In-Line CIGS and CdTe PV Panel Film Composition Analysis and Thickness Measurement

July 12, 2010

HOLBROOK, N.Y., July 12 /PRNewswire/ — Solar Metrology, a global provider of X-Fay Fluorescence (XRF) analysis tools, expands its portfolio of System SMX thin film composition and thickness measurement tools with the introduction of model SMX-ILH.

The SMX-ILH (In-Line X-ray Head) tool is designed for in-line composition and thickness control of CIGS and CdTe photovoltaic thin film depositions. It offers a full (600 x 1200 mm) lateral range of measurement and can be inserted into printed, electrochemical and thermal film deposition processes.

SMX-ILH provides process control for active, contact and TCO layers in PV thin film stacks, and is capable of analyzing rigid glass, flexible stainless steel and polyimide roll-to-roll substrates. An optional proprietary thermal shield allows for film control at panel temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.

Offering fast and repeatable Copper-to-Gallium ratio determination and both cross-web and cross-panel gradient analysis capability, SMX-ILH tools enable CIGS and CdTe PV panel manufacturers to realize significant yield improvements and conversion efficiency gains in production.

Solar Metrology’s SMX Measurement System provides a production-ready suite of thin film thickness and composition measurement tools for research and process development, in-process monitoring and post-process quality control.

Solar Metrology is a global leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis tools, specifically engineered to meet the demanding thin film measurement requirements of the solar electric and renewable power industries.

Solar Metrology will be exhibiting at Intersolar North America 2010 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center West Hall from July 13-15, booth number 9238.

For additional information about Solar Metrology, contact info@solarmetrology.com or visit www.solarmetrology.com.

SOURCE Solar Metrology

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