Thermo Showcases its New Materials Characterization Instrument at AVS International Symposium 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 5, 2006) - Thermo Electron Corporation, world leader in analytical instrumentation, will be exhibiting its new K-Alpha Materials Characterization instrument on booth #1529 at the 53rd International Symposium and Exhibition of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) at the Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, 12 -17 November 2006. Using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), the K-Alpha enables rapid, accurate and cost-effective quantitative monitoring of the surface chemical composition of the top few nanometers of solid materials including insulators, semiconductors and metals.

Thermo will be holding live demonstrations of its new XPS instrument at the show, allowing scientists involved in high throughput analyses of traditional materials as well as emerging biotech, nanotech and pharmaceutical industries to view analyses of samples relevant to their particular area of interest. Free registration to the limited demonstrations slots is available via

The K-Alpha features new electron optics delivering high sensitivity, permitting insight into the most complex surface chemistries. Incorporating ingenious data processing algorithms, the system offers full automation from sample acquisition to data interpretation and reporting. An integral ion source achieves high-resolution depth profiling, thus facilitating true three-dimensional analysis. Furthermore, the K-Alpha is equipped with a built-in calibration system while the instrument's intuitive operation means that it is well suited to both routine and research applications. Featuring a compact instrument footprint, the K-Alpha saves valuable laboratory space while the instrument's low cost of ownership makes it much more attainable than other XPS instruments available on the market.

The AVS International Symposium and Exhibition addresses cutting-edge issues associated with vacuum science and related technologies in both the research and manufacturing communities. Each year, over 200 companies and more than 3,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend the show, which features papers from technical divisions and technology groups, topical conferences on emerging technologies and short courses providing specialized training in specific areas of vacuum science and related technologies.

For more information about Thermo's novel K-Alpha XPS instrument, please visit booth #1529 at AVS International Symposium and Exhibition 2006 in San Francisco. Alternatively, please call +1 800-532-4752, e-mail or visit

About Surface Analysis
Thermo Electron Corporation manufactures a range of instruments for surface, ultra-thin film and thin film analysis. We supply systems for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and multi-technique instruments. ESCALAB 250 is a high-performance, multi-technique XPS instrument, THETA PROBE is a small-spot XPS instrument capable of producing angle-resolved XPS data without tilting the sample, THETA 300 provides data from semiconductor wafers and MICROLAB 350 is a high-performance scanning Auger spectrometer. In addition to complete systems, we manufacture surface analysis components for techniques such as XPS, ARXPS, AES, SAM, UPS and ISS. For more information visit

About Thermo Electron Corporation
Thermo Electron Corporation is the world leader in analytical instruments. Our instrument solutions enable our customers to make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place. Thermo's Life and Laboratory Sciences segment provides analytical instruments, scientific equipment, services and software solutions for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental and industrial laboratories. Thermo's Measurement and Control segment is dedicated to providing analytical instruments used in a variety of manufacturing processes and in-the-field applications, including those associated with safety and homeland security. For more information, visit

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