Live from PSE 2014: 14th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering

Thin Films

This week I’m at the 14th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2014). This conference is held every two years in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain peak. This conference attracts many leading researchers and innovators from around the world, all applying plasma technology to change properties of surfaces.

The conference program includes presentations from industry leaders, corporate and government research and development laboratories, and manufacturers of components and systems. The one thing the presentations have in common is plasma, used to modify surface properties in some way. This could include applying a thin-film coating to the surface or etching part of the surface away. It is also possible to modify the bond structure at the surface to make it hydrophilic or hydrophobic.

So the presentations have plasma in common. And plasmas have one thing in common: power. They need a source of power, typically electrical. That’s where AE comes in. AE manufactures precision power supplies to drive most plasma surface modification processes. There are RF and DC supplies for driving the plasma itself, power controller modules (PCMs) for driving heating elements included in many systems, and high-voltage power supplies for a variety of uses. You can learn more about our Precision PowerTM solutions here.

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