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".
- iQLOC: Ion Quantum Logic Optical Clock
- Using an Atomic Nucleus for Precise Time Measurement
- SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION: Real-time phase tracking for wide-band optical frequency measurements at the 20th decimal place
- SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION: Demonstration of 4.8 × 10E−17 stability at 1 s for two independent optical clocks
- SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION: Space-borne frequency comb metrology
- SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION: 20 Years and 20 Decimal Digits: A Journey With Optical Frequency Combs