The present invention provides a method of controlling a reactive sputtering system used in coating processes. More specifically, the present invention provides a microprocessor-based control system for reactive gases in a sputtering system, particularly during the start-up phase of operation. The preferred demand for such a reactive gas is predicted for every stage of the operation, and the reactive gas supply is amenable to predictive control provided by object program-driven mathematical formulae. The injection of reactive gas using time-advanced, sequential, mathematically-derived procedures simplifies overall system operation and provides a system with an optimal amount of reactive gas at an optimal time.
Onishi, Shinzo, "Reactive physical vapor deposition with sequential reactive gas injection" (2013). USF Patents. 268.
University of South Florida