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Real-Time Realization of UTC at Observatoire de Paris


UTC(OP), the French national realization of the international Coordinated Universal Time, was redesigned and rebuilt. The first step was the implementation in October 2012 of a new algorithm based on an H-maser and on atomic fountain data. Thanks to the new implementation, the stability of UTC(OP) was dramatically improved and UTC(OP) competes with the best time scales available today. Then the hardware generating and distributing the UTC(OP) physical signals was replaced. Part of the new hardware is composed of commercial devices, but the key elements were specifically developed. One of them is a special switch that allows the UTC(OP) signals be derived from one of two time scales, based on two different H-masers, which are generated simultaneously. This insures the continuity of the UTC(OP) signal even when a change of the reference H-maser is required. With the new hardware implementation, UTC(OP) is made available through three coherent signals: 100 MHz, 10 MHz, and 1 PPS. For more than 3 years, UTC(OP) remained well below 10 ns close to UTC, with a difference even less than 5 ns if we except a short period around MJD 56650.


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insu-03713118 , version 1 (04-07-2022)



G. D. Rovera, S. Bize, B. Chupin, J. Guéna, Ph. Laurent, et al.. Real-Time Realization of UTC at Observatoire de Paris. The Science of Time 2016, Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, 2017, à renseigner, Unknown Region. pp.119, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-59909-0_14⟩. ⟨insu-03713118⟩
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