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The Sputter Coater and Carbon/Thermal Evaporator – DSCT-T is configured as a sputter coater, carbon coater, and Thermal Evaporator with three interchangeable heads in one instrument suitable for Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) sample preparation. This device can be used for the deposition of a wide range of oxidizing/non-oxidizing materials (Deposition Material Table) such as gold (Au), platinum/palladium (Pt/Pd) alloy, silver (Ag), chromium (Cr), tungsten (W), iridium (Ir), etc., together with thermal evaporation of different sources like metals or carbon fiber/rod to coat on various surfaces, like samples with non-conductive or poorly conductive surface for electron microscopy imaging or other applications.

Moreover, the thermal head can be used to clean TEM and SEM apertures. This high-vacuum SEM Coater equipped with a turbomolecular pump offers high quality uniform films with fine grain sizes, suitable for specimens that require high resolution and high quality characterization such as FE-SEM, EDS/WDS, TEM, and EBSD.

The DSCT-T, Sputter Coater and Carbon/Thermal Evaporator with a 2” magnetron cathode, is supplied with a high voltage switching DC power supply for sputtering and a high current power supply for carbon and thermal evaporation, hence could be used for research areas concerning different thin film applications such as micro and nano electronic and sample preparation.

DSCT-T can be equipped with a water-cooled cathode which makes it suitable for long time sputtering deposition. Also, DSCT-T can be provided with a 160W power supply to facilitate sputtering of targets like chromium, tungsten, and other oxidizing metal targets (Optional). The full-automatic sputter and carbon coating processes allows easy, precise, and repeatable performance. The maximum size of the substrates in this model could be 4 inches.

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  • High vacuum level with built-in turbo pump 90 L/s (Leybold)
  • Two-stage rotary vane backing pump (Diaphragm and scroll pump)
  • 80 W sputtering switching DC power supply
  • Carbon fiber evaporation head
  • Thermal evaporation head
  • 0-25A pulsed DC power supply for carbon fiber evaporation
  • 0-100A DC power supply for carbon rod evaporation (Optional)
  • Full range vacuum gauge (Leybold)
  • Quartz crystal thickness monitor with precision of 1nm and resolution of 1 Å
  • One 2-inch magnetron cathode
  • Automatic venting valve
  • Sample rotation, height and tilt adjustable
  • Planetary sample holder (Optional)
  • Electronic shutter
  • Easy-to-change specimen stages (Rotation stage as standard)


  • Intuitive touch screen to control the coating process and rapid data input
  • User friendly software, updatable via network
  • Repeatable, programmable coating process in the automatic mode
  • Semi-Full automatic sputtering deposition process in Timed or Thickness modes
  • Semi-Full automatic carbon fiber/rod deposition process
  • Automatic carbon fiber coating in flash or pulsed modes
  • Automatic carbon rod coating in pulsed or ramped modes
  • Records and plots coating parameters graphs
  • Storing coating recipes for repeatable depositions

Carbon Evaporation of DSCT-T

Mini-size coating system model DSCT-T can carbon coat with fine grains to produce uniform thin films on different surfaces using carbon fiber or carbon rod (Optional).

Pulsed Carbon Fiber Evaporation

The DSCT-T coater is able to perform pulsed carbon fiber evaporation. Short pulses provide more controlled deposition and significantly reduces the amount of debris associated with traditional carbon deposition.

Carbon Fiber Head

Carbon Rod Evaporation (Optional)

The DSCT-T could be equipped with carbon rod evaporator head (Optional). For this case an external 0-100A high current power supply should be used instead of the internal high current power supply which is designed for carbon fiber evaporation.

Thermal Evaporation

The DSCT-T, Sputter Coater and Carbon/Thermal Evaporator, is equipped with a thermal head for evaporation of metals with low evaporation temperature such as gold, aluminum, silver, etc., as well as TEM apertures cleaning.

One thermal source (Boat or basket) with a length of 4-10 cm can be fit on the thermal evaporation head. The height of the thermal source from the sample holder is adjustable. Thermal evaporation provides a wide range of applications, such as fabrication of metal films, thin-film sensors, optical components, nano & microelectronic devices, and Solar Cells.

Clean Vacuum

The vacuum chamber is made up of stainless steel and cylindrical Pyrex. The DSCT-T is fitted with an internally mounted 90 L/s turbo molecular pump, backed by a 6m3/h two-stage rotary vane pump. It introduces clean vacuum without oil contamination which normally exists with ordinary diffusion pump.

Touch Screen Control

DSCT-T is equipped with a 7” colored touch-screen panel and full automatic control using a user-friendly software to control and adjust the deposition process data. The vacuum and coating sequence information can be observed as digital data or curves on the touch screen.  The last 300 coatings information is saved on the history page.

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Sample Holder Stages of High Vacuum Desk Sputter/Carbon Coater

The DSCT-T can be equipped with different sample stage configurations depending on the user requirements. The standard sample stage is rotatable with adjustable height and angle and can be changed easily. The rotary planetary sample stage is a good choice for uniform coating of porous specimens (Optional).

planetary DSR1/DCR
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holder DSR1/DCR

Newly Designed Sample Holder

A new 4-inch rotating sample holder is designed for the system to increase the deposition area and the number of coating stubs in a run (customizable for max. 50×1 mm stubs).


  • Suitable for deposition of metals, carbon fiber, and rod (Optional)
  • Precise control over coating rate and pressure to achieve finer grain structures
  • 170 mm OD × 140 mm Height vacuum chamber
  • Dimensions: 54 cm H x 50 cm W x 45 cm D
  • Ultimate vacuum: Less than 8 ×10-6 Torr
  • Automatic control of the cathode’s temperature to protect the lifetime of the magnets
  • Rapid data input through fully automatic touch screen panel
  • Real-time plot of coating parameters
  • Deposition process data transfer to PC by USB port
  • Utilities: 220V/110V, 50/60HZ, 2 kW.
  • Shipping weight (Included vacuum pump): 46 Kg
  • Two-year warranty
  • CE conformity

             Options and Accessories

         Desk Sputter coater model DSCT-T has the following options and accessories:

  • Carbon evaporation heads for carbon fiber or rod
  • High current power supply
  • Quartz crystal sensor
  • Planetary sample rotation stage
  • Spare cylindrical vacuum glass chamber
  • Sputtering targets
  • Sealing gaskets
  • Plasma Cleaner
  • Carbon fiber source
  • Thermal evaporation sources (boat/basket)


         Desk Sputter coater model DSCT-T has the following options and accessories:

  • Fine grain structural deposition of noble metals for SEM & FE-SEM, EDX, and TEM sample preparation
  • Micro/Nano-electronics
  • Conductive layers
  • Thin Film Sensors
  • Solar Cells
  • Optical Components
  • GLAD sputtering
  • TEM grid plasma treatment (Optional)
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