Geoscience Electronics

As part of the E-MIT research group, we undertake a theoretical and applied research in electronic engineering for geoscientific applications.

From our academic home at Lancaster University’s Engineering Department, we collaborate closely with scientists and engineers from Cambridge, Cardiff, London and abroad. Our focus is on developing new techniques and instrumentations for terrestrial subsurface monitoring and imaging across the frequency range from HF to microwaves. By doing so, we hope to realise the tools and algorithms needed to improve our knowledge of the fundamental processes that are occurring within some of the most dynamic (and fascinating) areas in the Earth’s system.

Key research

Accordion

Further reading

Collaborations

  • British Antarctic Survey
  • University College London
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Cambridge, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • University of Glasgow, School of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • EcoSwell
  • Analog Devices, Inc.

Funding

  • Royal Society
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Natural Environmental Research Council

Facilities

We are equipped with a high-frequency probing facility for single-ended and differential measurements of microwave PCBs and components (to 20 GHz). This is supplemented with a temperature-controlled test chamber enabling PCBs and electronic sensors to be tested from -40°C to +130°C. We are also well supported by our Department with access to an extensive range of electronics test and measurement equipment, PCB milling, surface-mount assembly, mechanical workshop and anechoic chamber facilities.

Software

  • NI Microwave Office
  • CST Microwave Studio
  • Cadence Orcad
  • Eagle PCB
  • MATLAB
  • Xilinx Vivado