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Experimental demonstration of an efficient number diagnostic for long ion chains

Démonstration expérimentale d'un diagnostic efficace pour le nombre d'ions contenus dans une longue chaine

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Very long, one-dimensional (1D) ion chains are the basis for many applications, in particular in quantum information processing and reliable diagnostics are needed to quantify them. To that purpose, we have experimentally validated Dubin's model for very long ion chains [Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 2753 (1993)]. This diagnostic allows to precisely determine the number of trapped ion with an accuracy of almost 1% without counting them, by measuring the ion-ion distance of the innermost particles, as well as the trapping potential along the ion chain direction. In our experiment, based on a 155 ion chain, the central 30 ions are measured to be equidistant to better than 2%, and we can determine the total number of trapped ions with a 4.5% uncertainty, completely dominated by a conservative estimation of the experimental characterisation of the trap.
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hal-01303331 , version 1 (18-04-2016)
hal-01303331 , version 2 (01-02-2017)

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Marius R Kamsap, Caroline Champenois, J Pedregosa-Gutierrez, Simon Mahler, Marie Houssin, et al.. Experimental demonstration of an efficient number diagnostic for long ion chains. Physical Review A : Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 2017, 95 (013413), pp.10.1103/PhysRevA.95.013413. ⟨hal-01303331v2⟩
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