AVS Online Short Courses Now Available!

AVS has been offering online training for technicians, scientists and engineers during COVID-19 with great success and reduced fees! If you are not able to travel due to restrictions, consider online traning with us. While we hope to return to in person training AVS is bringing three (3) AVS Short Courses and our qualified instructors to you via Zoom!

Course Cost

Cost Per Course:

Platform: Zoom

Times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST). Check your timezone accordingly!

Each course includes a link to a pdf file of the copyrighted course notes. During the online course you may ask questions. Instructors will review and answer them periodically throughout the course. 

You must be present the day of the course, recorded versions are not available.

Save with AVS Membership

Save $50 per AVS Webinar with an AVS Platinum Membership. The savings from just two webinars is equivalent to the price of an AVS Platinum Membership, which provides discounts on conferences/short courses as well as access to the AVS publications and technical libraries, career services, and more. Don’t miss out on these savings. Contact Angela Klink, AVS Member Services Administrator, angela@avs.org for your discount code or to upgrade to Platinum.

Plasma Etching and RIE: Fundamentals and Applications

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
’This one day version of the course will cover plasma-assisted etching fundamentals and equipment to assist the attendee in understanding and developing plasma etching and RIE processes. The emphasis will be on the fundamental physical and chemical processes that determine the consequences of a reactive gas plasma/surface interaction. The role of energetic ions as encountered in RIE systems and the factors that influence anisotropy of etching will be described. Several plasma-assisted etching systems will be discussed, including capacitively coupled, inductively coupled, and wave-generated plasma sources.  In addition, discussions on the applied aspects of plasma-assisted etching with an emphasis on mechanistic understanding with specific processing issues, recipes, and problems will be discussed.

Randy Shul

Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories

Vacuum Pumps: An Introduction to their Operation and Maintenance

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
This course provides a comprehensive description of all vacuum pumps currently used in industry, research and development. Roughing, high and ultrahigh vacuum pumps will be described. The two primary pumping mechanisms, throughput and capture, will be explained. Criteria for selecting pumps will be examined and performance specifications illustrated to assist the user in designing and operating pumping systems. A complete listing of commercially available pumps will be provided.

Tim Gessert

Managing Member
Gessert Consulting, LLC

Sputter Deposition

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
This course provides an understanding of the cause and effect of changes in sputtering parameters on the energetics of the sputtering and deposition processes and their relationship to film properties. The energy and distribution of species ejected from the target are discussed. The effect of the sputtering system on material transport to the substrate and subsequent film deposition is also discussed for films of metals, alloys, and compounds.

Angus Rockett

Head for Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Other AVS Events

AVS 2020 Short Course programs (Chapter, National, Webinars, and e-Talks) will be posted on the AVS Short Schedule page as they become available. Please bookmark the webpage to view upcoming training opportunities.
AVS Webinar: Characterization of Thin Film Systems for Flexible Applications
March 2, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Instructors: Megan Cordill and Christian Mitterer

AVS Webinar: Gallium Oxide Materials and Devices for Next Generation Ultra-Wide Bandgap Electronics
April 8, 2021
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Sriram Krishnamoorthy


AVS Courses by Request

If you are interested in seeing an AVS Short Course offered in 2021 please complete the AVS Courses by Request form.

AVS Onsite/Online Training
Do your employees need training now? Are budgets tight? Let AVS bring our short courses and qualified instructors to your organization during these tough economic times via Zoom. Please complete the AVS Onsite/Online Training request form to receive a proposal.