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Advances in Coherent Population Trapping for Atomic Clocks



John E. Kitching, Vishal Shah


We review advances in the field of coherent population trapping (CPT) over the last decade with respect to the application of this physical phenomenon to atomic frequency references. We provide an overview of both the basic phenomenon of coherent population trapping how it has traditionally been used in atomic clocks. We then describe a number of advances made with the goal of improving the resonance contrast, decreasing its linewidth and reducing light shifts that affect the long-term stability. We conclude with a discussion of the prospects of these new approaches to impact future generations of laboratory and commercial instruments.
Advances in Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Publisher Info
Elsevier, San Diego, CA


atomic clock, coherent population trapping, electromagnetically induced transparency, frequency reference, microwave


Kitching, J. and Shah, V. (2010), Advances in Coherent Population Trapping for Atomic Clocks, Elsevier, San Diego, CA (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created August 10, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017