Patents by Inventor Aaron T. Radomski

Aaron T. Radomski has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11367592
    Abstract: A repeating setpoint generator module selectively varies a setpoint for an output parameter according to a predetermined pattern that repeats during successive time intervals. A closed-loop module, during a first one of the time intervals, generates N closed-loop values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at N times during the first one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the first one of the time intervals, respectively. An adjusting module, during the first one of the time intervals, generates N adjustment values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at the N times during a second one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the second one of the time intervals, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Fisk, II, Aaron T. Radomski, Jonathan W. Smyka
  • Publication number: 20220182024
    Abstract: A switched capacitor modulator (SCM) includes a RF power amplifier. The RF power amplifier receives a rectified voltage and a RF drive signal and modulates an input signal in accordance with the rectified voltage to generate a RF output signal to an output terminal. A reactance in parallel with the output terminal is configured to vary in response to a control signal to vary an equivalent reactance in parallel with the output terminal. A controller generates the control signal and a commanded phase. The commanded phase controls the RF drive signal. The reactance is at least one of a capacitance or an inductance, and the capacitance or the inductance varies in accordance with the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Duy NGUYEN, Albert KURAMSHIN, Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Alexander JURKOV, Hangon KIM, Kelvin LEE
  • Publication number: 20220165545
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) power generation system includes a RF power source that generates a RF output signal delivered to a load. A RF power controller is configured to generate a control signal to vary the RF output signal. The controller adjusts a parameter associated with the RF output signal, and the parameter is controlled in accordance with a trigger signal. The parameter is adjusted in accordance with a cost function, and the cost function is determined by intruding a perturbation into an actuator that affects the cost function. The actuator may control an external RF output signal, and the trigger signal may vary in accordance with the external RF output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Aaron M. BURRY, Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Mariusz OLDZIEJ, Peter PAUL, Ross REINHARDT
  • Publication number: 20220102116
    Abstract: A matching network for a system having a non-linear load and powered by a first RF power supply operating at a first frequency and a second RF power supply operating at a second frequency. The matching network includes a first matching network section for providing an impedance match between the first power supply and the load. The matching network also includes a second matching network section for providing an impedance match between the second power supply and the load. A the first matching network section includes a first variable reactance, and the variable reactance is controlled in accordance with IMD sensed in the signal applied to the load by the first RF power supply. The variable reactance is adjusted in accordance with the IMD to reduce the detected IMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Jin HUH, Aaron T. Radomski, Duy Nguyen, Soohan Kim
  • Patent number: 11232931
    Abstract: A matching network for a system having a non-linear load and powered by a first RF power supply operating at a first frequency and a second RF power supply operating at a second frequency. The matching network includes a first matching network section for providing an impedance match between the first power supply and the load. The matching network also includes a second matching network section for providing an impedance match between the second power supply and the load. A the first matching network section includes a first variable reactance, and the variable reactance is controlled in accordance with IMD sensed in the signal applied to the load by the first RF power supply. The variable reactance is adjusted in accordance with the IMD to reduce the detected IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Huh, Aaron T. Radomski, Duy Nguyen, Soohan Kim
  • Publication number: 20220005674
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) generator system includes first and second RF power sources, each RF power source applying a respective RF signal and second RF signal to a load. The first RF signal is applied in accordance with the application of the second RF signal. The application of the first RF signal is synchronized to application of the second RF signal. The first RF signal may be amplitude modulated in synchronization with the second RF signal, and the amplitude modulation can include blanking of the first RF signal. A frequency offset may be applied to the first RF signal in synchronization with the second RF signal. A variable actuator associated with the first RF power source may be controlled in accordance with the second RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Benjamin J. GITLIN, Larry J. FISK, II, Mariusz OLDZIEJ, Aaron M. BURRY, Jonathan W. SMYKA, Alexei MARAKHTANOV, Bing JI, Felix Leib KOZAKEVICH, John HOLLAND, Ranadeep BHOWMICK
  • Publication number: 20210373054
    Abstract: An arc detector for a RF power supply system, where the RF power supply incudes a first RF power supply and a second RF power supply. A signal applied to a non-linear load varies in accordance with an output from one of the first RF power supply or the second RF power supply. The signal has a frequency. During an arc or arc condition in the non-linear load, the frequency of the signal changes, and if the frequency is outside of a selected range, an arc or arc condition is indicated. The frequency can be determined by digitizing the signal into a series of pulses and measuring a time or period between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Larry J. FISK, II, Benjamin J. GITLIN, Mariusz OLDZIEJ, Aaron M. BURRY, Matthew G. HARRINGTON, Aaron T. RADOMSKI
  • Patent number: 11158488
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) generator system includes first and second RF power sources, each RF power source applying a respective RF signal and second RF signal to a load. The first RF signal is applied in accordance with the application of the second RF signal. The application of the first RF signal is synchronized to application of the second RF signal. The first RF signal may be amplitude modulated in synchronization with the second RF signal, and the amplitude modulation can include blanking of the first RF signal. A frequency offset may be applied to the first RF signal in synchronization with the second RF signal. A variable actuator associated with the first RF power source may be controlled in accordance with the second RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: MKS Instruments, Inc., Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron T. Radomski, Benjamin J. Gitlin, Larry J. Fisk, II, Mariusz Oldziej, Aaron M. Burry, Jonathan W. Smyka, Alexei Marakhtanov, Bing Ji, Felix Leib Kozakevich, John Holland, Ranadeep Bhowmick
  • Publication number: 20210274644
    Abstract: A clamp configured to be coupled to a printed circuit board to cool and compress one or more electrical connections subject to repeated power and thermal cycling. A first conductive column of the clamp is configured to compress a first electrical connection between a first power device lead and a first printed circuit board trace of the printed circuit board, and draw thermal energy away from the first power device lead. The first conductive column extends from a load spreading plate. The load spreading plate is an insulator that electrically isolates a fastener extending therefrom from the first conductive column. The fastener is configured to cooperate with the circuit board to connect the clamp to the circuit board, compress the load spreading plate against the first conductive column to compress the first electrical connection, and connect the clamp to ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Ky LUU, Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Dave COFFTA
  • Patent number: 11076477
    Abstract: A clamp configured to be coupled to a printed circuit board to cool and compress one or more electrical connections subject to repeated power and thermal cycling. A first conductive column of the clamp is configured to compress a first electrical connection between a first power device lead and a first printed circuit board trace of the printed circuit board, and draw thermal energy away from the first power device lead. The first conductive column extends from a load spreading plate. The load spreading plate is an insulator that electrically isolates a fastener extending therefrom from the first conductive column. The fastener is configured to cooperate with the circuit board to connect the clamp to the circuit board, compress the load spreading plate against the first conductive column to compress the first electrical connection, and connect the clamp to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Ky Luu, Aaron T. Radomski, Dave Coffta
  • Patent number: 11011940
    Abstract: A radio frequency power system is provided that includes bias modules, a switch, a matching network, and a control module. The bias modules are configured to generate respectively DC bias voltages. The switch is configured to (i) receive current from the bias modules, and (ii) control flow of the current from the bias modules to generate a radio frequency bias voltage signal. The matching network is configured to (i) receive the radio frequency bias voltage signal, and (ii) based on the radio frequency bias voltage signal, supply at least a portion of a radio frequency output voltage signal to an electrode of a substrate support in a processing chamber. The control module is connected to the switch and configured to control a state of the switch based on the radio frequency output voltage signal to shape a waveform of the radio frequency bias voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Ky Luu, Aaron T. Radomski
  • Publication number: 20210118649
    Abstract: A matching network for a system having a non-linear load and powered by a first RF power supply operating at a first frequency and a second RF power supply operating at a second frequency. The matching network includes a first matching network section for providing an impedance match between the first power supply and the load. The matching network also includes a second matching network section for providing an impedance match between the second power supply and the load. A the first matching network section includes a first variable reactance, and the variable reactance is controlled in accordance with IMD sensed in the signal applied to the load by the first RF power supply. The variable reactance is adjusted in accordance with the IMD to reduce the detected IMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Jin HUH, Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Duy NGUYEN, Soohan KIM
  • Patent number: 10930470
    Abstract: A radio frequency power system includes a master RF generator and an auxiliary RF generator, wherein each generator outputs a respective RF signal. The master RF generator also outputs a RF control signal to the auxiliary RF generator, and the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator varies in accordance with the RF control signal. The auxiliary RF generator receives sense signals indicative of an electrical characteristic of the respective RF signals output by the master RF generator and the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary RF generator determines a phase difference between the RF signals. The sensed electrical characteristics and the phase are used independently or cooperatively to control the phase and amplitude of the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary generator includes an inductive clamp circuit that returns energy reflected energy back from a coupling network to a variable resistive load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Radomski, Ky Luu, Larry J. Fisk, II, Ross Reinhardt, Matthew G. Harrington, Amish Rughoonundon, Jesse N. Klein, Aaron M. Burry
  • Publication number: 20210013007
    Abstract: A repeating setpoint generator module selectively varies a setpoint for an output parameter according to a predetermined pattern that repeats during successive time intervals. A closed-loop module, during a first one of the time intervals, generates N closed-loop values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at N times during the first one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the first one of the time intervals, respectively. An adjusting module, during the first one of the time intervals, generates N adjustment values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at the N times during a second one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the second one of the time intervals, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Larry J. FISK, II, Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Jonathan W. SMYKA
  • Publication number: 20200411289
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) generator system includes first and second RF power sources, each RF power source applying a respective RF signal and second RF signal to a load. The first RF signal is applied in accordance with the application of the second RF signal. The application of the first RF signal is synchronized to application of the second RF signal. The first RF signal may be amplitude modulated in synchronization with the second RF signal, and the amplitude modulation can include blanking of the first RF signal. A frequency offset may be applied to the first RF signal in synchronization with the second RF signal. A variable actuator associated with the first RF power source may be controlled in accordance with the second RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Benjamin J. GITLIN, Larry J. FISK, II, Mariusz OLDZIEJ, Aaron M. BURRY, Jonathan W. SMYKA, Alexei MARAKHTANOV, Bing JI, Felix Leib KOZAKEVICH, John HOLLAND, Ranadeep BHOWMICK
  • Patent number: 10741363
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) generator includes a RF power source configured to generate an output signal at an output frequency. The RF generator includes a frequency tuning module. The frequency tuning module generates a frequency control signal that controls the output frequency of the RF power source. The frequency control signal includes a frequency tuning signal component and a perturbation signal component. The perturbation signal varies an electrical parameter of the output signal. The frequency tuning signal is adjusted in accordance with a change in output signal in response to the perturbation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Burry, Aaron T. Radomski, Aung Toe, Jesse N. Klein
  • Patent number: 10727027
    Abstract: A repeating setpoint generator module selectively varies a setpoint for an output parameter according to a predetermined pattern that repeats during successive time intervals. A closed-loop module, during a first one of the time intervals, generates N closed-loop values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at N times during the first one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the first one of the time intervals, respectively. An adjusting module, during the first one of the time intervals, generates N adjustment values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at the N times during a second one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the second one of the time intervals, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Fisk, II, Aaron T. Radomski, Jonathan W. Smyka
  • Publication number: 20200144025
    Abstract: A radio frequency power system includes a master RF generator and an auxiliary RF generator, wherein each generator outputs a respective RF signal. The master RF generator also outputs a RF control signal to the auxiliary RF generator, and the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator varies in accordance with the RF control signal. The auxiliary RF generator receives sense signals indicative of an electrical characteristic of the respective RF signals output by the master RF generator and the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary RF generator determines a phase difference between the RF signals. The sensed electrical characteristics and the phase are used independently or cooperatively to control the phase and amplitude of the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary generator includes an inductive clamp circuit that returns energy reflected energy back from a coupling network to a variable resistive load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron T. RADOMSKI, Ky LUU, Larry J. FISK, II, Ross REINHARDT, Matthew G. HARRINGTON, Amish RUGHOONUNDON, Jesse N. KLEIN, Aaron M. BURRY
  • Patent number: 10546724
    Abstract: A radio frequency power system includes a master RF generator and an auxiliary RF generator, wherein each generator outputs a respective RF signal. The master RF generator also outputs a RF control signal to the auxiliary RF generator, and the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator varies in accordance with the RF control signal. The auxiliary RF generator receives sense signals indicative of an electrical characteristic of the respective RF signals output by the master RF generator and the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary RF generator determines a phase difference between the RF signals. The sensed electrical characteristics and the phase are used independently or cooperatively to control the phase and amplitude of the RF signal output by the auxiliary RF generator. The auxiliary generator includes an inductive clamp circuit that returns energy reflected energy back from a coupling network to a variable resistive load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Radomski, Ky Luu, Larry J. Fisk, II, Ross Reinhardt, Matthew G. Harrington, Amish Rughoonundon, Jesse N. Klein, Aaron M. Burry
  • Publication number: 20190334385
    Abstract: A radio frequency power system is provided that includes bias modules, a switch, a matching network, and a control module. The bias modules are configured to generate respectively DC bias voltages. The switch is configured to (i) receive current from the bias modules, and (ii) control flow of the current from the bias modules to generate a radio frequency bias voltage signal. The matching network is configured to (i) receive the radio frequency bias voltage signal, and (ii) based on the radio frequency bias voltage signal, supply at least a portion of a radio frequency output voltage signal to an electrode of a substrate support in a processing chamber. The control module is connected to the switch and configured to control a state of the switch based on the radio frequency output voltage signal to shape a waveform of the radio frequency bias voltage signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Ky LUU, Aaron T. RADOMSKI