Phase-space manipulation of ultracold ion bunches with time-dependent fields

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All applications of high brightness ion beams depend on the possibility to precisely manipulate the trajectories of the ions or, more generally, to control their phase-space distribution. We show that the combination of a laser-cooled ion source and time-dependent acceleration fields gives new possibilities to perform precise phase-space control. We demonstrate reduction of the longitudinal energy spread and realization of a lens with control over its focal length and sign, as well as the sign of the spherical aberrations. This creates new possibilities to correct for the spherical and chromatic aberrations which are presently limiting the spatial resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Article number034802
Pages (from-to)034802-1/4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


  • Chromatic and geometrical aberrations
  • Photoionization of atoms and ions
  • Positive-ion beams


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