Modular cryostat for ion trapping with surface-electrode ion traps.
We present a simple cryostat purpose built for use with surface-electrode ion traps, designed around an affordable, large cooling power commercial pulse tube refrigerator. A modular vacuum enclosure with a single vacuum space facilitates interior access and enables rapid turnaround and flexibility for future modifications. Long rectangular windows provide nearly 360° of optical access in the plane of the ion trap, while a circular bottom window near the trap enables NA 0.4 light collection without the need for in-vacuum optics. We evaluate the system's mechanical and thermal characteristics and we quantify ion trapping performance by trapping (40)Ca(+), finding small stray electric fields, long ion lifetimes, and low ion heating rates.
Vittorini, G; Wright, K; Brown, KR; Harter, AW; Doret, SC
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