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MEMS gravity sensors for imaging density anomalies
Author(s): Andreas Noack; Richard Middlemiss; Abhinav Prasad; Giles Hammond
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Paper Abstract

Gravimeters measure small changes in the local gravitational acceleration. They are applied for environmental monitoring, oil and gas prospecting and defence and security. Gravimeters used in these applications have a remarkable sensitivity but at a cost of being bulky and very expensive. Recently, a micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) gravimeter has been developed, which was cheap, had a comparable sensitivity to commercial gravimeters and maintained its stability over long timescales (10−6 Hz). In this paper we discuss to replace the current shadow sensor readout with an on-chip interferometer. This new readout has a higher sensitivity so that the device can be more robust and reduces the system size. The design of this readout is discussed and the first experimental results are presented. The new readout improves the imaging capabilities of density anomalies of the device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10723, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV, 107230J (7 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2323969
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Noack, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Richard Middlemiss, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Abhinav Prasad, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Giles Hammond, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10723:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XV
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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