An object hidden beneath the earth’s surface was first detected using quantum technology. The achievement is characterized as a milestone, as it paves the way for the use of quantum gravity sensors that will “see” under the ground, a development with a variety of applications in science, industry, national defense and security, etc.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, led by Professor Kay Bongs and Dr. Michael Holinski, published their findings in the journal “Nature” and developed the new sensor (quantum gravimeter) with funding from the British Ministry of Defense, showed that the new technology “works”, managing to locate a tunnel at a depth of one meter below the ground. The sensor detects invisible fluctuations in the gravitational field, using the principles of quantum physics.
The new technology will allow, among other things, to reduce costs and delays in various construction projects (buildings, roads, train lines, mines, etc.), to better predict natural phenomena (eg volcanic eruptions), to discover hidden natural resources (eg water) and buried buildings (eg tombs or other structures of archaeological interest).
For an “Edison moment” that…
“…will transform society, human understanding and economies”
Bongs spoke (perhaps a little too much…). As he said,
“An underground map of what is now invisible has come much closer, ending a situation where we know more about Antarctica than just a few meters below our roads.”
Naftemporiki.gr with information from ANA-MNA.
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