87Sr lattice clock with inaccuracy below 10 -15.

JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0440, USA.
Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.51). 03/2007; 98(8):083002.
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Aided by ultrahigh resolution spectroscopy, the overall systematic uncertainty of the 1S0-3P0 clock resonance for lattice-confined 87Sr has been characterized to 9 x 10(-16). This uncertainty is at a level similar to the Cs-fountain primary standard, while the potential stability for the lattice clocks exceeds that of Cs. The absolute frequency of the clock transition has been measured to be 429 228 004 229 874.0(1.1) Hz, where the 2.5 x 10(-15) fractional uncertainty represents the most accurate measurement of a neutral-atom-based optical transition frequency to date.

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