The CAS cryogenic ion trap is a versatile tool that extends CAS laboratory domain to ion-molecule interaction at cold temperatures. Closed cycle cryostat allows us to reach temperatures lower than 4 K for the neutral buffer gas. The radio frequency 22 pole ion trap assures very well defined trapping and cooling conditions for the ions from the lightest ion H+ (mass 1) up to several hundred mass units. Differential pumping and complete separation of fore-vacuum of the ion source and the interaction regions allows studies with minimal influence of the ion precursor gas to the ion-neutral of choice interactions.

In memory of Professor Dieter Gerlich (29.09.1944-15.10.2020), for starting the CAS Ion Trap Laboratory and for his continuous inspiration.

Dieter Gerlich mounting the first parts of the ion trap in our lab.
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