The TRAPSENSOR facility: an open-ring 7 tesla Penning trap for laser-based precision experiments

Manuel J Gutiérrez, Joaquín Berrocal, Juan M Cornejo, Francisco Domínguez, Jesús J Del Pozo, Iñigo Arrazola, Javier Bañuelos, Pablo Escobedo, Oliver Kaleja, Lucas Lamata, Raúl A Rica, Stefan Schmidt (+3 others)
2019 New Journal of Physics  
The Penning-trap electronic-detection technique that offers the precision and sensitivity requested in mass spectrometry for fundamental studies in nuclear and particle physics has not been proven yet to be universal. This has motivated the construction of a Penning-trap facility aiming at the implementation of a novel detection method, consisting in measuring motional frequencies of singly-charged trapped ions in strong magnetic fields, through the fluorescence photons from the
more » ... the 4s$^2$S$_{1/2}\rightarrow $4p$^2$P$_{1/2}$ atomic transition in $^{40}$Ca$^+$. The key element of this facility is an open-ring Penning trap, built and fully characterized, which is coupled upstream to a preparation Penning trap similar to those built at Radioactive Ion Beam facilities. Motional frequency measurements of trapped ions stored in the open-ring trap have been carried out by applying external dipolar and quadrupolar fields in resonance with the ions' eigenmotions, in combination with time-of-flight identification. The infrastructure to observe the fluorescence photons from $^{40}$Ca$^+$, comprising the twelve laser beams needed in 7~Tesla, and a two-meters long system to register the image in a high-sensitive CCD sensor, has also been successfully tested by observing optically the trapped $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ions. This demonstrates the capabilities of this facility for the proposed laser-based mass-spectrometry technique, and introduces it as a unique platform to perform laser-spectroscopy experiments with implications in different fields of physics.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/aafa45 fatcat:arcx6iovwbbb7mix7x3km5do3a