Charged Particle Traps

Physics and Techniques of Charged Particle Field Confinement

  • Fouad G. Major
  • Viorica N. Gheorghe
  • Günther Werth

Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Trap Operation Theory

    1. Pages 3-15
    2. Pages 17-49
    3. Pages 51-85
    4. Pages 87-126
  3. Trap Techniques

  4. Nonclassical States of Trapped Ions

  5. Cooling of Trapped Charged Particles

    1. Pages 193-196
    2. Pages 197-201
    3. Pages 203-209
    4. Pages 211-219
    5. Pages 221-255
    6. Pages 257-258
  6. Trapped Ions as Nonneutral Plasma

    1. Pages 263-268
    2. Pages 269-274
    3. Pages 275-293
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-356

About this book


This book provides an introduction and guide to modern advances in charged particle (and antiparticle) confinement by electromagnetic fields. Confinement in different trap geometries, the influence of trap imperfections, classical and quantum mechanical description of the trapped particle motion, different methods of ion cooling to low temperatures, and non-neutral plasma properties (including Coulomb crystals) are the main subjects. They form the basis of such applications of charged particle traps as high-resolution optical and microwave spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, atomic clocks, and, potentially, quantum computing.


Confinement Paul and Penning traps Plasma Quantum computation with trapped ions Stored particle cooling Trapped charged particle spectroscopy particles

Authors and affiliations

  • Fouad G. Major
    • 1
  • Viorica N. Gheorghe
    • 2
  • Günther Werth
    • 2
  1. 1.Severna ParkUSA
  2. 2.Fachbereich Physik (18), Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg UniversitätMainzDeutschland

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