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Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

  1. F. J. Himpsel

Published Online: 18 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com061.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

How to Cite

Himpsel, F. J. 2012. Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Characterization of Materials. 1–13.

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  1. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2012


A brief overview of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and related techniques is given. This technique measures the occupied electronic states in solids and at surfaces. In its angle-resolved version, it provides the complete information about electrons in solids. After discussing the underlying physics, a variety of applications in materials science are illustrated. Practical questions are addressed as well.


  • photoemission;
  • band structure;
  • surfaces;