Technical Committee

The IFES Steering Committee (ISC) established a Technical Committee (TC) to address technical issues of relevance to the IFES community. The committee formed in 2018 and aims to help researchers across the whole community who face common problems in their daily research. The formation of such a committee was requested and backed by members of over 20 laboratories worldwide, to help provide standards and recommendations that will support current and future activities of researchers in the area of field emission and associated research.

We hope that the technical committee provides a source of excellence in research methodologies and guidance to tackle problems which are met by research labs across the world.


The TC is to be a “responsive” committee that will consider matters presented to it from a cross-section of the community. Matters that are to be considered shall be those of a technical nature, where a dissemination from the TC can be reasonably expected to provide guidance to the community.


If you would like to ask questions, share ideas, raise concerns, or propose suggestions on matters to the TC, we invited you to drop us an e-mail using

Committee Members

Markus Kühbach (Chair), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Andrew London, UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Kingdom

Bertrand Radiguet, Université de Rouen, France

David Reinhard, Cameca, USA

Shyam Katnagallu, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany

Martin Weiser, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Tyler Blum, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Dieter Isheim, Northwestern University, USA

Qifeng Yang, University of Oxford and OxfordAtomic, UK


16 October 2023


Below you can find links to individual resources and activities that have been pushed forward with support of and implemented by members of the community.


HDF File Specification

A file format specification for open information exchange within the field of atom probe and field-emission research, to support developers of software tools




Hashing files for APT

A best practice guide for how hashes can be used as fingerprints of files to document provenance in workflows run on data.



Software tools for APT

A list of software tools useful in the field is shared here:


Software library

A Python library that supports developers of software tools and researchers with readers and detailed descriptions of the structure of typical file formats used within the community.

The source code is available here: