Laser Ablater finds defects and inclusions.

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Benchtop UP193-BT excimer laser ablation system can target defects with spots down to 4-pm dia, making it suitable for applications including forensics, geochemistry, and bioscience analysis. Control software offers ablation methods such as depth profiling and raster scanning for bulk analysis. High energy density of 35 J/cm2 at sample, flat beam, and short 193 nm wavelength make it usable for opaque and highly transmissive materials.

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New Wave Research Unveils UP193-BT Benchtop Excimer Laser Ablation System

Fremont, Calif., March 25, 2002 - New Wave Research has unveiled the UP193-BT, a benchtop excimer-based laser ablation system for solid sampling introduction to ICP, ICP-MS, noble gas MS and stable isotope MS instruments of all makes and models. Its high energy density (35J/cm2) at the sample, flat beam and short 193 nm wavelength make it ideal for opaque and highly transmissive materials alike. The user can target micro-features such as defects and inclusions with spots down to 4-micron diameter. The control software offers a wide variety of ablation methods such as depth profiling and raster scanning for bulk analysis. This versatile instrument is equipped to handle a wide variety of applications including forensics, geochemistry and bioscience analysis.

A compact and completely self-contained system, the UP193-BT measures only 48" (122 cm) x 25.5" (65 cm), not including the small power supply that can be remotely located underneath-a perfect fit for most benchtops and mobile carts.

Each system includes a rugged, 20-mJ excimer laser with built-in gas reserve, a high-magnification video system, sub-micron precision stages, F/O illumination, cross polarizers, ICP/ICP-MS sample chamber and Merchantek control software for semi-automated and automated operation. The system's software package controls all laser parameters, sample viewing and stage positioning and has many unique features such as sample contour following and tilt correction, sample mosaic navigation and alphanumeric character marking.

Established in 1990, New Wave Research manufactures a range of small, pulsed Nd:YAG laser systems for semiconductor failure analysis, LCD repair, laser ablation for ICP mass spectroscopy, particle image velocimetry, OEM and other scientific and industrial applications. For more information, contact Johnny Poon, Sales Manager, New Wave Research, 47613 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, Calif., 94539; 510/249-1550, 510/249-1551 (fax); e-mail:; Web:

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