Thin-Film Technology in Cardiac Pacemakers

The most dynamic areas of cardiology research are focused on how stimulation of tissue and recordings of electrical activities can aid in modern day medical care and artificial mechanisms (implants). The findings in a recent study in great part relied on the measurements delivered by kSA MOS, made by thin-film metrology tool manufacturer k-Space.

Cardiac science demands electrode coatings that support methodical charge injection and don’t interfere with getting precise recordings. kSA MOS has provided the research with the characterization data of the porous titanium nitrate coatings. Similar to thin-film analysis during semi-conductor production, depositions were performed in an industrial sputtering system. Main attention was paid to the conditions of the deposition process of the titanium coatings, in particular to the influence of various temperature ranges and pressures.

The data obtained offered means for characterization of the performance of the films in these conditions. A detailed description of the study was presented in Dr. Outten’s talk at the TechCon conference two years ago. Dr. Outten represented Denton Vacuum, the company that used the kSA Mos for this study. This significant achievement in the production of pacemakers and other clinical mechanisms is not only groundbreaking it will also significantly help customers worldwide by providing medical manufacturers with exceptional data.