Evaporation mechanisms of MgO in laser assisted atom probe tomography

Abstract
In this paper the field evaporation properties of bulk MgO and sandwiched MgO layers in Fe are compared using laser assisted Atom Probe Tomography. The comparison of flight time spectra gives an estimate of the evaporation times as a function of the wavelength and the laser energy. It is shown that the evaporation takes place in two steps on two different time scales in MgO. It is also shown that as long as the MgO layer is buried in Fe, the evaporation is dominated by the photon absorption in Fe layer at the tip apex. Eventually the evaporation process of MgO is discussed based on the difference between the bulk materials and the multilayer samples. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Citation
Mazumder, B., Vella, A., Deconihout, B., & Al-Kassab, T. (2011). Evaporation mechanisms of MgO in laser assisted atom probe tomography. Ultramicroscopy, 111(6), 571–575. doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2010.11.017

Acknowledgements
We acknowledge the ESP Carnot, the TAPAS, the ANR and Cameca France for supporting our work. We thank L. Renaud for provided bulk MgO samples. We would like to thank Ryota Gemma for helping in MgO sample preparation.

Publisher
Elsevier BV

Journal
Ultramicroscopy

DOI
10.1016/j.ultramic.2010.11.017

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