Research in Spectroscopy

 Ion and Electron Plasma in Ion Traps

Faculty: Dr. Sharath Ananthamurthy

Research Students: Dyavappa B.M, Durgesh Datar

We are carrying out experiments now that measure the properties of a stored cloud of electrons (non neutral plasma) in a home-built quadrupole Penning trap. We are measuring the storage time of the electrons as a function of the magnetic field as well as the distribution functions associated with the ion energies in the trap. The efforts are in a direction so as to characterize the trap and understand the mechanisms that lead to ion losses. We are also planning on experiments with a modified setup to investigate dusty plasma environments using our setup.

Endcap electrode     Ring electrode