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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST Ion Trap

Caption: NIST's novel planar ion trap was designed to be easily mass produced, potentially enabling quantum computers large enough for practical use. The trap uses gold electrodes to confine magnesium ions 40 micrometers above the plane of the electrodes. Laser beams are used to create ions from the metal vapor and then cool them

Credit: Signe Seidelin and John Chiaverini/NIST

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