Quantum-enabled Magnetic Induction Tomography for Geophysical Surveys

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Physics & Astronomy


The project involves the design, construction, testing and optimisation of a quantum-enabled portable Magnetic Inductance Tomography (MIT) sensor system for mapping ground conductivity with higher performance than classical instruments.

In MIT, alternating current is sent through an array of conductor networks that induce eddy currents in the ground. Highly sensitivity magnetometers are used to detect the magnetic field produced by the eddy currents. The recorded data, i.e., measurements of the in-phase and out-of-phase magnetic field, are converted into information about the ground conductivity and magnetic susceptibility and further, via petrophysical relationships, into geological and geotechnical parameters.

The project will involve collaboration with British Geological Survey to achieve the following objectives:

- To develop a new electromagnetic excitation coil system.
- To design a new magnetic field measurement system.
- To optimise layout of the magnetic field sensors for geophysical survey.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N50970X/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
2115303 Studentship EP/N50970X/1 01/10/2018 31/03/2022 Logan Turton
EP/R513283/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
2115303 Studentship EP/R513283/1 01/10/2018 31/03/2022 Logan Turton