Vocabulary for Surface Chemical Analysis (ISO 18115:2013)

Vocabulary of Definitions for ~900 Terms for Surface Chemical Analysis - ISO

The surface chemical analysis vocabulary provides the definitions for some 900 surface chemical analysis terms in the two ISO International Standards:

These documents, available from ISO (International Standards Organization in Geneva) or your National Standards Body, cover the terms used in surface analysis spectroscopies such as Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and many similar methods as well as in the scanned probe microscopies (SPM) such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and many similar methods.

Because it is important for analysts, researchers and students to communicate clearly and unambiguously, these definitions are now freely available from ISO using the links to ISO18115-1* and ISO18115-2* as pdfs at the ISO portal. The Vocabularies are structured and it is easiest to find particular terms, or groups of terms, using the indexes in which the term number is given. These indexes are available separately as pdf documents through the links provided below:

The definitions are also available on the Online Browsing Platform at ISO18115-1* and ISO18115-2*. These links take you to a specific part of the ISO Online Browsing Platform, please wait for about a minute while they load. The general ISO Online Browsing Platform is useful for searching for terms not included in the above standards but that may have been defined in other relevant standards covering the wider spheres of chemistry, optics, etc. It provides all definitions for any given term in ISO standards (click "Terms & Definitions" button) from the different fields so that they may be compared.

To help users of scanned probes, we also provide a family tree of the SPM acronyms, and annotated figures of the design of complex probes and of the probe assembly [PDF 340KB]

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