Tailored ion beam for precise colour centre creation Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2022


  • 2239


  • 380

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-503X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-2962


  • We present an invariant-based quantum control scheme leading to a highly monochromatic ion beam from a Paul trap. Our protocol is implementable by supplying the segmented electrodes in the trap with voltages of the order of volts. This mitigates the impact of fluctuations in previous designs and leads to a low-dispersion beam of ions. Moreover, our proposal does not rely on sympathetically cooling ions, which bypasses the need of loading different species in the trap - namely, the propelled ion and, e.g. a 40Ca+ to exert sympathetic cooling - significantly incrementing the repetition rate of the launching procedure. Our scheme is based on an invariant operator linear in position and momentum, which enables us to control the average extraction energy and the outgoing momentum spread. In addition, we propose a sequential operation to tailor the transversal properties of the beam before the ejection to minimize the impact spot and to increase the lateral resolution of the implantation. This article is part of the theme issue 'Shortcuts to adiabaticity: theoretical, experimental and interdisciplinary perspectives'.


  • Physics


  • deterministic ion implantation; nitrogen-vacancy centres; shortcuts to adiabaticity; trapped ions