Trapping and cooling of 174Yb+ ions in a microfabricated surface trap

Rachel Noek, Taehyun Kim, Emily Mount, So Young Baek, Peter Maunz, Jungsang Kim

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Trapped atomic ions are the leading candidate to act as individual quantum bits in a large quantum information processing system. Ion traps can be conformed to a two-dimensional surface, which provides a way to increase the number of ions while maintaining the ability to move individual ions in a two-dimensional grid. However, surface traps tend to suffer from shallow trap depths and higher motional heating rates. In this work, we report the design, fabrication, and testing of a simple gold-on-fused-silica ion trap optimized for a deep trapping potential and stable motional modes. The desirable trap characteristics include long lifetime, fully-compensated micromotion, and high secular trap frequencies that were measured using a trapped and cooled 174Yb+ ion. This trap design can be integrated with an optical cavity to enhance the ion-photon coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-913
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ion traps
  • Quantum information processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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