Educational Services
Advanced Energy provides a suite of courses that will empower your team to optimize your advanced plasma processes. These courses make complex and dynamic plasma concepts easy to understand. Our instructors are expert applications engineers and scientists with an average of 20 years in the thin film industry. With leading-edge presentations and labs, these courses will improve your team’s technical knowledge to increase process efficiency and tool uptime.

If your organization can benefit from customized training, AE’s experts will develop a class to fit your requirements. You may also incorporate AE’s content and knowledge assets in your training program with our customized train-the-trainer sessions.

DC Through Low-Frequency Power-Delivery Essentials

This class dispels the mysteries of plasma processes and power delivery. Novices and experts alike will learn about the capabilities and limitations of DC, pulsed DC, and low-frequency (40 to 400 kHz) power supplies for various processes.

Students will learn about arcing, including what causes arcs and how they can be managed to maximize process efficiency and product yields. This course also covers troubleshooting fundamentals that will help your employees quickly isolate suspect power supplies from a system problem. The hands-on lab session with a custom plasma system has proven effective in demonstrating the concepts discussed during lecture, enabling students to immediately begin implementing skills learned in this class.

Benefits Features
  • Reduce tool cost of ownership 
  • Optimize tool productivity 
  • Increase troubleshooting and diagnostic skills 
  • Increase process understanding 
  • Improve yields by optimizing tool performance 
  • Understand what arcing is 
  • Learn essential grounding concepts 
  • Isolate suspect power supplies from system problems 
  • Discover when and why to use DC, pulsed DC, or AC 

Plasma Thin Film Processes

Most plasma classes and texts are highly technical or not directly applicable to your thin film applications. They often assume that the student has all the background knowledge from physics, chemistry, electronics, and math to follow along. Finally, there is a plasma class for the rest of us. Advanced Energy has distilled the highly technical information to focus on the core knowledge needed to understand plasma and thin film processes. This one-day class is densely packed with practical knowledge from our experienced applications engineers. It teaches the important concepts involved in plasma and thin film applications without using mathematics. This course is designed to be technical without overwhelming the novice. At the same time, experienced personnel will also benefit from the practical knowledge delivered by the instructors.

Benefits Features
  • Increase organizational technical knowledge 
  • Empower your workforce to be more self-sufficient 
  • Shorten your employee learning curve 
  • Increase yields and quality 
  • Learn what plasma is
  • Understand foundational concepts
  • Recognize roles and interactions of sub-systems
  • Discern the differences in plasma for PVD, CVD, and etch
  • Improve your ability to deal with potential plasma issues

RF Power Fundamentals Course

Advanced Energy’s industry-leading RF Power Fundamentals course is designed to ensure that you are optimizing the delivery of RF power in your advanced processes. New employees and experts alike will benefit from the in-depth instruction and RF/plasma laboratory. The course will provide a greater understanding of RF technology and the RF transmission techniques used to power plasma-based manufacturing tools, and attendees will receive hands–on experience generating, manipulating, and measuring plasmas through RF inputs. The critical role of RF impedance matching in power stability will be emphasized.

Benefits Features
  • Reduced tool cost of ownership
  • Optimized tool productivity
  • Increased troubleshooting and diagnostic skills
  • Improved yields due to optimized tool performance
  • Basic knowledge of RF technology and transmission techniques 
  • Familiarity with the fundamental relationships between the equipment and the process 
  • Understanding and use of simple measurement techniques for process and process tool characterization 
  • The capability to troubleshoot typical problems & familiarity with common troubleshooting solutions 
  • Practical hands-on knowledge of the process equipment