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Response induction coil magnetometers to perturbations in orientation

  • Author(s): Kappler, K
  • Cuevas, N
  • Rector, JW
  • et al.

© 1996-2018 Society of Exploration Geophysicists. All rights reserved. We explore the data collected by a 3-component induction coil magnetometer system with respect to motion of the instruments in earths static magnetic field. The sensitivtiy of the inductiuon coil magnetometer leads to unprecediented accuracy on tilt measurements. We model the signals observed during seismic events as being perturbations in coil orientation. In theory, these perturbations can include ground roll, ocean motion, nearby cultural seismicity, or any other field with a tilting effect. Using data from a magnetic observatory near Parkfield CA we invert several time series of coil data during different levels of seismic activity in an attempt to determine the magnitudes of rotation at which our model accurately describes the coil data. Finally, we explore the transfer function between the coils and nearby seismic instruments (accelerometers, tiltmeters, and velocity seismometers).

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