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The Bright Future Of Renewable Energy

The Daily Star
Are the days of flat solar panels that we are so used to seeing over? Not yet, say the scientists. Even though smart technologies and new methods of harvesting energy are being added regularly, the solar panel will be with us for some time. One smart device that has attracted attention is the thin film technology.

Paper-Thin 3D Printed Solar Cells To Provide Affordable Electricity For Unlit Rural Areas
Thanks to a recent surge of interest surrounding various alternative energy sources and technologies, including Elon Musk's announcement of a Tesla home battery, we've been seeing a number of new technologies that make harnessing these energies easier and more powerful than ever before — and many of them were created thanks to various additive manufacturing techniques.

New Lenses Grown Layer-By-Layer Increase X-Ray Power
When you're working with the brightest X-ray light source in the world, it's crucial that you make use of as many of the photons produced as possible. That's why physicists Hanfei Yan and Nathalie Bouet at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) are developing new lenses that focus X-ray beams to smaller spot sizes made up of more photons for better imaging resolution.

Can Head Up Displays Really Improve Driver Safety ?
Car makers offer some interesting equipment options that are said to increase driving safety. One of those features is a head up display, which shows the driver essential information, such as the speed and turn-by-turn directions, without having to take the eyes off the road.


Nickel Evaporation
Nickel has two characteristics that occur during thermal evaporation that can complicate the deposition process. These difficulties are:
    No. 1: Ni is very corrosive when molten and will eat through (alloy with) most materials and;

    No. 2: Ni is very aggressive and will migrate out of the evaporation area.
The good news is that there are a few ways to manage these difficulties that can result in a successful and repeatable evaporation process.

For small amounts of Ni evaporation, you can consider using a tungsten basket made from stranded tungsten wire. These baskets are inexpensive, easy to use and only require low power (20-30 amps). The downside of these baskets is that they will have a limited lifetime. Another good choice would be to use our “alumina coated tungsten baskets”. These operate at the same low power levels, have a longer lifetime and help to control the behavior of the Ni. These parts were designed for the evaporation of Ni. This would be our first recommendation.

These parts can be found on our website by clicking on "shop online," and then select alumina coated sources. They are the first item listed in this section. If you have question about the use of these parts or the best evaporation technique for your specific material, please send us an email or give us a call.

The Evaporator

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Long Beach, Ca 90809-2916
Telephone (562) 426-7049
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