A quantum gravity gradiometer has successfully traced an underground tunnel, opening a world of possibilities for detecting objects underground. This latest breakthrough will provide a map of what was previously invisible. Impacts will be far-reaching, including infrastructure maintenance and development, archeological research, natural resources exploration, geological forecasting, and more.
The quantum gravity gradiometer operates at a sub-molecular level using the principles of quantum physics to identify variations in microgravity. Previous sensors have had a variety of environmental obstacles, such as the presence of vibrations, preventing them from gathering data for accurate mapping.
“Detection of ground conditions such as mine workings, tunnels, and unstable ground is fundamental to our ability to design, construct and maintain housing, industry, and infrastructure,” said Professor George Tuckwell, Director for Geoscience and Engineering at RSK.
By providing a lens into what lies beneath, this innovative sensor will lead to new applications for gravity surveying and exciting discoveries as a result: a welcome advancement impacting national security, industry advancement, and overall human knowledge.