Aluminum Oxide is a sensing technology that provides dew point and parts-per-million measurements of moisture, with results that are free of drift and insensitive to temperature changes. Used in a range of industrial and UHP gas applications, it is at the heart of our AquaXact 1688 moisture transmitter.
Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3) sensors work by measuring the capacitance between the aluminum core and a gold film deposited on the oxide layer. The capacitance varies according to the water vapor content in the pores of the oxide layer.
The ultra-thin Al2O3 sensors have three innovative structural improvements that offer better performance than traditional Al2O3 sensors, with advantages for sensitivity and stability.
1. A much thinner oxide layer: This results in higher capacitance, since this is inversely proportional to the distance of the capacitor’s plates from each other. Higher capacitance results in a more sensitive measurement. The thinner layer also allows water molecules to travel in and out of the pores more quickly, ensuring a faster response.
2. A better-defined barrier layer: The sharply defined barrier means that the sensor’s wet to dry capacitance ratio is very high, reducing the effects of any drift due to undesirable factors. It also reduces metal migration, one of the major causes of drift in conventional Al2O3 sensors.
3. Unique pore geometry: Holding more water than conventional sensors, the ordered pore geometry increases the change in capacitance for a given change in dew point. This means greater accuracy and a quicker response. It is also more stable, so only annual calibration checks are needed when the sensor is used in clean, non-corrosive gases.
In some analyzers, Aluminum Oxide sensors work alongside Paramagnetic and Coulometric sensors to provide a dual measurement for oxygen and moisture. However, Aluminum Oxide sensing does not reach the ultra-trace levels of detection required for all UHP gases. Laser Moisture technology is often a better fit for this application.
Air separation units
Free of drift
Dew point and parts per million moisture measurements in a wide range of industrial gas applications.
Learn more about all our gas analyzer solutions that use this sensor technology.
The 4900 Multigas is a high-performance CEMS analyzer designed for a wide range of multi-gas measurements.
A rugged ultra-thin film Aluminum Oxide moisture sensor which measures moisture in a wide variety of gas phase process applications.
Built specifically to work in harmony with the AquaXact 1688 ultra-thin film Aluminum Oxide moisture transmitter.
The Chroma is optimized to specific background gases to ensure optimum performance for your application.
An ultra-trace Coulometric oxygen analyzer, the DF-550E is optimized for quality measurements in ultra-high-purity electronic gases.
The DF-560E provides the semiconductor industry with industry-best oxygen (O2) measurements for quality control in ultra-high-purity (UHP) electronic grade gas.
A superior quality control solution for ultra-high-purity (UHP) electronic grade gases, the DF-560E Ultra delivers an industry-best detection of 45 parts per trillion for oxygen (O2).
The DF-730 is an ultra-trace moisture analyzer that monitors the electronics-grade, high-purity hydrogen chloride (HCl) gas used in semiconductor fabs.
A trace moisture analyzer using Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) sensing technology, the DF-740 is designed to measure contaminants in UHP-grade ammonia.
The DF-745 delivers trace and ultra-trace measurements of moisture for ultra-high-purity (UHP) electronic gas checks in LED/LCD manufacturing processes.
The DF-745 SGMax is designed for the measurement of diverse gas mixtures in specialty gas blending applications.
The DF-750 is a trace/ultra-trace moisture analyzer optimized for measurements in the ultra-high-purity (UHP) gases used in 300mm semiconductor fabs.
Delivering industry-leading trace/ultra-trace moisture measurements, the DF-750 ULTRA is optimized for quality monitoring in the ultra-high-purity (UHP) gases used in 300mm semiconductor fabs.
Designed for quality control applications in UHP bulk gases, the compact DF-760E analyzer is a unique solution for the dual measurement of trace and ultra-trace moisture
Designed for industry-leading quality control measurements in UHP bulk gases, the compact DF-760E ULTRA is a unique dual-analysis solution for trace and ultra-trace moisture and oxygen.
With trace analysis capability, the FID is ideal for ASU safety and quality control applications.
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A solid-state, non-consumable sensor configured to operate in process gas streams. Provides a direct hydrogen measurement that is not cross-sensitive to other gases.
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Unmatched installation flexibility plus cost and performance benefits, ready for fast, accurate and responsive measurements in combustion and process control.
Compact, high-performance Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) analyzer, specifically optimized for ammonia slip measurement
Optimized for the fast, accurate and responsive measurement of process oxygen (O2) in hot or hazardous conditions.
Designed for the measurement of oxygen (O2) in potentially flammable gas samples. Certified to Zone 0 and Zone 1 and suitable for measuring percent levels of O2.
A small sample volume portable benchtop analyzer focused on the checking and quality control of gas mixtures in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP).
The MiniHD 5200 portable gas analyzer is a rugged, heavy duty analyzer designed to accurately measure the levels of O2, CO and CO2 within common gas mixtures.
The only truly portable battery-powered gas analyzer with MCERTS and TUV certification, offers single or dual measurement of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2).
The MonoExact DF150E combines the reliability of Servomex’s tried and tested Coulometric oxygen sensor with a more user-friendly package.
Designed specifically for accurate measurements of oxygen in industrial gas (IG) applications.
A high-performance multi-gas analyzer designed to provide up to four simultaneous gas stream measurements.
The MultiExact 4200 analyzes up to four gases simultaneously for Syngas and HyCO
Incorporating the latest advances in gas sensing and signal processing methodology, the NanoChrome revolutionizes ultra-trace purity measurements.
Using proven ultra-trace sensing, the NanoChrome ULTRA conquers the most stringent demands of the semiconductor industry, delivering a cost-effective solution compared to competing technologies.
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Designed to reliably measure up to 100% oxygen (O2) in many industrial applications, the Oxy 1800 is a stable, accurate O2 analyzer for safe area use.
The Oxy 1900 oxygen (O2) gas analyzer sets new standards of flexibility, stability and reliability from a single, cost-effective unit.
A life safety monitor designed for safe area or hazardous area environments, the OxyDetect delivers the superior performance of non-depleting Paramagnetic O2 sensing technology.
The high-specification OxyExact 2200 O2 analyzer offers an unrivaled combination of precision, flexibility and performance for optimum process and safety control.
The Plasma delivers an accurate, highly stable and reliable measurement, with high sensitivity in the 0-1ppm range.
A getter-based purification unit designed for the purification of carrier gases used in Gas Chromatography (GC) and other analytical applications
Flexible single and multicomponent gas analysis capability for corrosive, toxic and flammable sample streams.
A real-time optical analyzer utilizing the Precisive field-proven optical bench. A breakthrough capability in the continuous analysis of light hydrocarbons C1-C6.
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