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Normal modes of trapped ions in the presence of anharmonic trap potentials

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Author(s)

David Hanneke, Jonathan Home, John D. Jost, Dietrich G. Leibfried, David J. Wineland

Abstract

We theoretically and experimentally examine the effects of anharmonic terms in the trapping potential for linear chains of trapped ions. We concentrate on two different effects, which become significant at different levels of anharmonicity. The first is a modification of the frequencies and mode vectors of the ions’ normal modes of vibration for multi-ion crystals, resulting from each ion experiencing a different curvature in the potential. In the second effect, which occurs with increased anharmonicity or higher excitation amplitude, amplitude-dependent shifts of the normal-mode frequencies becomes important. We evaluate mode frequency and amplitude shifts, and comment on the implications for quantum information processing and quantum state engineering. Since the ratio of the anharmonic to harmonic terms typically increases as the ion–electrode distance decreases, anharmonic effects will become more significant as ion trap sizes are reduced. To avoid unwanted problems, anharmonicities should therefore be taken into account at the design stage of trap development.
Citation
New Journal of Physics
Volume
13

Keywords

anharmonicity, ion trap, normal modes, quantum information

Citation

Hanneke, D. , Home, J. , Jost, J. , Leibfried, D. and Wineland, D. (2011), Normal modes of trapped ions in the presence of anharmonic trap potentials, New Journal of Physics, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=908533 (Accessed October 28, 2021)
Created July 20, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017