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Take F2: NIST's Latest, Most Accurate Time Standard Debuts
Release Date: 04/08/2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. … more

NIST Launches a New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock
Release Date: 04/03/2014

NIST-F2 Atomic Clock News Briefing: Opening Statement by Tom O’Brian, Chief, Time and Frequency Division Opening Statement by Steve Jefferts, NIST … more

JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records in Both Precision and Stability
Release Date: 01/22/2014

Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has … more

NIST’s New Compact Atomic Clock Design Uses Cold Atoms to Boost Precision
Release Date: 11/05/2013

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a compact atomic clock design that relies on cold … more

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability
Release Date: 08/22/2013

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record … more

JILA Researchers Discover Atomic Clock Can Simulate Quantum Magnetism
Release Date: 08/08/2013

Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex … more

NIST Shows How to Make a Compact Frequency Comb in Minutes
Release Date: 07/11/2013

Laser frequency combs—high-precision tools for measuring different colors of light in an ever-growing range of applications such as advanced … more

Time to Celebrate: NIST Radio Station WWVB Logs 50 Years of Innovation
Release Date: 06/25/2013

Fifty years ago on July 5, 1963, a modest radio station in Fort Collins, Colo., officially went on the airwaves—a landmark event for U.S. industry … more

NIST Demonstrates Transfer of Ultraprecise Time Signals over a Wireless Optical Channel
Release Date: 04/30/2013

By bouncing eye-safe laser pulses off a mirror on a hillside, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

Some older radio-controlled clocks may adjust for Daylight Saving Time early
Release Date: 03/09/2013

Due to an unexpected technical issue, some older radio controlled clocks may have made the change to Daylight Saving Time (DST) up to a day … more

New NIST Time Code to Boost Reception for Radio-Controlled Clocks
Release Date: 03/05/2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is changing the way it broadcasts time signals that synchronize radio-controlled … more

Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots Can be Made Indistinguishable Through Quantum Frequency Conversion
Release Date: 12/19/2012

The quantum frequency conversion system uses two pump lasers whose frequency difference is matched to the difference between the two input photon … more

NIST Researcher David Wineland Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Release Date: 10/16/2012

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the 2012 Nobel … more

NIST Mini-sensor Measures Magnetic Activity in Human Brain
Release Date: 04/19/2012

A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has passed an important research … more

NIST/CU 'Star Comb' Joins Quest for Earthlike Planets
Release Date: 03/06/2012

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. … more

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