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Title: An environmental transfer hub for multimodal atom probe tomography

Abstract

Environmental control during transfer between instruments is required for samples sensitive to air or thermal exposure to prevent morphological or chemical changes prior to analysis. Atom probe tomography is a rapidly expanding technique for three-dimensional structural and chemical analysis, but commercial instruments remain limited to loading specimens under ambient conditions. In this study, we describe a multifunctional environmental transfer hub allowing controlled cryogenic or room-temperature transfer of specimens under atmospheric or vacuum pressure conditions between an atom probe and other instruments or reaction chambers. The utility of the environmental transfer hub is demonstrated through the acquisition of previously unavailable mass spectral analysis of an intact organic molecule made possible via controlled cryogenic transfer into the atom probe using the hub. The ability to prepare and transfer specimens in precise environments promises a means to access new science across many disciplines from untainted samples and allow downstream time-resolved in situ atom probe studies.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1354761
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1356493
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-120933
Journal ID: ISSN 2198-0926; 12; PII: 45
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging Journal Volume: 3 Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2198-0926
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
Germany
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; Atom probe tomography; Environmental transfer; Cryogenic transfer; Cryo atom probe tomography

Citation Formats

Perea, Daniel E., Gerstl, Stephan S. A., Chin, Jackson, Hirschi, Blake, and Evans, James. E. An environmental transfer hub for multimodal atom probe tomography. Germany: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1186/s40679-017-0045-2.
Perea, Daniel E., Gerstl, Stephan S. A., Chin, Jackson, Hirschi, Blake, & Evans, James. E. An environmental transfer hub for multimodal atom probe tomography. Germany. doi:10.1186/s40679-017-0045-2.
Perea, Daniel E., Gerstl, Stephan S. A., Chin, Jackson, Hirschi, Blake, and Evans, James. E. Tue . "An environmental transfer hub for multimodal atom probe tomography". Germany. doi:10.1186/s40679-017-0045-2.
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title = {An environmental transfer hub for multimodal atom probe tomography},
author = {Perea, Daniel E. and Gerstl, Stephan S. A. and Chin, Jackson and Hirschi, Blake and Evans, James. E.},
abstractNote = {Environmental control during transfer between instruments is required for samples sensitive to air or thermal exposure to prevent morphological or chemical changes prior to analysis. Atom probe tomography is a rapidly expanding technique for three-dimensional structural and chemical analysis, but commercial instruments remain limited to loading specimens under ambient conditions. In this study, we describe a multifunctional environmental transfer hub allowing controlled cryogenic or room-temperature transfer of specimens under atmospheric or vacuum pressure conditions between an atom probe and other instruments or reaction chambers. The utility of the environmental transfer hub is demonstrated through the acquisition of previously unavailable mass spectral analysis of an intact organic molecule made possible via controlled cryogenic transfer into the atom probe using the hub. The ability to prepare and transfer specimens in precise environments promises a means to access new science across many disciplines from untainted samples and allow downstream time-resolved in situ atom probe studies.},
doi = {10.1186/s40679-017-0045-2},
journal = {Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging},
number = 1,
volume = 3,
place = {Germany},
year = {2017},
month = {5}
}

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