Characterisation of a charged particle levitated nano-oscillator

Nathanael Paul Bullier, Antonio Pontin, Peter F Barker
2020 Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics  
We describe the construction and characterisation of a nano-oscillator formed by a Paul trap. The frequency and temperature stability of the nano-oscillator was measured over several days allowing us to identify the major sources of trap and environmental fluctuations. We measure an overall frequency stability of 2 ppm h −1 and a temperature stability of more than 5 h via the Allan deviation. Importantly, we find that the charge on the nanoscillator is stable over a timescale of at least two
more » ... of at least two weeks and that the mass of the oscillator, can be measured with a 3% uncertainty. This allows us to distinguish between the trapping of a single nanosphere and a nano-dumbbell formed by a cluster of two nanospheres.
doi:10.1088/1361-6463/ab71a7 fatcat:2bayumx45ndnbd2wu4pyyi3ny4