This is our latest news and Tech Tips about ion beam sources.

Ion beam sources can be used for sputtering material or etch.  The ion beam source works when a discharge, or plasma, is created inside the source.  Ions inside the source are contained using a discharge chamber.  The plasma is created using an RF antenna attached to a matching network and generator.  The ion beam grids or grid assembly is connected to extract the ion beam and it functions to direct the beam towards the target or substrate.

The ion beam source is operated using our IBEAM power supply.  This power supply has a beam module to control the ion energy (voltage) and dose (beam current).  The accelerator module controls the ion trajectories.  The RF module establishes the plasma and the RFN module connects to the neutralizer.

The latest news and tech tips will provide information to keep your ion beam source operating smoothly.

From 1974 until 2000, Ion Tech Veeco Kaufman manufactured different ion beam sources. Kaufman ion sources are similar but have different grids.  Some of our products are compatible with these legacy sources.

July 2022 Newsletter

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July 2022

Some Exciting News

We are reaching out to our Plasma Process Group customers with an opportunity to increase your productivity. Plasma Process Group founder Brett Buchholtz started a sister company “Plasma Optik”to help support optical coating companies like yours. 

Plasma Optik is now ITAR compliant and offering optical coating services using ion beam deposition. They can assist you with coating backlogs and other research and development needs.  Please visit their website for more information at

Jim Kraus is our Senior Coating and Sales Development Engineer who will get the ball rolling on your next project. Jim comes to Plasma Optik with a broad background in optical coating design, optical coating systems and coating process development. He will be ready to take on your next project or special coating needs immediately. Please contact him with questions at [email protected] to see how he can help you.

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Focus On Quality
Plasma Process Group as with all manufacturers, is always trying to improve. Even the smallest of improvements can have a big impact on your end product’s life, reliability and operation. We started years ago when we began as a company. As an example, one important component required for neutralization of our RF ion sources, was the RFN gas isolator.

Previous designs had a high failure rate. When RFN’s were being reassembled, they would break. Though not considered a consumable, the gas isolator was originally designed with a threaded tube end that would crack and even break off while tightening the collector nut during reassembly. Today, with improvements to this component’s design and manufacturing processes, this part was drastically improved. Quality is, and always will be an important to part of our business at Plasma Process Group. 

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Our Newest Ion Source
In case you missed it, we now offer a large 23 cm ion source for some large area applications. It can be purchased with 33 cm or 20 cm focal length divergent grids offering flexibility to meet your requirements. This ion source can help with your thin film quality in a variety of systems and applications. If you are building a new E-Beam system or just updating your old one, we can help you achieve those more challenging coating specifications that have become more critical in today’s thin film world. Call us with your questions and ask us how we can help you add this large area ion source to your system.
Call us now for your ion beam equipment needs at

May 2022 Newsletter

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May 2022

We Hope You Enjoyed The Course
We'd like to send a special thank you out to all who took the time to attend our Ion Beam Technology course held at the SVC show in Long Beach, California this year. It was great to see you there. We hope that the course was informative and beneficial to you.

The technology is unique, but it offers great opportunities in a variety of industries. If you attended the course to gain more knowledge about ion beam, this was the right course to attend. Brett Buchholtz has been a
pivotal ion beam expert for many years and was happy to share his experience with you. We look forward to more conversations with you throughout 2022 and beyond.  
We're Getting Busier By The Day
We would like to welcome all our brand-new customers this year and are so happy to support them and see things improving over recent months with regard to business activity both in country and abroad. We hope the trend continues with us, and more importantly, for our customers. 

Over the past year it has been very difficult to get a handle on lead times and material shortages because of the
ever-changing supply chain issues that seem to be affecting every one of us in some way or another. Thankfully we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel as our lead times seem to have stabilized.

As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, be sure to keep us in mind if you are trying to stay ahead of the curve with component spares and ion beam equipment for upgrades and systems. We hope to have you covered.

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We've Got A New Resource For You

For systems that require a large, broad ion beam, we now offer a 23 cm ion source. This ion source can help with your ion beam assisted deposition film quality. Converting your evaporative system into an IBAD system will help you achieve more challenging coating specifications that have become more critical in todays thin film world. Call us with your questions and ask us how we can help you add this large area ion source to your system.

Haven't heard about us? Please check out our
website for more details on this ion source and many other state of the art ion beam source products we  manufacture.

If you are working on new and emerging technologies, we are here to help you by adding ion beam your process. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would certainly like the opportunity to help you on your next big project. Give us a call.
Call us now for your ion beam equipment needs at

Please visit our website at Plasma Process Group. Contact our Sales Manager  Dan Bouillez  today.
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March 2022 Newsletter

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March 2022

Thanks To All Of You
We’d like to send a special thank you out to all of you at SPIE 2022 for taking the time to stop and say hello to us at the Photonics West show in January. We had a blast! It was great to see many of our long-time colleagues and meet many new folks who had come by for the first time. Your presence was greatly appreciated, and we look forward to more conversations throughout 2022.  
Get Ahead Of The Supply Chain Curve
Our General Manager, Linda, and her crew are working diligently to make sure we have limited disruption of critical parts from our vendors. We are seeing a wide range of supply chain issues with new ones cropping up daily. However, our current inventories are healthy, and we are ordering for the future.  

Please let our sales team know your annual demand requirements and we’ll do all we can to try to keep the lead-times and costs down for any mission critical hardware you might require. Be sure to get ahead of the curve. 

Improved Beam Estimator
Interested in seeing an ion beam profile that meets your requirements? Checkout our new and improved “Beam Estimator
We recently updated our ion beam profile estimator.  This handy tool allows you to input ion beam conditions including a downstream location.  An estimated beam profile is plotted which can be downloaded to a CSV file for your own use.  

Beam profiles are an excellent method for determining etch and wear patterns.  They can also be used to predict sputter target life.  This
web-based tool is located in our Learning Center or by clicking here: Graphing Calculator 
Below is a typical profile from a 16 cm source with 3 focal point grids.  The current density in mA/cm^2 is plotted against radial position for a location 30 cm downstream.  Give our estimator a try to see what shape your ion beam may be!”  

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Call us now for your ion beam equipment needs at

Please visit our website at Plasma Process Group. Contact our Sales Manager  Dan Bouillez  to set up a time to discuss your ion source needs with us while you visit.  
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