TÜBİTAK UME is to develop Turkey’s first Optical Atomic Clock

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TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute is planning to develop Turkey’s first Optical Atomic Clock in cooperation with the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Physico-Technical Measurements (VNIIFTRI).

A delegation, headed by the Director General of VNIIFTRI Prof. Dr. Sergey I. DONCHENKO, visited TÜBİTAK UME on September 17, 2018. With this visit the parties agreed to conduct a joint project to develop Turkey’s first Optical Atomic Clock.

Optical atomic clocks which represent the latest technology for measuring time have about 10-100 times better consistency than the best microwave clocks. The Sr-lattice clock which will be developed by TÜBİTAK UME and VNIIFTRI, is projected to have the capability to measure time with less than a 1 second deviation in 1 billion years.

With this project, the aim is to increase the accuracy of Turkey’s current time scale by than a factor of 100 and to pave the way for new defence industry technologies, geodesics and fundamental scientific research.

This project protocol, which is planned to be signed in 2018, will commence in 2019.