Invitation from the Joint Program Co-Chairs

2011 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum

Tutorials: 1 May 2011
Symposium: 2-5 May 2011
San Francisco, California, USA

An invitation from the Joint Program Co-Chairs:
Eric Burt and Patrick Gill

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2011 Joint IFCS/EFTF.  The first joint conference was held in 1999 in Besancon, France with an initial agreement to repeat the joint configuration every 4 years.  However, with the success of these joint conferences, in 2007 it was decided to move to a biennial format.  2011 marks the 5th joint conference.  With 3 parallel tracks over 4 days covering the entire spectrum of time and frequency topics, the 2011 conference promises to be as technically successful as its predecessors, providing attendees with the latest scientific and engineering results from the international time and frequency community

The field of time and frequency is currently experiencing rapid development in several areas.  Pushing the limits of accuracy, optical frequency metrology has emerged as one of the fastest growing sub-disciplines.  Developments over the past decade now include optical clocks with accuracy in the eighteenth digit as well as all-optical means of transferring that accuracy over country-size distances.  The most recent developments in optical frequency metrology will be thoroughly represented at the 2011 conference. 

Pushing in the direction of the ultra-small, MEMS technology is poised to revolutionize applications of time and frequency that require low-cost, miniature, ubiquitous sources with high performance.  In the 2010 IFCS MEMS technology was featured and a successful panel discussion was held to discuss if and how MEMS technology might replace quartz.  In 2011 we plan to continue an emphasis on MEMS technology through sessions devoted to this topic. 

In between the two extremes of highly accurate laboratory frequency standards and ultra-miniature devices are small or even chip-scale atomic clocks with impressive performance.  With the ever-decreasing size and increasing performance of these devices potential applications are growing apace:  from clocks in space to sensors that are based on atomic clock technology.  With their decreasing mass/power/volume footprint comes the question of whether they too might someday replace quartz oscillators in some applications.  In the 2011 joint conference we will have a panel discussion on this topic. 

The SI second remains defined in terms of a microwave transition in cesium so that all primary frequency standards are based on this transition.  The performance of primary microwave frequency standards is 2 orders of magnitude better than two decades ago.  The latest generation of these frequency standards will be discussed in the 2011 conference.

The student poster competition has become a tradition at this conference.  Started in 2004, the competition has grown steadily each year.  In the 2010 IFCS there were over 50 entries and 15 finalists.  The quality of the papers has evolved to be extremely high.  In the 2011 joint conference we will continue hosting this competition.

In addition to the technical sessions, in 2011 we will have a day dedicated to tutorials and there will be an extensive exhibit area staffed by representatives from leading manufacturers and suppliers of frequency control products and equipment from around the world.

We encourage you to submit abstracts and attend what promises to be the premier time and frequency conference of 2011.

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Eric Burt and Patrick Gill

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