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The Statistics of the Atomic Clock Noise

  • Lorenzo Galleani
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Abstract

Precise timing has several applications, and their number is steadily increasing. Atomic clocks are the main actors of this phenomenon, a consequence of the fact that they provide the most accurate time measurements currently available. By definition, the accuracy of a clock is its deviation from the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the time standard based on the International Atomic Time (TAI), which is obtained by averaging more than 300 atomic clocks throughout the world [1]. The most precise atomic clock presently available guarantees a time error in the determination of the second that is equivalent to±1s in 10 million years.

Keywords

Global Navigation Satellite System Frequency Deviation Atomic Clock Allan Variance Coordinate Universal Time 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the PRIN 2007 program.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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