Quantum metrology

Quantum Metrology

Atomic clocks go nuclear

The quantum metrology research group is working towards a new type of atomic clock, that uses the atomic nucleus of Thorium-229 to realize the „ticking“. Going from electronic shell to nuclear transitions promises an increase in precision together with a more robust and compact implementation. More information can be found under https://www.nuclock.eu/, opens an external URL in a new window


QME News: June 2019 - Two papers on Thorium-229 accepted in Nature

Today, two manuscripts on Thorium-229 were accepted for publication in Nature.

QME News: Juni 2019

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One work reports a measurement of the energy of the elusive isomeric
state, that may be used to build a nuclear clock to be 8.3 +/- 0.2 eV.
This work has been carried out by a team from LMU Munich with support
from GSI/Mainz, Max-Planck Institute for nuclear Physics, Heidelberg,
and of course the metrology team at TU Wien.

link to: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1905.06308.pdf, opens an external URL in a new window

The other work demonstrates optical X-ray pumping into the Thorium-229
isomer using the 29 keV second excited nuclear level as an intermediate
level. This work has been carried out at the SPring-8 facility by a
large Japanese consortium, again with support by the QME team of TU

link to: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1902.04823.pdf, opens an external URL in a new window

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat. Thorsten Schumm

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