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Quartz Crystal ClocksGeneral Time Corporation, under contract to NASA, developed a quartz crystal for obtaining a stable time base from which all mission times could be derived. This later became basis of consumer clocks and watches with accuracy of one minute a year, watches useful in timing sports events as well as general use. When quartz is electrically stimulated it can vibrate millions of times a second. Since timepieces use a vibrating body to keep up time, incredibly fast vibration of a quartz crystal--up to 4,194,304 beats a second opened a new horizon in accuracy.
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Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Publication Information
Publication: Spinoff 1976
Subject Category
Solid-State Physics
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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