TITLE

A superconducting gravity gradiometer for measurements from a moving vehicle

AUTHOR(S)
Moody, M. V.
PUB. DATE
September 2011
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Sep2011, Vol. 82 Issue 9, p094501
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A gravity gradiometer designed for operation on an aircraft or ship has been tested in the laboratory. A noise level of 0.53 E (E ≡ 10-9 s-2) rms over a 0.001 to 1 Hz bandwidth has been measured, and the primary error mechanisms have been analyzed and quantified. The design is a continuation in the development of superconducting accelerometer technology at the University of Maryland over more than three decades. A cryogenic instrument presents not only the benefit of reduced thermal noise, but also, the extraordinary stability of superconducting circuits and material properties at very low temperatures. This stability allows precise matching of scale factors and accurate rejection of dynamic errors. The design of the instrument incorporates a number of additional features that further enhance performance in a dynamically noisy environment.
ACCESSION #
66185190

 

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