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Pune Research Institute building India’s First Atomic Clocks

New Delhi :

Pune based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), have collaborated to build India’s first two optical atomic clocks. The institutes will build one clock each, with help from the Government of India. If the project is successful, India will join a small global club of countries with the ability to build these ultra-precise timekeeping devices.


Education Minister tweeted –
“@IISERPune & IUCAA Pune have joined hands to build India’s first optical atomic clocks. As per the scientists involved, the clocks will only skip 1 second in more than 13.8 billion years, which is the approximate age of our universe. All the best, team!” tweeted the Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Optical atomic clocks –
It is to be known that Optical atomic clocks themselves have a few well-known applications. Foremost of course “is accurate timekeeping” – which in turn has multiple applications of its own. All clocks function by counting an oscillating event with a recognized frequency while Optical clocks operate in a fashion comparable to microwave clocks but use atoms or ions that oscillate approximately 100,000 times higher than microwave frequencies, in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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