A model accounting for spatial overlaps in 3D atom-probe microscopy

Abstract : The spatial resolution of three-dimensional atom probe is known to be mainly controlled by the aberrations of ion trajectories near the specimen surface. An analytical model accounting for the spatial overlaps that occur near phase interfaces is described. This model makes it possible to correct the apparent composition of small spherical precipitates in order to determine the true composition. The prediction of the overlap rate as a function of the particle size was found in remarkably good agreement with the simulations of ion trajectories that were made. The thickness of the mixed zone around β precipitates was found to be of 0.3nm for a normalised evaporation field of β phase of 0.8. Using simulations, the overlap rate could be parameterised as a function of the apparent atomic density observed in particles. This model has been applied to copper precipitation in FeCu. Copyright \textcopyright 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
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D. Blavette, F. Vurpillot, P. Pareige, A. Menand. A model accounting for spatial overlaps in 3D atom-probe microscopy. Ultramicroscopy, 2001, 89 (1-3), pp.145--153. ⟨10.1016/S0304-3991(01)00120-6⟩. ⟨hal-01928919⟩

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