Stability of Coulomb crystals in a linear Paul trap with storage-ring-like confinement

Niels Kjærgaard, Kristian Mølhave, Michael Drewsen

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    Abstract

    We report experiments on the stability of ion Coulomb crystals in a linear Paul trap with storage-ring-like confinement. The transverse dynamics of charged particles in a trap of this type is analogous to that of a fast beam traveling through a channel with periodic, magnetic alternating gradient confinement. The experimentally observed stability conditions for stationary crystals comply remarkably well with current theory of crystalline plasmas and beams.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
    Volume66
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)015401
    Number of pages4
    ISSN1063-651X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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    Copyright (2002) American Physical Society

    Keywords

    • ION-BEAMS

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