Large scale square ring laser gyros with a length of four meters on each side are approaching a sensitivity of 1 x 10(-11) rad/s/root Hz. This is approximately the regime required to measure the gravito-magnetic effect (Lense-Thirring) of the Earth. For an ensemble of linearly independent gyros each measurement signal depends upon the orientation of each single axis gyro with respect to the rotational axis of the Earth. Therefore at least three gyros are necessary to reconstruct the complete angular orientation of the apparatus. In general, the setup consists of several laser gyroscopes (we would prefer more than three for sufficient redundancy), rigidly referenced to each other. Adding more gyros for one plane of observation provides a cross-check against intra-system biases and furthermore has the advantage of improving the signal-to-noise ratio by the square root of the number of gyros. In this paper we analyze a system of two pairs of identical gyros (twins) with a slightly different orientation with respect to the Earth's axis. The twin-gyro configuration has several interesting properties. The relative angle can be controlled and provides a useful null measurement. A quadruple twin system could reach a 1% sensitivity after 3.2 years of data taking, provided each square ring has 6m length on a side, the system is limited by shot noise and there is no source for 1/f-noise.

A LASER GYROSCOPE SYSTEM TO DETECT THE GRAVITO-MAGNETIC EFFECT ON EARTH

BELFI, JACOPO;BEVERINI, NICOLO';
2010

Abstract

Large scale square ring laser gyros with a length of four meters on each side are approaching a sensitivity of 1 x 10(-11) rad/s/root Hz. This is approximately the regime required to measure the gravito-magnetic effect (Lense-Thirring) of the Earth. For an ensemble of linearly independent gyros each measurement signal depends upon the orientation of each single axis gyro with respect to the rotational axis of the Earth. Therefore at least three gyros are necessary to reconstruct the complete angular orientation of the apparatus. In general, the setup consists of several laser gyroscopes (we would prefer more than three for sufficient redundancy), rigidly referenced to each other. Adding more gyros for one plane of observation provides a cross-check against intra-system biases and furthermore has the advantage of improving the signal-to-noise ratio by the square root of the number of gyros. In this paper we analyze a system of two pairs of identical gyros (twins) with a slightly different orientation with respect to the Earth's axis. The twin-gyro configuration has several interesting properties. The relative angle can be controlled and provides a useful null measurement. A quadruple twin system could reach a 1% sensitivity after 3.2 years of data taking, provided each square ring has 6m length on a side, the system is limited by shot noise and there is no source for 1/f-noise.
Di Virgilio, A; Schreiber, Ku; Gebauer, A; Wells, Jpr; Tartaglia, A; Belfi, Jacopo; Beverini, Nicolo'; Ortolan, A.
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