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Lasers for ion trapping

C-WAVE at work with trapped ions

In this applications note we read how the flexibility of the C-WAVE’s single frequency tunable wavelength can be utilized for ion trapping experiments.

Coulomb crystals consisting of isotopically pure Magnesium ions are build employing a new tunable continuous-wave (cw) laser light source: Mg atoms are isotope-selective ionized by resonant two-photon excitation at a wavelength of 285.3 nm. The UV laser light is generated via resonant second-harmonic generation of the output of a new cw laser C-WAVE that offers about 0.5 W single frequency output power that is tunable in the range 450 – 650 nm. The created Mg ions are trapped and cooled, building 2D Coulomb crystals which are used for further investigation.

Download the full applications note in the column on the right.

Tunable lasers


C-WAVE is the tunable laser light source for continuous-wave (cw) emission in the visible and near-infrared wavelength range for demanding applications as in atomic physics or quantum optics.