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UvA News: Optical Atomic Clocks

NRC, one of the Netherlands' largest newspapers, published an article on March 23, 2024 about optical atomic clocks and their applications. The article details a visit to the ultracold atom lab of Florian Schreck at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The journalist interviewed Schreck and Jeroen Koelemeij from the Free University of Amsterdam about how they build these ultra-precise timekeeping devices and the networks that distribute their signal.

The article explores the applications of these clocks in various fields, including:

  • Improved control of qubits in quantum computers, such as those being developed by EuRyQa at UvA
  • Research into physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Navigation
  • Synchronization of telecommunication networks
  • Underground exploration

Here is the full article (it is written in Dutch).