8 March 2014 Ion trap electric field measurements using slab coupled optical sensors
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Ion traps are widely used in the field of mass spectrometry. These devices use high electric fields to mass-selectively trap, eject, and count the particles of a material, producing a mass spectrum of the given material. Because of their usefulness, technology pushes for smaller, more portable ion traps for field use. Making internal ion trap field measurements not yet feasible because current electric field sensors are often too bulky or their metallic composition perturbs field measurements. Using slab coupled optical sensor (SCOS) technology, we are able to build sensors that are compatible with the spacing constraints of the ion trap. These sensors are created by attaching a nonlinear crystal slab waveguide to an optical fiber. When a laser propagates through the fiber, certain wavelengths of light couple out of the fiber via the crystal and create “resonances” in the output light spectrum. These resonances shift in proportion to a given applied electric field, and by measuring that shift, we can approximate the electric field. Developing a sensor that can effectively characterize the electric fields within an ion trap will greatly assist in ion trap design, fabrication, and troubleshooting techniques.
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L. Shumway, L. Shumway, S. Chadderdon, S. Chadderdon, A. Powell, A. Powell, A. Li, A. Li, D. Austin, D. Austin, A. Hawkins, A. Hawkins, R. Selfridge, R. Selfridge, S. Schultz, S. Schultz, "Ion trap electric field measurements using slab coupled optical sensors", Proc. SPIE 9062, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems Integration 2014, 90620I (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2046004; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2046004

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