Reduction of light shifts in Ramsey spectroscopy with a combined error signal

M. Shuker, J. W. Pollock, R. Boudot, V. I. Yudin, A. V. Taichenachev, J. Kitching, E. A. Donley

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Light-induced frequency shifts can be a key limiting contribution to the mid- and long-term frequency instabilities in atomic clocks. In this letter, we demonstrate the experimental implementation of the combined error signal interrogation protocol to a cold-atom clock based on coherent population trapping (CPT) and Ramsey spectroscopy. The method uses a single error signal that results from the normalized combination of two error signals extracted from two Ramsey sequences of different dark periods. The single combined error signal is used to stabilize the atomic clock frequency. Compared to the standard Ramsey-CPT interrogation, this method reduces the clock frequency sensitivity to light-shift variations by more than one order of magnitude. This method can be applied in various kinds of Ramsey-based atomic clocks, sensors, and instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number141106
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2019

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