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MicroGal Gravity Measurements with MGS-6 Micro-g LaCoste Gravimeter

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Department of Geodesy, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
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Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
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Sensors 2019, 19(11), 2592; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19112592
Received: 9 May 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 4 June 2019 / Published: 6 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
The article discusses the registration of micro-gravity changes with the MGS-6 Micro-g LaCoste gravity sensor during static measurements. An experiment was carried out to determine how small changes in gravity can be registered using the MGS-6 system sensor. The tides of the Earth’s crust were chosen as the source of disturbance of the field with small amplitude and long-term changes. The tested sensor was placed in a geophysical observatory on a specially designed tripod. Simultaneously on the nearby concrete pillar, the registration of changes in gravity was carried out using the superconducting iGrav gravimeter. The high temporal stability of the superconducting gravimeters and the low noise combined with leading sensitivity of its reading allow it to be considered as a reliable reference source for MGS-6. The article discusses the impact of non-leveling changes of the MGS-6 gravimetry on the reading and determines the size of its non-linear drift. The obtained differences in indications between devices did not exceed 50 μ Gal for 68% of data. The measurements also showed excellent time stability of the MGS-6 measurement system. The data collected during the experiment allowed determining the level of accuracy that can be sought during real measurements using the MGS-6 system on research vessels. They also give an overview of the dynamics of the drift phenomenon of the analyzed research system. View Full-Text
Keywords: relative gravimetry; marine gravimeter; tides measurements; drift of gravimeter relative gravimetry; marine gravimeter; tides measurements; drift of gravimeter
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Przyborski, M.; Pyrchla, J.; Pyrchla, K.; Szulwic, J. MicroGal Gravity Measurements with MGS-6 Micro-g LaCoste Gravimeter. Sensors 2019, 19, 2592.

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