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  • Funded through DARPA grants, but ultimately to be productized and sold commercially.
  • Worked closely with engineers and physicists to integrate with the clock’s hardware systems.
  • Wrote C/C++ code for a native frontend Application that communicates with the other systems via UART.
  • Realtime plotting and graphing of the status of the internal physics package.

Atomic clocks work by exciting atoms as they pass through a magnetic field. This causes electrons to jump up to an excited state. 

The excited atoms then pass through a microwave chamber, where they are bombarded with microwave radiation. This causes them to vibrate and emit a specific frequency of radiation.

The frequency of the microwave radiation is carefully tuned until it matches the natural frequency of the rubidium atom’s vibration. This is called the “resonance frequency”.