Surface Science Canada


  • NIST Scientific and Technical Databases
  • NIST: XPS database (somewhat old, but rather complete online database on binding energies of various elements and compounds
  • Scientific and Technical Databases
  • NIST: FTIR and Raman database No spectra, just positions of the peaks
  • Lasurface: XPS, AES and UPS online database, provides also useful background material for beginners and for advanced users
  • XPS International (Five printed volumes containing spectra from pure elements, native oxides and some compounds, available in the ACSES main lab )
  • "Handbook of X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Reference Book of Standard Spectra for Identification and Interpretation of XPS Data" by J.F. Moulder, W.F. Stickle, P.E. Sobol and K.D. Bomben, published by Physical Electronics (February 1995) - out of print, often called "XPS bible", hardcopy available in the ACSES main lab
  • Electron Binding Energies (LBL, Berkeley, CA : on-line)
  • Electron Attenuation/IMFP Databases (NIST : off-line, copy available in ACSES main lab)
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook (NIST, includes MS-fragmentation & IR data, available on-line)
  • Static SIMS Library (SurfaceSpectra Ltd., off-line)
  • Surface Science Spectra Monthly journal published by AVS with alphabetical list of all materials published in SSS, available on-line for UofA users
  • Surface Structure Database (NIST, off-line)
  • WebElements (general database of properties of the elements, on-line)
  • XPS and AES Spectral Database (mainatined on-line by Surface Analysis Society of Japan with sputter etching rate database)
  • XPS Database of Polymers (off-line book: SurfaceSpectra Ltd.)
  • XPS Polymer Handbook (off-line : Kratos, CD available in ACSES main lab)
  • UKSAF : UK Surface Analysis Forum with a Database Page, available on-line
  • XPS Blog : Useful summary of the binding energies and XPS spectra based on critical review of the NIST Database, includes also references to recently published data of Surface Science Western
  • TUW database : Calculated parameters for electron spectroscopies with tutorial compiled by Wolfgang Werner, Technical University Wien
  • SIMS Society USA : Official website with links to databases and books available on the internet


  • CASA software
    Powerful software with valuable comments on peak shapes and backgrounds by Neal Fairley, we have site licence of the program
  • ARCtick (PC)
    To assist in depth profiling by angle-resolved XPS - from National Physical Laboratory, UK
  • ARXPS To assist in the interpretation of angle-resolved XPS - from R. Paynter, Quebec.
  • ARXPS Package (vn. 1.0) for Igor Pro (Mac, PC)
    Analysis of angle-resolved XPS data - from J.J. Weimer, Alabama
  • CCP3: Surface Science
    Computer simulation of surface structure and properties; synchrotron data analysis software - from Computational Science & Engineering Dept., Daresbury, UK.
  • Compro (Common Data Analysis Processing System) (PC)
    - from the Surface Analysis Society of Japan
  • Data Analysis (PC)
    - from M. Karolewski.
  • eXPFit (PC)
    An XPS peak fitting utility for Microsoft Excel - from R.M. Nix, Queen Mary, University of London
  • FitXPS (PC)
    An XPS peak analysis program (for Win 9x/NT) - from D.L. Adams, Univ. of Aarhus
  • Quases
    - for quantitative XPS/AES analysis of surface nano-structures
    - for quantitative angle-resolved analysis by XPS/AES
    - for calculation of IMFPs by TPP2M- formula
    all from Sven Tougaard, Odense
  • Thickogram - for calculation of thin film thickness as derived by P.Cumpson, NPL
  • Kalypso (PC)
    Molecular dynamics program for simulation of atomic collisions in solids - from M. Karolewski
  • Simion (PC)
    An ion optics simulation program (demo only for download) - from Ion Source Software
  • Spectral DataProcessor (PC) : Windows based XPS spectral data processing software from XPS International, Inc. Copy available for use in ACSES main lab only
  • Software from Surface Theory Web Centre
    A range of software relating primarily to surface structures, LEED, photoemission and photoelectron diffraction - from M.A. Van Hove and the Surface Theory group at Berkeley.
  • SpXZeigR Routines for Igor Pro (Mac, PC)
    For spectral data analysis and presentation - from J.J. Weimer, Alabama
  • Surface Explorer
    An interactive surface viewer on the web (see also BALSAC) - from F. Rammer and K. Hermann , FHI.
  • UniFit (PC)
    A universal program for XPS peak fitting under Windows - from R. Hesse, Uni. Leipzig.
  • wxEWA
    A multiplatform spectrum evaluation program, with some special options for the fields XPS, UPS, XRF and atomic collisions - from J. Vegh, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • XPS MultiQuant (PC)
    A quantitative evaluation program for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy - from M. Mohai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • XPSPeak(PC)
    For analysis of XPS data (Win95/98 version) - from R. Kwok, C.U. Hong Kong.
  • 3D Surface View (PC)
    Image visualisation software for SPM data - from MS MacroSystem, Netherlands.


Books on Surface Analysis available in UofA library. ACSES main lab have copies of some books too



TEM, MicroRaman: NINT

MicroFTIR, MALDI: UofA, Dept. of Chemistry

X-ray Microprobe: UofA, Dept. of EAS

NANOFAB, a Micro & Nanofabrication Facility

INRF, Integrated Nano Research Facility



Surface Science Canada 2008

20th SIMS Workshop 2009, Key Largo, FL

ISI 2011 - Ion-Solid Interactions Internat. conference, Moscow

ECASIA 2011, Cardiff, UK

SIMS International Conference 2011, Trento, Italy



Useful forum discussion about surface carbon and where it comes from







Asylum Research

First Ten Amgstroms (FTA)