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JQI Summer School Tutorial: Trapped ions

July 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
Paul Hess

NOTE: This talk is part of the annual student/postdoc summer school. The speakers are students and postdocs and they will be covering some selected quantum/AMO/CM topics. While the topics may be related to each speaker's research, the talks will be tutorial/lecture style, so interaction and discussion is highly encouraged. Please note that the lectures are for students and postdocs only.  However, the refreshments served at 4pm (same location as the talk) are open to all JQI members. (


The strength of the Coulomb force allows individual charged atoms to be confined in deep 3D traps created by static and oscillating electric fields. These RF Paul traps allow ions to be levitated in high vacuum enclosures, with excellent isolation from their environment. This has led to a number of applications, including precision measurements of fundamental constants, atomic clocks, and long-lived quantum memories. We will discuss the mathematics and some common experimental implementations of ion traps.

2136 PSC
College Park, MD 20742