Our instrument is a Phi5600 multitechnique surface science analysis instrument. The instrument was provided and installed by RBD instruments
who refurbished the hardware, rebuilt the pumps, replaced the filaments, cleaned the analyzer, and notably, interfaced the data acquisition system with a modern computer
. For X-ray analyses, features include a twin (Al Kα/Mg Kα) x-ray anode, a monochromated aluminum Kα x-ray anode, and a 300 mm hemispherical energy analyzer with a 2-stage channeltron-amplified, 16-position electron detector. Sample preparation/cleaning includes an in situ
heating stage, an argon ion gun, and a low-energy charge neutralizer. We additionally utilize a Prevac
gas-excitation light source (typically He I and/or He II excitation) in ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy for valence band spectra determination. In the picture above, the mechanical pumps are also housed in the cabinet on the lefthand side to minimize vibrations and noise.
A device from Transfer Engineering & Manufacturing
enables direct sample transfer from a glovebox to the XPS with no exposure to air. Termed the “vacuum suitcase”, this device adapts to 1″ Phi-style pucks for sample loading inside the glovebox and is transferred to the XPS load lock. The sample is sealed in the vacuum suitcase under the atmosphere from the glovebox that is nitrogen-or-argon based with a typical oxygen concentration under 0.5 ppm. The interface with the XPS is a KF40 flange (a 2.75″ Conflat is shown in the machine drawing), as its inner diameter clearance is sufficiently large for puck passage and KF can quickly mate to a matched, genderless flange. Adams & Chittenden
scientific glassblowers made an adapter to the XPS load lock based on a glass
KF40 flange so that we can visually align the transfer of the puck from the holder in the vacuum suitcase to the Phi sample transfer arm. This enables the analysis of air sensitive compounds and thin films that would otherwise be destroyed by even short air exposures.
The suitcase has a side port that enables active pumping with a small, battery operated pumping station for maximum oxygen-free sample transfer. However we do not use the suitcase in this way.
Side chamber TPD
We have additionally outfitted a side chamber on the instrument with a temperature programmed desorption
experiment. The Phi5600 instrument as supplied came with Phi’s high-pressure reaction cell that was directly attached to the chamber and had a separate sample transfer arm for transferring Phi sample pucks between the XPS analysis chamber and this reaction cell. We subsequently modified the reaction cell by adding a sample stage on the lower port that receives a Phi-style puck and will raise the puck up to be adjacent to an electron impact mass spectrometer that is physically above the puck (not shown). Rather than using a traditional Phi puck, HeatWave Labs
fashioned a heating stage that physically resembles a Phi-style puck. We apply a current through the stage, and this heater puck gets hot! Since it has all of the grooves in the right place, the transfer arms can move this heater puck back and forth as if it were a “real” Phi puck. We measure temperature with a thermocouple that is near the mass spectrometer that is pressed in to the heater puck when it is raised to be adjacent to the mass spectrometer.
We are very grateful to all of the people and all of the businesses that enabled the kinds of experiments that we need to do to answer the kinds of questions that intrigue us. We are additionally grateful to Tom Partington in the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering instrument shop at WPI for his services in fabrication of TPD stage pieces and ongoing assistance.
Instructions for XPSing
Instructions to follow soon.
Instructions for UPSing
Instructions to follow soon.
Instructions for TPDing
No. Consult with Grimm for collaboration.