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Atom Probe Microscope (APT) for routine 3D nano-analysis

The CAMECA EIKOS is an atom probe microscope for rapid alloy development and nanoscale materials research.

  • 3D tomography and nanoscale characterisation of microstructures
  • Single atom detection at high spatial resolution
  • Sensitive to all elements equally – including their isotopes
  • Quantitative composition measurement (sub-nm to near micron scale)
  • Configurations with voltage or voltage and laser
  • Standard sample preparation techniques

What is Atom Probe Tomography?

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  • Functional materials
  • Metals and alloys
  • Energy storage materials
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Coatings and thin films
  • Ceramics
  • Minerals


  • The only technique for both quantitative composition and atomic scale 3D elemental maps of chemical heterogeneities
  • Equally sensitive to all elements and their isotopes
  • Easy to use, affordable system
  • For academic and industrial use

Atom Probe Tomography of an Iron-Based Superalloy

APT of an Iron-Based Superalloy

Grain Boundaries in Metals

The CAMECA EIKOS can characterise grain boundaries in materials studies, with nanoscale chemical analysis and 3D imaging. The functional properties of metals and alloys are often related to the chemical and morphological distribution of crystallographic grains in the material. The properties of the regions where grains come together (grain boundaries) can determine the formation, evolution and stabilisation (or dissolution) of the grains.

Phase Change Separation Processes

Due to its unique spatial resolution analytical capabilities, with sub-nanometre lateral and depth resolution, CAMECA  Atom Probes are ideal for atomic scale quantitative analysis of materials.

APT is the only analytical technique that gives you both quantitative composition and atomic scale 3D elemental mapping of chemical heterogeneities. Similar to STM, you can image single atoms and their neighbours. However, APT has two significant advantages:

  • Elemental analysis – Chemically identify each atom.
  • Depth resolution – For 3D chemical maps.

Nanoscale 3D Map of Stainless Steel

APT of Stainless Steel

Two configurations are available:


Base system

  • Reflectron design for excellent mass resolving power and signal to noise
  • Pre-aligned integrated counter electrode for ease of use and reliability
  • Voltage pulsing system
  • Suitable for metallurgical applications
  • Field upgradable to the EIKOS-UV


Base system plus UV laser capabilities

  • Includes all the features of the EIKOS base system
  • Fully integrated 355 nm laser pulsing module
  • PC-controlled focused spot design
  • Full range of applications