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The world's most accurate atomic clock has been created with unprecedented accuracy

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul2,2024

Created the world's most accurate atomic clock with unprecedented accuracy

Scientists from JILA, a joint research institution of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have developed a new generation atomic clock with record accuracy. As Phys.org reports, the new device opens wide prospects for the development of science and technology.

The key feature of the new watch is the use of optical technology instead of microwave technology. The device illuminates atoms with visible light, which has a much higher frequency than microwaves in traditional atomic clocks. This allows you to achieve unprecedented accuracy – a loss of only one second in 30 billion years.

To increase the accuracy of the measurements, the clock uses an "optical grating" that simultaneously holds and measures tens of thousands of individual atoms. The increase in the number of measured atoms provides a larger amount of data to accurately determine the second.

The new design allows for the detection of relativistic timing effects at the submillimeter level, which is roughly the thickness of a human hair. This opens up opportunities to test fundamental theories, including general relativity, with extremely high precision.

The new atomic clock is expected to find wide application in various fields of science and technology. In particular, it can contribute to the improvement of space navigation, the search for new elementary particles, the discovery of hidden mineral deposits, and even the unraveling of the fundamental secrets of the universe.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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