Spatial distribution of ions in a linear octopole radio-frequency ion trap in the space-charge limit

Takuya Majima, Gabriele Santambrogio, Christof Bartels, Akira Terasaki, Tamotsu Kondow, Jan Meinen, Thomas Leisner

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We have explored the spatial distribution of an ion cloud trapped in a linear octopole radio-frequency (rf) ion trap. The two-dimensional distribution of the column density of stored Ag2+ was measured via photofragment-ion yields as a function of the position of the incident laser beam over the transverse cross section of the trap. The profile of the ion distribution was found to be dependent on the number of loaded ions. Under high ion-loading conditions with a significant space-charge effect, ions form a ring profile with a maximum at the outer region of the trap, whereas they are localized near the center axis region at low loading of the ions. These results are explained quantitatively by a model calculation based on equilibrium between the space-charge-induced potential and the effective potential of the multipole rf field. The maximum adiabaticity parameter η max is estimated to be about 0.13 for the high ion-density condition in the present octopole ion trap, which is lower than typical values reported for low ion densities; this is probably due to additional instability caused by the space charge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053414
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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