An Effective Method to Estimate Composition Amplitude of Spinodal Decomposition for Atom Probe Tomography Validated by Phase Field Simulations
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Reasonable evaluation of composition amplitude in spinodal decomposition is a challenge to microanalysis of atom probe tomography, especially at early stages when phase separation is not prominent. This impedes quantitative analysis of spinodal structure in atom probe tomography as well as comparison with simulated results from phase field simulations. We hereby report an effective method to estimate the composition amplitude by constructing an amplitude density spectrum. This method can sensitively determine the composition amplitude at early stages. In particular, it substantially bridges experimental and simulation techniques comprising both discrete and continuum data in the study of spinodal decomposition. Moreover, it was found that the commonly adopted Langer-Bar-on-Miller method for atom probe analysis underestimates the composition amplitude of spinodal decomposition. Case studies have been performed on the Fe-Cr binary alloys.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-96789OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-96789DiVA: diva2:532686
QS 20122012-06-122012-06-122012-06-12Bibliographically approved