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Surface Analysis Lab


The Surface Analysis Laboratory (SAL) provides access to high end X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) instrumentation. The facility is equipped with a traditional UHV characterization XPS and a high end near ambient pressure XPS for in-situ analysis of samples in the presence of a gas phase of interest.





    • Bruker Icon Dimension atomic force microscope ( Scanning force microscope )

      Bruker Icon Dimension AFM. Students are routinely trained for operation in Tapping Mode and ScanAsyst. Some of the options available are heated transition imaging and liquid imaging. Please contact the lab manager if you wish to explore other options with the AFM in addition to traditional modes.

    • Kratos Axis Ultra X-ray photoelectron spectrometer ( X-ray photoelectron spectrometer )

      Students, staff and faculty are trained to operate the Kratos Axis Ultra XPS. The instrument is equipped with both monochromated (Al) and dual (Mg and Al) x-ray guns. Additionally, the instrument is equipped with a helium UV source to provide UPS and an Ar ion gun to provide surface sputtering.

      See the lab manager for additional training if you would like to analyze air sensitive samples. Please acknowledge NSF-DMR grant #0114098

    • SPECS Near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectrometer ( X-ray photoelectron spectrometer )

      The SAL facility houses a newly installed SPECS near ambient pressure XPS system utilizing an in-situ cell capable of surface characterization in the
      presence of gases of interest up to 20 mbar and a temperature range of 200-800 K. The system utilizes a monochromated Al X-ray source and is
      equipped with Ar ion sputtering. Proposals to utilize NAP-XPS for cutting edge experiments are accepted on a bi-annual basis.

      Please see u.osu.edu/napxps for further details regarding sample and instrumental considerations. Please acknowledge NSF MRI award 1625792.

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    • CasaXPS ( Software )

      Site license for The Ohio State University allows users to analyze, save and export data collected in Surface Analysis Lab (SAL) on a university owned computer.

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    Last updated: 2021-03-30T08:40:30.938-04:00

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