A Single Trapped Rydberg Ion

  • Gerard Higgins

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Systems of trapped ions and systems of ultracold Rydberg atoms are used at the forefront of quantum physics research and they make strong contenders as platforms for quantum technologies. Trapped Rydberg ions are a new hybrid technology envisaged to have both the exquisite control of trapped ion systems and the strong interactions of Rydberg atoms.

In this work a single trapped Rydberg ion is experimentally investigated. A trapped strontium ion is excited to Rydberg states using two ultraviolet lasers. Effects of the strong trapping electric fields on the highly-sensitive Rydberg ion are studied. After mitigating unwanted trap effects, the ion is coherently excited to Rydberg states and a quantum gate is demonstrated. This thesis lays much of the experimental groundwork for research using this novel system.


Trapped Rydberg Ions Rydberg Ions Rydberg Physics Rydberg Atoms Trapped Ions Coherent Control Geometric Phase Linear Paul Trap Highly-Polarisable Trapped Ion Electric Quadrupole Shift

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerard Higgins
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAlbaNova University Center Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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