## PSN-L Email List Message

Subject: Re: nature of the mesoscopic nonlinearity
From: ChrisAtUpw@.......
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 13:17:03 EST

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In a message dated 10/02/2008, PETERS_RD@.......... writes:

I've been able now to give enough thought to your comments about  "potholes"
to
provide the following response.
Chris 'hit the nail on the  head' with his statement "... to cope with
discrete steps in
the zero  level".  In other words, if the term is at all appropriate, it is
not  your
'average' pothole as found in northern climate highways where  temperatures
are at times
routinely below freezing.  The 'potholes of  seismic type' are 'diffusive' in
terms of
both temperature and  stress.

Hi Brett,

This raises another point about  practical seismometer performance.
'Instantaneous' shifts in the zero level  generate wide bandwidth high amplitudes
spikes in a velocity feedback loop.  These have to be applied using a coil with
a high inductance and can  saturate the electronics. Using magnet + plate
damping avoids this.

Regards,

Chris Chapman

In a message dated 10/02/2008, PETERS_RD@.......... writes:
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Regards,

Chris Chapman
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