Meaning of field-ion microscope

field'-i•on mi"croscope

Pronunciation: (fēld'ī"un, -ī"on), [key]
  1. a device in which the atomic structure of the surface of a conductor is made visible by introducing helium gas into the device and applying a high voltage to ionize and accelerate the gas toward a fluorescent screen. Cf. field-emission microscope.
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