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Researchers Develop Blueprint for Nuclear Clock Accurate Over Billions of Years
March 19, 2012
A clock accurate to within a tenth of a second over 14 billion years--the age of the universe--is the goal of research being reported this week in the journal Physical Review Letters. The research provides the blueprint for a nuclear clock based on a single thorium ion.
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