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The Classical Atomic Clocks

  • F. G. Major
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Abstract

In trying to describe the workings of an atomic clock we are inevitably led into a world where a different language is spoken: the language of quantum mechanics; we shall encounter terms such as quantum states, quantum transitions, and even quantum degeneracy. Fortunately for us it is possible to derive useful results concerning the motion and radiative behavior of atoms without adhering to the strict quantum formulation of modern theory. In fact the early development of quantum theory went through a stage where certain quantum ideas were grafted onto the classical theory of mechanics and electromagnetism.

Keywords

Angular Momentum External Magnetic Field Orbital Angular Momentum Total Angular Momentum Microwave Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. G. Major
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  1. 1.Severna ParkUSA

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