What's a nanosecond between friends?

National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW

  • Date 1 May 2019
  • Time 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW


An event to review the state-of-the-art in clocks from the highest precision scientific devices to timing applications driven by cost and power (and a nanosecond is the time taken for light to travel 30cm).

Robust time and synchronisation play major roles in positioning, from the high accuracy and precision required by GNSS satellites and LiDAR to radar, cellular positioning technologies and ultrasound ranging.

In the cellular world, successive technology generations have demanded stricter synchronisation amongst network entities. Maintaining accurate time to the edges of networks is one challenge, as is robust distribution in a network that may contain unknown or variable delays and attack threats is another.

Demands from financial services, broadcasting and power transmission are also challenging. 
With the introduction of 5G imminent and connected autonomous vehicles on the horizon, how will the requirements for time accuracy and availability change?

We shall explore the implications of technological advances given by the exceptionally high accuracy of quantum and optical lattice clocks. We will also look at trade-offs between performance and size, weight, power, cost, robustness and environmental tolerances, including, for example, MEMS and graphene oscillators.

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Speakers include:

  •  Kai Bongs: Professor, University of Birmingham
  • Patrick Gill: Co-Director, NPL Quantum Meterology Institute, National Physical Laboratory
  • Bryn James: Senior Fellow,DSTL
  • Ashwin Seshia: Professor of Microsystems Technology, University of Cambridge

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