Research aims at BFO
The general aim is to observe the entire geodynamical spectrum:
- Short- and long-period seismic waves
- Free oscillations as excited by large earthquakes
- Background free oscillations as excited by turbulence in the atmosphere and the oceans
- Deformations of the solid Earth through tidal forces by the Sun and the Moon
- Variation of the Earth's magnetic field
The research at BFO is directed toward:
- Investigation of the generation of seismic noise by
- Optimal installation and shielding of seismic sensors - maximize signal-to-noise ratio.
- International collaborations toward illuminating
large-scale Earth structure.
BFO serves also as a testbed for geophysical sensors. Notable recent examples are:
- iSTS1 - Broad band seismometer with interferometric displacement transducer.
- VBB seismometer for the deployment on planet Mars (Insight mission of NASA)
- Laser high-frequency seismometer for the japanese gravitational wave detector
- Tiltmeters for the
ring laser in Wettzell, Germany
- Portable superconducting gravimeter SG-102