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A transportable Paul-trap for levitation and accurate positioning of micron-scale particles in vacuum for laser-plasma experiments.

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We report on a Paul-trap system with large access angles that allows positioning of fully isolated micrometer-scale particles with micrometer precision as targets in high-intensity laser-plasma interactions. This paper summarizes theoretical and experimental concepts of the apparatus as well as supporting measurements that were performed for the trapping process of single particles.

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