A Portable Infrasonic Sensor Calibrator Down to at Least 8 HZ
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA INST OF GEOPHYSICS AND PLANETARY PHYSICS
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An optical fiber infrasound sensor OFIS is a long compliant tube wrapped with two optical fibers that integrate pressure variation along the length of the tube at the speed of light via laser interferometry. Here we only present the initial results of research conducted under this contract due to delays in the construction of the Camp Elliott OFIS array. All the field work has been completed, but the remainder of the data analysis will be completed in the next two months and presented in the associated poster. In this paper, we show that M-sequences transmitted via an array of 18-inch subwoofers comprise a portable infrasound sensor calibrator, which also permits in situ evaluation of wind noise reduction filters. For example, a comparison of a 60-m OFIS with a Bruel Kjaer BK microphone at a signal frequency of 50 Hz for a source 240 m away shows that the OFIS reduced wind and other types of undesirable noise by 18 dB over the BK microphone with a standard sponge wind screen. An 8-subwoofer array at a range of 240 m yields a reliable calibration signal that smoothly decreases in power by a rate of 2.5 dBHz with decreasing frequency to 8 Hz, which is fairly remarkable given the 20 Hz rolloff frequency of the amplifier and speakers.
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