Seeing into the ground with gravity

Thursday 25 January 2024 10am

It’s a challenge to see into the ground, but high resolution gravity measurements could be a way to reveal underground structures – caves, tunnels or even water bodies.

Physicists from the Department of Quantum Sciences and Technology tried out this hypothesis at Wee Jasper, near Canberra, well-known for its limestone caves.

Using a commercial gravimeter they could clearly detect caves from above ground; this is a stepping stone to moving to a new-generation of quantum gravimeters, based on ultracold atoms

Quantum gravimeters surpass the classical gravimeter because they have no drift – in the lab the team already have one in development – but not portable yet...

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Dr Samuel Legge
E: samuel.legge@anu.edu.au

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