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Linear quadratic stochastic control of atomic hydrogen masers

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2 Author(s)
Koppang, P. ; Freq. & Time Syst., Datum Inc., Beverly, MA, USA ; Leland, R.

Data are given showing the results of using the linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG) technique to steer remote hydrogen masers to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as given by the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) via two-way satellite time transfer and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Data also are shown from the results of steering a hydrogen maser to the real-time USNO mean. A general overview of the theory behind the LQG technique also is given. The LQG control is a technique that uses Kalman filtering to estimate time and frequency errors used as input into a control calculation. A discrete frequency steer is calculated by minimizing a quadratic cost function that is dependent on both the time and frequency errors and the control effort. Different penalties, chosen by the designer, are assessed by the controller as the time and frequency errors and control effort vary from zero. With this feature, controllers can be designed to force the time and frequency differences between two standards to zero, either more or less aggressively depending on the application.

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 3 )