Model of PVD sputter deposition for a process simulation by FEM
The PVD sputter deposition has gained a high importance within coating techniques and is largely used for in precision deposition. Generally, the coating technology is characterised by empiricial strategies, which results in high starting times and production costs. Typical examples in this area are hard coatings for machine tools, high reflection layers for laser glasses and metal conductor paths for circuit boards in combination with lithography and etching. This article shows how the process reliability of PVD sputter deposition could be improved with the help of process models and explanatory models which are to be examined.