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The following post is a Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy Spectroscopy (SIMS) Tutorial ( PowerPoint in PDF format) complements of Eric Krosche. Although a destructive technique, SIMS is also the most sensitive surface analysis technique with detection limits as low as parts per billion.
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a fantastic resource for Surface Analysis techniques including Auger Electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Secondary ion mass spectroscopy, and Energy-dispersive-ray spectroscopy.
Using the search tool on the ASTM website you can easily find standards for anything from specimen mounting and preparation to data interpretation. Simply type in a keyword such as Auger, XPS, SIMS, EDX or SEM and you will get a listing of all standards with that keyword.
You can purchase the single standard that you are interested in or sign up for one of the many subscription options that are available.
Or, if you do not have your own surface analysis instrument or SEM and want to outsource your analysis needs, you can find a surface analysis testing laboratory in your area by using the Laboratory Directory dialog box and select the Surface Analysis/Microscopy pull down menu. The menu has many other testing choices as well.
ASTM Laboratory Directory
If you can’t find what you need on their website you can contact ASTM at 1-877-909-ASTM