A single-ion trap with minimized ion–environment interactions

P. B.R. Nisbet-Jones*, S. A. King, J. M. Jones, R. M. Godun, C. F.A. Baynham, K. Bongs, M. Doležal, P. Balling, P. Gill

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We present a new single-ion endcap trap for high-precision spectroscopy that has been designed to minimize ion–environment interactions. We describe the design in detail and then characterize the working trap using a single trapped (Formula presented.) ion. Excess micromotion has been eliminated to the resolution of the detection method, and the trap exhibits an anomalous phonon heating rate of (Formula presented.). The thermal properties of the trap structure have also been measured with an effective temperature rise at the ion’s position of (Formula presented.). The small perturbations to the ion caused by this trap make it suitable to be used for an optical frequency standard with fractional uncertainties below the (Formula presented.) level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number57
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), the UK National Measurement System, and the European Space Agency (ESA). The EMRP is jointly funded by the EMRP participating countries within EURAMET and the European Union.

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© 2016, Crown Copyright as represented by the National Physical Laboratory.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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