Nuclear Clocks Could Smash Atomic Clocks

Nuclear clocks could be the GOAT: Greatest of all timepieces.

If physicists can build them, nuclear clocks would be a brand-new type of clock, one that would keep time based on the physics of atoms’ hearts. Today’s most precise clocks, called atomic clocks, rely on the behavior of atoms’ electrons. But a clock based on atomic nuclei could reach 10 times the precision of those atomic clocks, researchers estimate.

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