Author(s) Arnold, K.J.; Kaewuam, R.; Roy, A.; Tan, T.R.; Barrett, M.D.
Journal Nat Commun
Date Published 2018 Apr 25

The accuracy of state-of-the-art atomic clocks is derived from the insensitivity of narrow optical atomic resonances to environmental perturbations. Two such resonances in singly ionized lutetium have been identified with potentially lower sensitivities compared to other clock candidates. Here we report measurement of the most significant unknown atomic property of both transitions, the static differential scalar polarizability. From this, the fractional blackbody radiation shift for one of the transitions is found to be -1.36(9) × 10 at 300 K, the lowest of any established optical atomic clock. In consideration of leading systematic effects common to all ion clocks, both transitions compare favorably to the most accurate ion-based clocks reported to date. This work firmly establishes Lu as a promising candidate for a future generation of more accurate optical atomic clocks.

DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-04079-x
ISSN 2041-1723
Citation Nat Commun. 2018;9(1):1650.

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