Active Ion Optical Clock

Research paper by Wei Zhuang, Tonggang Zhang, Jingbiao Chen

Indexed on: 20 Nov '11Published on: 20 Nov '11Published in: Physics - Atomic Physics


In this paper, we propose a scheme of active ion optical clock with detailed pumping method, lasing states, output power, linewidth and light shift. Using 171Yb+ ions in a Paul Trap we propose to utilize a Fabry-Perot resonator to realize lasing of active optical frequency standards. The quantum-limited linewidth of active 171Yb+ ion optical clock is narrower than 1 mHz. Based on the mechanism and advantages of active optical clock at ion optical clock transition frequency, this new laser light source as a stable local oscillator, will be beneficial to the single-ion optical clock, which currently is the most accurate clock.