[time-nuts] Home built Ammonia cell std !! / Home built cesiumclocks???

John Franke jmfranke at cox.net
Sun Jun 29 12:20:28 EDT 2008

Now that is something I am interested in doing.  I finally secured use of a 
diffusion pump at a local university and expect to be making my first sealed 
all-glass absorption cells this fall.  The ammonia pressure needs to be 
around 8-10 microns.  I will be trying for a double pass cell giving a pass 
length between 10 and 12 feet.  The first ammonia atomic clock used a path 
length of 33 feet.  The cell was made from waveguide and did not hold a 
charge due to leaks or the ammonia reacting with the gold plated waveguide. 
I believe the best ammonia based standard was only good to 10 ^ -8 in 
frequency stability.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Luis Cupido" <cupido at mail.ua.pt>
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement" 
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Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 11:40 AM
Subject: [time-nuts] Home built Ammonia cell std !! / Home built 

> We dont get much info/comments about this
> But what would an ammonia cell standard be able to do.
> I mean frequency/time wise.
> Maybe easier and simpler ?
> comments ?
> Luis Cupido.
> ct1dmk.
> (I understand the frequencies are much higher
> but that is not a problem, at least for me).
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