Ion motion synchronization in an ion-trap resonator

H. B. Pedersen, D. Strasser, S. Ring, O. Heber, M. L. Rappaport, 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
Article number055001
Pages (from-to)55001-1-55001-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes


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