[time-nuts] Rb Oscillator - rather fundamental question

WarrenS warrensjmail-one at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 23 20:53:56 UTC 2010


Thanks, Interesting but maybe you have missed my too subtle of a point.

Lets say the second is redefined in the future to some new super duper thing that is good to 1 part in e20
(Which will happen  if (when) the super duper thing becomes more available and proven)
(Maybe based on the time it takes to count all the atoms in the new purposed 1 Kg sphere OR something like that.)

Then the CS Osc would not be the BEST primary standard anymore, at least NOT at the new improved spec it could then be given.
Not because it has changed or is less accurate, but because there is now something better.
If it is not the primary standard, it does not make it worse, but it does mean it will now be a second standard at the new higher performance spec, by definition and need to be then calibrated and checked against the new primary standard IF one wanted to use it to it's maximum capability as a cost effective substitute for the supper duper.

Same with RB,  One can not do something to it to make it  more than say 1 part in e6 (or whatever) that the cave man needed, so it could of been their Primary repeatable Intrinsic standard that was repeatable Good Enough without cal for them.

>" Primary means that the clock will meet its spec without being "calibrated" against a better clock".

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