Auger electron spectroscopy
Turner, Noel H. Chemistry Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
Last reviewed:October 2019
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Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) is a widely used technique that detects the elements in the first atomic layers of a solid surface. Although many elements can be detected, hydrogen usually cannot be observed. Excellent spatial resolution can be achieved. Auger electron spectroscopy is important in many areas of science and technology, such as catalysis, electronics, lubrication, and new materials, and also understanding chemical bonding in the surface region. Auger spectra can be observed with gas-phase species.
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