Quantum stability of an atomic ion in a Paul trap revisited
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We study the quantum stability of the dynamics of atomic ions in a Paul trap. We revisit the results of Wang et al [Phys. Rev. A 52, 1419 (1995)], which showed that quantum trajectories did not have the same region of stability as their classical counterpart, contrary to what is obtained from a Floquet analysis of the motion in the periodic trapping field. Using numerical simulations of the full wave-packet dynamics, we confirm that the classical trapping criterion are fully applicable to quantum motion, when considering both the expectation value of the position of the wave packet and its width.
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-118898DiVA: diva2:917336