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I came across to atomic clocks when I was learning special theory of relativity in part Time dilation i simply want know how atomic clock defer from normal clocks.

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    $\begingroup$ have a look at the wikipedia article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_clock#Mechanism . $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 27, 2018 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ but i need a simple explanation on how time show by normal clock is,defer from atomic one $\endgroup$
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    Dec 28, 2018 at 16:50
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Basic Principle of Atomic Clock:

To make the Atomic Clock, scientists used Cesium atom (133^Cs) in its lowest energy state we can call it (V1).

When they bombarded Cesium atom by the micro-wave of precisely the proper frequency of actually 9,192,631,770 cycles per this period of time, the outermost electron of Cesium atom reversed its spin direction, this makes Cesium atom move to the second state i.e (V2).

This transition took place in a certain interval of the time which was the difference between the two states.

ΔVcs= V2 - V1

This ΔVcs represents the time electron takes to reverse its spin direction which can be defined as One Second abbreviated (s).

Figure 1 Outermost electron spinning at normal stage

Outermost electron reverse spin direction

So, Why using the Cesium atom in the Atomic Clock?

  1. It's not affected by the effect of time on atoms.

  2. It has a fairly stable atomic radioactivity and can stay like that for many years compared to other atoms.

Hope this can answer your question!

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The big difference between a standard clock in your home and an atomic clock is that the oscillation in an atomic clock is between the nucleus of an atom and the surrounding electrons. This oscillation is not exactly a parallel to the balance wheel and hairspring of a clockwork watch, but the fact is that both use oscillations to keep track of passing time. The oscillation frequencies within the atom are determined by the mass of the nucleus and the gravity and electrostatic "spring" between the positive charge on the nucleus and the electron cloud surrounding it.

In a pendulum clock the oscillations of the pendulum are "counted" ( in analogue) by the turning of the hands of the clock.

Atomic clocks depend on much higher oscillations, as described above, than the pendulum, and thus are more accurate, In a given time interval more counts occur and the error in counting time is much smaller.

See also this video .

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    $\begingroup$ It is not just the frequency. Also the Q-factor is much higher (the fractional resonance width much narrower). But the question of how it "works" is maybe most about the coupling to an electrical signal. $\endgroup$
    – user137289
    Dec 28, 2018 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ Also, atomic standards are easier to isolate from environmental effects and can be reproduced without comparing to some reference artifact. $\endgroup$
    – user4552
    Dec 28, 2018 at 17:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Pieter if you notice my comments to the question, it seems it is a young person asking. Of course it is complicated viz the wiki artilcle I referred the OP to, in my comments. $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 28, 2018 at 18:38
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    $\begingroup$ The GPS system would not work , or the internet, without atomic clocks. Great synchronization is needed. For home use the pendulum is fine. Dit you look at the video I linked in my answer? $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 28, 2018 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ I cannot vote twice, I already upvoted you, @Pieter maybe you can give an upvote to the question so the OP can enter chat? $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 29, 2018 at 3:37

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