The ultra-cold ion (UCI) source is based on creating very cold ion beams by nearthreshold photo-ionization of a laser-cooled and trapped atomic gas. The UCI source has the potential of producing ion beams with a brightness and current comparable to the liquid-metal ion source (LMIS) , which is the current state-of-art for focused ion beam (FIB) technology. We have already shown  that the UCI source can provide much lower energy spread than LMIS, and may therefore offer a route toward 1-nm ion beam milling .
|Title of host publication||13th ICIS International Conference on Ion Sources, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA, 21-25 September 2009|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|