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Direct Imaging of Highly Charged Ions in an Electron Beam Ion Trap



James V. Porto, I Kink, John D. Gillaspy


We have directly observed the ion cloud distribution in an electron beam ion trap using visible and ultraviolet fluorescence from lines in the ground term of Ar13+,^ Xe31+ and Xe32+ ions. Using a gated intensified charge coupled device camera, we have the capability to measure both static and dynamic ion cloud distributions. The images provide infromation about the trapped highly charged ions which is difficult to obtain by other methods. To demonstrate the usefulness of the technique, We took images of static ion clouds under different conditions and compared the distributions to a simple model. We also recorded time resolved images which show that we can monitor the relaxation of the ion cloud toward equilibrium when the trapping conditions are suddenly changed. The information provided by such measurements can be used to improve models of ion cloud dynamics and, combined with modeling, these techniques can help improve measurements of atomic data using electron beam ion traps..
Review of Scientific Instruments
No. 8




Porto, J. , Kink, I. and Gillaspy, J. (2000), Direct Imaging of Highly Charged Ions in an Electron Beam Ion Trap, Review of Scientific Instruments (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2000, Updated February 17, 2017