituate, Massachusetts, USA in 1989 by William Hale, MBA, BS Physics. The company was established as a supplier of innovative thin film, vacuum and microwave products.
Prior to founding AJA International, Mr. Hale developed numerous sputter systems, ECR systems, and worked extensively in RIE, PECVD, surface analysis and vacuum technology areas ranging from chemical/pharmaceutical to vacuum packaging to UHV/MBE. This experience along with a long experience in international business gave AJA International, Inc. a solid running start.
Within 2 years the company developed the popular ATC Series Sputtering Systems – the first commercial, con-focal, sputter tools with rotating substrates and in-situ tilting magnetron sputter heads. This revolutionary development yielded extremely uniform and controllable depositions of single layers, multi-layers and alloys and has become the most popular R&D sputtering system configuration on the market.
AJA sells its products directly or in cooperation with local agents. All AJA systems are installed by AJA factory personnel whenever possible and factory acceptance and training are highly recommended and welcomed. With over 900 systems and over 7,500 magnetrons shipped worldwide, AJA International, Inc. continues to discover innovative design solutions which are often copied but never equaled as the company truly remains THE CUTTING EDGE IN THIN FILM TECHNOLOGY.
Ion Mill Systems
Angstrom Sun Technologies Inc. is a privately held company, headquartered in Boston, USA. The focus of company is to provide a series of cost-effective optical solutions for characterizing thin film thickness, thick coating thickness, their optical properties (refractive index N and extinction coefficient K), surface and interface behavior, alloy concentrations and their uniformities across surface.
Affordable, low cost, but advanced and high performance tools, including spectroscopic reflectometer, microspectrophotometer, microreflectometer, film thickness mapping system, simple desktop film thickness station, and automatic variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometers, offer a way to probe film stacks nondestructively and precisely. In addition, Angstrom Sun Technologies Inc. also delivers advanced analytical services for characterizing thin films, thick coatings and complicated layer stacks.
Angstrom Sun Technologies Inc. designs and manufactures all TFProbe tools in a facility located in Boston, USA. TFProbe tools are sold and distributed by international sales networks.
With performance and professional support as our mission, Angstrom has established a worldwide customer base since 2002, including well-known education institutions, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, such as NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Seoul National University, NanoTech Center (CESTM) at SUNY, Columbia University, Hewlett-Packard Co., Lockheed Martin Co., General Electric (GE), Corning Inc., Bell Laboratories, Johnson-Johnson, Mylan Technologies, Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology(SAIT), and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Thin Film Mapping Systems
Integrated In-line Metrology
Angstrom Scientific Inc. is a distributor and manufacturer’s representative, focused on providing characterization solutions to the nanotech marketplace in the Americas. Companies represented:
Provides surface analysis solutions in a number of key application areas.
Deben manufactures innovative accessories for SEM’s and TEM’s, along with a large range of in-situ tensile testing stages for use with Optical Microscopes, X-Ray CT and XRD systems.
DENSsolution is a leading supplier of top quality sample management solutions to enable atomic resolution, dynamic in-situ electron microscopy.
Encapsulix addresses the geometric scaling of critical Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) requirements for industrial & microelectronic devices and films. Initial process focus is in thin Al2O3, TiO2 and ZnO specifically for encapsulation and barrier coatings.
Hitachi Nanotechnology Systems Division:
Hitachi Nanotechnology Systems Division (NSD) supportscustomers with a wide range of instrumentation, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), analytical and biological transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dedicated STEM, Focused Ion Beam (FIB), tabletop microscopes, and microanalysis sample preparation systems.
Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd. provides metrology solutions for thin films based on novel, rapid, non-contacting and non-destructive X-ray technology.
Kleindiek Nanotechnik offers a new level of precision in manipulation, probing, and characterization of nano-materials and semiconductors
Mel-Build provides a wide verity of specialized holders for Transmission Electron Microscopes.
Microtrac strives to provide the materials characterization world with innovative, reliable, and repeatable particle size, particle shape, particle charge, and surface area analysis instrumentation.
XEI Scientific, Inc.provides an effective way to gently clean scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), focused ion beams (FIBs) and other vacuum systems.
Anton Paar TriTec SA (previously CSM Instruments) has been leader in the development of instruments for surface mechanical properties characterization for over 30 years in both research and industrial fields.
CSM Instruments develops, manufactures and sells instruments to characterize mechanical properties of surfaces. We have been the world leader in this market for more than 30 years, first under the name of LSRH then CSEM.
CSM Instruments provides equipment that allows the mechanical characterization of a wide range of surfaces and bulk materials. Adhesion of paints, optical thin films or hard coatings can be defined using one of our Scratch Testers. These span the nano to the macro range to analyze the widest range of materials. Dynamic testing measurements can be performed to define not only the hardness of the material, but also to evaluate the plastic and elastic deformation, the elasticity module, creep and much more. For wear testing we offer the Tribometer, based on the pin-on-disc principle that operates both in the Micro and Nano regime; to record the frictional coefficient and measure the wear volume. Other equipment measures film thickness. Additionally, CSM provides three dimensional viewing capabilities of sample surfaces under most testing regimes.
Coating Thickness by Calotest
NanoMaterials Ltd. (Apnano) was established in 2002 and after its acquisition in 2013 became a fully owned subsidiary of the leading American company Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc. (NIS). NanoMaterials specializes in development and production of inorganic, multi-layered nanofullerenes and nanotubes, based on exclusively patented platform technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
These tungsten disulfide (WS2) based nanomaterials opened up new possibilities for developing extreme performance lubricants, coatings and polymer composites. The composition and morphology of these materials create a unique mechanism of friction-induced tribofilm release. The exfoliated nanoparticles attach to working-surfaces, fill in wear crevices and coat working surfaces with a continuous super-lubrication layer. This “surface reconditioning” effect was instrumental in the successful development of NIS’s Corp, award winning NanoLub® family of Extreme Pressure (EP) Anti-Wear (AW) and Anti-Friction (AF) lubrication additives. The Company’s R&D department is involved in extensive research and testing for additional WS2 based applications in the field of lubricants, coatings and polymer composites for such industries as defense, mining and metalworking.
NanoMaterials’ inorganic nano-particles can be incorporated into polymer matrices to increase their strength and fracture toughness, and enhance their tribological and thermal properties.
NanoMaterials’ multi-layered WS? nano-particles tackle one of the key problems of carbon nano-tubes, which is high rates of defects and agglomeration that translate to problematic dispersability.
Brimrose Corporation is a globally focused high-tech company involved with acousto-optic technology and advanced materials R&D. A core Brimrose technology is AOTF-NIR (acousto-optic tunable filters-near infrared). Brimrose’s NIR spectrometers are based on AOTF. Brimrose has been a leader in miniaturizing and digitizing NIR spectrometers, including for PAT applications.
Brimrose Corporation is a globally focused high-tech company involved with acousto-optic technology and advanced materials R&D. A core Brimrose technology is AOTF-NIR (acousto-optic tunable filters-near infrared). Brimrose’s NIR spectrometers are based on AOTF. Brimrose has been a leader in miniaturizing and digitizing NIR spectrometers, including for PAT applications. Brimrose was chosen to develop space-qualified NIR analyzers as part of the Mars ROVER missions to investigate the surface and subsurface of that planet. The company also makes many AO components including AO modulators, AO tunable filters, RF drivers and frequency shifters for imaging and other applications. Brimrose also has done business with more than a dozen federal agencies, largely as part of its advanced materials’ program. Exciting work in thermo-electric power generation and radiation detection is leading to spinoff opportunities, as well.
Acousto-optic (AO) Components
Tunable Light Sources
Fiber-coupled AO Devices
COOKE VACUUM designs and manufactures a wide range of standard and custom high and ultrahigh vacuum systems intended for research and production. With five decades of experience, and thousands of units in the field, COOKE VACUUM has come to symbolize economy and versatility,
Cooke Vacuum Products was established in the late 1950’s during an exciting period of experimentation in vacuum technology, especially thin film coating and materials research. From the beginning, Cooke had to pioneer new applications and new tools for the emerging semiconductor and optical industries, and for the related research laboratories.
Over the next decades, Cooke continued to support R&D by developing pumping systems, resistance evaporation, electron-beam, sputtering, and plasma sources, often in close collaboration with customers. Vacuum environmental chambers were developed for the space industry, encapsulation and bake systems for early flat panel displays. New, and highly specialized equipment was made for the quartz crystal industry, as well as for production of printing foil, then holographic foil. We were there to make the first OLED systems, and the first glove-box processors.
Because of the emphasis on custom solutions, the company has remained relatively small, and is well-known for its ability to “engineer on demand” more than for volume production.
Thin Film Deposition: Thermal Resistance; Electron Beam; Sputter; PLD; OLED and Glove Box Systems.
Etch/Ash/Surface Treatment: Plasma Etch; Reactive Ion Etch; Surface Activation and Modification.
Test and Specials: Environmental Test; Space Simulators; Vacuum Ovens: Laser Die Attach.
For more than sixty five years Elcometer has been a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of inspection equipment to the coatings, concrete and metal detection industry.
Ever since the first Elcometer gauge was manufactured in 1947, our philosophy has been to provide industry leading, innovative, high quality products; supported by a best-in-class customer experience at a competitive price. By concentrating on these core values, Elcometer has grown into a global network with representation in over 70 countries.
With a range of products specifically developed to meet the needs of the coatings industry, Elcometer is well positioned to provide you with the solution to your inspection requirements – whatever and wherever they might be.
Surface Cleanliness and Profile
Moisture & Corrosion
RH, Dewpoint & Temperature
Oven Temperature Profile
Wet Film & Powder Thickness
Dry Film Thickness
Pinhole & Porosity
Physical Test Equipment:
Fineness of Grind
Drying Time & Permeability
Washability & Abrasion
Hardness & Scratch
Elasticity & Deformation
Extrel is the world’s leading manufacturer of Research and Process Mass Spectrometers, Residual Gas Analyzers (RGA’s), Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry Systems and Components.
Since 1964, Extrel’s instruments have been recognized for their exceptional performance, reliability and flexibility, and are complemented by the most comprehensive application, technical and on-site support in the industry. Providing solutions for the needs of today’s leading researchers from individual components to full all-in-one systems, Extrel works with their customers to deliver the best product for their needs.
Extrel’s focus on the serviceability of their instruments is second-to-none, delivering thorough and comprehensive technical support and service on a worldwide level through on-site and remote support. The company also provides in-depth training through their Support Schools, customer-site training, and Webinar Classes, allowing customers to build a training curriculum that is right for them. The company’s analytical and process instruments have been applied in both research and industry—used by Nobel Laureates and thousands of others in a variety of applications worldwide.
Scientists involved in the study of Materials Research are analyzing the surfaces, structures and properties of various materials for many industries. This requires the use of a Mass Spectrometer with not only high sensitivity and resolution, but also precise ionization control and energy analysis capabilities. Extrel provides the MAX and the MAX-LT Systems specifically designed for Materials Research applications. These systems enable the users to find contaminants and atomic scale defects, and provide information about the physical and electronic properties of a surface.