Proposed nuclear clock may keep time with the universe

A proposed new time-keeping system tied to the orbiting of a neutron around an atomic nucleus could have such unprecedented accuracy that it neither gains nor loses 1/20th of a second in 14 billion years — the age of the Universe.

“This is nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks we have now,” says one of the researchers, Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, who is Head of Theoretical Physics in the UNSW School of Physics.

“It would allow scientists to test fundamental physical theories at unprecedented levels of precision and provide an unmatched tool for applied physics research.”

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2 Responses to Proposed nuclear clock may keep time with the universe

  1. Phil Krause says:

    I didn’t realise that neutrons did orbit around the nucleus, I thought they were part of it.

  2. Deskarati says:

    When they say around, I think they mean moving around internally. Did you see this post? http://deskarati.com/2012/03/03/new-picture-of-atomic-nucleus-emerges/

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