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Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2015-06-16

The present disclosure discusses a power delivery system, and methods of operation, configured to monitor characteristics of a generator, a match network, and a plasma load, via one or more sensors, and control these components via a local controller in order to improve power delivery accuracy and consistency to the plasma load. Control can be based on a unified monitoring of power characteristics in the power delivery system as well as variations between components and even non-electrical characteristics such as plasma density, end point, and spectral components of plasma light emission, to name a few.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2015-06-16

This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for capacitively coupling energy into a plasma to ignite and sustain the plasma within a remote plasma source. The power is provided by a first electrode that at least partially surrounds or is surrounded by a second electrode. The second electrode can be grounded or floating. First and second dielectric components can be arranged to separate one or both of the electrodes from the plasma and thereby DC isolate the plasma from one or both of the electrodes.


This disclosure describes a non-dissipative snubber circuit configured to boost a voltage applied to a load after the loads impedance rises rapidly. The voltage boost can thereby cause more rapid current ramping after a decrease in power delivery to the load which results from the load impedance rise. In particular, the snubber can comprise a combination of a unidirectional switch, a voltage multiplier, and a current limiter. In some cases, these components can be a diode, voltage doubler, and an inductor, respectively.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-03-10

This disclosure describes a remote plasma source, a gas input manifold, and related methods of making and using. In some examples, a remote plasma source is provided with a plasma chamber, a gas input manifold, and an output region. The remote plasma source also has means for introducing a gas into the plasma chamber, the means for introducing configured to impart a radial velocity and a longitudinal velocity on the gas, relative to a longitudinal axis through the remote plasma source.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-11-02

A pulsed direct current sputtering system and method are disclosed. The system has a plasma chamber with two targets, two magnetrons and one anode, a first power source, and a second power source. The first power source is coupled to the first magnetron and the anode, and provides a cyclic first-power-source voltage with a positive potential and a negative potential during each cycle between the anode and the first magnetron. The second power source is coupled to the second magnetron and the anode, and provides a cyclic second-power-source voltage. The controller phase-synchronizes and controls the first-power-source voltage and second-power-source voltage to apply a combined anode voltage, and phase-synchronizes a first magnetron voltage with a second magnetron voltage, wherein the combined anode voltage applied to the anode has a magnitude of at least 80 percent of a magnitude of a sum of the first magnetron voltage and the second magnetron voltage.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-02-29

This disclosure describes a non-dissipative snubber circuit configured to boost a voltage applied to a load after the loads impedance rises rapidly. The voltage boost can thereby cause more rapid current ramping after a decrease in power delivery to the load which results from the load impedance rise. In particular, the snubber can comprise a combination of a unidirectional switch, a voltage multiplier, and a current limiter. In some cases, these components can be a diode, voltage doubler, and an inductor, respectively.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-04-11

Systems and methods for arc handling in plasma processing operations are disclosed. The method includes providing current with a power supply to a plasma load at a first voltage polarity and energizing an energy storage device so when it is energized, the energy storage device applies a reverse polarity voltage that has a magnitude that is as least as great as the first voltage polarity. When an arc is detected, power is applied from the energy storage device to the plasma load with a reverse polarity voltage that has a polarity that is opposite of the first voltage polarity, the application of the reverse polarity voltage to the plasma load decreases a level of the current that is provided to the plasma load.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2015-07-24

A system and method for single magnetron sputtering are described. One example includes a system having a power supply, a plasma chamber enclosing a substrate, an anode, and a target for depositing a thin film material on the substrate. This example also has a datastore with uncoated anode characterization data and an anode sputtering adjustment system including an anode analysis component to generate a first health value. The first health value is indicative of whether the anode is coated with a dielectric material. This example also has an anode power controller to receive the first health value and provide an anode-energy-control signal to the pulse controller of the pulsed DC power supply to adjust a second anode sputtering energy relative to a first anode sputtering energy to eject at least a portion of the dielectric material from the anode.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-01-20

This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatuses for extinguishing electrical arcs in a plasma processing chamber. Once an arc is detected, the steady state voltage provided to the plasma processing chamber can be reduced, and the current being provided to the chamber decays below a steady state value as the arc is extinguished. When the current falls to or below a current threshold, the voltage can be ramped back up bringing the voltage and current back to steady state values. This technique enables power to return to a steady state level faster than traditional arc mitigation techniques.


Patent
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-03-21

A generator and method for tuning the generator are disclosed. The method includes setting the frequency of power applied by the generator to a current best frequency and sensing a characteristic of the power applied by the generator. A current best error based upon the characteristic of the power is determined, and the frequency of the power at the current best frequency is maintained for a main-time-period. The frequency of the power is then changed to a probe frequency and maintained at the probe frequency for a probe-time-period, which is less than the main-time-period. The current best frequency is set to the probe frequency if the error at the probe frequency is less than the error at the current best frequency.

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