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The potential of continuous, local atomic clock measurements for earthquake prediction and volcanology


Bondarescu, Mihai; Bondarescu, Ruxandra; Jetzer, Philippe; Lundgren, Andrew (2015). The potential of continuous, local atomic clock measurements for earthquake prediction and volcanology. EPJ Web of Conferences, 95:04009.

Abstract

Modern optical atomic clocks along with the optical fiber technology currently being developed can measure the geoid, which is the equipotential surface that extends the mean sea level on continents, to a precision that competes with existing technology. In this proceeding, we point out that atomic clocks have the potential to not only map the sea level surface on continents, but also look at variations of the geoid as a function of time with unprecedented timing resolution. The local time series of the geoid has a plethora of applications. These include potential improvement in the predictions of earthquakes and volcanoes, and closer monitoring of ground uplift in areas where hydraulic fracturing is performed.

Abstract

Modern optical atomic clocks along with the optical fiber technology currently being developed can measure the geoid, which is the equipotential surface that extends the mean sea level on continents, to a precision that competes with existing technology. In this proceeding, we point out that atomic clocks have the potential to not only map the sea level surface on continents, but also look at variations of the geoid as a function of time with unprecedented timing resolution. The local time series of the geoid has a plethora of applications. These include potential improvement in the predictions of earthquakes and volcanoes, and closer monitoring of ground uplift in areas where hydraulic fracturing is performed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:May 2015
Deposited On:12 Feb 2016 13:57
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 18:25
Publisher:EDP Sciences
ISSN:2100-014X
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/20159504009
Other Identification Number:arXiv:1506.02853v1

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