The Quantum Physics of Atomic Frequency Standards: Recent Developments

1st Edition

Jacques Vanier, Cipriana Tomescu

CRC Press
Published December 1, 2017
Reference - 486 Pages - 183 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138894556 - CAT# K32899


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  • Describes the basic physics, including quantum mechanics, behind the operation of atomic clocks
  • Explores new frequency standards that provide better stability and accuracy than older, more conventional standards
  • Discusses the importance of the field in the general context of physics
  • Gives an extensive list of the most important references in the field


Up-to-Date Coverage of Stable and Accurate Frequency Standards

The Quantum Physics of Atomic Frequency Standards: Recent Developments covers advances in atomic frequency standards (atomic clocks) from the last several decades. It explains the use of various techniques, such as laser optical pumping, coherent population trapping, laser cooling, and electromagnetic and optical trapping, in the implementation of classical microwave and optical atomic frequency standards.

The book first discusses improvements to conventional atomic frequency standards, highlighting the main limitations of those frequency standards and the physical basis of the limitations. It then describes how advances in the theory and applications of atomic physics have opened new avenues in frequency standards. The authors go on to explore the research and development of new microwave and optical frequency standards before presenting the results in frequency stability and accuracy achieved with these new frequency standards. They also illustrate the application of atomic clocks in metrology, telecommunications, navigation, and other areas and give some insight into future work.

Building on the success of the previous two volumes, this up-to-date, in-depth book examines the vast improvements to atomic clocks that have occurred in the last 25 years. The improved stability and accuracy enable the verification of physical concepts used in fundamental theories, such as relativity, as well as the stability of fundamental constants intrinsic to those theories.

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