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a timepiece that derives its time scale from the vibration of atoms or molecules

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Imaging spectroscopy is expected to greatly improve the precision of the JILA atomic clock, and other atomic clocks generally.
A team developed the first portable version of an optical clock, which is more stable and exact than the standard atomic clock, and put it to test on a mountain, according to a study in the journal (https://www.
Atomic clocks have long been advancing the frontier of measurement science, not only in timekeeping and navigation but also in definitions of other measurement units and other areas of research such as in tabletop searches for the missing "dark matter" in the universe.
The phrase signals that the atomic clocks - that provide locational data - in the six navigation satellites are functioning normally.
In an attempt to move away from definitions in terms of the earth's rotation, physicist Louis Essen spent the early 1950s developing his pioneering atomic clock at the National Physical Laboratory.
Atomic clocks are currently synchronised via satellite links that are no longer up to the job, said Harald Schnatz, manager of the International Clock Comparison via Optical Fibre (ICOF) project.
Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, which will serve as the new US time standard, and will neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years.
Lutwak joined Symmetricom in 1998 and has pioneered the effort to incorporate laser technology and modern atomic physics into fieldable high-performance atomic clocks, particularly high-performance cesium beam frequency standards and low-power cesium and rubidium gas cell oscillators.
However, as time-reckoning became more and more sophisticated with the invention of atomic clocks, it was found that the Earth's rotation is not that smooth after all.
With this new contract, SpectraTime confirms its position as the world-leading supplier of space atomic clocks and is on the way to having the largest number of atomic clocks in space on-board satellites.
At present, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures located outside of Paris calculates global time by averaging data received from 300 atomic clocks at laboratories round the world.
Atomic clocks have been around longer than most think.
Development and testing is performed in the GPS Central Engineering Activity Lab using a newly developed M-code software defined receiver, inertial navigation system (INS) equipment and atomic clocks.
The advance indicates that the reign of atomic clocks tuned to the element cesium is coming to an end, says physicist James C.
Each time those added milliseconds approach a full second, scientists add a leap second to atomic clocks.