Virtual IONTOF User School 2024
We are happy to announce that IONTOF will hold another virtual User School in May 2024 for our TOF-SIMS instrument users. The event is designed to assure an interactive exchange between participants and application scientists using our video conferencing tool. Due to the virtual setting of this year's IONTOF User School we have decided to offer several courses on different days. Each course is designed to last approximately three hours to cover the respective content, as well as leaving time for individual questions and exchange.
The courses are dedicated to TOF-SIMS users and will cover all contents of the traditional face-to-face User School. This includes typical workflows in an analytical SIMS lab, ranging from sample holder preparation to the selection of appropriate measurement conditions and finally focusing on data evaluation and interpretation, using a comprehensive range of tools present in the latest SurfaceLab 7.4 software.

All courses are dedicated to beginners in instrument usage as well as data analysis. We will however strive to also include latest features of our software, so that our experienced users will benefit from attending as well.
If you would like to attend the IONTOF User School courses 2024 please use the registration form below.

We decided to implement a few changes compared to earlier events:

The registration will be free for all our existing customers
The limitations per course are up to 250 attendees

Places will be allocated on a "first come first served" basis.
Please register below

Virtual The Americas User School 2024
We are planning a dedicated Virtual The Americas User School in July 2024 for which the time slots suit the working hours in The Americas better than in the currently offered European/Asian edition. Thus if you are not planning to get up in the middle of the night for our Users School in May, stay tuned for the separate invite to The Americas edition later this year.
Online Courses
Each course = 3 h incl. short break, from 09:00-12:00 am CEST
Monday, 06.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Instrument Usage (M6) Part 1
Guidelines for Selection of Parameters (Spectrometry)
Analyser Modes, Polarity
LMIG Modes (Species, Current)
Charge Compensation
Tuesday, 07.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Instrument Usage (M6) Part 2
Guidelines for Selection of Parameters (Imaging)
LMIG Modes (Species, Focus, Resolution)
Delayed Extraction
Guidelines for Selection of Parameters (Profiling)
Sputter Gun (Species, Energy, Current)
Interlaced vs Non-Interlaced Sputtering
Troubleshooting (Depth Resolution, Sputter-Rate-Ratio)
Wednesday, 08.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Instrument Usage (M6) Part 3
Prepare Sample Holder
Sample Preparation
Navigation on Topmount Holder
Useful Recipes and Flows
Automated Measurements
Monday, 13.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Software Part 1: Data Correction
Mass Calibration
Dead Time Correction
Lateral Shift Correction
Mass Shift Correction
Advanced ToF Correction
Vertical Shift Correction
Tuesday, 14.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Software Part 2: Useful Tools and Features
Little tools in each Program which make your work easier.
Working with multiple data sets
Thursday, 16.05.2024 09:00-12:00 CEST
Software Part 3: Printing and Reporting
Printing in each Program
Export Possibilities, Export Formats

Please note
We are sorry to announce that the registration is closed.

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What pre-requisites are needed to attend the courses?
In the course we will repeat some ToF-SIMS operating basics and will also share some insights into special applications. However, it is highly recommended that you have a basic understanding of the SIMS principle and that you have operated a ToF-SIMS instrument before.
Will we be able to use the instrument?
We will not be able to grant our participants access to a ToF-SIMS instrument. However, during the sessions for selecting appropriate measurement conditions and parameters an M6 instrument will be used live by our application scientists while the instruments monitor is shared live with all participants.
Which software version will be used?
The latest software version, SurfaceLab 7.4, will be used during the course. However, all users with older versions of SurfaceLab can participate with minor compromises.
What are the suggested hardware requirements to attend?
We will be using screen sharing and PowerPoint presentations during the session. In order to be able to follow the screen sharing part a monitor of at least 24'' and 1080p resolution or better is suggested. MS Teams however offers the possibility to zoom in and out on the screen shared.
Can I record the session?
No, it is not allowed to record the training session. However, all participants will receive extensive training materials in digital form.