An atomic clock is a very good clock that works with atoms, as opposed to most other clocks which are mechanical. The frequency comes from the crossing radiation of electrons. Atomic clocks are currently the most exact clocks of the world. They are also called primary clocks.
Most clocks know what time it is because they count how many times something moves back and forth. Atomic clocks count how many time an atom wiggles back and forth. Most atomic clocks use an atom of cesium.
World wide, there are over 260 atomic clocks at over 60 different places. All data is collected at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris, France. The International Atomic Time is calculated there.