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Quantum-based vacuum metrology at NIST
Julia Scherschligt, James A. Fedchak, Zeeshan Ahmed, Daniel S. Barker, Kevin Douglass, Stephen Eckel, Edward Hanson, Jay Hendricks, Nikolai Klimov, Thomas Purdy, Jacob Ricker, Robinjeet Singh, Jack Stone

Published: 17 May 2018 by ArXiv
Abstract: The measurement science in realizing and disseminating the unit for pressure in the International System of Units (SI), the pascal (Pa), has been the subject of much interest at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Modern optical-based techniques for pascal metrology have been investigated, including multi-photon ionization and cavity ringdown spectroscopy. Work is ongoing to recast the pascal in terms of quantum properties and fundamental constants and in so doing, make vacuum metrology consistent with the global trend toward quantum-based metrology. NIST has ongoing projects that interrogate the index of refraction of a gas using an optical cavity for low vacuum, and count background particles in high vacuum to extreme high vacuum using trapped laser-cooled atoms.
Keywords: optical, Metrology, Extreme, cavity, Pascal, NIST, high vacuum, Quantum Based
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