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Type: Journal article
Title: Geodesy and metrology with a transportable optical clock
Author: Grotti, J.
Koller, S.
Vogt, S.
Häfner, S.
Sterr, U.
Lisdat, C.
Denker, H.
Voigt, C.
Timmen, L.
Rolland, A.
Baynes, F.
Margolis, H.
Zampaolo, M.
Thoumany, P.
Pizzocaro, M.
Rauf, B.
Bregolin, F.
Tampellini, A.
Barbieri, P.
Zucco, M.
et al.
Citation: Nature Physics, 2018; 14(5):437-441
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1745-2473
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Jacopo Grotti, Silvio Koller, Stefan Vogt, Sebastian Häfner, Uwe Sterr ... Fred N. Baynes ... et al.
Abstract: Optical atomic clocks, due to their unprecedented stability1,2,3 and uncertainty3,4,5,6, are already being used to test physical theories7,8 and herald a revision of the International System of Units9,10. However, to unlock their potential for cross-disciplinary applications such as relativistic geodesy11, a major challenge remains: their transformation from highly specialized instruments restricted to national metrology laboratories into flexible devices deployable in different locations12,13,14. Here, we report the first field measurement campaign with a transportable 87Sr optical lattice clock12. We use it to determine the gravity potential difference between the middle of a mountain and a location 90 km away, exploiting both local and remote clock comparisons to eliminate potential clock errors. A local comparison with a 171Yb lattice clock15 also serves as an important check on the international consistency of independently developed optical clocks. This campaign demonstrates the exciting prospects for transportable optical clocks.
Rights: © 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1038/s41567-017-0042-3
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