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SCAN offers a way for customers to quickly obtain useful data on a wide range of materials compositions.

Using our state-of-the-art physical vapor deposition (PVD) equipment, IMI can quickly deposit up to five material systems in a thin film gradient mode on a range of substrates.

We analyze those compositions in our characterization lab to deliver essential materials properties data across the compositional range. Five measurements per gradient deposition enable detailed response surfaces for thorough unit film mapping

Depending on the exact materials and applications of interest, the entire process can be completed in a matter of weeks.

Example:  A customer interested in new metal alloys needs IMI to scan for a quaternary alloy.  IMI can quickly deposit a gradient film using PVD and analyze the full range of compositions, narrowing the space for further development.



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