Practical Theory for Trapped Ion Experiments

01 October 2015

Trap System

For atomic ions, $\Omega/2\pi>100$ kHz and $|V_0|<1000$ V, near the axis of the trap

where Laplace condition $\Delta\Phi=0$ implies

in Paul trap case


  • time averaging of the AC field can be represented as a pseudopotential
  • for single ion experiment, the small AC field along the z axis can be emitted
  • there could be additional terms caused by
  • imperfect geometry configuration
  • addtional external field
  • phase difference between AC electrodes
  • use CPO3D to simulate and verify all these electric fields

For single ion of mass m and charge Q, from

we get Mathieu equations



when $|a_ i|,|q_ i|\ll 1$, set $\beta_ i=\sqrt{a_ i+q_ i^2/2}$, the first-order solution

the main secular motion of the ion is harmonic oscillation, fast oscillation with frequency $\Omega$ is called ‘‘micromotion’’.

'’excess’’ micromotion caused by additional terms can be detected with TDC or Raman beams and then compensated with bias DC rods

The metal powder is heated and gasified from atom oven. A beam of Yb atoms is shooted into trap center, then ionized by a pair of strong 399nm and 370nm laser beams. Once the ion is Doppler cooled to limit

where $\gamma=2\pi\cdot 19.7$ MHz is the linewidth of the cooling transition for $^{171}\mathrm{Yb}^+$ case, its internal electric levels plus external trap oscillator can be written as

and the diople coupling hamiltonian

if we apply an external wave field from either microwave horn or laser beam. Take interaction picture with respect to wave frequency

where detuning $\delta=\nu-\omega_ 0-(m-n)\omega_1$, and apply rotating-wave approximation

The coupling term

where Laguerre polynomial

Specially, for carrier transition $ |\downarrow,n\rangle\rightarrow |\uparrow,n\rangle$

For blue sideband $ |\downarrow,n-1\rangle\rightarrow |\uparrow,n\rangle$, and red sideband $ |\downarrow,n\rangle\rightarrow |\uparrow,n-1\rangle$

Open Problems

two ions are not stable in high trap z direction rf from dc rods 崔凯枫 from Wuhan: protection sequence doesn’t work