Insensitivity of the rate of ion motional heating to trap-electrode material over a large temperature range
Author(s)Chiaverini, John; Sage, Jeremy M.
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We present measurements of trapped-ion motional-state heating rates in niobium and gold surface-electrode ion traps over a range of trap-electrode temperatures from approximately 4 K to room temperature (295 K) in a single apparatus.Using the sideband-ratio technique after resolved-sideband cooling of single ions to the motional ground state, we find low-temperature heating rates more than two orders of magnitude below the room-temperature values and approximately equal to the lowest measured heating rates in similarly sized cryogenic traps. We find similar behavior in the two very different electrode materials, suggesting that the anomalous heating process is dominated by non-material-specific surface contaminants. Through precise control of the temperature of cryopumping surfaces, we also identify conditions under which elastic collisions with the background gas can lead to an apparent steady heating rate, despite rare collisions.
Physical Review A
American Physical Society
Chiaverini, J., and J. M. Sage. “Insensitivity of the Rate of Ion Motional Heating to Trap-Electrode Material over a Large Temperature Range.” Physical Review A 89.1 (2014): n. pag. © 2014 American Physical Society
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