Cotrapping different species in ion traps using multiple radio frequencies

D Trypogeorgos and CJ Foot, PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 94, 023609 (2016).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.94.023609

We consider the stability of systems subjected to periodic parametric driving in the context of ions confined by oscillating electric fields. The behavior of these systems can be understood in terms of a pseudopotential approximation and resonances arising from parametric excitation. We investigate the key properties of a way of operating a linear Paul trap with two radio frequencies that simultaneously confines two species with extremely different charge-to-mass ratios. The theoretical calculations have been verified by molecular dynamics simulations and normal modes analysis.

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