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Casa XPS Two-Day Program

CasaXPS was written by Neal Fairley for those who routinely work with XPS/ESCA spectra. CasaXPS offers user-friendly data processing for anyone with a Pentium PC running Microsoft Windows 95 or later. This program contains file converters for converting manufacturers’ file formats into the ISO standard data format, so data from different instruments can be processed using the same versatile software.

CasaXPS has all the required data processing capabilities that are needed, and even has batch processing to apply previously used processing steps to any number of separate files that have the same format as the original. Spectra from different datasets or different instruments can also be combined into a new file for better comparison. The results of data processing, such as curve fitting and quantitative analysis, are tabulated and made available in a convenient format for use in Microsoft Word, Excel or similar products. Data displays can also be copied with different aspect ratios for use in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word or similar products.

The course will include an overview of the features in CasaXPS, converting data in different file formats (such as from Kratos, Physical Electronics, and Thermo Fisher Scientific [formerly VG]) into the ISO standard format, different display modes, different peak identification and labeling methods, different background subtraction methods (linear, Shirley, Tougaard,…), peak areas, sensitivity factors and their linked databases, quantitative analysis using default transitions and user-selected transitions, adding peaks, curve fitting, selection of lineshapes and backgrounds, curve fitting using reference spectra, combining curve fit data into quantitative analysis tables, correcting energy scale for sample charging, propagating processed data to other data, depth profile data, least squares fitting, annotation relative to peaks or to the display box, spectrum zoom, inserting additional spectra within a window, copying spectra into reports, changing aspect ratios, changing fonts, changing line colors, batch processing, customizing CasaXPS, creating and saving versions with special databases, use in data processing with other techniques such as AES and SIMS.
This course is taught in a hands-on environment, so attendees will learn how to use the many features of this powerful software program. Attendees are required to bring their own laptop and will be provided with a demonstration copy of CasaXPS version 2.3.15 to keep, data to process, “An Introduction to XPS and AES” by Neal Fairley (pdf format), as well as a 400 page printed user manual for version 2.3.15.

Course Faculty

John T. Grant has been an instructor in surface analysis techniques for over 25 years, and is a distinguished research scientist with the Research Institute at the University of Dayton. He received his PhD in physics from the University of New South Wales. Dr. Grant has 40 years of experience in the field of surface science and has published over 100 refereed papers in the scientific literature. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. His areas of expertise include all forms of surface analysis, particularly electron spectroscopies. He is co-founder of the Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis, past chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials Subcommittee on Auger Electron Spectroscopy, past chair of the Applied Surface Science Division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), past chair of the Applied Surface Science Division of the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA), and is North American Editor of the international journal Surface and Interface Analysis.

Registration Acceptance Terms

Acceptance of registration for Surface Analysis becomes effective when the University of Dayton officially receives a request, either by fax transmission, online submission, written application or verbal communication, from an interested individual wishing to be considered part of the program.  Once affirmed, the participant/member will receive written confirmation of acceptance into the program. Upon transmission and receipt of confirmation, the registration is considered firm and binding. Payment is expected at time of reservation confirmation unless alternate arrangements are made at the time of booking. Additionally, unpaid registration confirmations may be subject to billing to recover operational and administrative fees associated with the program. Please feel free to discuss this policy with the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education should you have questions or concerns. Confirmation of your registration, including course location and parking information will be sent to you.

Accommodations and Directions

Special University of Dayton hotel rates are available at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S Patterson Blvd, Dayton, 937-223-1000, and the Courtyard Marriott – University of Dayton, 2006 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Dayton, 937-220-9060.

There are many other hotels in the Dayton area covering a wide price range. The University of Dayton is 15 miles from Dayton International Airport.

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Certificates and Continuing Education Units

The Surface Analysis Program has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU). The CEU is an internationally recognized documentation of continuing education for non-credit programs. Participants completing the course requirements will be awarded the appropriate CEU and will receive a 'certificate of completion' stating the earned amount (as approved by the University of Dayton under the guidelines of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training Organization [IACET]).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received two weeks prior to course start date will be refunded except for a $25.00 administrative fee. Refunds are not possible after this date. Substitution of participants is acceptable at any time. Requests for refunds must be made in writing. After a registration request is made, changes or cancellation may be subject to billing or administrative fees.