Here are some photographs of Vacuum Training
Systems in use. If you have photos of your vacuum training apparatus,
commercial or homebrew, and are willing to share, please let me know via the
The polytechnics in Singapore have made a
substantial investment in vacuum education. The picture above shows me at
Temasek Polytechnic in December, 1999 completing the installation of several
MKS Instruments Vacuum Training Systems. In attendance were faculty, students
and officials from the Education Ministry.
Shown above is the installation at Hillsborough
Community College in a session conducted around 2000. Standing with the Santa
tie is Dr. Richard Gilbert.
This shot was taken in the late 1990s at J.
Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. Here we were conducting a
training session for faculty from across Virginia. Back to is Dr. Richard
Gilbert, this time without the tie (or any tie). With him is Dr. Marilyn
Barger. Marilyn and Richard are both faculty at the University of South Florida
and are very active is Advanced Technology Education.
Here is a very happy looking (in spite of his
coming down with the flu) Bob Decker with his new VPAL-A in his workshop at
Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. Bob had just taken possession of
the prototype hot wire evaporation chamber. Bob's educational program is
focussed on nanotechnology. This photo dates from late winter
Back in Singapore in August 2008, here is a picture
taken in the plasma training lab at Republic Polytechnic. Republic has 5 PPTS
plasma trainers and 5 VTS-1B vacuum trainers. At the front, right is Dr. Yang
Hong of the academic staff. Behind her in the blue shirt is Chong Phow Loong,
the program chair. I am at the back left with Andy Tan of MKS Singapore.
Here is another photo of Republic's PPTS-1A
installation. Each of the systems is equipped with an MKS/ENI VI Probe (the
sensor is the little gray box at the very top of the cathode stalk), a nifty
device that shows the plasma impedance and other parameters. The software
incorporates a Smith chart display.