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New instruments installed at Hultgren Laboratory

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Boxes with instruments arriving to the department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Published Sep 20, 2022

The most recent addition to Hultgren Laboratory's measurement equipment is an Atom Probe Tomography instrument, providing the lab with a rare and very powerful materials analysis technique.

A number of new instruments are added to Hultgren Laboratory this year. Most recently the lab got its new Atom Probe Tomography (APT) instrument – the EIKOS-UV model, which is one of only three in the world.

APT is a powerful material analysis technique offering three-dimensional capabilities with near atomic spatial resolution, equal detection efficiency for all elements gives quantitative composition analysis from sub-nm to near micron scale.

”The technique is driving the research in a wide range of material fields, including alloys, ceramics, minerals, semiconductors, functional materials, etc,” says Tao Zhou, instrument specialist at Hultgren Laboratory.

It has taken a lot of effort and even some restructuring of the lab to get the large sized equipment in place. For instance the entrance door had to be broadened to get the APT in. Instrument specialist Alexander Dahlström and professor Peter Hedström have been central to see the project through.

”The instrument arrived at the department of Materials Science and Engineering on September 9th and the installation is now in progress. The APT will be ready for users from October 10th,” says Alexander Dahlström.

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The new instrument being installed.
Sample in the sample holder of the new APT.


The APT instrument has been jointly funded by the Hugo Carlsson foundation, KTH and the ITM school.

Hugo Carlssons stiftelse – 9 MSEK
KTH research infrastructure funding – 7 MSEK
ITM School – 2 MSEK