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Every Millisecond Counts, Say Laser Clock Creators

July 29, 2013
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A new optical lattice clock, designed in France, is so precise its creators say it could help improve the resolution of global positioning systems (GPS), help Smartphones download data faster and refine high-frequency trading on financial markets. The research team at the Paris Observatory who devised it says it will neither gain nor lose a second over a period of 300 million years.

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Reuters (Nov. 25, 2013) — Laser technology has taken a huge leap forward with the development of the world's first digital laser system, a technology with application in multiple fields from dentistry to photo-copying. Conventional lasers are designed for specific purposes but the digital laser, developed by researchers in South Africa, promises to break new ground across a range of industries. Ben Gruber has more.
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Laser-Powered Zebedee Springs Into Action

Laser-Powered Zebedee Springs Into Action

Reuters (Apr. 30, 2013) — Researchers at Australia's CSIRO have developed a hand-held, spring-loaded laser scanner that can produce three-dimensional maps with unprecedented speed and accuracy. Called Zebedee after a French, spring-propelled television puppet of the sixties, the scanner fires laser light, giving surveyors and archaeologists a powerful new tool for discovery.
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New Atomic Clock Could Redefine the Second

New Atomic Clock Could Redefine the Second

Newsy (July 10, 2013) — The optical lattice clock, which uses a laser to measure vibrating atoms, could offer a more accurate definition of the second.
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World's Most Precise Clock Gets Even More Accurate

World's Most Precise Clock Gets Even More Accurate

Newsy (Aug. 24, 2013) — The clock is fueled by ytterbium atoms, a rather exotic element that makes the clock more stable and accurate than ever before.
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