This year’s Society of Vacuum Coaters Technical Conference was certainly as focused on vacuum deposition as it has been over the years, but we were delighted by the new emphasis placed on solar cell fabrication. As I mentioned before , one of our key topics was thermal evaporation material - although we also presented on the topics of nano-bonding sputtering targets and the availability of indium and gallium. Along with these topics, the audience was treated to themes of cell fabrication, increasing solar cell efficiency, and roll-to-roll processing.
At the show, we had a chance to discuss new ideas with many of our existing and potential customers. Improved throughput and eliminating alloy segregation were hot topics at the Indium booth. Many customers wanted to learn more about CIGS materials like indium forms for evaporation, or full-size Cu-Ga, CIG, & In rotary targets for magnetron sputtering.
2011 raised the bar for the Society of Vacuum Coaters Tech Convention, I can’t wait for the 2012 event to top it!