Accession Number : ADP001527

Title :   A Cesium Beam Frequency Standard with Microprocessor Control,


Personal Author(s) : Garvey,R. Michael

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The use of microprocessor based instrumentation in support of a cesium beam frequency standard is explored. Specific advantages and approaches are examined with the design goals of improved performance, enhanced system flexibility and increased reliability. The use of computers in the evolution of time and frequency technology has evolved primarily from their use in the laboratory for data acquisition and reduction. More recently computers have found application in timing receivers depending upon LORAN, TRANSIT, GPS and similar systems for their operation. A host of microprocessor and computer based instrumentation now supports the scientist and engineer in the laboratory; the power of this technology can be applied to the cesium frequency standard. A more sophisticated system of interrogation of the atomic system, a more accurate servo process combine with other techniques to provide the capability for more accurate, stable and flexible clocks and clock systems.

Descriptors :   *Frequency, *Control, *Symposia, *Electron beams, *Cesium, *Microprocessors, Laboratory tests, Frequency standards, Performance(Engineering), Reliability, Time, State of the art, Computers, Data acquisition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE