A new development in the experimental techniques of atom probe microanalysis is described, which involves the use of a position sensitive detector system. This detector subtends a large solid angle (∼20°) at the specimen, and therefore permits the collection of ions from a substantial fraction of the whole surface area of the emitter. Progressive pulsed field evaporation leads to the construction of a three-dimensional map of the atomic chemistry of the specimen. The new instrument is ideally suited to the investigation of complex, ultrafine microstructures. Applications to the study of age-hardened aluminium alloys and Alnico permanent magnet materials are described.