A powerful ion microscope developed to study quantum gases

In a recent letter arXiv, which was received at Physical Review X, Researchers at the University of Stuttgart present an ionic microscope suitable for solved spatial and temporal studies in high-volume gases. Credit: Celina Brandes

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart developed a particle-based imaging approach that enables resolved spatial and temporal investigation of extremely diverse systems such as ground state samples, Rydberg ensembles or cold ions immersed in quantum gases.

The microscope contains an excellent time resolution, which allows the study of dynamic processes and 3D imaging. In contrast to most quantum gas microscopes, this imaging scheme provides a large depth of field and, therefore, is not limited to two-dimensional systems.

Researchers plan to use their new and powerful tool to expand our cold ion studies-atom hybrid systems and aim to push the collision energies in these systems into the ultra cold mode. Using Rydberg molecules to initiate ion-atomic collisions, they predict the image of individual scattering events occurring in the quantum regime.

Ion microscope Optical lattice

The ion microscope image of a one-dimensional optical network with a space of 532nm. Essence (i) indicates an magnification of the marked rectangular region that reveals the power of the spatial resolution of the instrument. Credit: University of Stuttgart

Reference: “A pulsed ion microscope to investigate quantum gases” by C. Veit, N. Zuber, OA Herrera-Sancho, VSV Anasuri, T. Schmid, F. Meinert, R. Löw and T. Pfau, Accepted, Physical Review X.
arXiv: 2008.08512

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