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Thin film application device and method for coating small aperture vacuum vessels

United States Patent

January 27, 2015
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A device and method for coating an inside surface of a vessel is provided. In one embodiment, a coating device comprises a power supply and a diode in electrical communication with the power supply, wherein electrodes comprising the diode reside completely within the vessel. The method comprises reversibly sealing electrodes in a vessel, sputtering elemental metal or metal compound on the surface while maintaining the surface in a controlled atmosphere.
Walters; Dean R. (Naperville, IL), Este; Grantley O. (Renfrew, CA)
Uchicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
11/ 850,409
September 5, 2007
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. 82644-23-131, YN-19-01 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago, representing Argonne National Laboratory.