Scientists from ITMO University have developed and applied a new method for analyzing the electromagnetic field inside ion traps.
This allows to reconsider the prospects nonlinear traps applications, including ion cooling and studies of quantum phenomena.
The results are published in the Journal of Physics B.
Ion traps can localize and restrain individual charged particles in a confined space for subsequent manipulations with these particles, such as displacing or even cooling.
Cooling of an ion basically means reducing its kinetic energy, which almost completely "freezes" this ion.
Scientists believe that in future this technique will help to observe quantum phenomena with the bare eye.