Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What is causing trapped ions to heat up? In an ion trap, electrodes (shown here in gold) produce electric fields that confine the ion (green sphere) to a small volume. Randomly fluctuating dipoles on the surface of these electrodes generate electric field noise. The dipoles form when single atoms adsorb on the metal surface. Vibrations (phonons) in the metal cause the dipoles (purple arrows) to fluctuate. Ions trapped in the vicinity of the metal surface sense these electric field changes and heat up.


Atomic and Molecular Physics

Physics 4, 66 (2011)DOI: 10.1103/Physics.4.66

All that is gold does not glitter

Nikos Daniilidis and Hartmut HäffnerDepartment of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7300, USA

Published August 22, 2011

A microscopic model offers new insight into a pernicious source of electric field noise in ion traps.

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Microscopic model of electric-field-noise heating in ion traps

A. Safavi-Naini, P. Rabl, P. F. Weck, and H. R. Sadeghpour

Phys. Rev. A 84, 023412 (2011) – Published August 22, 2011

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