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A Faraday-shielded, DC Stark-free optical lattice clock



Kyle P. Beloy, Xiaogang Zhang, William F. McGrew, Nathan M. Hinkley, Tai H. Yoon, Daniele Nicolodi, Robert J. Fasano, Stefan A. Schaeffer, Roger C. Brown, Andrew D. Ludlow


We demonstrate the absence of a DC Stark shift in an ytterbium optical lattice clock. Stray electric fields are suppressed through the introduction of an in-vacuum Faraday shield. Still, the effectiveness of the shielding must be experimentally assessed. Such diagnostics are accomplished by applying high voltage to six electrodes, which are grounded in normal operation to form part of the Faraday shield. Our measurements place a constraint on the DC Stark shift at the 10-20 level, in units of the clock frequency. Moreover, we discuss a potential source of error in strategies to precisely measure or cancel non-zero DC Stark shifts. With this consideration, we find that Faraday shielding, complemented with experimental validation, provides an optimal solution to the problem of DC Stark shifts in optical lattice clocks.
Physical Review Letters


DC Stark, optical clock, optical frequency standard, optical lattice clock, Stark, static Stark, ytterbium
Created May 2, 2018, Updated February 21, 2019