Mass spectrometers for vacuum, gas, plasma and surface science

A specialist gas analysis system for fast event UHV studies

Hiden’s 3F PIC Series Quadrupoles are high precision triple filter analysers with digital detectors for ultimate sensitivity and time resolution in UHV TPD applications.




Surface science

Single crystal studies

Molecular beam studies

Flash desorption analysis

High performance RGA

Desorption studies

Outgassing studies

Bakeout cycles

Process contaminants

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TPD Workstation


3F Series RGA


3F Series analysers include an optional UHV compatible mass filter shroud and low profile ion source for close positioning to the desorption surface.

Both analogue and digital inputs are provided for synchronous acquisition start and sample temperature data display alongside mass channel data.

Multiple ion detection mode allows more than 100 channels to be monitored simultaneously, each with a unique set of MS parameters. Choose species from the internal library or via NIST MS database with direct import/export to MASsoft Professional software.


- Low profile ion source

- Fast data acquisition

- 500 data points per second

- Wide dynamic range

- 7 decade continuous log scale

- Gating input for pulsed gas studies down to 100 nano seconds gating resolution


The system is supplied with MASsoft 7 Professional Edition software.

This Windows 8 compatible software allows control of the instrument via USB 2.0, RS232 or Ethernet. Provides comprehensive I/O for data output and for reading data from external devices for integration and display with mass spectrometer data.

Application Examples

The Heriot-Watt Astrochemistry Research Group

Research featuring data from the Hiden Analytical HAL/3F PIC for UHV TPD mass spectrometer :

Thermal Deposition of Pure Water Ice in the Interstellar Medium

Thermal Desorption of H2O/CO Ices

Thermal Desorption of H2O/CH3OH/CO Ices

Survey of the Thermal Desorption of Astrophysically Relevant Molecules

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