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Apparatus for atmospheric pressure reactive atom plasma processing for surface modification

United States Patent Application

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Reactive atom plasma processing can be used to shape, polish, planarize and clean the surfaces of difficult materials with minimal subsurface damage. The apparatus and methods use a plasma torch, such as a conventional ICP torch. The workpiece and plasma torch are moved with respect to each other, whether by translating and/or rotating the workpiece, the plasma, or both. The plasma discharge from the torch can be used to shape, planarize, polish, and/or clean the surface of the workpiece, as well as to thin the workpiece. The processing may cause minimal or no damage to the workpiece underneath the surface, and may involve removing material from the surface of the workpiece.
Carr, Jeffrey W. (Livermore, CA)
RAPT Industries, Inc. (6252 Preston Avenue Livermore CA 94550)
10/ 868,426
June 15, 2004
[0006] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California.