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Structural and energetic properties of molecular Coulomb crystals in a surface-electrode ion trap

Mokhberi, Athar and Willitsch, Stefan. (2015) Structural and energetic properties of molecular Coulomb crystals in a surface-electrode ion trap. New Journal of Physics, 17 (4). 045008.

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Abstract

Cold molecular ions are of great interest for applications in cold collision studies, chemistry, precision spectroscopy and quantum technologies. In this context, sympathetic cooling of molecular ions by the interaction with laser-cooled atomic ions is a powerful method to cool their translational motion and achieve translational temperatures in the millikelvin range. Recently, we implemented this method in a surface-electrode ion trap. The flexibility in shaping the trapping potentials offered by the surface-electrode structure enabled us to generate planar bicomponent Coulomb crystals and spatially separate the molecular from the atomic ions. Here, we present a detailed description of the fabrication and simulation of the trap as well as a theoretical and experimental investigation of the structural and energetic properties of the Coulomb crystals obtained in the device. We discuss in more detail the separation of different ion species using static electric fields and explore the effects of trap anharmoncities on the shape of bicomponent crystals.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Chemische Physik (Willitsch)
UniBasel Contributors:Willitsch, Stefan and Mokhberi, Arezoo
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:1367-2630
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:23 Feb 2017 14:38
Deposited On:12 May 2016 09:34

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