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A compact, high-performance all optical atomic clock based on telecom lasers
Author(s): John H. Burke; Nathan D. Lemke; Gretchen R. Phelps; Kyle W. Martin
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Paper Abstract

We discuss an optical atomic clock based on a two-photon transition at 778 nm in rubidium. In particular, we discuss the fundamental limitations to the short-term stability of a system based on a commercial C-band telecom laser as opposed to a near infrared laser. We show that this system is fundamentally capable of besting a hydrogen MASER in frequency stability and size.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9763, Slow Light, Fast Light, and Opto-Atomic Precision Metrology IX, 976304 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2220212
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John H. Burke, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Nathan D. Lemke, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Gretchen R. Phelps, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Kyle W. Martin, Applied Technology Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9763:
Slow Light, Fast Light, and Opto-Atomic Precision Metrology IX
Selim M. Shahriar; Jacob Scheuer, Editor(s)

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