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Removing a sheet from the surface of a melt using gas jets

United States Patent

April 1, 2014
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In one embodiment, a sheet production apparatus comprises a vessel configured to hold a melt of a material. A cooling plate is disposed proximate the melt and is configured to form a sheet of the material on the melt. A first gas jet is configured to direct a gas toward an edge of the vessel. A sheet of a material is translated horizontally on a surface of the melt and the sheet is removed from the melt. The first gas jet may be directed at the meniscus and may stabilize this meniscus or increase local pressure within the meniscus.
Kellerman; Peter L. (Essex, MA), Thronson; Gregory D. (Groveland, MA), Sun; Dawei (Nashua, NH)
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (Gloucester, MA)
13/ 037,789
March 1, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of contract number DE-EE0000595 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.