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Best practices for reporting atom probe analysis of geological materials

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  • Tyler Blum
  • Dr James Darling
  • Thomas F. Kelly
  • David J. Larson
  • Desmond E. Moser
  • Alberto Perez-Huerta
  • Ty J. Prosa
  • Steven M. Reddy
  • David A. Reinhard
  • David Saxey
  • Robert M. Ulfig
  • John W. Valley
The application of atom probe tomography (APT) within the Earth and planetary sciences has produced novel data sets that answer fundamental questions about the near atomic scale distribution of elements and isotopes within minerals. It involves the incremental evaporation, detection and subsequent computer reconstruction of charged particles from a needle-shaped specimen. The range of applications is growing such that protocols for reporting are needed for APT data comparison and quality assessment among natural materials. A particular challenge of APT science relates to documenting the instrumental and analyst-dependent conditions that affect the mass spectral and spatial qualities of the data and their interpretation. This contribution outlines recommended data reporting procedures for publication of atom probe tomography data in terms of the sample preparation, data collection and reconstruction phases as well as the characterization and interpretation of the reconstructed volume. Coordinated reporting of this basic information will promote efficient communication of protocols, and aid in the evaluation of published atom probe data as geologists continue to explore atomic compositions and distributions at nanoscale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrostructural Geochronology
Subtitle of host publicationPlanetary Records Down to Atom Scale
EditorsDesmond E. Moser, Fernando Corfu, James R. Darling, Steven M. Reddy, Kimberly Tait
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781119227250
ISBN (Print)9781119227243
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union

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