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FAQ: How to mount targets in a sputter coater

The mounting of targets in a sputter coater.

Most targets are held by a cover or are crimped around the edge ‐ if yours is not that type it must be glued.
The 'glue' used must be electrically conducting.

For 'professional' mounting use a few slivers of indium wire on the support plate, cover with the target and then either place in an oven with a flat weight on top of the target, or use a smoothing iron to heat the gold and hence melt the indium. Placing something like a piece of lens tissue onto the target would protect it.
A temperature a little higher than melting point of indium is required (m.p. 156.6°C) for a short time.
Alternatively use a bit of silver conducting paint, preferably a few small drops of paste at the bottom of the jar.
You could also make a paste using our silver powder and a little commercial epoxy glue ‐ the method can be found under Silver powder C920 on page C8. Only spot gluing is required, but keep a weight on the target while drying/ curing.

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