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UK research organisation looking to develop its analytical code for analysing ion beam analysis (IBA) data in to new markets

Summary

UK research organisation seeking to develop its analytical code for analysing ion beam analysis, a general purpose analytical code for analysing ion beam analysis (IBA) data. Main features include; Implementation of the largest array of techniques of any IBA Code. The research organisation wants a research and development organisations from academia or industry who operate in fields not related to fusion energy to collaborate via licencing or research cooperation agreement.

Partner sought

Looking for research and development organisations from academia or industry who operate in fields not related to fusion energy who are willing to collaborate and develop this technology in these new sectors via a licencing or research cooperation agreement. These organisations need to be focusing on the wider exploitation of this technology with a view to commercialisation.

Description

A research organisation based in the UK wishes to develop its analytical code for analysing ion beam analysis. It is a general purpose analytical code for analysing ion beam analysis (IBA) data. IBA DataFurnace is a general-­‐purpose analytical code for data analysis of ion beam analysis (IBA) data. The organisation is in active development, with the first version released in 1997. It is general within its specifications, and was developed as a general analysis tool for IBA of any type of sample. Its main features are: Implementation of the largest array of techniques of any IBA code such as but not limited to Rutherford backscattering (RBS), Elastic backscattering (EBS), Elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), Particle induced x-­ray emission (PIXE), Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA, where a particle energy spectrum is detected), Resonant nuclear reaction analysis including particle induced gamma-­ray emission (PIGE) and Narrow resonance profiling (NRP), neutron depth profiling (NDP), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Implementation of the most advanced physics and algorithms available leading to the highest accuracy of simulation available in analytical codes. Simultaneous data analysis of any combination of spectra collected from a given sample, combining the complementary information obtained with the different techniques into a single global self-consistent solution. Analysis can be made interactively by trial and error, or automatically using either local search (which requires a user-provided initial guess), or with the global optimisation algorithm Simulated Annealing, which does not require an initial guess. The combination of self-­consistent automated analysis of any number of spectra collected from the same sample with the most important IBA techniques is unprecedented and extremely powerful. When enough data are collected, quantitative depth profiles can be derived for each element and in some cases each isotope present, accounting for 100% of mass. This is the concept of total IBA, which requires the technical capability to perform the different experiments, and, so far, also requires the use of Data Furnace to analyse the data. Implementation of the most advanced physics and algorithms available, including the most general and most accurate algorithms to handle roughness, leading to the highest accuracy of simulation available in analytical codes. Simultaneous data analysis of any combination of spectra collected from a given sample, combining the complementary information obtained with the different techniques into a single global self-­consistent solution. The applications of this technology cross several sectors such as microelectronics, cultural heritage, forensic, structural materials, biological applications and thin film analysis. It is hoped that they can find partners to collaborate on a licencing or research cooperation agreement.

Advantages and innovations

This technology has the largest array of techniques of any IBA code, implements the most advanced physics and algorithms, simultaneous data analysis, significant modules of the computation engine, 'NDF', are open source and has a Windows GUI, WiNDF, that allows you to keep track of the many output files generated.

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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