Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Engineering Physics

First Advisor

Jun Ye


In 2013, for the first time ever, a many-atom optical lattice clock surpassed single ion clocks as the most stable, and accurate frequency standard in existence. Since this first result, continued improvements to the clock's accuracy and stability have been made. This work will focus on two of these major improvements. Firstly the frequency uncertainty was brought down to 2.5*10^-18, thanks in part to an accurate determination of the black body radiation shift, based on better characterization of the level structure of 87Sr. Secondly, a control modification will be demonstrated which provides 20% reduction in the standard deviation for the clock's frequency under differential measurement schemes. This represents a new record for clock accuracy, pushing performance towards the 10^-19 level.