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New Thermo Scientific K-Alpha Enables Improved Chemical Detection for Chemical Surface Characterization

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., has announced the launch of the new version of the Thermo Scientific K-Alpha X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). This fully integrated surface characterization tool is designed to meet the demands of surface engineers whether working in research and development of new surface chemistries, or dealing with routine characterization of surfaces, thin films and coatings.

The Thermo Scientific K-Alpha is unveiled at booth 217 at the AVS 57th International Symposium and Exhibition 2010, October 17-22, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The original K-Alpha was designed to offer scientists and engineers a new XPS solution by offering ease of operation, and a streamlined workflow via the Thermo Scientific Avantage data system. The latest revision of the award-winning K-Alpha platform has those same valued benefits and in addition features improved spectroscopic performance. Further enhancements include improvements to the sample viewing system, better automation, and a new glove box option for handling air-sensitive samples.

The new instrument integrates premier spectrometer performance with the latest version of the Thermo Scientific Avantage XPS acquisition and processing user interface. This combination of instrumentation and software combines high sample throughput with market leading analytical performance, essential for tackling the complex materials characterization needs of today’s surface analysis applications. The high level of integration between hardware and software enables users to calibrate their instrument with a single button press and incorporates full traceability of all system parameters.

The Avantage™ Data System is designed to offer productivity via an optimized workflow that guides analysts through data acquisition, interpretation, processing and report generation. Avantage offers full digital tool control while providing a comprehensive range of XPS spectrum and image processing routines. Customized laboratory reporting templates allow analysis reports to be exported to standard PC applications, such as Microsoft® Office, at the click of a mouse. The new Avantage Indexer (AI) system allows management of all stored data sets, allowing management by element, chemistry, acquisition date and other important parameters.