The TrapSensor Facility: an Open-Ring 7 Tesla Penning Trap for Laser-Based Precision Experiments
Gutiérrez Torres, Manuel Jesús
Cornejo, Juan M.
Del Pozo, Jesús J.
Arrazola Maiztegui, Iñigo
Lamata Manuel, Lucas
Rica, Raúl A.
Solano Villanueva, Enrique Leónidas
Rodríguez Rubiales, Daniel
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New Journal Of Physics 21 : (2019) // Article ID 023023
A Penning-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 Ca-40(+) 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 Ca-40(+) 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 Ca-40(+) 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.