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Compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

The aims of this project will be to develop compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability. Introduction: Atomic clocks offer very high long term stability and accuracy by using hyperfine energy level transitions which occur at microwave frequencies. These hyperfine transitions are very stable and accurate and therefore International time is defined using atomic clocks which are compared around the world. The definition for a second is currently based on transitions in Caesium.

Sophisticated communications and satellite systems (including GPS) often use small atomic clocks to maintain accuracy. It is this area of high performance compact atomic clocks that we wish to investigate here.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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