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Ions captured in the spotlight

Optical trapping of ions is relatively new and has been limited to a few milliseconds so far. Now researchers have trapped a single barium ion for several seconds, putting experiments with ultracold atoms and ions within reach.

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Fig. 1: Optical trapping of a single ion.


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Leibfried, D. Ions captured in the spotlight. Nature Photon 11, 688–690 (2017).

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