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The quantum beat : the physical principles of atomic clocks

Author: F G Major
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the indicators of the level of technological development of a society has been, throughout history, the precision of clocks it was able to build. This book examines the physical principles underlying the workings of clocks--from the earliest mechanical clocks to the present-day sophisticated clocks based on the properties of individual atoms. Intended for non-specialists with some knowledge of physics or  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F G Major
ISBN: 0387983015 9780387983011
OCLC Number: 37315254
Description: xiv, 475 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Celestial and Mechanical Clocks --
Ch. 2. Oscillations and Fourier Analysis --
Ch. 3. Oscillators --
Ch. 4. Quartz Clocks --
Ch. 5. Language of Electrons, Atoms, and Quanta --
Ch. 6. Magnetic Resonance --
Ch. 7. Corrections to Observed Atomic Resonance --
Ch. 8. Rubidium Clock --
Ch. 9. Classical Cesium Standard --
Ch. 10. Atomic and Molecular Oscillators: Masers --
Ch. 11. Hydrogen Maser --
Ch. 12. Confinement of Ions --
Ch. 13. NASA Mercury Ion Experiment --
Ch. 14. Optical Frequency Oscillators: Lasers --
Ch. 15. Laser Cooling of Atoms and Ions --
Ch. 16. Application of Lasers to Microwave Standards --
Ch. 17. Measurement of Optical Frequency --
Ch. 18. Applications: Time-Based Navigation --
Ch. 19. Concluding Thoughts.
Responsibility: F.G. Major.

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