Einstein Telescope – Seismic Acquisition

Seismic Mechatronics - Project Einstein Telescope (2)

Seismic Mechatronics and Nikhef are currently conducting a seismic survey in Limburg, the Netherlands, close to the Belgium/German border, for the development of the Einstein Telescope.

The Einstein Telescope (ET) or Einstein Observatory, is a proposed third-generation ground-based gravitational wave detector, currently under study by some institutions in the European Union. It will be able to test Einstein's general theory of relativity in strong field conditions and realize precision gravitational wave astronomy.

In this beautiful area in the southern part of the Netherlands, Seismic Mechatronics is using it Lightning electric seismic source for seismic acquisition. One of the main reasons why the Lightning E-vib was chosen to do the acquisition is because of it’s low impact on the environment. The seismic line runs through urban areas, agricultural land and a camping site. The fully electric small sized ATV and seismic source does not make any noise and does not damage any crops.

Seismic Mechatronics - Project Einstein Telescope

Furthermore, Tremornet sensors from Innoseis are used. These wireless seismic sensors offer high signal fidelity, autonomous data recording with position and time stamping through GPS functionality, to enable accurate off-line data collection. Thereafter, Tremornet allows for higher resolution imaging and wide azimuth geometries.

For further information about E-vibs or this project, please contact us.

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