Project: Compact and high-performing microwave clocks for industrial applications

Atomic clocks provide accuracy and stability for modern communication and navigation systems. However, the clocks with the highest accuracies are only suitable for use in tightly controlled laboratory conditions. Vapour-cell clocks offer a portable alternative to atomic clocks but have so far only been developed in the laboratory environment. This project aims to make use of recent advances in, for example, laser technology and techniques to prepare and detect atoms to develop a number of different types of vapour cell clock. These clocks should be small, reliable and energy efficient enough to be used in commercial environments and they could be made to perform up to two orders of magnitude better than current commercial devices. By providing increased access to accurate time, industries such as navigation, telecommunications, defence and precision instrument manufacturers will benefit from the project.

Acronym IND55 Mclocks (Reference Number: IND55)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Coordinator Italy
2 Observatoire de Paris Partner France
3 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
4 Université de Franche-Comté Partner France
5 Muquans Observer France
6 Universite de Neuchatel Switzerland