Ion motion synchronization in an ion-trap resonator

H. B. Pedersen, D. Strasser, S. Ring, O. Heber, M. L. Rappaport, Y. Rudich, Y. Rudich, I. Sagi, D. Zajfman*

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Using a new type of ion trap, we demonstrate that the length of a packet of charged particles oscillating between two electrostatic mirrors will remain constant under special conditions. The effect can be understood in terms of phase synchronization, where, in a rather counterintuitive way, the repulsive Coulomb interaction between the ions actually holds the packet together. Application of this effect for mass spectrometry is discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)55001-1-55001-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes


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