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11 - Implications, Applications, and the Future of ASAT

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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2022

Thomas F. Kelly
Steam Instruments, Inc.
Brian P. Gorman
Colorado School of Mines
Simon P. Ringer
University of Sydney
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We conclude our contribution with a prospective and optimistic look to the art of what might be possible with the advent of ASAT. We see a convergence between the digital or computational world and the experimental, and envisage ASAT as an enabler for the design and development of new materials. This potential arises because real-world 3D atomic-scale information will bring direct insights into thermodynamic, kinetic, and engineering properties. Moreover, when coupled with machine learning and other computational techniques, it may be envisaged that discovery-based procedures could follow that adjust the observed real-world atomistic configurations toward configurations that exhibit the desired engineering properties. This will fundamentally change the role of microscopy from a tool that provides inference to a materials behaviour to one that provides a quantitative assessment. This opens the pathway to atomic-scale materials informatics.

Atomic-Scale Analytical Tomography
Concepts and Implications
, pp. 222 - 235
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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