Direct comparison of a Ca^+ single-ion clock against a Sr lattice clock to verify the absolute frequency measurement

Kensuke Matsubara, Hidekazu Hachisu, Ying Li, Shigeo Nagano, Clayton Locke, Asahiko Nogami, Masatoshi Kajita, Kazuhiro Hayasaka, Tetsuya Ido, Mizuhiko Hosokawa
2012 Optics Express  
Optical frequency comparison of the 40Ca+ clock transition \nu_{Ca} (2S1/2-2D5/2, 729nm) against the 87Sr optical lattice clock transition \nu_{Sr}(1S0-3P0, 698nm) has resulted in a frequency ratio \nu_{Ca} / \nu_{Sr} = 0.957 631 202 358 049 9(2 3). The rapid nature of optical comparison allowed the statistical uncertainty of frequency ratio \nu_{Ca} / \nu_{Sr} to reach 1x10-15 in only 1000s and yielded a value consistent with that calculated from separate absolute frequency measurements of
more » ... measurements of \nu_{Ca} using the International Atomic Time (TAI) link. The total uncertainty of the frequency ratio using optical comparison (free from microwave link uncertainties) is smaller than that obtained using absolute frequency measurement, demonstrating the advantage of optical frequency evaluation. We report the absolute frequency of ^{40}Ca+ with a systematic uncertainty 14 times smaller than our previous measurement [1].
doi:10.1364/oe.20.022034 pmid:23037353 fatcat:gjqzbpats5d5xjstzjgpfxgmta