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About the SCCAVS


SCCAVS Newsletter Archive

Upcoming Meetings & Symposia

SCCAVS Jobs Page

Vacuum Technology Resources


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October 10-12, 2022

Holiday Inn Buena Park, CA

Equipment Exhibition, Student Poster Session, & Short Course Program


Exhibitors, click here for more information, including a link to the registration form


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Find recordings of recent SCCAVS-sponsored webinars here.

“The Search for Habitable Planets via the Solar Gravitational Lens,” by Dr. Henry Helvajian of The Aerospace Corporation



“Flexible Nano-porous Template for the Design and Development of a Reusable Anti-COVID-19 Hydrophobic Face Mask,” by Muhammad Mustafa Hussain from UC Berkeley



“Thin Film Filters and Coatings for UV Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Planetary Science,” by April Jewell from JPL





The Southern California Chapter of AVS (SCCAVS) is dedicated to serving the Southern California technical community through technical symposia, educational outreach, and other programs that provide topical information to members and non-members in our region. Our areas of interest include vacuum science and vacuum-related technologies, surface and thin film science, nanotechnology, the understanding of materials properties, and the development of new materials.

Members of the SCCAVS are from industry, academia, government, and equipment sales and marketing. Membership to the local chapter may be obtained through the National AVS organization.

SCCAVS members and non-members are welcome to attend the chapter's monthly executive board meeting, which provides an opportunity both to contribute to and make new connections with the Southern California technical community. Our discussions focus on developing activities such as speaker meetings, technical workshops, science fairs, newsletter, field trips and the annual symposium and equipment exhibition.

If you have any questions about the SCCAVS and our activities, please contact us.



Chapter News

*     2021 Elmer Carvey Student Scholarships Awarded!

*     2022 Elmer Carvey Scholarship Application – Due July 1st, 2022 !

*     Orange County Science Fair 2020 SCCAVS Award Winners  

*     Highlights of the 2017 SCCAVS Vacuum Equipment Exhibition, Short Course Program, and Student Poster Session

*     Science Educators Workshop – Attention Middle and High School Teachers!!!


Recent Events

*     Charts from recent presentation: Cleaning, Adhesion, and Productivity – Presented by Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions LLC

*     Charts from recent presentation: Advanced Large Area Deposition using Focused Beam Sources, Presented by Michael Fulton, Surface Optics Corp.

*     Charts from recent presentation: Advances in Vacuum Chamber Technology – Presented by Ken Harrison (President & CEO) and Thomas Dobler (Sales Manager), GNB Corporation

*     Fuels from Sunlight: A Technical and Operational Perspective on the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub – Presented by: Professor Nathan Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

*     Advances in Vacuum Quality Measurement – Presented by Gerardo Brucker, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Granville-Phillips Div., Brooks Automation

*     New and Innovative Ion Beam Sputtering Platform for Precision Optics - Presented by Ralph Faber, CEO, Vacuum Process Technology

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If you are a member of the AVS and reside in the Southern California area, you automatically receive notifications of SCCAVS activities and events, including the SCCAVS Newsletter.

If you are not an AVS member and would like to receive emails from the SCCAVS, please contact us at info@sccavs.org. and we will add you to our list.  Please also let us know if you are on our list and your email address has changed.


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