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Kratos Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)

Facility Overview
The x-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) was purchased from the Kratos Analytical Company. The spectrometer provides elemental and chemical state information on all types of sample surfaces from solid thin films, including dried powders.

This instrument is also equipped with the following surface analysis techniques:

  • Ion Scattering Spectroscopy (ISS)
  • Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS)
  • A delay-line detector for two-dimensional imaging in XPS mode

Facility Manager

Dr. Hugo Celio
Surface Analysis Facility Manager
Materials Texas Institute
University of Texas at Austin
2.110 NST
1 University Station A5500
Austin, TX 78712
Office (NST 2.110): (512) 232-7002
Kratos XPS lab (NST 2.108): (512) 475-9546
SEM lab (NST 2.106): (512) 232-7169
Cell phone (512) 705-2379

Fee Structure and Reservations
Trained On campus users: $48/hour
Assisted On Campus users: $94/hour
Non-Profit Organizations: $107/hour
Private Sector: $489/hour

To make a reservation for the XPS, please send an email to Dr. Hugo Celio. Off-campus users are also welcome.

model Kratos AXIS Ultra DLD

4 axis software and hardware controlled autostage
Fully automatic spot size selection from 15µm to large area

Dual anode (Mg and Al K alpha source)
High power Al monochromator
500mm Rowland circle
Quartz toroidal backplane


180° hemispherical analyser
165mm mean radius
Spherical mirror analyser

Fully automatic
Coaxial low energy electron source

MCP stack and delay-line detector
Scanned and snapshot spectroscopy modes
2D imaging mode

Sample analysis chamber (SAC)
Stainless steel with double Mu metal screening layer
Spherical 267mm diameter, 23 ports (15 line of sight)
Ion pump with cryoshroud (220 l/s)
Sample treatment chamber (STC)
Multiple options offering high flexibility including:
Simple load lock and preparation chamber
Preparation chamber with additional fast entry lock
Catalyst reaction chamber
Radial distribution chamber
Turbomolecular pump (250 l/s) (oil free option)

Advisory Committee
Professor Richard Crooks








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