Steve's Vacuum Technology & Coating Articles

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I began writing the Guides to Vacuum Technology column in Vacuum Technology & Coating in early 2009. For the first couple of years I shared the column with my friend and former collegue Luke Hinkle. However, Luke was in the process of embarking on a very different venture so I wrote the bulk of the columns and eventually he disappeared from the by-line.

The list below consists of my published articles. Each link goes to the first page of the article as it appears in the on line edition of the magazine on the magazine's website. This way you don't have to search each issue to find the article. I do suggest that you also browse through each issue as there are many articles that are applicable to the amateur vacuumist or educator.
Note: As of 1/30/2012 there are still some issues with the links to issues prior to July 2011 from the VT&C main page but the links below have been verified.
April 2009
Mixing it Up: Part 1 - Gas Delivery & Pressure Control in Process Vacuum Systems
May 2009
Mixing it Up: Part 2 - Gas Delivery & Pressure Control in Process Vacuum Systems
June 2009
The Orifice (Not Just Another Hole): From Mass Flow to Shock Waves
July 2009
Pressure Measurement Realities: What you see is not necessarily what you've got
August 2009
Vapor Pressure: Working for us or against us?
October 2009
Calibration: Part 1 - Practices and Pitfalls
November 2009
Calibration: Part 2 - Practices and Pitfalls
December 2009
Calibration: Part 3 - Practices and Pitfalls
January 2010
Mass Flow Meters and Controllers
February 2010
Use and Care of Mass Flow Controllers
April 2010
Residual Gas Analyzers for Process Monitoring: Part 1 - Basics
May 2010
Residual Gas Analyzers for Process Monitoring: Part 2 - Integration with Vacuum Systems
June 2010
Residual Gas Analyzers for Process Monitoring: Part 3 - Applying RGAs to Process Systems
July 2010
Traps: If you think you can't be baffled, you might fall into a trap
August 2010
Traps Gone Wild: When Traps become Pumps
September 2010
Getters and Getter Pumps: Sometimes Vacuum Work Requires the Gentle Approach to "Get'er Done"
October 2010
Sublimation and Ion Pumps
November 2010
The Evolution of the Sensor
December 2010
Taming the Pumpdown: Vacuum is clean, getting there is the challenge
January 2011
Vacuum and the Common Man: Explaining the mysteries of vacuum to the unitiated
February 2011
When Good Gauges Tell Lies: Part 1 - Understanding how gauges operate is key to not being fooled by them
March 2011
When Good Gauges Tell Lies: Part 2 - Understanding how gauges operate is key to not being fooled by them
April 2011
In with the Good Air, Out with the Bad: Part 1 - The Good Air; Gas Delivery to the Chamber
May 2011
In with the Good Air, Out with the Bad: Part 2 - More Bad Air; Handling the Chamber Exhaust Gases
June 2011
In with the Good Air, Out with the Bad: Part 3, More Bad Air; Handling the Exhaust Nasties
July 2011
Boyle's Law and the Pump Down: Incremental Vacuum
August 2011
Measuring Pump Performance: Pump Speed Techniques and Calculations
September 2011
Speed, Pressure and Throughput: Part 1 - System Diagnostics
October 2011
Speed, Pressure and Throughput: Part 2 - Managing Gas Flow in High Vacuum Systems
November 2011
Speed, Pressure and Throughput: Part 3 - Automating the Pressure Control Process
December 2011
Speed, Pressure and Throughput: Part 4 - Outgassing and Base Pressure
January 2012
Speed, Pressure and Throughput: Part 5 - Leaks and Gas Flow in Leak Detection
February 2012
"Traditional" Approaches to Pressure Control
March 2012
When Size Matters: Calibrated Leaks
April 2012
Hot Wires and Fast Molecules: A Different Look at Pirani Gauges
May 2012
Going to Extremes: Exploring the upper and lower bounds of the Pirani gauge's response
June 2012
Pulse Valves and Applications: From RGA Calibration and Popular Mechanics to ALD
July 2012
Valve Conductance: What's Behind the Specifications
August 2012
The Vacuum Way Back Machine: A Look at How it Was in the Early Days
September 2012
A Visit to the Vacuum Graveyard: Antique and obsolete gauges...

Other Articles Published in VT&C

The following are in PDF format.
A Primer on Vacuum Pressure Measurements, May 2009
Vacuum Equipment for Education, March 2010

 
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