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NIST Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar to be held June 2-5

From NIST Tech Beat: March 10, 2009

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Contact: Laura Ost

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 34th annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar on June 2-5, 2009, in Boulder, Colo.

The four-day seminar provides the most comprehensive course in understanding the characteristics of clocks and oscillators, making precise time and frequency measurements and synchronizing and applying precision time in an array of systems. The seminar is designed for all who are responsible for measurements, analysis, documentation, publications, proposals, calibrations and/or certifications of timing systems. Registrants of all levels of experience are welcome, including scientists, engineers, laboratory technicians, educators, managers, mathematicians and computer programmers.

Notable speakers will include: John (Jan) Hall, who shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics for “contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique”; David Allan, who has authored more than 100 papers in the field of precise time and frequency, and who led development of the Allan Variance, the recommended statistic for comparing and evaluating clocks and oscillators; and John Vig, current president of IEEE, who holds 55 patents related to quartz crystal resonators and oscillators for high-stability frequency sources, clocks and sensors.

The seminar includes laboratory demonstrations at NIST. For registration information and the full agenda, visit http://tf.nist.gov/timefreq/seminars/T&Foverview.html.