"Single-atom optical clocks"

Who: David J. Wineland, NIST, Boulder, Colorado - Nobel Laureate in Physics 2012

Place: Donostia International Physics Center. Pº Manuel Lardizabal 4, Donostia - San Sebastián

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2015, 12:00


With the availability of spectrally pure lasers and the ability to precisely measure optical frequencies, it appears the era of optical atomic clocks has begun.

In one clock project at NIST we have used a single trapped Al+ ion to make a clock based on an ultraviolet transition. With single ions uncertainties in systematic effects are smallest, reaching a fractional error of Df/f0 = 8.0 x 10-18At this level, many interesting effects, including those due to special and general relativity, must be calibrated and corrected for.

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