J. A. Panitz

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John A. Panitz is the co-inventor of the Atom-Probe Field Ion Microscope[1] and the inventor of the 10-cm atom-probe,[2] the Imaging Atom-Probe,[3][4] the LIFE detector[5] (a liquid field-emission chemical sensor), Isothermal Ramped Field-Desorption Spectroscopy[6] (the electric field analog of Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy), Field-Ion tomography[7] (for non destructive imaging of biological molecules in high electric fields), and the PhotoFEEM technique[8] (for nanoscale mapping of work function variations on a metal surface).

Panitz discovered the field-adsorption phenomenon.[9] The 10-cm Atom-Probe and the Imaging Atom-Probe are the progenitors of all later atom probe instruments including the commercial instruments available today.[10]


  1. ^ Müller, Erwin W.; Panitz, John A.; McLane, S. Brooks (1968). "The Atom-Probe Field Ion Microscope". Review of Scientific Instruments 39 (1): 83–86. Bibcode:1968RScI...39...83M. doi:10.1063/1.1683116. 
  2. ^ Panitz, John A. (1973). "The 10 cm Atom Probe". Review of Scientific Instruments 44 (8): 1034–1038. Bibcode:1973RScI...44.1034P. doi:10.1063/1.1686295. 
  3. ^ Panitz, John A. (1974). "The Crystallographic Distribution of Field-Desorbed Species". Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology 11 (1): 207–210. Bibcode:1974JVST...11..206P. doi:10.1116/1.1318570. 
  4. ^ Panitz, John A. (1978). "Imaging Atom-Probe Mass Spectroscopy". Progress in Surface Science 8 (6): 219–263. Bibcode:1978PrSS....8..219P. doi:10.1016/0079-6816(78)90002-3. 
  5. ^ Panitz, John A. (1978). "Biomolecular adsorption and the LIFE detector". Journal de Physique 45 (C9): 285–291. 
  6. ^ Panitz, John A. (1999). "Isothermal ramped field-desorption of benzene from tungsten". Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology 16 (3): 868–874. Bibcode:1979JVST...16..868P. doi:10.1116/1.570103. 
  7. ^ Panitz, John A. (1986). "Field-Ion Tomography". In A. D. Romig and W. F. Chambers. Microbeam Analysis-1986. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Press. pp. 196–198. 
  8. ^ Condon, G. R.; Panitz, John A. (1998). "Nanoscale imaging of the electronic tunneling barrier at a metal surface". Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 16 (1): 23–29. Bibcode:1998JVSTB..16...23C. doi:10.1116/1.589787. 
  9. ^ Müller, Erwin W.; McLane, S. Brooks; Panitz, John A. (1969). "Field adsorption and desorption of helium and neon". Surface Science 17 (2): 430–438. Bibcode:1969SurSc..17..430M. doi:10.1016/0039-6028(69)90110-1. 
  10. ^ Seidman, David N. (2007). "Three-Dimensional Atom-Probe Tomography: Advances and Applications". Annual Review of Materials Research 37: 127–158. Bibcode:2007AnRMS..37..127S. doi:10.1146/annurev.matsci.37.052506.084200.