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Absolute frequency measurement of the 40Ca+ clock transition using a LD-based clock laser and UTC(NICT)

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9 Author(s)
Matsubara, K. ; Space-Time Stand. Group, Nat. Inst. of Inf. & Commun. Technol., Koganei, Japan ; Li, Y. ; Nagano, S. ; Ito, H.
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We developed an optical frequency standard using 40Ca+ with the 4 2S1/2-3 2D5/2 electric quadrupole transition. Its absolute transition frequency is 411 042 129 776 390(7) Hz. The uncertainty is limited by the electric quadrupole shift and ambient magnetic field fluctuation. To determine the absolute transition frequency with a better uncertainty, we have observed two pairs of the symmetrically-splitting Zeeman components and measured the transition frequency which is corrected for the electric quadrupole shift. It will be used to determine the absolute transition frequency with respect to the SI base units of time and length. In addition, we are developing a magnetic-shielded ion-trap chamber to reduce the transition-line broadening caused by the magnetic field fluctuation.

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Frequency Control Symposium, 2009 Joint with the 22nd European Frequency and Time forum. IEEE International

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20-24 April 2009