Welcome to the HarwellXPS course – XPS for beginners. Here we will be running through everything you need to get you started on your journey towards learning to use XPS in your own research.

Throughout the course there will be options to stop and try out some practice questions and examples. Feel free to leave a comment on each page, or start a discussion in the forums about the problems if you have anything you’d like to discuss.

No external reading material is required for this course, however it does assume a certain level of familiarity with basic physics/chemistry – such as quantum numbers, atomic structure and fundamental chemical groups. At all points we will provide links for additional information if you’d like to dive deeper into a particular topic.

You can run through the entire course in sequence by clicking the top link, or jump straight to a particular section below: