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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 8, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2001
  • pp: 123–130

Symmetries and solutions of the three-dimensional Paul trap

Michael Martin Nieto and D. Rodney Truax  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 123-130 (2001)

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Using the symmetries of the three-dimensional Paul trap, we derive the solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for this system, in both Cartesian and cylindrical coordinates. Our symmetry calculations provide insights that are not always obvious from the conventional viewpoint.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Quantum control of photons and matter

Original Manuscript: November 15, 2000
Published: January 15, 2001

Michael Nieto and D. Truax, "Symmetries and solutions of the three-dimensional Paul trap," Opt. Express 8, 123-130 (2001)

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