Optical Lattice Clocks

Lectures & Discussions
Date 
Friday, October 28, 2016
Time 
Room Information
Olin 114

Physics Seminar
Dr. Roger Brown
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Abstract: I will present an overview of optical lattice clocks. These clocks offer the near term prospect of surpassing the current SI definition of the second by a factor of 100. In particular, we will discuss the primary factors that contribute to clock instability. By simultaneously interrogating two independent atomic systems with the same clock laser, we reject a number of noise sources, and observe unprecedented oscillator stability. Such stability opens up the possibility of measuring gravitational red-shifts arising from ocean tides. In addition to stability, clock performance is also characterized by accuracy. We describe our experimental efforts to characterize systematic frequency shifts including: the temperature of the system, and stray electromagnetic fields.

** Refreshments will be served, as well. **

Posted Date 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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