Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 6 (2011)

Rubidium atomic beam clock based on lamp-pumping and fluorescence-detection scheme

Y. H. Wang, J. Q. Huang, Y. Gu, S. Q. Liu, T. Q. Dong, Z. H. Lu


A compact, portable rubidium atomic beam clock based on lamp-pumping and fluorescence-detection scheme is proposed. The expected short-term frequency stability can be at least two orders of magnitude better than previous experimental results. The usages of lamp pumping, fluorescence detection and microwave slow-wave resonance structures make this design robust and compact.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2011.11005]

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