The Experimentalists Hobbyshop
Lab Tour, Part I
AUSSL has several standard and specialty surface science techniques and is one of the
most well-equipped surface laboratories in the nation, having nearly $7M in surface

A list of our current capabilities:

  • Auger electron spectroscopy, AES (3 instruments)
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS (3 instruments)
  • Ion scattering spectroscopy, ISS (2 instruments)
  • Scanning electron microscopy, SEM (5 instruments)
  • Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, EDS (2 instruments)
  • Scanning transmission electron microscopy, STEM (1 instrument)
  • Quadrupole mass spectroscopy, QMS (2 instruments)
  • Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy, FTIR (1 instrument)
  • Scanning kinetic spectroscopy, SKS (1 instrument)
  • Electron stimulated desorption, ESD (1 instrument)
  • Atomic force microscopy, AFM (1 instrument)+
  • Raman spectroscopy (1 instrument)+
  • Temperature programmed desorption, TPD (1 instrument)
  • Molecular beam surface physics (1 instrument)
  • Wetting balance (1 instrument)
  • Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, RBS (1 instrument)*
  • Light ion channeling, LIC (1 instrument)*
  • High energy ion implantation (1 instrument)*

    *Supervised by Professor J. R. Williams
    +Supervised by Professor Minseo Park
Custom-Designed Multi-Technique Surface Instrument
(based on Kratos XSAM 800)

  • Scanning AES
  • XPS (dual anode)
  • ISS
  • SEM
  • QMS
  • UHV monolayer metal evaporators
  • High pressure cell for variable gas pressure environments
  • Wetting and spreading cell for studies of molten surfaces

Custom-Designed Fundamental Surface Chemistry Instrument

  • Fixed-beam AES
  • Specimen heating and cooling from 77K < T < 1000C
  • Electron Stimulated Desorption (ESD)
  • Scanning Kinetic Spectroscopy (SKS)
  • Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD)
  • Quadrupole Mass Spectroscopy (QMS)
  • Molecular Beam Surface Physics
  • Sticking Coefficients
  • UHV Metal Evaporators for Monolayer Depositions
  • Ability to Expose Nearly any Gas to any Surface at any Temperature

Dedicated XPS Instrument
(based on Kratos XSAM 800 platform)

Multi-Technique Surface Analysis Instrument

Programmable Temperature Cycling Scanning Electron Microscope

Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) with Heating and HATR Capability