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Chemical applications of laser- and sympathetically-cooled ions in ion traps

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Abstract

Ensembles of cold atomic and molecular ions in ion traps prepared at millikelvin temperatures by laser and sympathetic cooling have recently found considerable interest in both physics and chemistry. At very low temperatures the ions form ordered structures in the trap also known as “Coulomb crystals”. Ion Coulomb crystals exhibit a range of intriguing properties which render them attractive systems for novel experiments in chemical dynamics, ultrahigh-resolution spectroscopy and quantum-information processing. In this article we review the methods used to prepare atomic and molecular ion Coulomb crystals and discuss some recent studies in mass spectrometry, low-temperature chemistry and precision spectroscopy to illustrate their scientific potential for chemical applications. Finally, we conclude with an outlook on outstanding challenges and prospective further developments in the field.

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2008, accepted on 01 Sep 2008 and first published on 22 Oct 2008


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B813408C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008,10, 7200-7210
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    Chemical applications of laser- and sympathetically-cooled ions in ion traps

    S. Willitsch, M. T. Bell, A. D. Gingell and T. P. Softley, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008, 10, 7200
    DOI: 10.1039/B813408C

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