Imago Local Electrode Atom Probes


Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis, The University of Sydney
Dr Takanori Sato, Atom Probe Engineer
Tel: 02 9351 7541

Atom probe tomography is without peer as a tool enabling the microscopic 3-D mapping of the location and chemistry of elements of the periodic table. The atom probe suite comprises two local electrode atom probes, the most recent acquisition being a laser-based platform that greatly expands the types of materials that can be characterised to include ceramics, semiconductors, organics, glasses, oxide layers, and even biological materials.

Capabilities LEAP:

Advanced atom probe instrument combining high speed acquisition and large field of view. For analysis of conducting and semiconducting materials.

  • Acquisition rate up to 107 ions per hour.
  • 106 - 3 x 107 atoms per specimen (typ.)
  • Analysis volume: 50 x 50 x 100nm (typ.)
  • Spacial resolution: 0.5nm
  • Mass resolution: 500
Leap Atom Probe Engineer
Capabilities LEAP3000:

The pulsed-laser system allows the 3-D analysis of composition and structure at atomic resolution in non-conductive systems such as ceramics, semiconductors, organics, glasses, oxide layers and even biological materials.

Example image

Three-dimensional atom probe image showing the layered spinodal nanostructure in a new ferrous intermetallic alloy. The solid volumes represent isoconcentration surfaces (i.e., surfaces of constant concentration) of the element nickel, indicating regions of the first spinodal phase. Sandwiched between two of these volumes are atoms of manganese and iron, which concentrate in the second spinodal phase.


Flagship instruments

Cameca IMS 1280 Ion Probe
Cameca NanoSIMS 50 Ion Probe
The University of Western Australia

High-throughput cryo-TEM facility
The University of Queensland

Imago Local Electrode Atom Probes
The University of Sydney

FEI Nova NanoLab 200 DualBeam FIB
The University of New South Wales

FEI Helios NanoLab DualBeam FIB
The University of Adelaide; South Australian Regional Facility (SARF)

High-resolution SEM microanalysis facility
The University of New South Wales

University of South Australia; South Australian Regional Facility (SARF)