Comparative numerical studies of ion traps with integrated optical cavities

Podoliak, Nina, Takahashi, Hiroki, Keller, Matthias and Horak, Peter (2016) Comparative numerical studies of ion traps with integrated optical cavities. Physical Review Applied, 6 (4). 044008. ISSN 2331-7019

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We study a range of radio-frequency ion trap geometries and investigate the effect of integrating dielectric cavity mirrors on their trapping potential using numerical modelling. We compare five different ion trap geometries with the aim to identify ion trap and cavity configurations that are best suited for achieving small cavity volumes and thus large ion-photon coupling as required for scalable quantum information networks. In particular, we investigate the trapping potential distortions caused by the dielectric material of the cavity mirrors in all 3 dimensions for different mirror orientations with respect to the trapping electrodes. We also analyze the effect of the mirror material properties such as dielectric constants and surface conductivity, and study the effect of surface charges on the mirrors. As well as perfectly symmetric systems, we also consider traps with optical cavities that are not centrally aligned where we find a spatial displacement of the trap centre and asymmetry of the resulting trap only at certain cavity orientations. The best trapcavity configurations with the smallest trapping potential distortions are those where the cavities are aligned along the major symmetry axis of the electrode geometries. These cavity configurations also appear to be the most stable with respect to any mirror misalignment. Although we consider particular trap sizes in our study, the presented results can be easily generalized and scaled to different trap dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Richard Chambers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 15:05
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 06:27

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UK Quantum Technology Hub: NQIT-Networked Quantum Information TechnologiesG1503EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILEP/M013243/1
Quantum Networking with Fibre-Coupled IonsG0755EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILEP/J003670/1