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Science and Technology

Introduction to Vacuum Science and Technology
Short Course Syllabus


Locations: Cardwell 119 and J.R. Macdonald Laboratory
Recommended Text: Building Scientific Apparatus, 2nd ed.,
Moore, Davis and Coplan, Addision Wesley
(Handouts will be provided)
Enrollment: Restricted to approximately 10 participants,
recommended for all REU and Physics graduate students,
instructor's permission required for others.
Lecturer: Martin P. Stöckli,
Voice: 785-532-2661, Fax: 785-532-6806
Office Hours: Cardwell 17, daily on a drop-in basis or by appointment
Lab Instructor: Paul E. Gibson
Voice: 785-532-2650
Office: Cardwell 19
Certificate of Training issued to participants with 100% attendance and 80% homework points.
Homework due at the beginning of next lecture.


  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Vacuum (Wed, June 21, 9:30 - 11:30)

    need, concepts of pumping, pressure and throughput, oil-sealed rotary pump, turbo molecular pump, recommended setup & operation of valve-less turbo pumps, O-ring seals, KF-, Dep'X-, ISO-flanges, vacuum couplings, NPT seals, thermal conductivity gauges, B-A ionization gauges, pump down curves, leak detection, contra flow leak detector.
    1998 Problem Set 2, 1999 Problem Set 2, 2000 Problem Set 1
  • Laboratory: (2-3 hours, by appointment)

    Assembly, startup and troubleshooting of turbo pumped systems.
  • Lecture 2: Gas Transport and Vacuum Pumps (Thu, June 22, 9:30 - 11:30)

    kinetic gas theory, molecular flow, conductance, ultimate pressure, oil-sealed rotary pumps, turbo molecular pumps, molecular drag pump, compound pumps, oil diffusion pump, cryo pumps.

    1998 Problem Set 3, 1999 Problem Set 3, 2000 Problem Set 2

  • Lecture 3: Pressure Limits (Tue, June 27, 9:30 - 11:30)

    pressure limits, oil backstreaming and suck back, design of high vacuum systems, O-ring seals, flow control devices, design of ultra high vacuum systems, metal seals (CF, Swagelok, Cajon)

    1998 Problem Set 4, 1999 Problem Set 4, 2000 Problem Set 3

  • Lecture 4: Pressure Measurements and Troubleshooting (Wed, July 7, 9:30 - 11:30)

    manometers, thermal conductivity gauges, B-A ionization gauges, extractor gauge, spinning rotor friction gauge, partial pressure measurements (contra flow leak detector, RGA).

    1998 Problem Set 5, 1999 Problem Set 5, 2000 Problem Set 4

  • Recitation: Homework Set 3 (Wed, July 12, 9:30 - 10:30)

  • Recitation: Homework Set 4 (Mon, July 17, 9:30 - 10:30)


Also see the archived syllabus for previous years' versions of this short course.
Last updated on Friday, 17-Feb-2006.
Kansas State University

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