87Sr lattice clock with inaccuracy below 10 -15.

ArticleinPhysical Review Letters 98(8):083002 · March 2007with13 Reads
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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.
    • "In Boulder we have paid particular attention to the effect of atomic interactions on the clock transition frequency. Initial experiments on Sr with measurement precision of 10 −15 revealed no atomic density-dependent frequency shift [26] . However , when the measurement precision improved further, we uncovered density-dependent frequency shifts with nuclear spin-polarized fermions for the JILA Sr clock [4] and the NIST Yb clock [5]. "
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