flexible and highly sensitive instruments are designed for environments where
experimental setups are often changing and we have considerable expertise in providing
solutions for new challenges to the ellipsometry technique, such as imaging and
measurements from liquid surfaces.
provide affordable individual solutions for both R&D and semiconductor manufacturing
applications. Our instruments use polarized light for very rapid thin film and
Beaglehole Instruments started in 1991 as a partnership between Professor David Beaglehole and Dr. Andy Edgar of the Physics Department of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The company was registered as Beaglehole Instruments Ltd in 1993.
The seeds to the company were sown back in 1978 when an associate at Victoria University, Professor John Lekner wished to determine the thickness of the surface of liquid argon in connection with an interest in the statistical physics of liquid surfaces.
originally introduced by Jasperson and Schnatterley in 1969, turned out to be
the ideal technique for the job and is the underlying principal refined in the
latest Beaglehole Picometer and other Ellipsometers.
have been sold for use in a variety of fields including material and biological
research, standards measurement, industrial manufacturing development, and surface
adsorption studies. Recent sales have been made to institutions such as: Unilever
Research US (for surface etching); Wyle Research, US Air Force (layer structure);
International Bureau of Weights and Measures, Paris (contamination of the standard
mass); Columbia University, New York (materials science); Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (adsorption of gases); Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara (adsorption
of polymers); University of South Australia (surface wetting); Oxford University
(time dependent adsorption); Cierra Photonics (Opto-electronics layer deposition);
Oxford University (materials science); Australian National University (materials
science); Wheaton College (polymer research); Industrial Research Ltd., New Zealand
(mass standard); California State University (biological screening).
Beaglehole development team are all from research backgrounds and are continually
working on many projects, from adsorption of proteins onto gold surfaces to the
transmission of light through Antarctic snow. The electronics systems are manufactured
to ISO-9001 certification and the mechanics and optical instrumentation produced
by precision specialists.
experienced staff are available to assist in designing custom systems for semiconductor
OEM and non-standard applications and advise on data analysis. Do not hesitate
to contact us - see the contact page for details.