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Comprehensive surface chemical analysis vocabulary and terminology available

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The vocabulary of surface chemical analysis

The loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter was the result of a miscommunication—the failure to recognize that information was needed in newton seconds and not as pound-force seconds. Although scientific advancement and technology reliability require clear and unambiguous communication, papers, reports and vendor specifications frequently use terminology in inconsistent or incorrect ways. If you have ever wondered when to use ‘attenuation length’ rather than ‘inelastic mean free path’ or ‘dose’ rather than ‘fluence,’ then you will appreciate access to an authoritative vocabulary.

A comprehensive set of surface chemical analysis vocabulary and terminology has been made available at no cost in order to help minimize some of the confusion and inconsistencies present in describing the analysis of surfaces. Developed by the ISO Technical Committee 201, the vocabulary can be accessed through the websites of five educationally focused organizations, one of which is the AVS. It is the hope of the ISO TC201 committee that making the terminology freely available as a resource for researchers, editors, authors and reviewers will help minimize the inconsistent and sometimes contradictory uses of terminology in the literature.

The ISO TC201 vocabulary, developed with considerable input from AVS members includes definitions of methods and important terminology for surface analysis, scanned probe methods and data treatment methods, such as multivariate analysis. The terminology is structured in two parts:

  • ISO18115-1:2010 – Surface chemical analysis – Vocabulary –Part 1, General terms and terms used in spectroscopy
  • ISO18115-1:2010 – Surface chemical analysis – Vocabulary –Part 1, General terms and terms used in spectroscopy

Additional information, indices of terms and access to the vocabulary can be found through any of the links below:

  1. http://www.avs.org/Education-Outreach/Technical-Resources
  2. http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/capabilities/spectroscopy/surface_analysis/
  3. http://www.npl.co.uk/science-technology/surface-and-nanoanalysis/research/international-standardisation-and-traceability/vocabulary-of-some-800-terms-for-surface-chemical-analysis-iso
  4. http://www.aist.go.jp/aist_e/aist_laboratories/6metrology/iso.html

If you have suggestions for terms or concepts that need to be added to these documents, please send them to Alex Shard (alex.shard@npl.co.uk).

Digital Data Download

While not a new feature of SSS, the ability to download the digital data entered in the database is definitely a feature that deserves highlighting. Beginning with Volume 9 of SSS and continuing through the present, when viewing the PDF of an SSS data record online, you can click on the blue accession number located in the caption of each figure to download the digital data.

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