The Power of Entangled Quanta
The work of this year's Nobel Prize winners in physics has established the red-hot research field of quantum information technology. VAT vacuum technology plays an important role in this.
The origin of gravitational waves is to be studied in more detail with the construction of a network of detectors. The new LIGO India detector relies on VAT technology to create one of the largest vacuum systems in the world.
The unique X-ray flashes of the European XFEL make it possible to render ultrafast chemical reactions visible to the human eye. To ensure that the atoms are disturbed as little as possible during their "dance", the very best vacuum conditions are required.
In terms of solidity, 3D metal prints are no longer inferior to current cast or forged materials. Vacuum and its precise controllability play a key role in the printing process and the production of the required metal powder.
TOFWERK's time-of-flight mass spectrometers impress with their incredible precision – VAT Vacuum Valve Technology supports this. For more than a decade, TOFWERK and VAT have enjoyed a productive development cooperation.
With the help of the SIAM Photon Source, Thailand provides a unique synchrotron infrastructure in the ASEAN region. VAT technology allows to extend the capabilities of the 1.2 GeV storage ring continuously.
The world's most powerful heavy-ion accelerator was inaugurated on May 2, 2022, at Michigan State University's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Fast closing valves from VAT help secure the ultra-high vacuum environment of the FRIB.
As the world’s most sensitive scale for the measurement of neutrino mass, the international Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment has now reported a level of precision never achieved before. The suite of VAT valves developed for KATRIN continue to provide seamless performance despite the experiment’s radiation levels, extreme temperatures, and UHV environment.
A top priority of the European Strategy for Particle Physics to enable research to new frontiers of particle physics, CERN's the High-Luminosity LHC (“HiLumi”) project will multiply the power of CERN’s already mighty Large Hadron Collider. VAT all-metal valves are designed to withstand the demanding extreme UHV conditions.
Latest synchrotron facilities employ novel getter pump techniques to establish UHV conditions. VAT provides high-tech valves to control the coating process.
Generating energy through controlled nuclear fusion has long been a dream of mankind. To get closer to this dream, an experimental fusion reactor is currently being built in southern France as part of the ITER project. As a certified supplier of all-metal and elastomer valves, VAT is closely involved in this ambitious research project. In the process, the valve professionals from Switzerland have achieved a truly great feat.
U.S. researcher Andrew McElrone investigates grape roots with particle accelerator at ALS research facility in Berkeley, California. The goal: sustainable water use strategy for grape growers.
In the electromobility sector, technical innovation is becoming more important, particularly where battery production is concerned. Since vacuum and plasma technology plays a central role in numerous electromobility manufacturing processes, valve development is a vital part of this.
Mini-LEDs instead of LEDs in flat panel displays have set a profound change in motion, and the next innovation is waiting in the wings: Micro-LEDs, a new challenge for VAT vacuum valves.
To effectively combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, like other viruses, it is necessary to first elicit structural information from the virus, particle accelerators with VAT technology help to do this.
VAT vacuum valves are part of the upgrade to the LCLS, an X-ray laser at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California (USA) that is so fast and precise, it can observe atoms in motion.
Where to put the highly radioactive nuclear waste? An innovative technology called transmutation is preparing to defuse the brisance of nuclear waste. VAT technology plays a key role in this.
Thanks to quantum technology, computing capacities and speeds are advancing into previously unknown dimensions and enabling a completely new approach to tasks. This offers new opportunities for research and industry. VAT technology is an important element in this.
At the world-famous research facility, CERN, thoughts are turning to the future of particle research. There is no question about it: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has produced sensational results worthy of a Nobel Prize. However, these results immediately raised further questions, the answers to which in turn require new developments in accelerators. Technology from VAT should also be part of this in the future because that technology is already delivering outstanding service in the LHC.
In complex vacuum systems, there is a lot to close, open, meter and control. Wherever many valves are used, the number of connection points, connectors and seals also increases. This requires installation time, space, and increases the vacuum volume to be controlled as well as the number of potential leakage points.
In 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) held a workshop for “Large Ultrahigh Vacuum Systems for Frontier Scientific Research Instrumentation” to help identify cost effective technologies to design, build and operate a new generation gravitational wave observatory based on the original LIGO concept.* This new design will be an order of magnitude more sensitive than the current generation systems in the USA (LIGO), EU (Virgo) and Japan (KAGRA) – and also MUCH larger.
In order to penetrate the innermost structures of matter and gain new insights, particle accelerators must become steadily more powerful and larger. This increases construction and operating costs. Researchers are trying to take an alternative path with plasma wave-driven accelerators and are thus defining new challenges for vacuum valves as well.
The Hyperloop transportation concept – based on high-speed travel in a low-pressure tube – promises to revolutionize ground transportation. As a research partner to the EuroTube Foundation, VAT is developing large valve solutions that will help maintain the enormous vacuum volumes needed for the Hyperloop systems.
Solar cell technology is widely seen as crucial renewable energy source to help fight climate change. These expectations have been fueled to even greater levels by recent breakthroughs in solar cell efficiency. With a new generation of large transfer valves for solar cell production lines, VAT offers manufacturers the technological improvements needed to produce these high-performance solar cells.
As the number of satellites in orbit increases, so does global demand for pre-launch testing under simulated space conditions. VAT recently delivered yet another large valve to a European satellite test center. Oversized VAT vacuum valves play a key role in helping simulate the extreme temperatures and pressures of outer space – to ensure that satellites are ready for lift-off.
Haag, June 2021, VAT has launched “Quick Spec Bellows”, a new online configuration and order service for welded metal bellows. The online service provides convenient configuration, quick price information and a guaranteed three-week delivery time ex works VAT Switzerland.
VAT has a long-term collaboration with CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Sector valves developed by a dedicated VAT team help keep the ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions within CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) intact.