Mercury Ion Clock for a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission

  title={Mercury Ion Clock for a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission},
  author={Robert L. Tjoelker and John D. Prestage and Eric A. Burt and Pin Chen and Yong J. Chong and Sang K. Chung and William A. Diener and Todd A. Ely and Daphna G. Enzer and Hadi Mojaradi and Clayton Okino and Michael T. Pauken and David Robison and Bradford L. Swenson and Blake Tucker and Rabi T. Wang},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control},
There are many different atomic frequency standard technologies but only few meet the demanding performance, reliability, size, mass, and power constraints required for space operation. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a linear ion-trap-based mercury ion clock, referred to as DSAC (DeepSpace Atomic Clock) under NASA's Technology Demonstration Mission program. This clock is expected to provide a new capability with broad application to space-based navigation and science. A one-year… 
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