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Quarterly Newsletter 2018 Fall
November 19, 2018
INRiM researchers develop new low-frost-point generator

All of the world’s leading metrology labs provide a primary reference for water vapor to be able to calibrate humidity sensors against a well-defined and stable standard. Most of these primary references are designed for moisture concentrations and pressures that are more typical for the lower atmosphere. The national metrology institute of Italy, INRiM, took a new approach to provide a primary reference for moisture concentrations that are lower than typical, as demonstrated in their recent publication in Measurement Science and Technology*. This new low frost-point generator is intended for the calibration of humidity sensors designed for conditions in the upper atmosphere, and covers the frost point range from -100°C to -20°C.

To evaluate their new standard, INRiM researchers relied on a pair of Tiger Optics CRDS trace moisture analyzers, one HALO RP analyzer for lower H2O concentrations and one Spark analyzer for the higher range. Both analyzers showed excellent agreement. All measurements are also consistent with the expected value within the reported measurement uncertainty, providing researchers an easy and reliable initial evaluation of their new generator.

*R. Cuccaro et al., Meas. Sci. Techn. 29, 054002 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6501/aaa785

Tiger's Tale Quarterly Newsletter 2018 Summer
June 27, 2018
Tiger's Tale Quarterly Newsletter 2018 Winter

Tiger Optics Aids Purifier Makers

Gas purifiers are devices that remove or convert undesired molecules or contaminants from gaseous samples. They are widely used for various industrial and research applications, including gas delivery systems, point-of-use purification, and bulk gas purification.

To address their development and qualification needs, Tiger Optics has developed various applications for gas purifier makers, as well as specialty gas companies and end-users within the Semi/LED market.

Highlights of our capabilities and offerings include:

  • Multi-species, versatile technology
  • Absolute accuracy and excellent sensitivity
  • Global customer base and service support
  • Low Cost-of-Ownership and ease of operation
  • Customized product development

Contact us for more information about how we boost purifier makers’ profit!

 

Meet the Next-Generation Cleanroom Monitors: T-I Max Series

Building on the success of our proven ambient Tiger-i air monitors, we proudly introduce the next-generation T-I Max series. Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) directly affects product yields and the performance of semiconductor fabrication tools. T-I Max monitors, designed to detect trace amounts of ammonia (NH3), hydrogen chloride (HCl), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) in cleanrooms, offer significant improvements in detection limits and speed of response.

Our well-regarded Tiger-i platform of instruments take scant minutes to respond to intrusions, yet the T-I Max NH3 delivers even faster measurement performance and detects down to parts-per-trillion (ppt) level of the contaminant.

Contact us or visit our website for more info on the new T-I Max series!

 

With T-I Max, Your Selective Catalytic Reduction Can Curb Ammonia Slip

Ammonia, an odor nuisance at a local level, is a critical atmospheric pollutant in its own right and also a major contributor to the formation of airborne particulate matter. The transport of secondary pollution, as well as ammonia itself, has a negative impact on air quality many miles from its source. It can also corrode plant infrastructure and foul equipment downstream, adding to maintenance costs and downtime at power plants, refineries, kilns, and other industrial combustion sources.  Since NH3 is often the reducing agent added to exhaust gas to be adsorbed onto a catalyst, it is crucial to measure and adjust the input efficiently.

Tiger Optics’ Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) is ideally suited to the requirements of numerous environmental measurement applications, including process control for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for these reasons:

  • Drift-free, with accuracy traceable to the world’s major national reference labs
  • Freedom from interference
  • No periodic sensor replacement/maintenance
  • Speed of response within seconds
  • Wide dynamic range

The low maintenance and calibration-free nature of Tiger’s CRDS technology also affords extremely low Cost-of-Ownership and allows users to operate with confidence and ease in the field.

Contact us or visit our website for more information on the new T-I Max series!

 

Tiger Service Package Offering

Tiger analyzers are Plug & Play. That said, in cases where field support is desired, we are always happy to arrange for on-site installation and commissioning upon request. Please contact us by clicking here to schedule your start-up.

Installation Support

  • Unpacking & full system inspection
  • Installation
  • Utilities/facilities & environmental review, including sampling system
  • Training on network & data storage

Analyzer Commissioning

  • Commissioning & Operational Verification
  • Functional testing

Performance Verification

  • 24-hour Performance Verification of analyzer precision, LDL and accuracy
  • Tiger Optics will analyze data and confirm performance is in accord with factory specifications

Click here to learn more about Tiger's Service Package offerings, or contact us for a recommendation on how to achieve the highest level of success with your new product.

 

Don’t Wait until the Last Minute to Start 2018 off great!

Tiger’s low cost Annual Remote Certification will verify your unit is as accurate and reliable as the day it was shipped. We will provide a written certificate attesting to the accuracy of your unit.

The process is simple to initiate. Just reply to this email with a subject line stating Remote Certification, along with your contact information, company name, analyzer type and serial number. We will be in touch within 24 hours to help you become certified.

Plan ahead for your Tiger analyzer’s annual certification by scheduling your performance verification with our Service Team today! WE want to help YOU make 2018 your best year yet!

February 07, 2018
Tiger's Tale Quarterly Newsletter 2017 Fall

New T-I Max Series for Ambient Molecular Contaminants

New GO-cart Wheels Your T-I Max to the Tool!

Measuring H2O and HF Impurities in NF3 Gas

Measuring Ammonia and Moisture in Nitrous Oxide

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September 07, 2017
Tiger Optics Unveils Three New Products

The company will display its HALO QRP (quite reduced pressure) moisture analyser, developed for semiconductor manufacturers using low-temperature epitaxy (LT-Epi). With the shift to lower deposition temperatures and pressures, moisture has become the main culprit in oxide defects. The HALO QRP can monitor each process step and report real-time moisture concentration to the tool control system. The device easily operates at 1 Torr or less, in comparison to the company’ HALO RP, which is limited to 50 Torr.

Tiger Optics is equally focussed on its customers’ growing concerns with ambient molecules that lead to contamination of wafers. The company has therefore developed the new T-I Max platform for continuous AMC monitoring, designed to rapidly measure a specific analyte, with no cross-contamination or interference from other chemicals in the air.

The final product to be unveiled will be the new state-of-the-art AMC mobile cart to package its analysers for cleanroom environments. The cart can accommodate up to four T-I Max analysers and is also fitted with a top-mounted central control touchscreen.

Tiger Optics CEO Lisa Bergson, said, “Building on our decades of work with bulk and speciality gas in the sub-fab, we are also in the cleanroom, serving the industry’s tools and their micro-environments

July 14, 2017
Tiger's Tale Quarterly Newsletter 2017 Early Summer

The Spark for Accurate, Consistent & Drift-Free CO2 Measurements

Alert for Hydrocarbons in your HCl!

HALO LP Application for HB LEDs

Serani – Now Standard due to Popular Demand

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June 09, 2017
Tiger's Tale Quarterly Newsletter 2016 Winter

Dopants and Specialty Gases are widely used in deposition processes in the semiconductor and solar industries. To save on transport fees, leading fabs in Asia are moving towards blending Germane at their locations, requiring on-site analysis. Our CRDS analyzers, with cost-saving low flow rates and fast speed of response, are ideal for moisture analysis in Arsine (AsH3), Phosphine (PH3), Ammonia (NH3) as pure gases, and mixture gases containing Germane (GeH4) and Phosphine (PH3) with Hydrogen (H2). 

April 19, 2017
Analyser Helps Safeguard NASA's Juno Mission Against Dangerous Contaminants

Along with NASA scientists, Tiger Optics LLC (USA) had reason to cheer when the Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit in July, capping its five-year journey from Cape Canaveral. Prior to Juno’s launch on August 5, 2011, a Tiger Optics trace-gas analyser helped NASA keep the scientific payload in prime condition.

As demonstrated in the Juno mission, Tiger Optics’ HALO trace-gas analyser plays a critical role in detecting contaminants that could compromise the performance of scientific instruments in space. Such scientific instruments are designed to operate in the vacuum of space, in the absence of chemicals present in the earth’s atmosphere: water, oxygen, and particulate matter. Prior to launch, the space-bound instruments must be protected from earthly contaminants by storing the payload under a flow of high-purity inert gas. Nitrogen is usually the inert gas chosen for the task. Typically, the moisture level in NASA’s high-purity nitrogen must be kept under 1 ppm. Tiger Optics’ HALO H2O analyser comfortably handled that requirement for the Juno mission, because the device measures moisture in a range from 2 ppb to 20 ppm.

After Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, NASA scientists powered up the science instruments aboard the spacecraft for its first close “flyby” of the planet on August 27. On September 2, NASA reported that all eight of Juno’s science instruments were successfully energised and collecting data. Indeed, on the first of 36 scheduled orbital flybys, six megabytes of data were collected during the six-hour transit of the spacecraft from above Jupiter’s north pole to below its south pole. While analysis of the data is ongoing, NASA quickly published the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole.

“Tiger Optics is honoured that its technology is trusted to support our nation’s journey into the frontiers of space,” said Lisa Bergson, Tiger Optics’ chief executive. - See more at: here.

October 24, 2016
Tiger Optics’ analyser plays critical role in NASA’s successful Juno mission

The company’s HALO trace-gas analyser played a crucial role in detecting contaminants that could have compromised the performance of scientific instruments in space.

The space-bound sensing instruments were designed to operate in the vacuum of space without oxygen (O2), water or particulate matter and as such needed to be protected under a flow of high-purity inert gas.

Tiger Optics’ HALO H2O analyser was chosen to measure the quality of nitrogen (N2) flow as it can measure any moisture in a range from two parts per billion (ppb) to 20 parts per million (ppm).

Tiger Optics Chief Executive Lisa Bergson was thrilled with the company’s role in the project and stated, “Tiger Optics is honoured that its technology is trusted to support our nation’s journey into the frontiers of space.” 

The Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on 4th July, capping its five-year journey from Cape Canaveral and by 2nd September, all eight instruments were successfully energised and began collecting data. Within days, NASA was able to publish the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole.

Tiger Optics will be discussing its latest progressions in the Internet of Things (IoT) in the upcoming edition of Specialty Gas Report.

September 22, 2016
Trace Gas Analyzer Joins NASA Mission

The HALO trace-gas analyzer from Tiger Optics (Warrington, Penn.) was used in NASA’s recent Juno mission to detect contaminants that could compromise the performance of scientific instruments in space. Such instruments are designed to operate in the vacuum of space, in the absence of chemicals present in the earth’s atmosphere: water, oxygen and particulate matter. Prior to launch, the space-bound instruments must be protected from earthly contaminants by storing the payload under a flow of high-purity inert gas. Nitrogen is usually the inert gas chosen for the task. Typically, the moisture level in NASA’s high-purity nitrogen must be kept under 1 ppm. Tiger Optics’ HALO H2O analyzer handled that requirement for the Juno mission—the device measures moisture in the range from 2 ppb to 20 ppm.

After Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, NASA scientists powered up the science instruments aboard the spacecraft for its first close “flyby” of the planet on August 27. On September 2, NASA reported that all eight of Juno’s science instruments were successfully energized and collecting data. On the first of 36 scheduled orbital flybys, six megabytes of data were collected during the six-hour transit of the spacecraft from above Jupiter’s north pole to below its south pole.

September 21, 2016
Tiger Optics’ CRDS gas analyzer gives NASA’s Juno spacecraft mission a successful start

When NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit in July of this year (2016), capping its five-year journey from Cape Canaveral, and captured the first-ever images of Jupiter’s polar regions, a cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS)-based gas analyzer made by Tiger Optics (Warrington, PA) had everything to do with the prime condition of the spacecraft’s scientific payload; prior to Juno’s launch on August 5, 2011, the trace-gas analyzer helped NASA keep the scientific payload in prime condition.

As demonstrated in the Juno mission, Tiger Optics’ HALO trace-gas analyzer played a critical role in detecting contaminants that could compromise the performance of Juno’s scientific instruments in space. Such scientific instruments are designed to operate in the vacuum of space, in the absence of chemicals present in the earth’s atmosphere: water, oxygen, and particulate matter.

Prior to launch, the space-bound instruments must be protected from earthly contaminants by storing the payload under a flow of high-purity inert gas. Nitrogen is usually the inert gas chosen for the task. Typically, the moisture level in NASA’s high-purity nitrogen must be kept under 1 part per million (ppm). Tiger Optics’ HALO H2O analyzer easily handled that requirement for the Juno mission, as the device measures moisture in a range from 2 parts per billion (ppb) to 20 ppm.

After Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, NASA scientists powered up the science instruments aboard the spacecraft for its first close flyby of the planet on August 27. On September 2, NASA reported that all eight of Juno’s science instruments were successfully energized and collecting data. Indeed, on the first of 36 scheduled orbital flybys, six megabytes of data were collected during the six-hour transit of the spacecraft from above Jupiter’s north pole to below its south pole. While analysis of the data is ongoing, NASA quickly published the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole.

Tiger Optics notes that its CRDS-based instruments gas analyzers and atmospheric and environmental monitors are used in ultraclean environments such as semiconductor fabs as well as harsh environments like coal-fired stacks.

For more info, see http://www.tigeroptics.com.

Source: Tiger Optics

September 21, 2016