Mechanism of laser assisted field evaporation from insulating oxides

M. Tsukada, H. Tamura, K. P. McKenna, A. L. Shluger, Y. M. Chen, T. Ohkubo, K. Hono

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    To explain the recent successful three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) analyses of insulating oxides by laser assisted field evaporation, we investigated the mechanism of the laser-induced field evaporation of oxides by ab initio calculations. The calculated potential energy surfaces (PESs) for the ground and excited states indicated that the activation barrier height for field evaporation is substantially reduced by the accumulation of holes near the tip apex. This would make the direct electronic excitation possible to promote field evaporation along with thermal excitation. These theoretical calculations are supported by experimental observations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)567-570
    Number of pages4
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Ab intio calculation
    • Field evaporation
    • Laser assisted field evaporation
    • Laser desorption
    • MgO crystal

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Instrumentation


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