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Mechanism of laser assisted field evaporation from insulating oxides

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

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JournalUltramicroscopy
DatePublished - May 2011
Issue number6
Volume111
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)567-570
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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