Scientists develop quantum sensor that can see inside the earth

Scientists have managed to invent a quantum sensor dubbed the “Edison moment” with far-reaching implications for science.

For the uninitiated, Thomas Alva Edison is credited with inventing many devices in various fields – notably the incandescent lamp and one of the earliest motion picture cameras.


The first practical application of quantum sensing

Now, Scientists claim to have successfully demonstrated the first practical application of quantum sensing. In theory, this technology combines the power of quantum physics and the study of the Earth’s gravity to look at the ground beneath our feet.

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The device is known as a quantum gravity gradiometer and was featured in a new study in Nature. Developed by University of Birmingham scientists on behalf of the UK MoD, it is the first time quantum sensing has been used outside of a laboratory setting.


What does this invention mean?

Scientists could effectively study underground structures without using intrusive techniques. Traditional gravity sensors, as explained by Physics World, take a long time to detect changes in gravity and can be disrupted by nearby vibrations.

Quantum-based sensors can better assess underground structures and are inexpensive. It could measure even the smallest changes in the gravitational fields of underground objects of different sizes and compositions – including man-made structures built centuries ago.

ecosystems of the earth

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In a press release, University of Birmingham’s Kai Bongs, head of the UK’s Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing, called this a “breakthrough” and added that this invention “has the potential to break the dependency on bad records and luck in exploring and.” Build to finish and repair.” “This is an ‘Edison moment’ in perception that will transform society, human understanding and the economy,” added Bongs.

As well as providing a glimpse of underground life on Earth, it could help predict natural disasters like volcanoes. What do you think of breakthrough technology? Let us know in the comments below.

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Al-Sibai, N. (2022, February 25). Scientists Invent a ‘Deep’ Quantum Sensor That Can See Inside the Earth. Futurism.

Stray, B. (2022, February 23). Atomic changes can map underground structures. Nature.

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