TOPICS

TF1. Advances in epitaxial growth, S1, PI
TF2. Computer modeling of thin film growth, S2, PI
TF3. Films for magnetic and magneto-optical recording, S6, PI
TF4. Films for  optical applications, S3, S4, S7, PII
TF5. In situ diagnostics of thin films, S2, PI
TF6. Large area film deposition, S3, PII
TF7. Mechanical properties and stresses, S9, S11, PI
TF8. Plasma enhaced film deposition, S14, PI
TF9. Oxide films: ferroelectrics and superconductors, S6, S13, PI
TF10. Structure evolution during film growth, S9, S11, PI
TF11. Structure-property relationship in thin films, S5, S8, S10,S12,S15, PIII
TF12. Hard and protective coatings, S16, PII
 
 

General content of the areas included in topics TF1 to TF12.

DEPOSITION TECHNIQUES

Process control. Process simulation. In-situ process diagnostics. PVD : evaporation,  cathodic arc,  sputtering. MBE, CVD, MOCVD, LPCVD. Laser, plasma and ion-assisted techniques.

THIN FILM CHARACTERIZATION

Mechanical properties. Stress analysis. Elastic and plastic deformation. Adhesion. Fracture.  Nondestructive in-situ characterization: Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, laser related techniques, electron diffraction and electron microscopy.

ADVANCED MATERIALS INCLUDING BIOMATERIALS

Production and new technologies for: boron nitride, carbon nitride, diamond and related materials. Optical and industrial applications. New technologies for biomaterial surfaces. Biosensors.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS OF THIN FILMS OF ADVANCED MATERIALS

Highlighted in this session is the industrial use of advanced thin films. New developments in equipment and instrumentation. Wear resistance.  Microelectronics. Thin films for energy conversion. Future needs for specific applications. Companies are invited to present the latest development of their equipments. 

THIN FILMS FOR SENSORS

Thin film sensors and active devices. Sensors for industrial process control and measurements. Applications to medicine and environmental control. Automotive and space industries.

MULTILAYERS AND GRADED COATINGS

Deposition, characterization and properties of multilayered coatings. Nano-scale and multilayer films. Graded coatings.

THIN OXIDE FILMS

Characterization and properties. Magnetic properties of nanoscale systems. Read head technology.  Ferromagnetic alloys. Magnetic superlattices. Superconducting films.

OPTICAL COATINGS

New materials and applications. High emission coatings. Multipurpose  coatings. Micro machining and photonics.  Protective and graded  optical coatings. Coatings for automotive industries.  Coatings for passive and active optical and optoelectric applications.

FUNDAMENTALS OF THIN FILM GROWTH

Thin film microstructure evolution. In-situ thin film formation monitoring. Nucleation and growth: metals and semiconductors. Theoretical modeling.

HARD  AND PROTECTIVE COATINGS

This session will focus on the fundamentals of vapor deposition technologies and on the properties as well as performance of hard coatings.

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