The TRAPSENSOR facility: an open-ring 7 tesla Penning trap for laserbased precision experiments
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AuthorGutiérrez, Manuel; Berrocal, Joaquín; Cornejo, Juan Manuel; Domínguez, Francisco; del Pozo, Jesús; Arrazola, Íñigo
Penning trapMass spectrometryFluorescence detectionLaser coolingBeam preparation
Gutiérrez Torres, M. J., Berrocal, J., Cornejo, J. M., Domínguez, F., Del Pozo, J. J., Arrazola Maiztegui, I., ... & Rica, R. A. (2019). The TRAPSENSOR facility: an open-ring 7 tesla Penning trap for laser-based precision experiments. New J. Phys. 21 023023
SponsorshipThis work was supported by the European Research Council (contract no. 278648-TRAPSENSOR), from the SpanishMINECO/ FEDER (project nos. FPA2012-32076, FPA2015-67694-P, FIS2015-69983-P, UNGR10-1E- 501, UNGR13-1E-1830), Ramón y Cajal Grant RYC-2012-11391, Juan de la Cierva grant IJCI-2015-26091, Centro Nacional de Partículas, Astropartículas y Nuclear CPAN13-TM01, and ‘Sistema Nacional de Garantía Juvenil y del Programa Operativo de Empleo Juvenil’; from the SpanishMECD(PhD grant nos. FPU15-04679 and FPU17/02596); from Junta de Andalucía/FEDER (project no. IE-57131) and ‘Programa de Empleo Juvenil; from Basque Government (PhD grant no. PRE-2015-1-0394) and (project no. IT986-16), and from the University of Granada ‘Plan propio-Programa de Intensificación de la Investigación PP2017-PRI.I-04’. I.A, L.L. and E.S acknowledge also support from projects OpenSuperQ (820363) and QMiCS (820505) of the EUFlagship on Quantum Technologies.
APenning-trap facility for high-precision mass spectrometry based on a novel detection method has been built. This method consists in measuring motional frequencies of singly-charged ions trapped in strong magnetic fields through the fluorescence photons from laser-cooled 40Ca+ ions, to overcome limitations faced in electronic single-ion detection techniques. The key element of this facility is an open-ring Penning trap coupled upstream to a preparation Penning trap similar to those used at Radioactive Ion Beam facilities. Here we present a full characterization of the trap and demonstrate motional frequency measurements of trapped ions stored by applying external radiofrequency fields in resonance with the ions’ eigenmotions, in combination with time-of-flight identification. The infrastructure developed to observe the fluorescence photons from 40Ca+, comprising the 12 laser beams and the optical system to register the image in a high-sensitive CCD sensor, has been proved by taking images of the trapped and cooled 40Ca+ ions. This demonstrates the functionality of the proposed laser-based mass-spectrometry technique, providing a unique platform for precision experiments with implications in different fields of physics.