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Applied Physics B

, Volume 107, Issue 4, pp 891–906 | Cite as

Linear Paul trap design for an optical clock with Coulomb crystals

  • N. Herschbach
  • K. Pyka
  • J. Keller
  • T. E. MehlstäublerEmail author
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Abstract

We report on the design of a segmented linear Paul trap for optical clock applications using trapped ion Coulomb crystals. For an optical clock with an improved short-term stability and a fractional frequency uncertainty of 10−18, we propose 115In+ ions sympathetically cooled by 172Yb+. We discuss the systematic frequency shifts of such a frequency standard. In particular, we elaborate on high-precision calculations of the electric radiofrequency field of the ion trap using the finite element method. These calculations are used to find a scalable design with minimized excess micromotion of the ions at a level at which the corresponding second-order Doppler shift contributes less than 10−18 to the relative uncertainty of the frequency standard.

Keywords

Notch Width Optical Clock Electrode Thickness Clock Transition Trap Electrode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Herschbach
    • 1
  • K. Pyka
    • 1
  • J. Keller
    • 1
  • T. E. Mehlstäubler
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Physikalisch-Technische BundesanstaltBraunschweigGermany

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