Many products commonly used today have a coating created through sputtering targets. These coatings include:
Sputtering targets are used to produce low-radiation coated glass also known as Low-E glass which is commonly used in building construction because of its ability to save energy, control light, and for aesthetics.
Solar Cell Coating
Demands for renewable energy are on the rise. Third generation, thin-film solar cells are prepared using sputter coating technology.
These versatile coatings each have different applications for which they are best suited. our most common including:
Used as a barrier layer on silicon wafers for semiconductor production, tantalum is used in all modern electronics. Cell phones, DVD and Blu-ray players, laptops, automobile electronics and even gaming consoles contain tantalum.
Commonly used in electronics, niobium has similar properties to tantalum. Niobium is corrosion resistant due to its oxide film and is a considered a superconductor.
Found in a wide variety of conventional products including watches, laptops, and bicycles, titanium is lightweight and corrosion resistant. This material is often used for wear-resistance and aesthetic design, but may also be used for semiconductors and optical coatings.
Tungsten thin films are a decorative coating widely used for their thermal, physical, and mechanical properties such as a high melting point and thermal conductivity.
Having a lower density and consistent pricing, this element can be used in place of tungsten and is commonly used to coat solar panel cells.
This target material is most generally used in the production of silicon solar cells.