The Sapphire Clock is a cryogenic sapphire oscillator that allows time to be measured to the femtosecond scale (one quadrillionth of a second), with only a single second gained or lost every 40 million years. This kind of accuracy is required for ultra high precision measurements; such as radar technology used at JORN.
The Sapphire Clock is featured on the front cover of this month’s “Cold Facts”, the official publication of the Cryogenic Society of America,
The Sapphire Clock is a cryogenic sapphire oscillator that allows time to be measured to the femtosecond scale (one quadrillionth of a second), the kind of accuracy required for ultra high precision measurements; such as radar technology, long baseline astronomy and quantum computing.
Building off technology developed by Prof Andre Luiten in 1996 and Prof John Hartnett in 2004-2012, the most recent version of the Sapphire Clock is capable of 100 time better spectral purity than other commercially available technologies.
The Sapphire Clock team is led by A/Prof Martin O’Connor and a commercial version will be available in late 2017.
Ref: O’Connor et al (2017) Cold Facts, Vol 33 (1): 16-17.
Congratulations to IPAS researchers for gaining a spot in CSIRO ON Prime. This pre-accelerator program helps research teams validate their research and discover a real world application for it.
ON embraces a get-out-of–the-building approach to learning, by encouraging hands-on, practical learning and business model development.
The High Temperature Sensor, Sapphire Clock and Making better babies with light teams were successful in their applications and the research teams will head to Melbourne over the coming months to participate in the program.
We also wish to congratulate the Robinson Institute for their successful application Home Fertility Assessment.