11 August 2022
Penn State orders another Veeco GENxplor R&D MBE system for opto materials research
Epitaxial deposition and process equipment maker Veeco Instruments Inc of Plainview, NY, USA has received an order from the Pennsylvania State University for its GENxplor R&D molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system, to be used to enable the epitaxial growth of high-quality III-V compound semiconductor materials for applications including lasers and next-generation infrared plasmonic meta-materials.
Penn State purchased the GENxplor system for its capability to produce exceptional quality epitaxial films, according to professor Stephanie Law. “As a researcher familiar with the performance of Veeco’s GENxplor R&D system, this was an easy decision to add this system to our research facility,” says Law. “The reliable design and superior technology of the GENxplor system will no doubt strengthen our efforts to drive significant advancements in meta-material and long-wavelength photonics research.”
The GENxplor system deposits high-quality epitaxial layers on substrates up to 3-inch in diameter. Its efficient single-frame design combines all vacuum hardware with on-board electronics to make it up to 40% smaller than other MBE systems, it is reckoned, saving valuable lab space. Through Veeco’s MBE engineering expertise, design optimizations have made the GENxplor platform a capable research system that is tailored to meet the unique challenges of compound semiconductor material R&D. Its modular design supports existing research while enabling the integration of new materials and capabilities in the future.
“Since its introduction, the GENxplor has enabled essential compound semiconductor research at the top universities, such as Penn State, and institutions around the world,” notes Matthew Marek, senior director of marketing & site leader for Veeco’s MBE Group. “This second endorsement from professor Law further solidifies the GENxplor as the leading R&D MBE system in the industry.”