atomic second


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atomic second

[ə′täm·ik ′sek·ənd]
(physics)
As defined in 1967, the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the two hyperfine levels of the fundamental state of the atom of cesium-133.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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