Synthesis of two-species ion chains for a new optical frequency standard with an indium ion
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- Hayasaka, K. Appl. Phys. B (2012) 107: 965. doi:10.1007/s00340-012-4909-9
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Ion chains consisting of different species play an important role in new applications in quantum information processing as well as in optical frequency standards. We demonstrate generation and stabilization of ion chains consisting of Ca+ and In+. The Ca+ chains with In+ located at specified positions are synthesized using resonant photo-ionization, real-time imaging and trap field control techniques. A specific configuration of an ion chain is stabilized by destabilizing other configurations via selective excitation of vibrational modes using amplitude modulation on the cooling laser beam. New approaches to an indium ion optical clock are proposed using the ions chains.