[time-nuts] Optical link connects atomic clocks over 1400 km of fibre

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Thu Aug 25 14:10:05 EDT 2016


On 08/25/2016 11:04 AM, Bill Metzenthen wrote:
> On 25/08/16 18:25, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
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>> In message
>> <1057836989.2088307.1472104857885.JavaMail.yahoo at mail.yahoo.com>, Br
>> uce Griffiths writes:
>>> You'd need a rather thick copper jacket to shield effectively
>>> against the 50Hz magnetic field.
>> As in: A good-sized fraction of the wavelength if I recall :-)
>> Electric fields are so much easier...
>> One interesting thing here is that across distances like this,
>> there would be significant longitudal currents in such a shield.
>> Not as bad as metal spanning the Mississippi, but getting there.
> Skin depth is probably a good place to start with in roughly estimating
> the thickness needed.  In copper at 50 Hz, a quick calculation suggests
> 9.5 mm, but this just the depth at which the E-M field decreases by 1/e
> or 8.7 dB.  Thus to get 20 dB attenuation this implies a thickness of
> about 22 mm, etc.

While interesting, I think you are going overboard. The easy remedy is 
to move the fiber of the power-cable and put it on some distance, just 
choose a different path for it in the building.


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