Nature of project: experimental, experimental
Available to students on full-time physics degree schemes only.
Magnetic measurements have been in existence for millennia. This project looks at how a magnetometer works culminating in the deployment of a magnetometer for a short period of time. The initial scope will investigate the history of the technology of magnetometers. The focus will be on the developments in technology and the precision and size of the instruments. In recording geomagnetic data knowledge of the geomagnetic environment needs to be utilised. An investigation of data will project the physics behind the measurements. An instrument which has not yet been deployed will be installed temporarily so base effects can be gauged. In this section of the project the focus will be on the technical aspects of a magnetic observatory.
A successful project will develop beyond the above in one/some of the following directions:
This project is geared towards a physicist extremely interested in instrumentation and its development.
When considering where to take your project, please bear in mind the time available. It is preferable to do fewer things well than to try many and not get conclusive results on any of them. However, sometimes it is useful to have a couple of strands of investigation in parallel to work on in case delays occur.
Additional scope or challenge if taken as a Year-4 project: Deriving the coefficients to enable the magnetometer data to be used in nanotesla is a requirement of the year 4 project.
Please speak to Heather McCreadie (hem18) if you consider doing this project.
Initial literature for students:
Initial Matlab assistance.
|milestone||to be completed by|
|historical search of instrumentation annals||end of October|
|deployment of magnetometer||end of February|
Students taking this project will have to submit a full risk assessment form