[LEAPSECS] Terminology and Requirements (was Re: How good could civil timekeeping be? )

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Thu Feb 14 19:07:19 EST 2008

On Thu 2008-02-14T19:00:09 -0500, Tim Shepard hath writ:

> If the TAI/UTC synchronized ticking were lost for awhile, what would

> happen then?

Audoin & Guinot (2001)
p. 252, sect. 7.3.1 "Reliability"

... Imagine for a moment what would happen if, just as a
practical joke, someone found a way to stop all atomic clocks,
just for a short time. This would cause such a tremendous
disturbance in world affairs that the loss of TAI would be a
totally insignificant matter. Furthermore, when it came to
setting it up again, the phase of TAI could be retrieved to within
a few tenths of a microsecond by observations of rapidly rotating

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