Effects of laser pulsing on analysis of steels by atom probe tomography
Journal article, 2011

When performing atom probe tomography analysis, laser pulsing was found very helpful for some types of steels, which are prone to premature sample failure under voltage pulsing. Rather accurate chemical compositions for both matrix and precipitates were obtained by voltage- and laser-pulsed mode. Some special issues on the effects of laser are discussed. A simple correction based on the 13 C n+ and 10 B n+ peak was used to quantify C in the carbide (M 23 C 6 , M = Fe, Cr, Mo) and B in the boride (M 3 B 2 , M = Mo, Fe, Cr, V). The mass resolution in laser mode is sufficient to resolve 56 Fe 2+ and 14 N 1 2 + at 28 Da. Small peak shifts were found in the spectrum due to reflectron aberrations. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Fang Liu

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Microscopy and Microanalysis

Hans-Olof Andrén

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Microscopy and Microanalysis


0304-3991 (ISSN)

Vol. 111 6 633-641

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Analytical Chemistry

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