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A comparison of two 40Ca+ single ion optical clocks at 5×10-17
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Journal of Lasers, Optics & Photonics

ISSN: 2469-410X

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A comparison of two 40Ca+ single ion optical clocks at 5×10-17


8th International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics & Photonics

November 15-17, 2017 | Las Vegas, USA

Hua Guan, Yao Huang and Kelin Gao

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Laser Opt Photonics

Abstract :

A comparison of two optical clocks and a detailed study of the systematic frequency shifts of each 40Ca+ single-ion optical clock were carried out in WIPM. A Ti:sapphire laser at 729 nm is frequency stabilized to an ultra-stable ultra-low thermal expansion coefcient (ULE) cavity by means of Pound-Drever-Hall method. 1 Hz linewidth and 2??10â??15 frequency stability at 1-100 s is realized. Which is used for the probe of 40Ca+ optical transition. After compensating for the micromotion, the two optical clocks both reach an uncertainty level of a few parts in 10â??17. The dominant source of uncertainty is the blackbody radiation (BBR) shift after minimizing the micromotion-induced shifts. The BBR shift is evaluated by controlling and measuring the temperature at the trap center. With a measurement over one month, the frequency difference between the two clocks is measured to be 3.2 (5.5)??10â??17. Due to improvement of the clock laser and better control of the optical and electromagnetic feld geometry and the laboratory conditions, a fractional stability of 7??10â??17 in 20,000 s of averaging time is achieved. The absolute frequency of the 40Ca+ 4s 2S1/2- 3d 2D5/2 clock transition is measured to be 411 042 129 776 401.7 (1.1) Hz, with a fractional uncertainty of 2.7 ?? 10â??15 using the GPS satellites as a link to the SI second.

Biography :

Hua Guan has completed his PhD from Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics (WIPM), The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and he visited NIST Boulder twice between 2008-2010. He is a Professor of WIPM. His major is Precision Measurement Physics. And his research interests are single-ion optical clocks and trapped ion precise spectroscopy. He has published more than 20 papers, including Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. A, Appl. Phys. B, Rev. Sci. Instum. etc

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