150V S Plus Sputter Coater

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The Q150V Plus is optimized for high-vacuum applications, with an ultimate vacuum of 1 x 10-6 mbar. Together with the use of a wide-range Penning/Pirani gauge, this enables the sputtering of oxidizing metals with ultra-fine grain sizes, which are suitable for high resolution imaging. The lower background pressure removes oxygen nitrogen and water vapor from the chamber, avoiding chemical reactions during the sputter process, which could otherwise lead to impurities or defects in the coatings. Similarly, lower scattering allows for high purity, amorphous carbon films of high density.

The Q150V Plus offers all the benefits of the Q150T Plus, but with a finer grain size and thinner coating, for ultra-high-resolution applications (above x 200,000 magnification).

Recommended applications for Q150V Plus

  • Ultra-high-resolution magnification SEM
  • Carbon coating of TEM grids
  • Protective platinum layers for FIB
  • R&D of corrosion-, friction-, and wear-protective layers
  • Protective layers on medical devices
  • BSE imaging
  • EDX, WDS, EBSD analysis
  • Carbon coating of replicas
  • Nano-technology e.g. Zeolites, polymer nanobrushes

These products are for Research Use Only.

Key Features

  • Ultimate vacuum of 1 x 10-6 mbar
  • New multi-color LED visual status indicator
  • 16 GB of flash memory can store more than 1000 recipes
  • New software sorts recipes per user according to recent use
  • Multiple-user profiles can be set up on one machine
  • New touch and swipe capacitive screen

Product Description

  • Q150V S Plus – An automatic sputter coater for oxidizing metals with ultra-fine grain size. Available sputtering targets include chromium, iridium and all noble metals.

These products are for Research Use Only.

Improved interface

  • Capacitive touch screen is more sensitive for ease of use
  • User interface software has been extensively revised, using a modern smartphone-style interface
  • Comprehensive context-sensitive help screen
  • USB interface allows easy software updates and backing up/copying of recipe files to USB stick
  • Process log files can be exported via USB port in .csv format for analysis in Excel or similar. Log files include date, time and process parameters.
  • 16GB of flash memory can store more than 1000 recipes
  • Dual-core ARM processor for a fast, responsive display

Allows multiple users to input and store coating recipes, with a new feature to sort recipes per user according to recent use.

Intelligent system logic automatically detects which insert is in place and displays the appropriate operating settings and controls for that process.

System prompts user to confirm target material and it then automatically selects appropriate parameters for that material.

Intuitive software allows the most inexperienced or occasional operator to rapidly enter and store their own process data. For convenience a number of typical sputtering and carbon coating profiles are already stored but also allows the user to create their own.

Software detects failure to achieve vacuum in a set period of time and shuts down the process in case of vacuum leak, which ensures pump protection from overheating.

Controlled ramped carbon rod evaporation

Careful evaporation allows precise control of carbon thickness (with or without the optional film thickness monitor). The quality of the resulting carbon films is also enhanced by the eradication of "sparking" that is a common feature of less advanced coaters.

For reproducible high-quality carbon films, we would recommend the use of shaped carbon rods. Rods are higher purity, less susceptible to debris and easier to control. Pulsed and ramped carbon rod recipes are supplied as standard.

Cool Magnetron Sputtering

Sputter coating is a technique widely used in various applications. It is possible to create a plasma and sputter metals with high voltage, poor vacuum and no automation. However, this is not suitable for electron microscopy applications because it will heat the sample and can result in damage when the plasma interacts with the sample. The Q150V Plus series uses low temperature enhanced-plasma magnetrons optimized for the rotary pump pressures, combined with low current and deposition control, which ensures your sample is protected and uniformly coated.

The Q150V S Plus and Q150V ES Plus use easy-change, 57 mm diameter, disc-style targets which are designed to sputter oxidizing and noble metals. The Q150V S Plus and Q150V ES Plus are fitted as standard with a chromium (Cr) sputter target. Other targets options include Au, Au/Pd, Pt/Pd, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ir, W, ITO and Al. Others are available on request.

Pulsed cleaning for Aluminum sputtering

Aluminum (Al) rapidly forms an oxide layer which can be difficult to remove, but the Q150V ES Plus & Q150V S Plus have special recipes for Al that reduce the oxide removal time and prevent excessive pre-sputtering of the target.

Interchangeable plug-in heads

This allows the user to configure the system as a sputter coater, evaporator or glow discharge system – all in one space saving format. A carbon cord evaporation insert is available as an option. Automatic detection of the head type when changed.

Detachable chamber with built-in implosion guard

Removable glass chamber and easily accessible base and top plate allows for an easy cleaning process. Users can rapidly change the chamber, if necessary, to avoid cross contamination of sensitive samples. Tall chamber option is available for carbon evaporation to avoid sample heating, improved uniformity for sputtering and to hold taller samples.

Multiple stage options

The Q150V Plus has specimen stages to meet most requirements. All are easy-change, drop-in style (no screws) and are height adjustable (except for the rotary planetary stage).

Some examples:

  • Rotation stage (supplied as standard): 50 mm Ø can accommodate six standard stubs. Height can be pre-set.
  • Rotate-tilt stage for improved uniform coating: 50 mm Ø. Tilt and height can be pre-set.
  • Variable angle, rotary planetary stage for heavily contoured samples.
  • Large flat rotation stage with offset gear box for 4"/100 mm wafers.
  • Rotation stage for glass microscope slides.

Other options are available on request.


The Q150V Plus meets key industry CE standards

  • All electronic components are protected by covers
  • Implosion guard prevents user injury in event of chamber failure
  • Vacuum interlocks remove power from deposition sources to prevent user exposure to high voltage in event of chamber being opened
  • Electrical interlocks remove power when source head cover opened
  • Overheating protection shuts down power supply


Instrument Case 585 mm W x 470 mm D x 410 mm H
Total height with coating head open is 650 mm
Weight 33.4 kg (Packed 42 kg)
Packed dimensions 725 mm W x 660 mm D x 680 mm H
Work Chamber Borosilicate glass 150 mm ID x 133 mm H
Display 115.5 mm W x 86.4 mm H (active area), 640 RGB x 480 (display format), capacitive touch color display
User Interface Full graphical interface with touch screen buttons. Includes features such as a log of the last 1000 coatings and reminders for when maintenance is due.
Sputter Target Disc-style 57 mm Ø 0.3 mm thick chromium (Cr) target is fitted as standard. V S and V ES versions only
Specimen Stage 50 mm Ø rotation stage with rotation speed of 8-20 rpm.
Other stages available on request.


Rotary pump 5m3/hr two-stage rotary pump with oil mist filter. Hydraulically-formed bellows stainless-steel backing line.
Turbo pump Internally mounted 70 L/s air-cooled
Vacuum measurement Wide range gauge
Ultimate Vacuum 1 x 10-6 mbar
Typical ultimate vacuum of the pumping system in a clean instrument after pre-pumping and venting with dry nitrogen gas.
Pump Down Time 5 x 10-6 mbar in 30 min
Typical ultimate vacuum of the pumping system in a clean instrument after pre-pumping and venting with dry nitrogen gas.
Sputter vacuum range Between 5 x 10-3 and 1 x 10-1 mbar for gold targets


Sputtering Sputter current 0-150 mA to a predetermined thickness (with optional FTM) or by the built-in timer. The maximum sputtering time is 60 minutes (without breaking vacuum and with automatically built-in cooling periods)
Evaporation Carbon evaporation using rods/cord. Thermal evaporation of metals from filaments or boats. For cleaning TEM apertures, a standard molybdenum boat (supplied) can be fitted.

Visual status indicator

A large multi-color status indicator light provides a visual indication of the state of the equipment, allowing users to easily identify the status of a progress at a distance.

The indicator LED shows the following states:

  • Initialization
  • Process running
  • Idle
  • Coating in progress
  • Process completed
  • Process ended in fault condition

Audio indication also sounds on completion of the process.

SKU: 5700
Pack: Each
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