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"Gold PVD on nickel-free jewelry"


I am interested in any information about physical vapour deposition. In particular with regards to gold, for example on nickel free jewellery.

Mel Rigg
plating shop - Auckland, New Zealand


The term "PVD" includes about a dozen methods because it includes any method that physically removes atoms from one surface and deposits on another surface, e.g., by vaporizing with e-beam or heat, ion-bombardment, radiating by laser, etc. There are several books available on the subject in most university libraries. One that I have seen for an overview is written by Dr. Bunshah of UCLA, "Handbook of Deposition Technologies for Films and Coatings" [affil. link to book on Amazon] but check with www.svc.com for more. I understand that several shops provide this service and some manufacturers provide the equipment.

Mandar Sunthankar
- Fort Collins, Colorado


You might be interested in my book "Handbook of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Processing" [affil. link to book on Amazon], Donald M. Mattox, 949 pages, ISBN 0-8155-1422-0, William Andrews/Noyes Publishers, 169 Kinderkamack Rd., Parkridge, NJ 07656 USA (1998)

Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Substrate (Real) Surfaces and Surface Modification 3. The Low-Pressure Gas and Vacuum Processing Environment 4. The Low-Pressure Plasma Processing Environment 5. Vacuum Evaporation and Vacuum Deposition 6. Physical Sputtering and Sputter Deposition (ìSputteringî) 7. Arc Vapor Deposition 8. Ion Plating and Ion Beam Assisted Deposition 9. Atomistic Film Growth and Some Growth-Related Film Properties 10. Film Characterization and Some Basic Film Properties 11. Adhesion and Deadhesion 12. Cleaning 13. External Processing Environment Appendix 1. Reference Material Appendix 2. Transfer of Technology from R&D; to Manufacturing Glossary of Terms

You might also Get the Educational Guides from the Society of Vacuum Coaters www.svc.org

Donald M. Mattox
Society of Vacuum Coaters
Albuquerque, New Mexico


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