- Cold Li–Yb+ mixtures in a hybrid trap setup
- Award date
- 18 September 2018
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI)
In this PhD thesis, we describe the design and construction of an experimental apparatus capable of trapping, cooling and spatially overlapping neutral 6Li atoms and Yb+ ions. Our main goal is to reach the quantum regime in atom-ion mixtures and to investigate fundamental atom-ion scattering physics. In particular, we answer two important questions: 1) How does the atom-ion quantum simulator behave when we include micromotion in its theoretical description? To answer this question, we analyze in theory the quantum dynamics of an atom-ion quantum simulator unit cell in which a single atom interacts with a single trapped ion. 2) Is the combination Yb+/Li suitable for the experimental applications intended? To ﬁnd this out we experimentally establish if the chemical reaction rate in colliding Li–Yb+ systems is low enough to allow for quantum applications and sympathetic cooling.
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