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I What does it mean to "drive a particle" in a penning trap?

  1. Mar 26, 2017 #1
    In a penning trap where they use sideband detection of the particle, they need to "drive" it. But what does that mean? Is the position of the particle detected anywhere along this process?
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  3. Mar 26, 2017 #2


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  4. Mar 26, 2017 #3
    You read that whole paper?
    But what does it mean to "drive" a particle? That's the part I really don't understand
  5. Mar 26, 2017 #4


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    You apply an oscillating electromagnetic field to it. There's a fair amount of discussion starting around page 253 in the paper that PeterDonis linked.
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