TY - JOUR

T1 - Ion dynamics in perturbed quadrupole ion traps

AU - Horvath, G. Zs K.

AU - Hernandez-Pozos, J. L.

AU - Dholakia, K.

AU - Rink, J.

AU - Segal, D. M.

AU - Thompson, R. C.

PY - 1998

Y1 - 1998

N2 - We use the results of a Lagrangian formulation of the dynamics of ions in a Penning trap to calculate the motional frequencies of the ions as a function of the trapping parameters. We then add realistic perturbations to the ideal trapping fields in the formalism and deduce the effects of these perturbations on the ion motion. For an ideal trap there exist values of the applied trapping fields that result in a degeneracy in the ion oscillation frequencies associated with different types of motion. We show that this motional frequency degeneracy is lifted by the inclusion of the effect of a tilt of the trap axis with respect to the axis of the applied magnetic field, leading to an “avoided crossing” between the oscillation frequencies. We calculate typical ion orbits for trap parameters that give oscillation frequencies near the avoided crossing between the axial and modified cyclotron frequencies. We generalize the analysis to include the motion of ions in a combined (Penning-Paul) trap and perform an experiment to test the predictions of the theory for a degeneracy between the modified cyclotron frequency and the axial frequency for [Formula Presented] ions held in a tilted combined trap. The oscillation frequencies are measured for a range of tilt angles using a photon-photon correlation technique. There is good agreement between the experimental results and the theoretical predictions. The method we describe may prove to be a useful means by which trap imperfections can be identified and subsequently removed.

AB - We use the results of a Lagrangian formulation of the dynamics of ions in a Penning trap to calculate the motional frequencies of the ions as a function of the trapping parameters. We then add realistic perturbations to the ideal trapping fields in the formalism and deduce the effects of these perturbations on the ion motion. For an ideal trap there exist values of the applied trapping fields that result in a degeneracy in the ion oscillation frequencies associated with different types of motion. We show that this motional frequency degeneracy is lifted by the inclusion of the effect of a tilt of the trap axis with respect to the axis of the applied magnetic field, leading to an “avoided crossing” between the oscillation frequencies. We calculate typical ion orbits for trap parameters that give oscillation frequencies near the avoided crossing between the axial and modified cyclotron frequencies. We generalize the analysis to include the motion of ions in a combined (Penning-Paul) trap and perform an experiment to test the predictions of the theory for a degeneracy between the modified cyclotron frequency and the axial frequency for [Formula Presented] ions held in a tilted combined trap. The oscillation frequencies are measured for a range of tilt angles using a photon-photon correlation technique. There is good agreement between the experimental results and the theoretical predictions. The method we describe may prove to be a useful means by which trap imperfections can be identified and subsequently removed.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevA.57.1944

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevA.57.1944

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0348028955

VL - 57

SP - 1944

EP - 1956

JO - Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

JF - Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

SN - 1050-2947

IS - 3

ER -