Christoph Fischer starts this project, continuing work from his MasterArbeit.
This project aims to demonstrate optical trapping of ions in the standing wave of a high finesse cavity. With circulating powers of a few KiloWatts, as has been used in work with neutral atoms previously, we expect that ions could be trapped at separations of less than ten microns, which seems hard to achieve with standard approaches based on microfabricated surface electrode traps. This work should pave a new route towards quantum simulation with trapped ions.
This work is supported by an SNF Consolidator Grant