To meet the rapidly growing demands to lower cost per watt in the photovoltaic industry, AEM Deposition is actively promoting planar and rotary sputtering targets for thin films PV (TFPV) energy applications. Focusing on CIGS, a-Si (amorphous silicon) and CdTe thin films solar module manufacturers, AEM Deposition has been developing and successfully producing custom sputtering targets in molybdenum (Mo) alloys along with its other core competency materials: Tantalum (Ta), niobium (Nb) and tungsten (W).
- Sputtering Targets for Thin Film PV
- Rotary and Planar Targets
- Molybdenum: CIGS and CdTe
Committed to the research and development of thin films, AEM Deposition has invested in state-of-the-art laboratories for material processing and thin films. Our facilities include a Thin Film Materials Lab equipped with sputtering tools plus the supporting equipment for testing film characteristics.
AEM Deposition is one of the world’s largest producers of molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum and niobium metals, and fabricated products with a robust vertically integrated supply chain for supplying sputter targets for thin film coatings applications. Manufacturing facilities produce a broad range of sputtering target materials in all configurations.
1. Highest Quality Sputtering Materials
- High Purity, Low Fe, Ni, Cr
- Fully dense
- Chemical and metallurgical uniformity
2. Planar Sputtering Targets
- High purity
- Dimensional precision and tight tolerance
3. Rotary Sputtering Targets
- Extruded monolithic rotary target configurations
- Highest powder densities and deposition rates
- Extended target life and material utilization
- Unitary sleeves for bonded rotary targets
- Integrated manufacturing “under one roof”
One of the world’s largest producers of molybdenum powders, as well as tungsten and tantalum, AEM Deposition is vertically integrated with expertise in reducing, pressing and sintering these high performance materials and finishing them for market. To produce planar and rotary targets, high purity molybdenum oxide (MoO3)is reduced to metal and processed for either rolling or extrusion then finished to the customer specifications. Extruded targets from AEM Deposition offer superior sputtering performance being virtually fully dense and having extremely low oxygen levels.
AEM Deposition has production capabilities that surpass most of its competitors with its world class extrusion facilities and its 5,000 metric ton direct extrusion press. AEM Deposition can produce molybdenum rotary targets with inside diameters of 125 mm (monolithic) and 135 mm (bonded) applications in molybdenum up through the current largest rotary target requirement. Tantalum, niobium, molybdenum and other materials are also produced in planar or rotary form. Targets in lengths of 4 m (or more) can be produced per customer specification.
AEM Deposition provides competent service and knowledgeable expertise to assist and guide our customers in choosing the best solution for all refractory metal applications.