MESA+ University of Twente
Micro Sensors & Systems

Silent sensors for stellar echo’s and seismic surveys (SENSEIS)

The SENSEIS project is a typical example where curiosity based fundamental research drives instrumentation across technology boundaries, leading to innovations that can be utilized throughout various industries. The detection of Gravitational Waves will be a ground-breaking discovery that requires the development of state-of-the-art low power, low noise amplifiers and that will profit from seismic sensor networks for subtraction of so-called gravity gradient noise.

SENSEIS will develop ultra-sensitive readout electronics for micro-electromechanical (MEMS) accelerometers in the low 1-100 Hz frequency band. SENSEIS will build seismic sensors with superior sensitivity also to be utilized in survey networks for oil and gas exploration. The innovative integrated circuits and MEMS accelerometers will also find applications in consumer electronics and scientific instrumentation.

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[1] B.A. Boom, A. Bertolini, E. Hennes, R.A. Brookhuis, R.J. Wiegerink, J.F.J. van den Brand, M.G. Beker, A. Oner, and D. van Wees, NANO-G ACCELEROMETER USING GEOMETRIC ANTI-SPRINGS, In: 30th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2017, 22-26 Jan 2017, Las Vegas, USA.