VTD - Ask the Experts

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
The AVS Vacuum Technology Division runs an Ask-the-Expert booth at the AVS Symposium every year which allows scientists, engineers and technicians with vacuum specific problems or questions to connect with experts in that field. Ask-the-Experts is an unbiased forum resourced with renown experts in the field of vacuum technology that can help solve many vacuum related problems. This yearly event is sponsored by leading companies in the field of vacuum technology but the teachings and opinions provided by the group are always free of any commercial interest. Visit the Ask-the-Experts booth to brainstorm solutions to your current problems and to network with other members of the vacuum technology community.

Past Questions have included:

  • “What can I do to make my vacuum system pump down faster”
  • “How will a fingerprint in a vacuum chamber affect my ultimate pressure?”
  • "What pressure gauge technology is best suited for my vacuum system?"
  • "What is the best way to find a leak?"
At AVS 62 (Oct. 2015), speaking to our experts automatically entered you in a drawing to win an ipad. Our winner was Lance Hubbard from The University of Arizona.

If you have any questions regarding the Ask-the-Expert booth or are interested in being put in contact with an expert, please email the Ask-the-Expert coordinator (http://www.avs.org/Divisions/vtd/Officers).


"Feeling connected to the larger scientific community is very important. An award is the nicest kind of connection, saying that your work is appreciated by your peers"

Dr. Jerry Tersoff, IBM T.J. Watson,

Research Center

[on receiving the 2007 AVS Medard W. Welch Award]