A Rock Is a Clock: Physicist Uses Matter to Tell Time
Jan. 10, 2013 — Ever since he was a kid growing up in Germany, Holger Müller has been asking himself a fundamental question: What is time?
Taking advantage of the fact that, in nature, matter can be both a particle and a wave, he has discovered a way to tell time by counting the oscillations of a matter wave. A matter wave's frequency is 10 billion times higher than that of visible light.
"A rock is a clock, so to speak," Müller said.
In a paper appearing in the Jan. 11 issue of Science, Müller and his UC Berkeley colleagues describe how to tell time using only the matter wave of a cesium atom. He refers to his method as a Compton clock because it is based on the so-called Compton frequency of a matter wave.
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Sources: University of California at Berkeley, ScienceDaily.com .
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