atomic time


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atomic time

A time system that operates at a constant rate and that is measured by means of an atomic clock. The definition of the second has been in terms of atomic time since 1967. See also International Atomic Time.

atomic time

[ə′täm·ik ‚tīm]
(horology)
Any time system standardized with reference to an atomic resonance, such as the international standard cesium-133 transition.
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The next step might be simply moving to atomic time, "a disassociation of civil time from solar time altogether.
If leap seconds were abandoned, noon atomic time might eventually correspond to sunset on Earth.
At a meeting of the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva next week, representatives from 190 countries will gather to vote on whether or not to stop using this system and align ourselves strictly with atomic time.
Leap seconds were introduced in the early 1970s to occasionally correct for those variations between solar and atomic time.
These national standards are averaged to produce International Atomic Time and Universal Coordinated Time, which are used as time scales worldwide for such critical processes as global communications, satellite navigation and surveying, and time stamping for the computerized transactions of financial and stock markets.
NYSE:CY) today announced that Oregon Scientific, a leader in consumer electronics and home weather stations, has implemented Cypress's CapSense capacitive touch sensing solution for the user interface in the new BARM699A radio alarm clock with weather station and radio-controlled atomic time.
Without leap seconds, the difference between atomic time and rotation-based time would separate by 1 second every 500 days.
In 1970, an international agreement established two timescales: one based on the rotation of the earth and one based on atomic time.
In addition, the atomic time synchronization feature automatically corrects the users system time -- perfect for travelers or users who like to keep track of their files by date and time.
One of the more popular features is the atomic time synchronization, which can automatically correct the user's system time -- perfect for travelers or users who track their files by date and time.
One of the most popular features is the atomic time synchronization, which can automatically correct the user's system time -- perfect for travelers or users who track their files by date and time.
In addition, the atomic time synchronization feature automatically corrects the user's system time -- perfect for travelers or users who track their files by date and time.