Vacuum and nano technologyVacuum technology is the science of very very little air, and there are a multitude of applications in industry and research that require a vacuum environment to achieve success. Vacuum Expo 2012 will be held this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in conjunction with the 3rd Vacuum Symposium UK and it includes everything associated with vacuum, equipment, tools and techniques.
Honing in on a few subjects helps to understand the exhibition; it's about equipment such as pumps, and there is a huge range of different types on show, with differing pumping speeds, producing vacuum by different methods and for a range of pressures from atmosphere (industry uses; for moving materials and products around) through Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) and beyond into eXtreme High Vacuum (XHV) as used for particle accelerators. It's about the measurement of vacuum, movement and manipulation in a vacuum environment, quality (RGA and surface science) and all the engineering associated with vacuum chambers and auxiliary equipment such as gas flow, fibre optic feedthroughs for sensing, imaging and measurements within a vacuum, power supplies and so on.
With regard to applications the event focuses strongly on one of the largest technology sectors requiring vacuum and this is everything to do with thin films and nanotechnology.
From a general vacuum perspective, the show has much to offer pharmaceutical scientists interested in freeze drying, general industry for a variety of process applications, aerospace industries, chemical industry and heat treatment companies.
From a systems perspective the event will be of interest to the space industry, light source scientists, microelectronics and solar panel manufacturers, companies and physicists involved in analytical equipment such as XPS, SIMS, TPD, surface engineering and thin film scientists such as CVD, PVD, molecular beam epitaxy, CVD, PLD and ARPES.
Finally those involved in "big science"; the space industry, particle accelerators scientists, materials science and particle physicists will find much of interest at the show.
The co-located technical conference, the 3rd Vacuum Symposium UK, completes the appeal of the event. It is an event that has grown following a 'call' by the UK vacuum community for an annual national meeting incorporating both technical and commercial elements, it has grown each year since inception.
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