Optical clocks

Optical Clock

An optical atomic clock employs a clock transition in the optical or visual regime, typically between 400 and 1000 nm wavelength. Such electromagnetic oscillations are multi-THz, in contrast to the present standard cesium clocks that are based on a hyperfine transition at 9192631770 Hz. Because of the much higher oscillatory frequency, nowadays optical clocks are outrunning the accuracy of cesium clocks by several orders of magnitude.

Learn more about optical clocks in our film "Why you need an optical clock".

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