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30 October 2007


University of Virginia orders Thomas Swan CCS MOCVD reactor

Aixtron AG of Aachen, Germany says that in its second quarter it received a purchase order for a Thomas Swan 3x2-inch Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) MOCVD reactor from the University of Virginia (UVa) in Charlottesville, VA, USA.

The system will be installed in the university’s recently completed, $43.4m, Wilsdorf Hall facility, and will be used to explore novel materials and structures for devices and circuits used in applications such as communications, imaging, spintronics, and medical diagnostics.

Head UVa’s MOCVD lab, Professor Archie Holmes, said: “Having the CCS system at UVa will enable researchers to create novel state-of-the-art materials and device structures using compound semiconductors. The design that the CCS reactor employs will help us reproducibly create these materials while keeping our operating costs low. While the creation of novel materials and devices is important for the research efforts at UVa, CCS also provides a pathway to having these ideas commercialized. Another important advantage of the CCS system is that the technology used in our research reactors is the same being used in production systems. This enables us to train future scientists and engineers on equipment that they will use in the field. It also provides an easier path for important research breakthroughs to be transferred to the corporate world.”

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