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Title: Ion trap cavity system for strongly coupled cavity-QED
Author: Brama, Elisabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 3254
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2013
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The combination of an ion trap with a high finesse optical cavity is an ideal system for the investigation of strong coupling cavity quantum electrodynamics, and allows the observation of a number of interesting quantum phenomena. To achieve the small mode volumes required without impairing the ion trapping small traps with a short ion electrode distance are needed. Two microscopic linear rf ion traps have been developed and built to accommodate experimental cavities of lengths of several 100 microns. The first trap design, the 'sandwich' trap, was successfully used to trap 40Ca+ - ions for several hours. It was characterised extensively including a measurement of the heating rates of the ions in the trap. Spectroscopy measurements of the cooling transition, as well as the two repumping transitions were carried out. The second trap design, the 'alumina' trap, also successfully trapped 40Ca+ - ions, and a full characterisation of this trap was made. The experimental cavity was installed at a preliminary cavity length distance of 3.7 mm. The cavity characteristics were examined. Finally the trapped ions were overlapped with the cavity mode by adjusting the trap minimum position along the trap axis via dc voltages and the vertical position of the cavity. To progress further a locking scheme for the cavity length as well as a single - photon detection setup are necessary. To achieve strong coupling a reduction of the cavity length will have to be made.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC Physics ; QC0350 Optics. Light