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Subject: Re: Anyone seen this MS thesis: Improving a Geophone
From: "David Saum" DSaum@............
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 14:14:16 -0500
> > This is what Sean-Thomas wrote about using a 4.5Hz geophone as a
> > sensor:
> > But the data is too noisy for a sensitive broadband sensor, and I am
> > barely able to see the normal 6-second microseism background of 1 to 2
> > microns/second. Of course these were very clear (~10x) when hurricane
> > Bonnie passed last August. I also made a nice record (from St. Louis)
> > of the Ohio quake in September, with peak velocities of Lg of about 10
> > microns/second at about 8 seconds.
I can generally see the microseism background on my 4.5 Hz geophone systems.
For instance, here is some background noise data from today at ~17 UTC from
a shielded geophone system
http://www.infiltec.com/seismo/QM45-CL.jpg (geophone system)
sitting on the carpet of my basement office slab:
http://www.infiltec.com/seismo/061204N1.gif (noise spectra)
The steep drop off above 4 Hz is due to the cutoff of an 8 pole Bessel
filter switched capacitor chip. There is no digital filtering. The
microseism peak is ~ 0.24 Hz.
Here is a another example, a geophone detection of 2005 December 05 12:19
Magnitude 6.8 - LAKE TANGANYIKA REGION: 11,954.0 km from Bailey's
http://www.infiltec.com/seismo/051205BS.jpg (noise and quake)
that shows a teleseismic peak at ~0.05 Hz as well as a microseism peak at
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