Our particle-based imaging approach enables the spatially and temporally resolved investigation of vastly different systems such as ground-state samples, Rydberg ensembles or cold ions immersed in quantum gases. The microscope features an excellent time resolution allowing for both the study of dynamic processes and 3D imaging. In contrast to most most quantum gas microscopes, our imaging scheme offers an enormous depth of field and is, therefore, not restricted to two-dimensional systems.
We plan to use our new and powerful tool to extend our studies of cold ion-atom hybrid systems and intend to push the collision energies in these systems to the ultracold regime. Using Rydberg molecules to initialize ion-atom collisions, we envision the imaging of individual scattering events taking place in the quantum regime.