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For the determination of surface composition, contaminant analysis and for depth profiling

Hiden Analytical supplies industry-leading quadrupole mass spectrometers that make cutting-edge nanotechnology applications possible, from atomic scale surface analysis to ultra-precision vacuum diagnostics.


Nanotechnology (nanotech) has existed in a theoretical sense for decades; even before scientists and engineers were able to exploit and study materials at the atomic and molecular levels. This nanoscale concerns a range of approximately 1 – 100 nanometres (nm), which spans as low as one billionth of a meter (10-9 m). Conventional technologies were unable to resolve points within 200nm of one another, inhibiting the realisation of nanotechnology and nanoscale surface analysis.

The onset of modern instrumentation like the atomic force and scanning electron microscopes (AFM/SEMs) opened a window into the atomic, molecular, and macromolecular properties of materials. This enabled research and development (R&D) of unique nanostructures, and nanoscale localities on macrostructural materials, leading to a host of new nanotechnology applications.

Nanotechnology Applications of Hiden Analytical Instruments

Hiden Analytical quadrupole mass spectrometers are key components in achieving precise and repeatable results for a broad range of nanoscale surface analysis and myriad other nanotechnology applications. These include:

  • Contaminant analysis
  • Plasma characterisation for enhancement and optimisation of etching processes
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) depth profiling of nanoscale thin films
  • Surface composition studies at the nanoscale
  • Temperature-programmed desorption analysis in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunnelling microscopes
  • Vacuum diagnostics