John A. Panitz

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John A. Panitz is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. During his tenure at UNM he was Professor of Physics, Professor of High Technology Materials and Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology (in the School of Medicine). Professor Panitz developed the first laboratory courseware that encouraged both critical thinking and role playing in the structured environment of a cooperative learning group. Before joining UNM Professor Panitz was in the Surface Science Division at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque where he patented the Field Desorption Spectrometer[1] and the LiFE Detector.[2][3] He is the founder and CEO of High Field Consultants and the owner and curator of Gallerie Imaginarium.

Professor Panitz developed the original atom probe with Erwin W. Muller and S. Brooks McLane[4] and was a co-discoverer of the field-adsorption phenomenon.[5] He introduced the 10-cm Atom-Probe,[6] the Imaging Atom-Probe,[7][8] and several other techniques.[9][10][11] The 10-cm Atom Probe has been called the progenitor of later atom probe instruments including the commercial instruments available today.[12]


  1. ^ Panitz, John A. (1975). "Field Desorption Spectrometer". U.S. Patent 3,868,507. 
  2. ^ Panitz, John A. (1986). "Field emission chemical sensor for receptor/binder such as antigen antibody". U.S. Patent 4,592,894. 
  3. ^ Panitz, J. A. (1984). "Biomolecular adsorption and the LIFE detector". J. Physique. 45 (C9): 285–291. 
  4. ^ 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. ISSN 0034-6748. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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.