Towards sympathetic cooling of single (anti-)protons
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We present methods to manipulate and detect the motional state and the spin state of a single antiproton or proton which are currently under development within the BASE (Baryon Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment) collaboration. These methods include sympathetic laser cooling of a single (anti-)proton using a co-trapped atomic ion as well as quantum logic spectroscopy with the two particles and could be implemented within the collaboration for state preparation and state readout in the antiproton g-factor measurement experiment at CERN. In our project, these techniques shall be applied using a single 9Be+ ion as the atomic ion in a Penning trap system at a magnetic field of 5 T. As an intermediate step, a controlled interaction of two beryllium ions in a double-well potential as well as sympathetic cooling of one ion by the other shall be demonstrated.
KeywordsPenning traps Laser cooling Motional coupling Atomic ion g-factor Antiproton
We acknowledge funding from QUEST, LUH, PTB, ERC StG “QLEDS”, and DFG through SFB 1227 “DQ-mat”.
We acknowledge support by Tobias Florin and Julian Pick in building laser systems and designing a proton source.
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