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NIST's Second 'Quantum Logic Clock Based on Aluminum Ion is Now World's Most Precise Clock
Release Date: 02/04/2010

BOULDER, Colo.--Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic … more

NIST, CU to Build Instrument to Help Search for Earth-like Planets
Release Date: 11/03/2009

T he National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will collaborate with the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) to build and apply a … more

NIST Updates Popular Guide to Radio-Controlled Clocks
Release Date: 09/22/2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its popular guide to radio-controlled clocks. Many millions of … more

Ytterbium Gains Ground in Quest for Next-Generation Atomic Clocks
Release Date: 08/11/2009

An experimental atomic clock based on ytterbium atoms is about four times more accurate than it was several years ago, giving it a precision … more

NIST Physicists Win European and Optics Society Awards
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Jun Ye, a NIST Fellow working at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, has received the 2009 European … more

NIST Physicist James Bergquist Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Release Date: 05/05/2009

James C. Bergquist Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist James C. Bergquist, a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Measurement of ‘Forbidden’ Collisions Could Improve Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: 04/21/2009

Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms, a class of antisocial atoms known as … more

JILA/NIST Scientists Get a Grip on Colliding Fermions to Enhance Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: 04/16/2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms—a class of antisocial atoms … more

NIST Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar to be held June 2-5
Release Date: 03/10/2009

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

Colorado Governor Ritter Honors NIST Internet Time Service
Release Date: 02/24/2009

On Feb. 17, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado presented the 2009 CO-LABS Governor’s Awards for Research Impact to scientists from five federal … more

Wherefore a Leap Second?
Release Date: 12/23/2008

The spin of the Earth is slowing down. Not by much; only about 0.002 seconds a day (it varies), relative to our modern definition of the second. … more

NIST Physicists are Finalists for Service to America Medals
Release Date: 09/16/2008

Two physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been named finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medals, … more

NIST Physicist Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: 09/03/2008

Physicist David J. Wineland of NIST Boulder Laboratories in Colorado Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist David J. Wineland of the … more

Record-setting Laser May Aid Searches for Earthlike Planets
Release Date: 05/13/2008

Scientists at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an ultrafast … more

NIST 'Quantum Logic Clock' Rivals Mercury Ion as World's Most Accurate Clock
Release Date: 03/18/2008

An atomic clock that uses an aluminum atom to apply the logic of computers to the peculiarities of the quantum world now rivals the world’s most … more

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