Low Cost X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Analytical Services | XPS-ESCA | MSE Supplies

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MSE Supplies offers low cost XPS analysis services using Thermo Scientific ESCALAB 250X and Kratos AXIS-ULTRA DLD-600W.  

X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), also known as Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA), is an analysis technique used to obtain chemical information about the surfaces of solid materials. Both composition and the chemical state of surface constituents can be determined by XPS. Insulators and conductors can easily be analyzed in surface areas from a few microns to a few millimeters across.

The sample is placed in an ultrahigh vacuum environment and exposed to a low-energy, monochromatic x-ray source. The incident x-rays cause the ejection of core-level electrons from sample atoms. The energy of a photoemitted core electron is a function of its binding energy and is characteristic of the element from which it was emitted. Energy analysis of the emitted photoelectrons is the primary data used for XPS. When the core electron is ejected by the incident x-ray, an outer electron fills the core hole. The energy of this transition is balanced by the emission of an Auger electron or a characteristic x-ray. Analysis of Auger electrons can be used in XPS, in addition to emitted photoelectrons.

The photoelectrons and Auger electrons emitted from the sample are detected by an electron energy analyzer, and their energy is determined as a function of their velocity entering the detector. By counting the number of photoelectrons and Auger electrons as a function of their energy, a spectrum representing the surface composition is obtained. The energy corresponding to each peak is characteristic of an element present in the sampled volume. The area under a peak in the spectrum is a measure of the relative amount of the element represented by that peak. The peak shape and precise position indicates the chemical state for the element.

XPS is a surface sensitive technique because only those electrons generated near the surface escape and are detected. The photoelectrons of interest have relatively low kinetic energy. Due to inelastic collisions within the sample's atomic structure, photoelectrons originating more than 20 to 50 Å below the surface cannot escape with sufficient energy to be detected.

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