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The Lemur Conjecture
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Paper Abstract

In previous research we designed an interferometric quantum seismograph that uses entangled photon states to enhance sensitivity in an optomechanic device. However, a spatially-distributed array of such sensors, with each sensor measuring only nm-vibrations, may not provide sufficient sensitivity for the prediction of major earthquakes because it fails to exploit potentially critical phase information. We conjecture that relative phase information can explain the anecdotal observations that animals such as lemurs exhibit sensitivity to impending earthquakes earlier than can be done confidently with traditional seismic technology. More specifically, we propose that lemurs use their limbs as ground motion sensors and that relative phase differences are fused in the brain in a manner similar to a phased-array or synthetic-aperture radar. In this paper we will describe a lemur-inspired quantum sensor network for early warning of earthquakes. The system uses 4 interferometric quantum seismographs (e.g., analogous to a lemurs limbs) and then conducts phase and data fusion of the seismic information. Although we discuss a quantum-based technology, the principles described can also be applied to classical sensor arrays

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10188, Radar Sensor Technology XXI, 101880D (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262634
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Marco Lanzagorta, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Oliverio Jitrik, The Ranken Institute (Mexico)
Jeffrey Uhlmann, Univ. of Missouri (United States)
Salvador E. Venegas-Andraca, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10188:
Radar Sensor Technology XXI
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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