The Many Crucial Roles of Vacuum Chambers

Posted on: August 24, 2021

For more than 30 years we have served as experts in a much wider range of the vacuum spectrum, from moderate vacuum for industrial processes to extremely high vacuum (XHV) for critical scientific study.

Production sizes can go from one-of-a-kind research chambers for national labs and universities to production volume chambers for world-class manufacturers.

To best demonstrate the scope of our work, we wanted to take a moment to explore the crucial role of vacuum chambers in a wide variety of applications. 

From Waconia to Outer Space, and Beyond!

The Applied Vacuum team at Anderson Dahlen is providing critical products to research groups at the forefront in the recent increase in research on neutrinos, uncharged particles that move incredibly fast, have almost no mass, and can pass through matter, including people and the earth itself.

We recently shipped our 316L SS chamber, frame, and special hardware from its Waconia, Minn. facility to UCLA, where the chamber will be used to support the HUNTER (Heavy Unseen Neutrinos from Total Energy-momentum Reconstruction) project. 

The insights gained from the discovery and study of sterile neutrinos – particles needed to complete the existing neutrino family – could provide insights and a solution to the galactic dark matter problem.

Needless to say, we are very excited that our equipment could play a crucial role in this breakthrough research!

Making one of the world’s brightest light sources possible 

Our vacuum chambers are lighting the way to innovation at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) II housed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The NSLS lab, one of the newest, most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world, incorporates our vacuum chambers for scientific research.

The chambers are featured in a beamline that acts as a high-speed camera with an extremely fast shutter, capable of taking nanoscale movies of motion within materials or biological samples. NSLS-II is one of the world’s brightest light sources, with x-rays a million times brighter than those at a doctor’s office!

Helping improve the customer decision-making process with our published research

We recently published research, “Outgassing rate comparison of seven geometrically similar vacuum chambers of different materials and heat treatments” in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology (JVST) newsletter, “Beneath the AVS Surface.”

Our objective with the research was to test a series of vacuum chambers with identical geometries, built from different materials and material treatments.

After extensive testing, we determined that, depending on cost and other material properties, TI and AL as well as 316L and 316LN stainless steel are the best materials for ultrahigh vacuum and extreme-high vacuum applications. These findings can help our customers select the most impactful type of material for their project. 

Dedicated to providing custom vacuum products to our customers’ specifications

Whether it is these high-profile examples or everyday applications, we are dedicated to providing custom vacuum products to our customers’ expectations. All chambers and components undergo rigorous testing procedures, including pressure-testing all cooling cavities and helium leak checking all internal and external welds. 

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