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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10632–10641

Detection of ion micromotion in a linear Paul trap with a high finesse cavity

Boon Leng Chuah, Nicholas C. Lewty, Radu Cazan, and Murray D. Barrett  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10632-10641 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.010632


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Abstract

We demonstrate minimization of ion micromotion in a linear Paul trap with the use of a high finesse cavity. The excess ion micromotion projected along the optical cavity axis or along the laser propagation direction manifests itself as sideband peaks around the carrier in the ion-cavity emission spectrum. By minimizing the sideband height in the emission spectrum, we are able to reduce the micromotion amplitude along two directions to approximately the spread of the ground state wave function. This method is useful for cavity QED experiments as it describes the possibility of efficient 3-D micromotion compensation despite optical access limitations imposed by the cavity mirrors. We also show that, in principle, sub-nanometer micromotion compensation is achievable with our current system.

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OCIS Codes
(020.5580) Atomic and molecular physics : Quantum electrodynamics
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: March 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2013
Published: April 24, 2013

Citation
Boon Leng Chuah, Nicholas C. Lewty, Radu Cazan, and Murray D. Barrett, "Detection of ion micromotion in a linear Paul trap with a high finesse cavity," Opt. Express 21, 10632-10641 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-9-10632


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