Vacuum Technology Division

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

Recent Winners of VTD Shop Note Award


  • Yoshihide Watanabe, Yusaku F. Nishimura, Ryo Suzuki, Hiromitsu Uehara, Tomoyuki Nimura, Atsushi Beniya, Noritake Isomura, Kiyotaka Asakura and Satoru Takakusagi, “Portable ultrahigh-vacuum sample storage system for polarization-dependent total-reflection fluorescence x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 34 (2), 023201 (2016); doi: 10.1116/1.4936344


  • James A. Fedchak, Julia Scherschligt,` Makir Sefa, and Nicholas Phandinh, “Buidling a spring-transport package for spinning rotor gauges,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 33 (3), 033201 (2015); doi: 10.1116/1.4916593


  • Adrian Hemmi, Huanyao Cun, Silvan Roth, Jürg Osterwalder, and Thomas Greber, "Low cost photoelectron yield setup for surface process monitoring," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 32 (2), 023202 (2014); doi: 10.1116/1.4866095


  • Seong Heon Kim and Alex de Lozanne, “Magnetically coupled ultrahigh vacuum manipulator with a sample grabber,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31 (1), 013201 (2013); doi: 10.1116/1.4769127


  • James K. Schoelz, Peng Xu, Steven D. Barber, Dejun Qi, Matthew L. Ackerman, Gobind Basnet, Cameron T. Cook, and Paul M. Thibado, "High-percentage success method for preparing and pre-evaluating tungsten tips for atomic-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 30 (3), 033201 (2012); doi: 10.1116/1.3701977


  • No award


  • Donald A. Chernoff and Robert Sherman, "Resurrecting dirty atomic force microscopy calibration standards," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28 (3), 643 (2010); doi:10.1116/1.3388847


  • Hye-Young Kim, Kang Ho Lee, Gyu-Tae Kim, Woun Kang, and Kyung-Jin Lee, “Fabrication of oxidation-free contacts to nanopatterned Permalloy structures," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 27 (6), 2487 (2009); doi:10.1116/1.3263264


  • Jeffrey S. Tharp, David J. Shelton, Samuel L. Wadsworth, and Glenn D. Boreman, "Electron-beam lithography of multiple-layer submicrometer periodic arrays on a barium fluoride substrate," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 26 (5), 1821 (2008); doi:10.1116/1.2966431


  • Wang Ke-Fan, Shen Zhong-Lan, Xu Peng-Shou, Pan Hai-Bin, Zou Chong-Wen, and Liu Jin-Feng, “Simple designs to avoid high-voltage discharge in a silicon electron beam-heating cell,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 25 (3), 629 (2007); doi:10.1116/1.2731355


  • Cristiano Albonetti, Massimiliano Cavallini, Massimiliano Massi, Jean François Moulin, and Fabio Biscarini, “Electrochemical fabrication of cobalt and nickel tips for scanning tunneling microscopy,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 23 (6), 2564 (2005); doi:10.1116/1.2131873


  • Nicholas F. Materer and Tyler Watt, "Temperature programmer for surface science studies with application to semiconductor surfaces," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 20 (2), 572 (2002); doi:10.1116/1.1432964


  • D. L. Miller and N. T. Moshegov, "All-metal ultrahigh vacuum optical fiber feedthrough," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 19 (1), 386 (2001); doi:10.1116/1.1322649


  • Adam Lapicki, Kevin J. Boyd, and Scott L. Anderson, "Kinematic sample mounting system for accurate positioning of transferrable samples," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 18 (5), 2603 (2000); doi:10.1116/1.1289698


  • M. C. Polo, N. Ferrer, M. Romero, J. Pérez, M. Quevedo, and F. Vilardell, "A new and simple variable-angle accessory for infrared specular reflectance," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 17 (1), 319 (1999); doi:10.1116/1.581588


  • No award


  • T. Gannon and P. R. Watson, "An easily constructed high voltage power supply for electrostatic ion beam lensing and deflection optics," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 15 (5), 2820 (1997); doi:10.1116/1.580831


  • No award


  • G. S. Dong, Y. Chen, M. Zhang, and X. Jin, “Simple design of electron beam evaporators for 3d transition metals,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 13 (1), 159 (1995); doi:10.1116/1.579434


  • G. Navrotski, “Construction of brazed Be windows for ultrahigh vacuum use,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 12 (1), 262 (1994); doi:10.1116/1.578896


  • U. Bischler and E. Bertel, “Simple source of atomic hydrogen for ultrahigh vacuum applications,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 11 (2), 458 (1993); doi:10.1116/1.578754


  • No Award


  • J. Simpson and J. O. Williams, “Novel system for maintaining window cleanliness in pulsed laser photochemical deposition reactors,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 10 (2), 411 (1992); doi:10.1116/1.578067


  • Berend T. Jonker, “A compact flange-mounted electron beam source,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 8 (5), 3883 (1990); doi:10.1116/1.576466


  • D. A. Steigerwald and William F. Egelhoff Jr., “Two simple metal vapor deposition sources for downward evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 7 (5), 3123 (1989); doi:10.1116/1.576325


  • A. P. Jardine, M. Ahmad, R. J. McClelland, and J. M. Blakely, “A simple ultrahigh vacuum shape memory effect shutter mechanism,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 6 (5), 3017 (1988); doi:10.1116/1.575471


  • G. L. Fowler, “Coaxial helium leak detection probe,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 5 (3), 390 (1987); doi:10.1116/1.574170


  • J. P. Saint-Germain, G. Abel, and B. L. Stansfield, “A system for automatic ventilation of a turbomolecular pump,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 4 (5), 2391 (1986); doi:10.1116/1.574084


  • R. A. Langley, “Correction of a vacuum design fault in leak detectors,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 3 (5), 2040 (1985); doi:10.1116/1.572924


  • B. Bellamy and C. Colomer, “A UHV compatible and miniaturized evaporator used as a controlled source of high melting point metal vapor,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 2 (4), 1604 (1984); doi:10.1116/1.572480


  • R. A. A. Kubiak, W. Y. Leong, R. M. King, and E. H. C. Parker, “On baking a cryopumped UHV system,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 1 (4), 1872 (1983); doi:10.1116/1.572231


  • R. Adachi and K. Takeshita, “Magnetron sputtering with additional ionization by electron beam,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 20 (1), 98 (1982); doi:10.1116/1.571320


  • D. L. Miller and P. G. Newman, “Low cost spinner for semiconductor surface preparation prior to MBE growth,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 19 (1), 124 (1981); doi:10.1116/1.571005


  • B. R. F. Kendall, “Vacuum applications of metal foams,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 17 (6), 1385 (1980); doi:10.1116/1.570681


  • S. J. Rothenberg, F. Barr, and C. T. Dziurzynski, “Improvement in the sensibility of Cahn RG-2000 vacuum microbalance,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 16 (6), 2115 (1979);  doi:10.1116/1.570353  
  • D. Edwards Jr., “Cold formed wire connector,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 16 (3), 970 (1979); doi:10.1116/1.570127


  • R. Widmer, “Simple water-sensitive detector (emergency switch),” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 15 (3), 1197 (1978); doi:10.1116/1.569537
  • Hajime Ishimaru, “Bakable aluminum vacuum chamber and bellows with an aluminum flange and metal seal for ultrahigh vacuum,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 15 (6), 1853 (1978); doi:10.1116/1.569853


  • Award given but no record of name


  • No award


  • No award


  • No award


  • Jerry D. Christian and William P. Gilbreath, “Sealing of large leaks in high-vacuum systems subject to mechanical and thermal stresses,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 11 (4), 848 (1974); doi:10.1116/1.1312766


  • D. R. Kastelein, "Repairing a glass vacuum bell jar seal," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 8 (2), 464 (1971); doi:10.1116/1.1314489


  • R. B. Dove and H. Marshak, "Shaft seal for mechanical pump," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 8 (3), 519 (1971); doi:10.1116/1.1314591


  • Royce K. Winge, "Leak detection in vacuum systems by a fluorescence technique," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 7 (6), 610 (1970); doi:10.1116/1.1315888


We are thankful to the following individuals and organizations for their support of AVS and their contributions to the AVS Leadership Fund:

John M. Baker
Samuel D. Bader
John Baker
Timothy S. Barge
Victor Bermudez
Dawn Bonnell
Nancy Burnham
Lap S. Chan
Benjamin B. Dayton
Hugh L. Garvin
David Hoffman
John R. Noonan
Clifford G. Olson
Cedric Powell
David Simons
Michael Trenary
Gwo-Ching Wang
Cara Weitzsacker
Robert M. Willis 

Yip-Wah Chung
Paula Grunthaner
Michael Grunze
Marsbed Hablanian
Michael Kottke
James M. Lafferty
Theodore E. Madey
Buddy Ratner
William R. Wheeler

James S. Murday
Stephen J. Pearton

Rudolf Dobrozemsky
Helix Technology
Paul Holloway
Walter M. McCain
Gary W. Rubloff
Rey Whetten
"Feeling connected to the larger scientific community is very important. An award is the nicest kind of connection, saying that your work is appreciated by your peers"

Dr. Jerry Tersoff, IBM T.J. Watson,

Research Center

[on receiving the 2007 AVS Medard W. Welch Award]