24 June 2010

Surface analysis solving problems in laser processing

  • Sector: Laser Processing
  • Location: North Wing (Room 604), Aston University, Birmingham
  • Attendees: Open meeting




Tutorial and live demonstrations

Essential content for those who laser mark, micro-machine and/or whose laser
processes have specific surface requirements.

Issues dealt with include:• staining • particulates • delamination • surface
mechanical properties • surface reactivity • corrosion and degradation
• cleanliness • contamination • impurities • surface topography
• surface diffusion • environmental compatibility • leaching and segregation

If you have the task of fixing the material related problems when they arise
then this workshop is for you.

Download a flyer and registration form here

Chair: Martin Sharp, Chair, AILU Medical Group (Liverpool John Moores University)



Dr Mike Petty (Loughborough Surface Analysis Ltd) and
Professor John Sullivan (Midlands Surface Analysis)

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 11:15 Session 1

Introduction to the day
Martin Sharp Chair of the AILU Medical Group

Overview of the day
Mike Petty Loughborough Surface Analysis (LSA) Ltd

X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS): chemical state information

Auger electron spectroscopy (AES): elemental information, high spatial resolution

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshment break

11:45 – 12:40 Session 2

Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) – ultra-high sensitivity to all elements

Laser induced mass analysis (LIMA) – particulate analysis

Atomic force microscopy (AFM), nano hardness & nano scratch testing

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Laboratory Demonstrations

Laboratory demonstration of XPS, AES and AFM techniques.

FREE analysis and evaluation of participants’ own samples may be undertaken by prior arrangement.

15:30 - 15:45 Refreshment break

15:45 - 16:30 Clinic / Open Forum

An opportunity to discuss specific cases of interest

16:30 Close

There will be the opportunity for participants to discuss problems of a commercially confidential nature with representative from LSA and MSA on a one-to-one basis after the close of the meeting.


This Event is being held in the North Wing (Room 604) of Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET.  Public parking is available nearby and the venue can be easily reached by train, bus and coach. 


If you've previously attended an AILU meeting and your contact details haven't changed since, you can simply phone/email the office with your name. Otherwise, please download a registration form here, complete  and return the form by post or fax to the AILU Office.

Fees, including buffet lunch and refreshments:
- AILU member rate £70.00 + VAT (= £82.25)
- Non-member rate* £85.00 + VAT (= £99.87)

*Join AILU within 10 weeks of the workshop and a £15 discount will be given on your first year's membership.

NOTE: Maximum of 20 delegates

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.  

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