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The American and German researchers are now using the lasers to improve optical atomic clocks, which could potentially be used to tell the time with unparalleled precision.
Using atomic clocks on the satellites, the signal indicates when it was transmitted.
In an era when atomic clocks can tick billions of times a second, the colossal timepiece will tick once a year — for the next 10,000 years.
The technology combines observations from multiple telescopes, measuring the minute difference in time that the signal is received at each scope with atomic clocks, to give the same resolution as an extremely large telescope.
Most atomic clocks rely on a very steady tick: the frequency of fluorescent light emitted by cesium atoms after being excited by a microwave field.
These are the people who maintain the atomic clocks that keep all our phones on the right time.
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ATOMIC CLOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atomic clock for English Language Learners
: a special kind of clock that is extremely exact
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