Kratos Axis Ultra DLD X-ray/Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectrometer

The Kratos Axis Ultra is a multi-analytical technique that allows quantitative analysis and imaging of elemental components and their oxidation states. The sampling depth depends on sample makeup but is typically not more than 10 nm. Additional capabilities include Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), Scanning Auger Microscopy (SAM), Low Energy Ion Scattering Spectroscopy (LEIS/ISS), Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS)

The system has been acquired through generous funding from an NSF Chemistry Research Instrumentation grant (CHE-0443657) and matching funds from the University of Utah Office of the Vice-president for Research.

Analytical Modes



X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and imaging

  • Monochromatic Al x-ray source
  • Achromatic Mg x-ray source
  • Small spot analysis ~15 μm
  • Angle-resolve XPS capability

Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy

  • He(I) and He(II) UV source

Low Energy Ion Scattering Spectroscopy

  • He ion beam source

Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Field emission electron source

Additional Capabilities

  • In-situ surface sputter cleaning and depth profiling with Ar+ ion gun
  • Electron flood gun for non-conductive surfaces
  • Gas analysis using MKS Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

Uses and Applications

  • Analysis of surface oxidation of metals after plasma treatment or other test reactions
  • Imaging of surface oxidation states
  • Measurement of Fermi energy and work function of metals and semiconductors using UPS
  • Quantitative analysis of surface contamination up to a monolayer
  • Chemical analysis of thin films and ultrathin coatings

On Campus Users: $65.00 Dr. Paulo Perez
Off Campus Academic Users $99.00 Lab: 801-587-3108
Industry Rate $130.00 Office: 801-581-6855
Industry Expedite Rate $390.00

Selected Publications

Liu, X., You, B., and Sun Y.
Facile Surface Modification of Ubiquitous Stainless Steel Led to Competent lectrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting,
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2017, 5, 4778 – 4784.
Ren, C., Koopman, M., Fang, Z.Z., Zhang, H., and Van Devener, B.
A Study on the Sintering of Ultrafine Grained Tungsten with Ti-based Additives
Int. J. Refract. Metals Hard Mater., 2017, 65, 2 – 8.
Saini, S., Yaddanapudi, H.S., Tian, K., Yin, Y., Magginetti, D., and Tiwari, A.
Terbium Ion Doping in Ca3Co4O9: A Step towards High-Performance Thermoelectric Materials,
Sci. Rep., 2017, 7, 44621(1 – 9).
Quast, A.D., Bornstein, M., Greydanus, B.J., Zharov, I., and Shumaker-Parry, J.S.
Robust Polymer-Coated Diamond Supports for Noble-Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts ,
ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 4729-4738.

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