Data Processing in Precise Time and Frequency Applications

  • Michel Desaintfuscien

Part of the Data and Knowledge in a Changing World book series (DATAKNOWL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 1-7
  3. Very High Performances Oscillators

  4. Characterization of Very High Performances Oscillators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-55
    2. Pages 57-61
    3. Pages 63-63
    4. Pages 65-126
  5. Applications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-217

About this book


Physical processes, involving atomic phenomena, allow more and more precise time and frequency measurements. This progress is not possible without convenient processing of the respective raw data. The book describes the data processing at various levels: design of the time and frequency references, characterization of the time and frequency references, applications involving precise time and/or frequency references. The metrological properties stability, accuracy and reproducibility are defined and the processes leading to their characterization are shown. The various aspects of the variance of the frequency fluctuations are discussed and compared and their significance is given.

Some major applications of the best frequency and time standards are finally discussed. The way the extreme precision of these sources is used to obtain precise time and position information is shown:

- Time scales, used to describe every human and physical activities, such as astronomy, physical laws, etc.

- Positioning systems, such as GPS

- Very long base interferometry (VLBI)


Atomic clock Data processing Frequency Navigation Time astronomy control design geophysics measurement metrology performance physics stability

Authors and affiliations

  • Michel Desaintfuscien
    • 1
  1. 1.Gometz la VilleFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-48877-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-48878-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2107
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