Quantum Metrology and Fundamental Physical Constants

  • Paul H. Cutler
  • Amand A. Lucas

Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 98)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Pierre Giacomo
      Pages 1-13
  3. Basic Physics of Time, Frequency and Length Measurements and Standards

  4. Classical and Quantum Physics of Electrical Measurements and Standards

    1. Volkmar Kose
      Pages 209-220
    2. Volkmar Kose, Lothar Rahf, Jan-Dirk Sievert
      Pages 221-233
    3. Volkmar Kose
      Pages 235-248
    4. Leendert Bliek, Volkmar Kose
      Pages 249-267
    5. Toichiro Kinoshita
      Pages 313-331
  5. The Fundamental Constants of Physics

  6. Metrological Applications

  7. Summary and Future Prospects

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 646-658

About this book


The object of this NATO Advanced Study Institute was to pre­ sent a tutorial 'introduction both to the basic physics of recent spectacular advances achieved in the field of metrology and to the determination of fundamental physical constants. When humans began to qualify their description of natural phenomena, metrology, the science of measurement, developed along­ side geometry and mathematics. However, flam antiquity to modern times, the role of metrology was mostly restricted to the need of commercial, social or scientific transactions of local or at most national scope. Beginning with the Renaissance, and particularly in western Europe during the last century, metrology rapidly developed an international character as a result of growing needs for more accurate measurements and common standards in the emerging indus­ trial society. Although the concerns of metrology are deeply rooted to fundamental sciences, it was, until recently, perceived by much of the scientific community as mostly custodial in character.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul H. Cutler
    • 1
  • Amand A. Lucas
    • 2
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department de PhysiqueFacultes Universite Notre-Dame de la PaixNamurBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2147-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2145-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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