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NIST's Compact Frequency Comb Could Go Places
2011-10-27 04:51:47

Laser frequency combs–extraordinarily precise tools for measuring frequencies (or colors) of light–have helped propel advances in timekeeping, trace gas detection and related physics research to new heights in the past decade. While typical lasers operate at only a single or handful of frequencies, laser frequency combs operate simultaneously at many frequencies, approaching a million for some combs. These combs have very fine, evenly spaced "teeth," each a specific frequency,...

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2011-09-08 05:40:30

  Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have measured the lifetime of an extremely stable energy level of magnesium atoms with great precision. Magnesium atoms are used in research with ultra-precise atomic clocks. The new measurements show a lifetime of 2050 seconds, which corresponds to approximately ½ hour. This is the longest lifetime ever measured in a laboratory. The results have been published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. The experiment...

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2011-08-26 12:27:20

  Researchers have found that an atomic clock at the U.K.'s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has the best long-term accuracy of any other clock in the world. Studies of the clock's accuracy show it is nearly twice as accurate as previously thought. The clock would lose or gain less than a second in about 138 million years. The NPL's CsF2 clock is a "caesium foundation" atomic clock, in which the "ticking" is provided by the measurement of the energy required to change a...

2011-06-28 12:39:44

By combining advanced laser technologies in a new way, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have generated microwave signals that are more pure and stable than those from conventional electronic sources. The apparatus could improve signal stability and resolution in radar, communications and navigation systems, and certain types of atomic clocks. Described in Nature Photonics,* NIST's low-noise apparatus is a new application of optical frequency combs, tools...

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2011-05-12 14:46:28

In a step toward taking the most advanced atomic clocks on the road, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed and demonstrated a super-stable laser operating in a cramped, vibrating location"”a minivan. The experiment shows how advanced lasers can be made both stable and transportable enough for field use in geodesy, hydrology, improved radar and space-based tests of fundamental physics. The drive tests, limited to a short excursion of five...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.