A super clock with a margin of error of less than one second every 40 million years and a synthetic sapphire at its heart will now be used to secure the borders of Australia.
The sapphire watch, developed by a team from the University of Adelaide, will be used to help reinforce a radar network designed to detect threats to national security.
Australia's current system uses radar signals to detect the distance of possible enemy aircraft and asylum-seeking ships.
But experts say that Sapphire, considered the most accurate watch in the world, will allow the network to generate signals that are 1000 times purer than its current technology.
The sapphire watch will be used to better identify potential threats to Australia, and is considered the best in the world because it can keep time more accurately than any other
The sapphire (pictured) in the center of the watch works better than other materials commonly used to tell the time
The watch was built as an upgrade to the pre-existing Jindalee Over-The-Horizon radar network, and has a super-cooled sapphire at its center.
The sapphire in the center of the watch works better than other materials to indicate the time, such as ceramic or quartz crystals commonly found in watches.
The precious gemstone works in the same way as a vibrating bell.
Accurate clocks are needed to make everyday items work better, said the director of Advanced Photonics and Sensing, Professor Andre Luiten told news.com.au.
"It's pretty magical, they send signals and a tiny little bit of that power comes back."
"The purer the signal, the smaller the change it can measure in the signal that comes back and that gives you more accurate information."
& # 39; This will make all Australians safe. & # 39;
The clock will be added to that system in Longreach next month.
He was recognized at Australia's top science awards, the Eureka Awards of the Australian Museum, in the outstanding science category to safeguard Australia this week.
The Sapphire Clock team based on the Advanced Sense and Photonics Institute – IPAS and led by Professor Andre Luiten (pictured, second from left)