Field tests of a portable MEMS gravimeter

Middlemiss, R. P. , Bramsiepe, S. G., Douglas, R., Hough, J. , Paul, D. J. , Rowan, S. and Hammond, G. D. (2017) Field tests of a portable MEMS gravimeter. Sensors, 17(11), 2571. (doi: 10.3390/s17112571) (PMID:29117099)

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Gravimeters are used to measure density anomalies under the ground. They are applied in many different fields from volcanology to oil and gas exploration, but present commercial systems are costly and massive. A new type of gravity sensor has been developed that utilises the same fabrication methods as those used to make mobile phone accelerometers. In this study, we describe the first results of a field-portable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gravimeter. The stability of the gravimeter is demonstrated through undertaking a multi-day measurement with a standard deviation of 5.58 × 10−6 ms−2 . It is then demonstrated that a change in gravitational acceleration of 4.5 × 10−5 ms−2 can be measured as the device is moved between the top and the bottom of a 20.7 m lift shaft with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 14.25. Finally, the device is demonstrated to be stable in a more harsh environment: a 4.5 × 10−4 ms−2 gravity variation is measured between the top and bottom of a 275-m hill with an SNR of 15.88. These initial field-tests are an important step towards a chip-sized gravity sensor

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hammond, Professor Giles and Bramsiepe, Steven and Middlemiss, Dr Richard and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Paul, Professor Douglas and Hough, Professor James and DOUGLAS, Rebecca
Authors: Middlemiss, R. P., Bramsiepe, S. G., Douglas, R., Hough, J., Paul, D. J., Rowan, S., and Hammond, G. D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Sensors
ISSN (Online):1424-8220
Published Online:08 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sensors 17(11): 2571
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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6672319UK Quantum Technology Hub in Enhanced Quantum ImagingMiles PadgettEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M01326X/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY