High sensitivity optomechanical reference accelerometer over 10 kHz

Felipe Guzmán Cervantes, Lee Kumanchik, Jon Pratt, Jacob M. Taylor

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We present an optically detected mechanical accelerometer that achieves a sensitivity of 100 ngn/√Hz over a bandwidth of 10 kHz and is traceable. We have incorporated a Fabry-Pérot fiber-optic micro-cavity that is currently capable of measuring the test-mass displacement with sensitivities of 200 am/√Hz, and whose length determination enables traceability to the International System of Units. The compact size and high mQ-product achieved combined with the high sensitivity and simplicity of the implemented optical detection scheme highlight our device and this category of accelerometers, outlining a path for high sensitivity reference acceleration measurements and observations in seismology and gravimetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number221111
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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