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All of the technologies we rely on are powered by semiconductor computer chips that continue to innovate in the miniaturization of their features. Smaller features lead to smaller tolerances in manufacturing, meaning that uniform and rapidly adaptable cooling is indispensable to the photolithography process. This project evaluated the feasibility of a vortex tube for cooling the photolithography machines used in semiconductor manufacturing for ASML. Theoretical, computational, and experimental methods were developed to quantitatively study the feasibility of using the vortex tube in this application. Experiments were designed and fabricated to simulate the chip manufacturing process. The vortex tube, with future work, was found to be a viable alternative to current cooling systems.
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