Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched an enhanced version of its K-Alpha x-ray photoelectron spectrometer, a fully integrated, monochromated small-spot surface characterization tool. It is designed for use by engineers working in research and development of new surface chemistries or for those dealing with routine characterization of surfaces, thin films and coatings. It offers a multiuser environment, ease of operation and a streamlined work flow via the latest version of the proprietary Avantage acquisition and processing user interface. The spectrometer delivers increased count rates, faster analysis times and improved chemical detection. Further enhancements include improved sample viewing, better automation, a tilt module for angular resolved data collection, and a recirculating inert-gas glove box option for handling air-sensitive samples.