The ASML EUV alpha demo tool is operational! The alpha demo tool is a 0.25NA fully functional lithography tool with a field size of 26×33 mm2, enabling process development at the 40-nm technology node. In this paper we describe the tool performance, show that vacuum is achieved in a few hours, and demonstrate that our optics contamination strategy mitigates degradation of the optics. Additional data shows the Sn source cost-of-ownership to be comparable to state-of-the-art ArF source systems, by implementing a collector contamination mitigation strategy that includes cleaning. And, we present our first 35-nm dense lines and spaces (half pitch) resist images.