A split-ring Paul trap for dipolar excitation of the radial ion motion and ellipticity studies
Institute of Physics, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, 17489 Greifswald, Germany
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Revised: 22 November 2010
Published online: 14 January 2011
A radial dipolar excitation has been applied to a hyperbolic Paul trap with a segmented ring electrode. In addition, this configuration allowed the generation of an elliptical Paul trap by superimposing the RF trapping field with an electrostatic azimuthally quadrupolar field. The changes in the radial ion motions with respect to the conventional Paul trap are discussed and investigated experimentally. As expected, the formerly degenerated radial eigenfrequencies of the standard Paul trap split into two separate resonances at and , while the axial eigenfrequency remains unaffected. The new trap design adds flexibility and extends the range of applications of Paul traps.
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2011