Welcome to IOTA

In the last two decades our ability to study individual quantum systems (or controlled ensembles of them), virtually free from outside perturbations, has been transformed from a dream to a reality. Trapped atomic and molecular ions have been at the heart of this revolution, providing the key to a deeper understanding of many of the underlying principles of Physics and Chemistry. Physicists can now trap single atoms or photons, prepare these particles in well-defined states and follow their evolution in real time. Deeper insight into the fundamental scientific principles leads to the emergence of innovative applications and stimulates technical evolution. Scientific and technological applications include frequency metrology for the precise determination of fundamental constants; frequency standards e.g. global positioning; the determination of atomic ground state properties e.g. mass, life-time, spin; quantum information and cavity quantum electrodynamics. Notably, the production of cold molecules and the study of chemical dynamics at ultralow temperatures are areas of remarkable current growth within the field. This action will advance the frontier of knowledge regarding basic questions in order to foster the emergence of novel applications.


Final publication


Final publication of COST Action MP1001 [Link to youtue]

How does a quantum computer work? How precise is precise? Can you see single atoms?
What is the chemistry of ultracold molecules? Learn about tomorrow’s tool in physics and chemistry: ion traps !

All credits for the video on www.iontraps.eu/creditsm

2015 meetings

After 4 years  COST Action MP1001 has reached the end of its regular lifetime on 5 December 2014

The Ion Trappers Network continues to live with some activities, the newsletter and the job postings.

This website will adiabatically migrate to our new home www.iontraps.eu

2015 meetings

A School on Trapped Charged Particles and Fundamental Physics is scheduled in Les Houches,  19-30 January 2015

2 PostDoc Positions Marseille, France

Our team at Aix-Marseille University offers two postdoctoral positions starting in early 2015.

Giant Molecules : We offer a postdoc/engineering position for 12 months (extensible to 18 m) to develop a prototype of a device detecting very large molecules.  The experiment is at the interface of physics and chemistry, it employs optical detection techniques (laser spectroscopy), and also guiding and storing of charged particles (ion trap).

3 photons : We are supported by the local excellence cluster, and in the frame of a new project, we offer a postdoc position for 18 months in coherent multi-photon spectroscopy. Among the major tasks of the candidate will be the phase/frequency lock of the lasers and the frequency comb.

You’ll find more detailed informations in the attached pdf files. For both positions we are seeking a motivated experimentalist (m/f) with a good background in atomic and laser physics. We also expect you to be a team player!

Our aim is to fill both positions as soon as possible in early 2015. For details, please contact the head of the group Martina Knoop – martina.knoop @ univ-amu.fr


Positions at ARCNL

PhD and PostDoc positions at ARCNL

The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is a new research center, located at the Amsterdam Science Park.

ARCNL is a public-private partnership between the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML. ARCNL focuses on the fundamental physics involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry.

During a short, initial phase, ARCNL formally operates as a department of the FOM Institute AMOLF. After this launch, it will be an independent research center, staffed by approximately one hundred scientists and technical support staff. ARCNL is managed under the auspices of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

For its first research groups, ARCNL now invites applications for the positions of PhD students and postdocs in Nanolithography in the following fields:

Generation of EUV light through laser-induced plasmas Structure, composition and dynamics of EUV producing plasmas New targets for the generation of EUV light Lensless imaging with EUV light Growth of nanolayers (e.g. graphene) and multilayers for EUV optics Spectrocopy on EUV emitting plasmas using ultrafast lasers and high-harmonic generation Nanophotochemistry for EUV photoresists

ARCNL is seeking candidates trained in experimental physics, chemistry, materials science or engineering with an interest in cutting-edge research, combining fundamental and applied aspects. The selected junior scientists will become members of a new team of 100 ARCNL staff. They will benefit from brand new, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and research equipment. Research will be carried out in strong partnership with ASML, AMOLF and UvA/VU. Short internships at ASML may be part of each project. After finishing their work at ARCNL, excellent candidates may have a subsequent job perspective at ASML.

ARCNL employees will be under contract with either FOM, UvA or VU, under standard working conditions. PhD positions are for 4 years, postdoc positions for 2 or 3 years.

Descriptions of specific research projects and job openings are posted on the ARCNL website: http://www.arcnl.nl/jobs-internships/

More WEB: https://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6195/local/classified.pdf


Dear all,

this is already the third year of our Action, and many ion trapping events are still planned. However, we should have a look in the future and your suggestions are important ! The main event of 2014 will be THE ion trapper conference ECTI, scheduled for 15-19 Sept 2014 close to Mainz. I would be happy to receive any additional proposal for workshops or training events in 2014 before September 2013.
Another important question concerns the future of this Action. If you think that it is useful, and should be continued after 2014 (in which way ?) I would be happy about your feedback. The management committee will discuss all your suggestions in October !

Martina (martina.knoop @ univ-amu.fr)


Jonathan Home has been awarded the SAOT Young Researcher Award 2013. Congratulations !

It’s still time to apply for a Short Term Scientifc Mission in 2013. Durations are from a week to 3 months, the application procedure is described on the website.


Deadline for registration and abstract submission of the Arosa Workshop on Cold Molecules is 30th June 2013

Registration is open for IonTech 2, 23-25 October in Paris, see website

Passion for Physics: SIF is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi” on 15 June 2013 in Villa Monastero, Varenna (Italy). The preliminary program is here.
Workshop Announcement “Longrange interactions in the ultracold”, Stuttgart (Germany), September 3-5, 2013

The 11th International Workshop on Non-Neutral Plasmas has been announced to take place at Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan, October 6-9, 2014 in conjunction with the International Conference on Trapped Charged Particles and Fundamental Physics.


Positions available in Time and Frequency group at NPL, deadline is 17th June Link

A Postdoc Vacancy for Antihydrogen Physics at Swansea University, please contact Niels Madsen

PhD position of Marie Curie early stage researcher scheme “Frontiers in Quantum Technology” programme is available at Imperail College, London. For details please contact R Thompson or D Segal. Application here.